See what’s hap­pen­ing in schools around the Coast.

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

PHOTO: LACEE FROESCHL

GEN­ER­A­TIONS: Rose and Robert Smith (out­side), Kylie, Is­abel and Zac Doolan (mid­dle) are four gen­er­a­tions that have at­tended Caloun­dra Pri­mary School.

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