Senior classes needed
‘School numbers insufficient for quality education’ - dept
“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).