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PARENTS and citizens are calling for financial support for an upgraded school hall to meet population growth and secure long-term sustainability for students and families.
Caloundra Primary School P&C has launched a Building Fund campaign seeking community donations, and is also lobbying government for what many have said is a “vital infrastructure”.
An education leader for 120 years, it currently has 550 students where “teachers know students and parents know teachers”.
This is particularly true for the Doolan/Smith family, having had four generations attend the school since grandma Rose Smith in 1936.
Kylie Doolan has three children who attend the school and use the hall for various programs (her other daughter Maddie was absent from the photo due to CalStar’s in the hall).
She said the expansion would future-proof their education and allow their cultural and social events to be staged before a larger audience.
“The school can’t even hold a whole school assembly with primary, secondary and the families,” she said.
“They do a junior parade and a senior parade because they just can’t fit everybody in”.
The upgraded facilities would also allow them to deliver more space for sports, concerts and broader community programs like Matt Fiddes Martial Arts who hold their classes there.
Mrs Smith, who was the schools’ 217th pupil in 1936, believed now there were “a lot more children” a bigger hall was more than necessary.
Mrs Doolan said the most important thing was “getting the outside community involved” as well as “exposing kids to what the rest of Caloundra offers”.
The Caloundra community can join the school’s campaign by donating to their building fund. Contact the school for more information.
GENERATIONS: Rose and Robert Smith (outside), Kylie, Isabel and Zac Doolan (middle) are four generations that have attended Caloundra Primary School.