State schools welcome changes for the better
FOR THE first time in recent history, Charleville State School can excitedly say they have 10 full classes of students.
High enrolments, sitting at around 200 for the start of the term one, have meant the school was able to bring on an extra teacher in 2020, and Principal John Moore knows the addition is going to make a huge difference in the lives of his students.
"This year has been the first time we've has 10 classes in a long time, and I'm so excited about having an extra class, because it will mean smaller class sized and increase that student-to-teacher time.
"We are very lucky to have an amazing team here, and are looking forward to a very busy 2020."
The extra teacher time will have great benefits as the school brings in a new focus on reading and maths, and Mr Moore is excited to bring in new strategies to improve his students reading across every subject.
"Reading is our explicit improvement agenda for 2020; we a re refocusing our teaching around the teaching of reading in and across all the subject areas, rather than as a stand-alone subject.
"It will be integrated into maths, science, art, PE, and all areas - every teacher will have a role in students' reading improvement."
Outside of the classroom, the students can look forward to a variety of events, including a possible visit from the Variety Bash crews, and a wide variety of sporting competitions during terms one and two.
Mr Moore has started his first full year at Charleville State School, after coming on board in August; but he is not the only new educator around town.
Charleville State High School is welcoming their new principal Barry Wallett, along with a whole host of new teachers.
Mr Wallett has been in education for many years, and before coming to Charleville, was posted at Meridan State College on the Sunshine Coast.
While he is downsizing from a school of nearly 2800 students to just a few hundred, Mr Wallett is excited to be returning to his rural roots in the southwest - before his sea-change, he was teaching at Miles and has missed living in small towns.
"This is my first formal principal's role, and I am very keen to get back in to a small community and try to make a positive difference for our kids' learning," he said.
At the end of 2019, Charleville State High School said goodbye to 13 staff members, meaning there will be a lot of new faces around the campus this year, but Mr Wallet is cautious of not making too many major changes too quickly.
"There is already lots of really good stuff going on in Charleville, and I am still getting used to all the things that are happening here; first of all I want to be respectful of what's been coming beforehand, and then move forward to add value to our students' learning outcomes, and create a really positive learning community," he said.