Parktone Primary School

Mr RICHARDSON (Mordialloc) — I raise a matter for the Minister for Education, and the action I seek is that the minister visit Parktone Primary School to hear about its future needs following significant growth in its students numbers. It is worth reflecting for a moment on how far Parktone Primary School has come in recent years. It was not so long ago that the thought of Parktone Primary increasing its student enrolments was a distant hope. Years back, student enrolments were decreasing and there were grave concerns about the long-term viability of the school.

Fast-forward to today, and with an inspired school community at Parktone primary under the leadership of principal George Danson we have seen student numbers go from just over 100 students to over 500 students this year. The school’s viability and future could not be brighter. At the centre of this is Parktone primary School’s embracing of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and enshrining this in the ethos of the school. With the habits applied to an educational context, Parktone Primary students are getting life skills that go behind the walls of the classroom. Importantly, the local school community — the parents, the teachers and the local stakeholders — have embraced these habits and are passionate about the focus on every child and how to get the very best out of themselves. It is a credit to George and the whole school community for leading such an innovative model and strengthening the school’s culture, setting an example for all Victorian schools.

Last year I had the opportunity to join Parktone Primary School to recognise the Leader in Me symposium, which was attended by a number of interstate and international guests right in the local Parkdale and Mordialloc community. The ethos of the Leader in Me symposium was to demonstrate how schools around the world are inspiring greatness one child at a time, and it accords with the educational principles of the Victorian government, which is heavily focused on Victoria as the education state. The event was an opportunity to share the vision of schools like Parktone Primary School and for other stakeholders to learn from Parktone’s experiences in striving for further advancement and excellence in education.

Parktone Primary School’s change in fortunes and the near 500 per cent increase in student numbers have placed significant pressures on the existing buildings, facilities and grounds. As a local community we need to consider what upgrades we need to provide to support these wonderful students into the future and how local residents, parents, teachers and principals can be involved in this journey. After missing out on major capital works funding under the commonwealth government’s Building the Education Revolution program as well as missing out on funding in recent years at a state government level, the Parktone primary community is rightfully asking: when is it Parktone’s turn? We all subscribe to the notion that every student has the right to a quality education regardless of their circumstances. I look forward to working closely with the Parktone Primary School community to address these challenges and maximise the opportunities for these students.

In conclusion, I ask the Minister for Education to visit Parktone Primary School to hear about its future needs and to respond to the significant growth in student numbers over past years.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER — Order! I have considered the matter raised by the honourable member for Wendouree, and I have taken advice on this particular matter. When a member raises a matter on the adjournment, there are two tests. Honourable members can look at rulings on this on page 3 of Rulings from the Chair.

The first test is that the matter is addressed to the relevant minister. As I understand it, the Minister for Regional Development is the appropriate minister with whom to raise this matter for this particular funding. So the matter meets that test. The second test is about the action that is sought — in this case that the minister write to the federal minister seeking the release of some money. That is an action that can be taken by the minister. Therefore that is admissible. It is not about lobbying for the money, which would make the matter inadmissible. In this particular instance the matter is admissible as an adjournment matter, and the Attorney-General can respond to that matter.