Reopen Our Schools

Advocating for kids to get easy access to a public school education in Banyule

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Welcome to our website!  **UPDATED January 2018**
Reopen our Schools began back in 2011/2012 as a not-for-profit, grass roots, parent lead, community group designed to lobby the Victorian State Government  to re-open Bellfield, Haig Street and Banksia Secondary College School sites and retain those sites as public schools.   Since our campaign began, the dimensions of the problem became all to apparent.  So we broadened our campaign objectives! 

We stand up for the community in Banyule and advocate for easy access and proper planning for public education our municipality.
  Only one school site remains - the old Banksia Secondary College School site, which is owned by Banyule Council.  The two other sites, have since been sold off to developers - for profit - and now boast large infill housing developments placing more pressure on already stretched community infrastructure. 

Please make sure you read the School Provision Review for Banyule - Stage 2 FINAL REPORT 2016 - and the key recommendations at the end.    We are still waiting for advice on the implementation of all the key recommendations in the report, as they have been accepted by the State Government.  The silence has been deafening!  There is an urgent need for holistic and long term planning to ensure access to local public education for kids in Banyule.  It shouldn't be this hard!

Please come back and visit our website regularly.  For the most up to the minute news, please follow us on Facebook, twitter or Instagram. 

We need more schools in Banyule!

Did you know that since the 1980's, a total of 11 public schools have been closed or merged?  That's a lot of public schools, and kids in Banyule have lost more than their fair share!

Schools in Banyule are full to overflowing!  These decisions show what happens when there is a lack of planning and foresight to take into account how suburbs can rapidly change and grow.

Closed Schools

Here is a list of closed/merged schools in no particular order:

  • Heidelberg Girls' School;
  • Rosanna High School;
  • Bellfield Primary School;
  • Macleod Primary School;
  • Heidelberg Heights Primary School;
  • Haig Street Primary School;
  • Banksia Secondary College;
  • Banyule High School;
  • Heidelberg Tech;

NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into School Closures

Did you know that in NSW an Upper House inquiry into public school closures was conducted?  A sad indictment on how the process of public school closures was undertaken by the DET in NSW.  Click here to read the report. 

Do we need a similar inquiry here in Victoria?  We think so.....

Get involved in the Campaign!

Getting access to public education in Banyule shouldn't be this hard.  State Governments need to be accountable for their education policies. 

Keep up the fight!

Sign our online petition to help reopen Banksia Secondary College, Haig Street and Bellfield Primary School here!  This petition has about 435 signatures and is still growing.  Help us to make it bigger!

Banyule Provision Review **UPDATE**

Community Reference Group - Banyule School Provision study
A Community Reference Group was formed to inform the review process.  The Community Reference Group (CRG) for the Banyule Provision Study met on or about 10 December 2015. 

Stage 1 Final Report
Click here to see the final report for Stage 1 of the Banyule Provision study.  It was determined that the review should move to stage 2!

Stage 2 - Final Report
Click here to see the final Stage 2 report into the Banyule School Provision review conducted by the DET concluded in late 2016.

What is the latest?

Don't forget to visit our Facebook page where we regularly publish the latest information on our campaign.

Easy Access to public education

Parents want public schools within walking distance from their homes - not a car ride across a busy municipality!

Local population growth - La Trobe jobs cluster

Did you know Banyule is about to get a whole lot busier?  The La Trobe jobs cluster is under development boasting to offer some 40,000 jobs in our local area.  So where will the kids of these families go to school?

Our Children Our Schools
Reopen Our Schools is part of a Victorian wide campaign alliance made up of 31 parent lead, grass roots campaigns.  Want to know more about our campaign partners?  Visit their website here!

Victorian School Closures

To see the full horror of public school closures in Victoria, visit Learning from the past, a great online resource showing all of our lost schools, by clicking here.

IBAC inquiries
IBAC has concluded its inquiry into corruption with the Victorian DET -  IBAC Dunham.  Visit IBAC's website to read about the conclusion into the inquiry.  Link is here.

Other inquires into Departments of Education
  • VAGO (Victorian Auditor General) Audit into non-government school spending of government grants - March 2016;
  • ANAO (National Audit Office) Monitoring the impact of Australian Government School funding.

Education funding

Have you ever tried to make sense of education funding?  Watch our video - we think it helps explain things - just a little bit!