Gift of free­dom

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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”.

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