Future of Yankalilla school in spotlight

A forum run by Yankalilla Area School and the District Council of Yankalilla discussed the future direction of the school in the Fleurieu's changing education landscape.

More than 80 parents, staff, community members, and local government representatives attended the forum at the school gym on Wednesday, May 29.

The evening started with pizza and wine, accompanied by music from locals Phil and Wendy, who are also school staff.

Community engagement consultant Becky Hirst facilitated the forum, which included group discussions about the school goals, what sets the school apart from others, and what they wanted the school to be known for. Ideas were shared afterwards.

The same workshop was hosted earlier in the day for more than 30 students from years six to 12, and their thoughts were shared with those at the evening session.

School governing council chairperson Tony Miers said the sessions were "the start of a conversation that can only benefit all of us".

School principal Christine Bell said it was "overwhelming to see the passion and commitment" brought to the forum.

Member for Mawson Leon Bignell commended the school for opening up discussion with the community.

Anyone who could not attend the sessions and has ideas or feedback they would like to share is invited to contact the school.