Letter to the Editor

May 11, 2018

Local support vital

Have we reached a point where too much choice is slowly destroying the very nature of what ‘‘rural’’ really means?

We have Bunnings buildings as big as a small village, mega-marts, marketplaces, drive-through coffee shops and so on.

As the world hurtles through another revolution (this time technology) at a mind-blowing pace, education relating to ‘‘where the jobs are going to be’’ is more relevant than ever.

When choosing a school, parents often do so without looking at all their options.

Small rural schools offer more than you would think.

Key areas like collaboration, co-operation and ‘‘hands-on’’ real life learning in a small, family-like environment, can set kids up for the future.

With social media playing a huge part in the lives of our ‘‘digital natives’’, do our kids really need to be surrounded by dozens of students in the playground?

How many parents actually go and visit their local small school, so they can make an informed decision based on facts and not merely hearsay?

You may be surprised by the wealth of talent among teaching staff.

You may also be surprised at the resources and ‘‘need it now’’ opportunities.

Access to computers is pretty much one per student.

There is a wealth of books and equipment for developmental play.

There is no doubt that rural enrolments across the state are dropping.

Twelve of our local schools are serviced by a library van and an art van.

Both services have excellent teachers.

Enrolments across these schools have fallen almost 13 per cent from last year to this year.

Small communities rely on local support.

This includes businesses, sporting clubs, hall committees, CWA, SES, CFA and so on.

Your local school is an integral part of the local community.

—Owen Holleran, Harston

Primary School principal

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