Families in Armidale are being invited to add their voices to the discussion about the city’s new high school, which is due to open at the start of 2021.
Suggestions for the name of Armidale’s future school can be submitted, along with several other aspects, including the uniform and design, to an online feedback hub.
Deputy Principal and Project Liaison Officer Kristene Croft said the Department was looking for feedback on all levels of the redevelopment – from the design of ‘bricks and mortar’ down to the name itself.
“We’re looking for people’s ideas and opinions on every aspect of the school, from the facilities and how the heritage of the existing Armidale and Duval High Schools should be recognised through to the uniform and school name,” Mrs Croft said.
“The feedback hub makes it very easy for people to see the information available about the process and to share ideas, photos and comments, to join the discussion, and to vote.
“The platform’s first job is to help choose a name for the school. We have a list of names in development, and we’d love people to vote on their favourites and give us feedback about the options, as well as making any additional suggestions.”
To vote and provide feedback on proposed names and other aspects of planning for the school, click the “Have Your Say” tab on www.armidalefutureschool.com.au.
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has encouraged interested members of the community to provide feedback via an update to the website for the ‘future school’.
“With the new future high school a $65 million blank slate – this feedback will be instrumental in guiding the future of education in the city,” Mr Marshall said.
Focus group meeting
Meanwhile, a focus group meeting will be held next Thursday to discuss the needs of indigenous kids, and kids with disabilities at the new school.
“Since August, the NSW Department of Education has held 16 community engagement sessions, with parents, students and the broader community giving feedback on their priorities in the development of the new campus,” Mr Marshall said.
“Two upcoming focus groups will hold discussions with the Aboriginal community and educators, as well as the parents of students with disabilities to ensure the needs and expectations of both groups are addressed.
“There’s also scope for more focus groups for other aspects of the community, if there is demand. The Department of Education is keen to ensure everyone can have a say.
Students at the existing Duval and Armidale High Schools will attend Duval High School from Term 1 2019 while the new school is built on the existing Armidale High School campus.