Changing of the guard
Mara Rogers steps up to take on the leading role at Isis Kindy
FRIDAY marked the end of the presidential road for Mel Broughton, after she spent seven years with Isis Community Preschool and Kindergarten.
Mrs Broughton officially handed over the reins to incoming president Mara Rogers late last week, ending what has been an almost decade-long association with the early learning centre.
She has watched three of her four children go through the preschool, as well as taken a keen interest in ensuring Childers’ newest generation gets off to the best possible start.
But as all good things must come to an end the final bell tolled for Mrs Broughton, who despite being a little upset to leave the school behind was looking firmly to the future.
Her view of early learning has changed substantially since her association began in 2008.
Where in decades past the perception was these centres were more akin to day care, now staff play an integral role in ensuring children are ready to hit the ground running when they move into the primary education system.
“I have a lot of respect for this kindy,” Mrs Broughton said.
“Their role is a lot bigger now than what it used to be. Kids are ready to start school by the time they leave here.”
Mrs Broughton was unsure what her future would hold, though she did tease she could end up involved in P&C groups.
For Mrs Rogers the first chapter of her journey as president started last week but she has been involved with the kindy for several years.
Mrs Rogers, husband Mat and their three children have lived in the district
New Isis Kindy president Mara Rogers We want to continue the projects previous committees started and continue supporting the students.
since 2011 and two of her children will attend the school this year.
“I’ve got big shoes to fill but it should be all right,” Mrs Rogers said.
“We want to continue the projects previous committees started and continue supporting the students that come through.”
The next general meeting is at the Royal Hotel from 7pm on March 7.
CHANGEOVER: New Isis Community Preschool and Kindergarten president Mara Rogers takes over from outgoing president Mel Broughton.