CLOUD OVER OUR SMALL SCHOOLS
Teacher hours may be at risk as uncertainty grows over student enrolment numbers
BOYNEWOOD State School is facing the prospect of cutting teacher hours with student numbers at the small school in decline.
During the recent school holidays another student left the school, reducing the number of pupils to 26.
School principal Hayley Kardash said if enrolment numbers dropped below 25, they may be forced to cut staff hours or instead pocket the expense from their own budget.
First year teacher Samantha Mathers, who works alongside fellow teacher Trudie Roth, said it would be a major shame if that were to happen.
“I love my job and Boynewood is a great school and it would be very sad,” Miss Mathers said.
“If we do lose a teacher or the hours are cut it would be detrimental for the students’ learning, having seven grades in one class room.
“It’s not beneficial and would not be effective at all.”
If staff hours are reduced, Ms Kardash could assume a full-time teaching role as well as fulfilling the duties as principal.
“If we lost more kids and a teacher there would definitely be a hole missing in the school,” Miss Mathers said.
Teacher Trudie Roth worries her hours could be on the line if these changes were to happen.
“The small school systems are fantastic and it would be a shame and I’d miss it,” Mrs Roth said.
Miss Mathers believes Boynewood is one of the best schools she’s been to.
“We implement a whole new teaching practice in the school, we take away from the explicitness where the children actually have a say in the classroom,” she said.
“It’s a much more hands on approach to student learning and more engaging.
“I’ve seen huge results from the program this year and in years to come, it will be very successful.”
Miss Mathers also believes the school has a very supportive network.
“Not only that we have a huge support network where we look at all areas including the learning support as well as our extension kids and we’re able to provide all opportunities for the kids.”
Miss Kardash recommends Boynewood State School to all students.
“It’s a school that provides a quality education that caters for learning needs in a safe and supportive environment,” she said.
For enrolment inquiries phone 4165 6192.
The Department of Education and Training did not respond to a request for comment in time for publication.
CLASS ACTION: Teachers Trudie Roth and Samantha Mathers with Boynewood students Greer Muirhead and Emily Young.