Gift of freedom
CHILDERS State School received the ultimate 125th birthday present with the announcement the school would become one of 50 new independent learning institutions.
The news was announced by Premier Campbell Newman and Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek yesterday.
Childers State School principal Robyn Philpott was over the moon with the news.
“This has just capped it all off,” Mrs Philpott said.
“This will deliver some wonderful outcomes for our school into the future.
“We welcome the opportunities to make decisions at a school-based level to meet the specific needs of our students and our community.
“We will also be able to enhance opportunities to participate and access greater cultural and sporting activities for our students.”
Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said Childers was selected from more than 80 schools across the state.
He said the change would encourage “greater input from parents, teachers and community members”, and allow the school to have more control over its future.
“Childers State School will have more freedom to shape their own direction and make decisions that will directly benefit their students,” he said.
The school will benefit from $50,000 to help with the change, on top of an extra $50,000 per year for “administrative purposes”.