“People are generally afraid of the unknown and change is a really big thing, dealing with that can cause some discomfort,” Duval High School captain Zoe George said.
“With the negative surrounding the super-school, once people have more knowledge about it they’ll be able to see that this is going to be a really beneficial thing for Armidale.”
The controversial super-school has raised a lot of questions for parents, but Armidale and Duval High School captains said they couldn’t be more excited for the development.
School culture and heritage is a concern for many families in the region.
But, DHS captain Zoe George and AHS captain Sabhuna Abbaraju said it’s the combination of the two that will make the school super.
“I think it’s going to be really exciting because each school brings to the table unique talents and specialities,” Zoe said.
“Our main values are on our school crest, those are community, respect, excellence, safety and teamwork and we pretty much follow that to a tee because they’re the best.
They’re the values we care about here that make us a really tight knit school community.”
Sabhuna said he looks forward to seeing how the new school spirit develops.
“We think the AHS values are just as good as Duval, they are built on pride, respect and responsibility – a bit more concise,” he said.
“I do think everyone at our school shows really amazing school pride and feel a certain degree of responsibility to the school community.”
DHS captain Stuart said the schools are already well-connected.
“I think about the coming together as if you would going into a completely different classroom,” he said.
“You go from a comfortable place to something completely different – after time it becomes the norm and and the norm is comfortable.”
The super-school announcement was made on Tuesday with the release of the NSW Budget 2017.
Both Armidale and Duval High Schools will be dissolved.