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Volume 16 No. 39
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2011
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A PROPOSAL to double the number
of students from 980 to almost 2000 at
Gungahlin College has sparked con-
cern from Australian Education Union
The principal of Gungahlin's only
college had expressed concerns about
the growing number of students in the
area. During a recent Gungahlin Com-
munity Council meeting Gai Beecher
proposed changes to the college's
current system to cater for the demand,
including a split school system.
''A split school day would mean
that for half the students the school day
would begin at about 8am and run until
2pm, and then the second half of
students would begin their school day
which would run until 6pm or even
later,'' she said.
"If we did something like that we'd
get double that number of students.''
A split school day is used by other
schools in the country, but there is no
one else in the ACT currently operat-
ing under this method.
"Another option is to actually
increase the day and start early in the
morning and go through the day," Ms
Beecher said. Then students would
only come to school when they had
At this stage both ideas are just
suggestions and nothing has been
"We're thinking that by 2013-2014
we'll be bursting at the seams," Ms
"Gungahlin's only half the size that
it's going to be and all our high schools
and primary schools are busting at the
A spokeswoman for Education Min-
ister Andrew Barr has confirmed that
Gungahlin College will be the area's
"There are no plans for another
college in Gungahlin. There are other
colleges located close by -- Dickson,
Melba-Copland and the University of
Canberra Senior Secondary College,"
the spokeswoman said. "Gungahlin
College will be able to manage future
needs. However, from time to time it
may be necessary to restrict out-of-
area and NSW enrolments."
Despite this, the high number of
schools designed to 'feed' students to
the college has staff concerned.
"We were at the (Gungahlin Com-
munity Council) meeting with the
principal of Burgmann Anglican
School and their schools are bursting
already," Ms Beecher said.
Harrison School is a preschool to
Year 10 school and at the moment has
students up to Year 7. In three years
may of its older students will start
attending Gungahlin College.
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