Penguin community says merger adds up

BEFORE too long, Penguin Primary School and Penguin High School will be no more.

Instead they will amalgamate and form a new identity.

The merger was suggested by the government to all public schools, but the change would have to be driven by communities.

Last year, Penguin Primary School and Penguin High School agreed to merge to form a new school that covered kindergarten to grade 10.

Penguin Primary principal Chris Nichols said the community decided on the change because of the close proximity of the schools.

Once the schools were combined, it would provide a seamless transition between primary and secondary schooling, Mr Nichols said.

“We’re able to share resources, to look at ways that staff from both primary and secondary can work together and work with students from birth to grade 10,” he said.

“It’s also the idea that it’s more than just a school, it’s part of a community.”

The Penguin community hopes the new school will be the hub of the community.

The school has been gathering the community’s input.

“A school transition steering committee has been formed to oversee the implementation of a memorandum of understanding signed by Penguin High and Penguin Primary last year and a number of sub-committees are being formed to look at things like a new school name, school uniform and new constitution and school association,” Mr Nichols said.

“We already have a committed group of people working to ensure a smooth transition to the new school next year, but it’s also vital that the local community has the chance to be involved.”

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