In the Community

Fighting for a New School

Published December 2023

We are lucky to have some of the State’s best schools in our local area – but they are bursting at the seams!

Despite the move of Year 7 into high school, primary schools in our area remain under significant strain. Linden Park Primary School, Burnside Primary School, and Rose Park Primary School have all been subject to capacity management plans for many years and continue to face ever-increasing demand – meaning there is not enough room at these schools for local children.

High Schools in our area are also under significant enrolment pressure. Both renowned for their quality of education, Glenunga International High School and Marryatville High School are already operating over capacity and this is only projected to worsen. From next year, Glenunga is expected to be 153 students over capacity and Marryatville is projected to be 136 students over capacity.

I am concerned that unrestrained urban infill in the eastern suburbs will only fuel this problem if we do not address capacity issues. Local students deserve to be able to go to local schools.

I have written to the Minister for Education to ask what plans the Government has to alleviate the obvious capacity pressure we are facing. I have urged him to seriously consider a new school to cater for our local area and the continued growth in the Eastern suburbs. I have also addressed this matter in Parliament several times in the past months and will continue to be a strong advocate to improve the schooling capacity for our local community.

If you are interested in this issue, please do get in touch. I always appreciate people sharing their views with me.

Glenunga IHS photo
Visiting Glenunga International High School

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