THERE was an outpouring a grief, if you like, after the crushing disappointment of the State Budget.
But if the government thinks the Wonthaggi Secondary College and its supporters in the local community are going away, they should think again.
“The support we have received from the community about this has been phenomenal,” said Acting College Principal Darren Parker this week.
“Everything about this school is great; the kids, the staff, the opportunities and outcomes. The only thing letting us down is the facilities and everyone knows that.
“The feedback we got last week is that people simply can’t believe we didn’t get funded again.
“They say it’s not good enough and that’s the way we all feel.”
Members of the school council spoke with representatives of the Wonthaggi Business and Tourism Association during the week, and they’re likely to go wider with their campaign and community partnership after their next council meeting on May 29.
“We’re getting on with what we have to do day-to-day, last week with the Year 10 Work Experience program, which is another great partnership with the community, and also with our Grade 6 to Year 7 transition program and also identifying kids for our accelerated learning programs once they come into Year 7.
“That program has been going for almost 20 years now and it’s been highly successful,” Mr Parker said.
The school has also been in contact with local MPs including Eastern Victoria MLC Harriet Shing and Bass MLA Brian Paynter, who have both renewed their passionate support for the development of a new senior campus at Wonthaggi Secondary College.
The battle to get funding for a new campus is likely to be waged on a number of fronts and former teacher, now full time musician Ian McMullin, offered one idea.
“I’d be happy to support a local Bandaid style concert, a rally or anything the school and community likes to get going,” said Ian this week.
“I’ve taught at all the schools in South Gippsland over the years and we’ve seen work at Leongatha, Foster, Korumburra and Mirboo North go ahead but the biggest school, the one catering to the widest area and most in need, Wonthaggi, they’ve had nothing.
“It’s ridiculous, unbelievable really and everyone I’ve spoken to feels the same way.”
Community support boosts Wonthaggi’s school fight