Primary School Flexi Campus at Deception Bay Proposed

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A new primary school flexi campus at Deception Bay may soon be opened for children marginalized from mainstream school.

Edmund Rice Education Australia recently submitted a development application for a material change of use of a property at 45 Grosvenor Terrace, Deception Bay. The project is called Deception Bay Flexible Learning Centre Junior Campus. The project will involve the re-use of the existing dwelling for classrooms/educational purposes for primary aged school children.

Subject to approval by the Moreton Bay Regional Council, the junior flexi campus is scheduled to open June 2019 and will cater to students Years 5 and 6. The proposed flexi school was in response to numerous inquiries about places for students that were expelled or unable to cope in mainstream primary school, according to Deception Bay Flexi Campus principal Paul Flanders.

Mr Flanders is confident that the Deception Bay Flexible Learning Centre model can put these children, who are at risk of turning to a life of crime and drugs, back on the right track.

The proposed junior flexi school will operate using the existing flexi campuses’ model. Instead of rules, they will operate on principles of respect, honesty, participation, and safe and legal. The flexi school will also ensure that students are well fed by providing breakfast and lunch every day.

Mr Flanders said that many of Deception Bay Flexible Learning Centre’s students come from dysfunctional families. There are also those who have special needs, mental health issues, and were expelled from school. By teaching them literacy, numeracy, art, music, and sport, the flexi school helps prepare these children to further education or employment, so they could have a better future.

Many of Deception Bay Flexible Learning Centre graduates were able to take up apprenticeships, get a job, and even able to graduate university, Mr Flanders concluded.

Deception Bay Flexible Learning Centre began as an inclusive learning community in 2006. Deception Bay FLC is part of Edmund Rice Education Australia, a national and unified network of Australian schools and educational entities.