Sturt School for Wood to undergo "review" by Board of Governors

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Frensham Schools have advised that Sturt’s "current operating model has seen it face some operational and financial challenges. In the context of these challenges, it is neither responsible nor feasible for Sturt’s present operating model to continue."

Geoff Marsh, Head of Frensham, said "...after careful consideration, the Board has decided that a detailed review of Sturt’s operations needs to be conducted. This review is an important and exciting step towards ensuring Sturt’s sustainability and viability. The review will be carried out by a committee appointed by the Board of Governors comprising individuals with relevant expertise and an understanding of the important role Sturt plays (the Sturt Review Committee). The committee will report to the Board and the aim is to complete the review by the end of June this year."

During the review period, teaching and extra-curricular activities for Frensham Schools students involving Sturt will continue as normal, Geoff Marsh advised. "The Certificate IV in Furniture Design and Manufacturing will also continue for 2024 and the renting
of workshop spaces will continue where appropriate."

The following changes for Sturt were further advised:

• Café operations will pause from this Friday, 2 February 2024.
• Shop operations will pause from 1 March 2024.
• Term 1 adult classes for Ceramics, Weaving, Jewellery and Woodcraft will continue for those already enrolled, but adult classes will be paused from Term 2 2024.
• Gallery exhibitions booked through to 30 June will continue, but gallery operations will be paused from July pending the outcome of the review.
• The Winter School and Anagama Firing Workshop will pause for 2024.

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