Chang­ing of the guard

Mara Rogers steps up to take on the lead­ing role at Isis Kindy

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Phone Mara Rogers on 0447 784 207 or email mararogers@hot­mail.com or isiskindie@big­pond.com. By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

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.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

CHANGEOVER: New Isis Com­mu­nity Preschool and Kinder­garten pres­i­dent Mara Rogers takes over from out­go­ing pres­i­dent Mel Broughton.

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