Topics:  education, mount gordon flexi-campus, tertiary education, warwick state high

Flexi muscles flexed

The boys from the Warwick State High School Mount Gordon Flexi Campus almost two months since the school first opened.
The boys from the Warwick State High School Mount Gordon Flexi Campus almost two months since the school first opened. Erin Smith

THE boys at Warwick State High School's (WSHS) Mount Gordon Flexi-Campus spent the better part of this week preparing the grounds for the official re-opening of the school.

This time round the campus is called school by a combination class of 15 Year 8 and 9 boys.

They were chosen for the program, which took off at the start of this term, because they experienced difficulties at school and had a history of school refusal, behavioural and or social problems.

They boys have been mowing, demolishing ants nests, building shelves and studying their maths and English; all important life skills.

One of their projects includes preparing a touch football field.

Teacher Mark Fowler said he had noticed a difference in the boys over the past few months.

"It hasn't been without its trials," he said.

"But we are hoping to make a difference."

WSHS principal Cheryl Dossetto attended the opening.

"We are here to celebrate new beginnings and creating new opportunities," she said.

Ms Dossetto said it was important for the boys to set themselves some goals.

"Success is what happens along the way," she said.

Both Mr Fowler and Ms Dossetto where impressed with the level of community support they had received.

To honour all of the supporters who have donated everything from money to food, the boys created a supporters' board which is on display at the school.

"It takes a village to raise a child," Ms Dossetto said.

Student Caine Beggs said wanted to thank all the parents for coming to the opening.

Mr Fowler said the parents had been very supportive.

"The response from the parents has been exceptional," he said. "They have been so positive about everything."



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