Education

Educational input sought from many community groups

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June 28, 2017

Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project chief executive Lisa McKenzie.

Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project chief executive Lisa McKenzie has encouraged community members to have their say on the Shepparton Education Plan tomorrow.

A workshop will be at The Quality Hotel Parklake and Ms McKenzie said it was an incredible chance for the community to shift its trajectory when it came to education.

‘‘This is a once-in-a-generation chance to revamp education in Greater Shepparton,’’ she said.

‘‘We’re urging people to be bold with their ideas in addressing disadvantage and preparing young people for a rapidly changing world.

‘‘Now is not the time to hold back.’’

The Victorian Department of Education and Training wants to hear ideas, perspective and feedback from everyone in the community, whether they are young, parents, educators, residents, former students, employers or business owners.

The session is the first of several workshops this year for students, principals, teachers and the wider community, such as special needs and Koori groups.

The 10-year education plan tailored for Shepparton was announced before this year’s Victorian budget where $1million will go towards completing the plan, which aims to improve education outcomes from early childhood to secondary school and beyond.

Ms McKenzie said the first phase would focus on secondary education.

‘‘No doubt many Shepparton kids are not realising their full potential,’’ she said.

‘‘Greater Shepparton Lighthouse is committed to working to improve the wellbeing and educational outcomes of kids in Greater Shepparton and this is a wonderful opportunity to work with the government on transformational change in our community.’’

The workshop runs from 6.30pm to 8.30pm tomorrow, at The Quality Hotel Parklake, 481 Wyndham St, Shepparton.

To take part by completing an online feedback survey, visit www.engage.vic.gov.au/sheppartoneducationplan

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