Reimagining Armidale's Secondary Schooling | Respectfully, Inclusively, Creatively | #armidalefutureschool
You probably heard the announcement late last term about the consolidation of Duval High School and Armidale High School into a single new school, which will begin operating in 2020/21.
Both schools are excited about creating a secondary school that will be unlike any other in NSW. Our planning will be based on 21st century teaching practices, with teaching and learning as the drivers for all decision-making. It has been heartening to see public expressions of support from students, staff, parents and professional educators.
We are pleased to announce the start of the community engagement process that will involve students, parents and staff in both schools along with the broader Armidale community in the creation of the new school. Planning for the new school starts in earnest this term and will run until mid-2018.
The two schools have appointed Kristene Croft, Deputy Principal of Armidale High School, as the Project Liaison Officer. Kris has a long history with both schools. She will oversee school and community engagement activities, along with coordinating staff professional learning and planning transition processes. She is the first point of contact for questions and suggestions.
We understand that some people have concerns about the consolidation, including around how the history and heritage of each school will be maintained and honoured. We are strongly committed to holding open and transparent discussions, and sharing information, during this time, in a manner that is respectful and inclusive.
We are, of course, keen to hear the views of past students as part of this process. We hope that you, as a past student, will participate – by joining in a focus group session, or making comments through our online channels. You are welcome to comment on any aspect of the new school, including its history and heritage.
The central place for finding information is the new website www.armidalefutureschool.com.au.
If you have questions about the new school, we have prepared an extensive frequently asked questions page on the website. If you have questions that are not answered there, you are very welcome to send them in through the contact page on the website and/or make direct contact with Kris Croft, whose details are also on that page.
We encourage you to actively participate in the planning process. You can register online via the website to participate in focus groups to make your views known. They have started already and will continue through August and September.
If you are a social media user, we encourage you to begin using the hashtag #armidalefutureschool on your Facebook or Twitter posts, which means conversation around the topic can be followed and shared easily (including in a live feed on the website).
It is a very exciting time to be in public education in Armidale.
Stafford Cameron Carolyn Lasker
Principal, Duval High School Principal, Armidale High School