News

Warwick rodeo no excuse for Clermont boys to buck school

Eleven-year-old Luke Philp on the phone to his teacher in Emerald.
Eleven-year-old Luke Philp on the phone to his teacher in Emerald. Hayden Smith

IT'S not all fun and games at the Warwick Rodeo - just ask Clermont siblings Luke, Archie and Isabel Philp.

Despite being nearly 1000km away from home, the distance education students are honing their maths, English and science skills throughout the course of the week.

Whether it's over the phone to an Emerald-based teacher or under the watchful eyes of their governess Carol Draydon, the Philp children are sure to stay on top of their studies.

For Ms Draydon, setting up makeshift outdoor classrooms has become routine over the past few years.

"We travel to campdrafting events regularly - Warwick and Chinchilla are probably the biggest ones," she said.

Ms Draydon said these events also allowed Luke, 11, Archie, 6, and Isabel, 5, valuable social interaction with other distance education students.

"They are so isolated on their station (Wyrena) and they seem to love coming down," she said.

But teaching times tables at the Warwick Rodeo can be difficult, Ms Draydon admitted.

"Yesterday was the first day, and all they wanted to do was play," she said.

"You just have to get through what you can."

Despite the isolation from other students, Ms Draydon said distance education had its benefits.

"They really seem to understand the practical side of what they're learning," she said.

"A lot of what they learn could be valuable if they decide to work on the station one day."

And there's a fair chance we'll be seeing the Philp children at the Warwick Rodeo for plenty more years to come.

Their parents, Hugh and Sherri, are both competing at this year's event.

"The kids are already riding and have taken part in junior events," Ms Draydon said.

Topics:  distance education education technology warwick rodeo



10 best street art spots to take an Insta selfie

IF YOU are in need of a few trendy new Instagram snaps, then get your phone and selfie-stick ready and head to Brisbane.

Theatre royalty graces Brisbane stage

Don't miss Charles Edwards in this incredible theatre performance.

WHEN acting royalty comes to town, you sit up and take notice.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Rural Fire Brigade puts grass fire out on Granite Belt

Rural Fire Brigade units from the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service were on scene.

Scene safe after grass fire on Granite Belt

Woman on Red P plates registers .089

Police issued the notice to appear.

Warwick woman heading to court on drink driving charge

Entries needed for sheep dog trials at Warwick Show

Rhonda Bradbery, of Brisbane, and Zec in a sheep dog trial at Karara late last year.

Plenty of action planned on day 1 of the show

Local Partners

Fancy dress tea party stirs up the past

EVER wanted to dress up in 19th century attire and don tails and a top hat or an ankle-sweeping dress with a petticoat and corset?


REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Collegians to kick off footy season next week

Collegians coaches (from left) Deb Scanlan, Garth Miller, Ben Brownlie, Matt Collins (U9 assistant), David Hallman, Kerry Scanlan, Josh Williams, Bob Bell, Craig Frattini and Scott Morton.

Plenty of experience in Collegians coaching ranks

Actor Bill Paxton has died aged 61

AMERICAN actor and director Bill Paxton, who rose to stardom with roles in films such as Aliens and Titanic, has died at 61 due to complications from surgery.

Theatre royalty graces Brisbane stage

Don't miss Charles Edwards in this incredible theatre performance.

WHEN acting royalty comes to town, you sit up and take notice.

Un-American tale makes Lion weakest link in Oscars line-up

Dev Patel in a scene from the movie Lion.

PSYCHOLOGY researchers find US films most likely to win at Oscars.

Can rightful winner Midnight take out golden Gosling in Oscars?

Can Lion pip La La Land at the post in this year's Oscars? Sunny Pawar (pictured) helped bring a powerful film to the big screen.

WILL Aussie film Lion triumph or will popular La La Land prevail?

Buskers descend on Stanthorpe for championships

Kenny Slide performs at the National Busking Championships South East Queensland event in Stanthorpe on Saturday, February 25.

All manner of music has filled the streets of Stanthorpe.

Mackay's property market climbing like a Rocket Man

Renewed confidence in Mackay means more homes are being snapped up by those eager to plant their roots in the region.

There's movement in the real estate sector and it's all positive.

Mining downturn hitting mum and dad investors

18 Yeates Street, Moranbah sold for $135,000 in December, after being repossessed by a bank. The owners bought for $545,000 in August, 2011.

The economy still has two speeds, but with a painful twist

'Why we drove 800km to buy a treehouse with a disco ball'

The new owners have planned a few updates, but will stick with much of the original design.

A couple travelled almost 800km for the home of their dreams.

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!