Saturday, January 07, 2017

Hilliard Christian School ’Confident’ of Securing Re-Registration

A HOBART school denied re-registration late last year has been thrown a last minute lifeline.

Last month, the Schools Registration Board announced it had decided not to renew the Hilliard Christian School’s registration beyond December 31

Issues with non-compliance delivering the Australian curriculum and failing to ensure teachers had adequate and continuing professional development were cited.

Seventh-Day Adventist Schools Tasmania, which operates the West Moonah school, said it had lodged an appeal against the decision with the Magistrates Court.

More than 120 students and their families went into the summer holiday break with uncertainty over the future of the school.

Hilliard Christian School ’Confident’ of Securing Re-Registration

But, in a letter to parents, the school said it was now working towards re-registering as a new school following advice from the registration board, with whom they met this week.

“While there are a few aspects of documentation that require fine tuning, we are now confident that the registration of Hilliard will be achieved in the near future once additional documentation is provided,” the letter said.

“We wish to assure you that barring something unforeseen, Hilliard will be open at the commencement of the 2017 school year to provide excellent Christian education for your children.

We are now confident that the registration of Hilliard will be achieved in the near future.

“The staff at Hilliard have been working incredibly hard to review and update all the curriculum delivery that is needed and we now believe that the school is compliant with the requirements of the Australian curriculum. Further, a comprehensive professional development plan for the staff of the school is now in place.”

In a separate email to parents this week, Adventist Schools Tasmania said principal Susan Matthews had stepped down to the role of deputy principal, with Ross Reid taking on the acting principal role.

Mr. Reid was most recently at Noosa Christian College and was previously principal of the North West Christian School in Penguin.

It is understood that the school will not be pursuing court action in light of the new registration process.

Parent Robyn Dowsley started the “Save Our School — Parents, Students and Friends of Hilliard Christian School group” on Facebook.
She said the latest update had the school community feeling upbeat about the future.

Hilliard Christian School ’Confident’ of Securing Re-Registration

“Things were looking very negative towards the end of the year, but now it seems very positive and looks like the school will be reopening,” she said.

“My son, who says he doesn’t really like school, even he was devastated and worried about what’s going to happen.

“A lot of parents have been really relieved [in the last few days] and are hopeful of the school reopening.”

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