OUTSTANDING TRIBUTE: Thousands of balloons are released in memory of Jai Morcom at his funeral in Heritage Park, Mullumbimby last month.
OUTSTANDING TRIBUTE: Thousands of balloons are released in memory of Jai Morcom at his funeral in Heritage Park, Mullumbimby last month. David Nielsen

Team winds up Jai review

A HIGH-LEVEL education department review of Mullumbimby High School will hand down its recommendations for change within the month.

The seven-member program review team wound up its week-long stint at the school yesterday afternoon.

They interviewed more than 50 staff, 18 randomly-selected parents, 26 randomly-selected students, and members of the Parents and Citizens Association.

The review of the school’s student welfare and communications systems comes less than two months after the death of 15-year-old Jai Morcom after a recess-time fight.

However, the review team leader, school education director Graeme Valler, said it was not in response to Jai’s death.

“It wasn’t because of the incident and it wasn’t informed by it,” he said.

Rather, it was an annual review, with which Mullumbimby High had requested outside assistance, he said.

The review team spent time observing the students and staff in the playground and in class, Mr Valler said.

“I was very pleased with the cooperation of the community and the staff and the students,” he said.

The team included a parent representative, a principal, a deputy principal of the school, a school development officer, a teacher from the school, and a principal education officer.

The team’s members also analysed school documents and policies and distributed questionnaires.

“We walked around the school and observed certain things that we’ve been asked to observe,” Mr Valler, who is based at Maitland, said.



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