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COM to take over McMahon School
October 16, 2007

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] The Church of Melanesia will be taking over ownership and running of McMahon Community High School at Tulagi on Gela in the Central Province next year.

A meeting last week at Tulagi between a Church delegation from Honiara and the Central Provincial Government, which currently owns the school, has agreed in principle that the takeover would commence by January 2008 when the first school semester starts.

The delegation also met with parents and the community of Tulagi, who supported the idea with a strong conviction for improved academic performance, discipline and infrastructure to the school.

The province has been assured by the delegation that while the school comes under the Church ownership and administration, the province remained an important partner in supporting the school through its provincial education department.

Parents and the community of Tulagi were also given assuarances that the school would not be exclusively for Anglican members but would be open to other sister Churches to have their children enrolled.

The Church is anticipating full provision for classes from Kindergarten to Form 7. It will turn the current day school into a boarding school in order to cater for increased enrolment and enable students from other islands in the diocese to access education there.

Initial assessment work for the takeover of the school by early next year has already begun.

The Church is taking over the school under the Diocese of Central Solomons, based on its education policy to have each diocese set up its own secondary schools as agreed to at the 2002 General Synod.

Such establishments are to cater for the growing number of children in the dioceses and also assist parents by reducing education and travel costs to schools outside of their diocese.

Seven other dioceses in the Church of Melanesia are also in the process of acquiring their own schools.