To the supporters of Richmond High School Choices: This is the promise we thought we would never hear!
Labor promises a new Richmond High School
The most frequently asked question from Richmond parents to our group is this:
‘When will Richmond get a co-ed public secondary school?’
Our answer is generally: ‘Not in our lifetime, or never’
Our new answer will need to be: ’Hopefully sooner than we think’
On Monday 4 August, the Opposition Leader, Daniel Andrews, local member for Richmond, Richard Wynne, and the Shadow Minister for Education, James Merlino, made the announcement.
Mr Andrews said “Only Labor will build a new high school in Richmond and invest in the future of this community”, adding that “This is what local parents want and local students need”.
Naturally, this outcome will be dependant upon the outcome of the State election on 29 November, unless the Liberal government matches the commitment.
With the ongoing challenges of identifying a suitable site for a new high school in Prahran, a new Richmond High School would be a sensible option for secondary students in the inner south east.
Now is a perfect time to ensure that all Richmond families engage with the issue of education in Richmond, so that we achieve an outcome that rewards the Richmond parents who have fought so hard for so long.
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Thank You to the RHSC founders
Today’s commitment would not have occurred without the tireless work of a dedicated group of Richmond parents who began the Richmond High School Choices group in 2006:
Tom Rowan, Lindy Dadd, Virginia Dods, Leni Mayo and Eddie Hoffman.
Keep fighting for better public education!