Kulunga Kindergarten in Hilton is threatened with closure. The Education Department, tasked with finding cuts to satisfy the Barnett government claims that there were insufficient enrolments by the end of July to justify a 2014 class. However many parents were unaware of the new earlier deadline and the kindergarten which has been running for five decades. See below a message from Hilton Primary School P&C:
For those of you who don't know The Kulunga Kindergarten in Hilton provides a vital preschool program for 3 and 4 year old children from Aboriginal families in the surrounding area - and a transport service to ensure children's regular attendance. For over 25 years the trust and confidence the kindy and its committed staff have established among the community has meant numerous children (many from disadvantaged and often disengaged families) have enjoyed the benefits of a dedicated, culturally respectful pre-school learning environment.
The kindy has also provided children with the necessary and appropriate resources and skills to enable them (and their families) to make a successful transition to the primary school environment. How can benefits the Kulunga Kindy provides - to the community, to the children and to the schools that receive these children once they start primary school - be so easily discounted? The State government claims it is redirecting funds to where they are most needed, but how is this is not a necessary service?
This proposed closure of the kindy does not come in isolation. Along with the general cuts to education, the state government is proposing to merge primary schools. Even though numbers at Hilton Primary are growing again, we are right to be concerned that the state government might try to merge it with East Hamilton Hill and sell one of them off.
Hilton Primary School in partnership with the adjacent Hilton Harvest Gardens, PCYC and Hilton Community Centre is the very heart of Hilton. The petition against the closure has been put on-line [click here] by Peter Tinley or you can download and print it off [click here]. You can also download the petition against the massive cuts to education [click here].