OPPOSITION Leader and MP Luke Foley joined MP Kate Washington at Medowie on Tuesday to make some announcements around the long-awaited high school. Medowie, Ferodale, Campvale by News Of The Area - Modern Media - July 19, 2017July 19, 2017 Luke Foley MP and Opposition Leader, Kate Washington MP, Nick Patten (year 6 Wirreanda student), Tess Hardy and Lily Hardy (Tess and Lily bus-out of Medowie for school) The site, deemed for the High School, was originally purchased in 1982. Or CLICK FOR ADVERT QUOTE Wirreanda Public School welcomed its first students in 1985 with students hoping, back then, to be attend a local high school. Those students have long finished school, but Medowie is still waiting. Jan Noake, who became Assistant Principal at Wirreanda Public school in 1986, told News Of The Area, “I just cannot believe that after all this time, Medowie is still waiting to have an educational option for all school choices, whether it be public or private.” “Medowie’s statistics for growth in the next ten years are only going to see more and more children needing to be bussed out of this town.” “I have long since retired, yet Medowie is still waiting for a public option for children to continue their schooling within the area,” she said. Labor leader Luke Foley told News Of The Area, “It’s time Medowie had a Public High School, and parents had a choice of where they send their children.” “I have looked at the figures, and children traveling in such high numbers out of Medowie and into Raymond Terrace and Newcastle has to change.” Kate Washington, MP Member for Port Stephens told the media and families that the Labor party is wanting to confirm their commitment that they would plan and provide a high school for Medowie if the next state election were to put the Labor party back in the top spot. “Medowie is growing daily, but the infrastructure just hasn’t kept up. There are at least five local feeder primary schools with a combined student cohort of almost 2,000. We’ve even got two supermarkets! To say that we don’t need a high school is ludicrous.” “I will continue to call on the NSW government to honour its commitment to build a high school in Medowie. If they don’t, Medowie residents will know that only a Labor government will deliver local public secondary education for their children,” said Ms Washington.