Small in size, big on spirit: Killarney pushes ahead
COMMUNITY spirit was the theme of the day as Killarney P-10 State School opened their doors to the public.
Open Day was a chance to show potential parents, students, teachers and members of the Killarney community what the school had to offer.
School Principal Rowie Price is a champion for the P-10 school and says students benefit from the smaller class sizes.
“We have a great small school here because the class sizes enable us to cater to every single student so their learning is tracked and individualised,” she said.
But one of the greatest limits the school faces is the loss of secondary students to schools which offer more diverse and specialised subjects.
Year 10 student Michaela Paterson says the limits placed on subject choice can be disappointing.
“There are some subjects I would like to do but won’t get the opportunity to try until I go on to a different high school in another area for year 11 and 12,” she said.
Michaela’s sister Abby, who is in the year below agrees.
“I think it would be great to be offered agricultural science, seeing as we are a country school,” she said.
Mrs Price says moving forward, one of the main goals is to attract new, more specialised teachers to the area so junior secondary students have more choice.
“It’s about keeping our kids from primary into the junior secondary space and also about attracting new enrolments into the area.”
She says they will do so through open day, which reinforces the school’s unique features like its numerous colourful murals designed to reflect Killarney’s community spirit.
“We have smaller classrooms, a very committed and collegial staff who continuously track each student’s progress, community partnerships and we know each student and their family,” she said.
To draw in more specialised teachers, Mrs Price highlights the lifestyle that accompanies teaching in Killarney.
“To potential teachers it’s about seeing what the community can offer in terms of lifestyle and for new teachers, it’s an opportunity to hone your craft,” she said.
The schools constant linkage with community groups such as the Co-op and Warwick Credit Union were positively reviewed as one of their key strengths.
“We invite the community to be part of what we do here, it’s an important two-way relationship that the students really benefit from.”