Se­nior classes needed

‘School num­bers in­suf­fi­cient for qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion’ - dept

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

“We would love to see the open­ing of (Years) 11 and 12 in Mun­dub­bera, the lack of older school chil­dren plays havoc with the lo­cal sport­ing clubs,” busi­ness man and Mun­dub­bera rugby league ad­vo­cate Gavin Ford said.

The ab­sence of se­nior school classes at Mun­dub­bera is also cost­ing the town, ac­cord­ing to North Bur­nett deputy mayor Faye Whe­lan.

THE ab­sence of Years 11 and 12 at Mun­dub­bera is cost­ing the town, ac­cord­ing to the deputy mayor of the North Bur­nett, Faye Whe­lan.

“Pro­fes­sion­als won’t come and set­tle in Mun­dub­bera be­cause they learn they can’t ed­u­cate chil­dren through to Year 12.”

The clos­est schools for Mun­dub­bera stu­dents to at­tend Years 11-12 are Eidsvold State School or Gayn­dah’s Bur­nett State Col­lege.

Cr Whe­lan now plans to re­ac­ti­vate a lo­cal com­mit­tee to lobby Ed­u­ca­tion Queens­land to in­clude the se­nior classes at Mun­dub­bera School, with the back­ing of the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil.

But a spokesper­son for the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, Train­ing and Em­ploy­ment said the in­clu­sion of se­nior classes at Mun­dub­bera was “not cur­rently be­ing con­sid­ered”.

The spokesper­son said num­bers were in­suf­fi­cient at the school to of­fer a range of sub­ject choices or a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for stu­dents in their se­nior years.

While the de­part­ment would not spec­ify min­i­mum num­bers to start the se­nior classes, re­quests would be con­sid­ered on a case-by-case ba­sis.

Cr Whe­lan, speak­ing as Divi­sion 3 coun­cil­lor for Mun­dub­bera, dis­puted that state­ment.

“I be­lieve they are look­ing af­ter the num­bers at Bur­nett State Col­lege,” she said.

“In pre­vi­ous times, when we’ve as­sessed our num­bers and pro­vi­sion of cer­tain sub­jects at Mun­dub­bera school, there was ca­pac­ity to do it, and we needed one more teacher.”

Cr Whe­lan be­lieves of­fer­ing Years 11 and 12 at Mun­dub­bera would in­crease stu­dent num­bers – as par­ents on iso­lated prop­er­ties would not need to send their chil­dren to board­ing school.

Busi­ness man and Mun­dub­bera rugby league ad­vo­cate Gavin Ford said the change would be also sees it as a pos­i­tive.

“We would love to see the open­ing of (Years) 11 and 12 in Mun­dub­bera, the lack of older school chil­dren plays havoc with the lo­cal sports clubs,” Mr Ford said.

Mun­dub­bera State School prin­ci­pal Peter Townsend did not wish to com­ment, but Cr Whe­lan con­firmed he had not been in­volved in any dis­cus­sions to date due to his re­cent ap­point­ment (i.e. within the past two years).

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