Gayndah State School principal Andrew Goldie with students Lucinda Goldie and Lachlan Smith, both in Year 4.
Gayndah State School principal Andrew Goldie with students Lucinda Goldie and Lachlan Smith, both in Year 4. Contributed

Drums and robots make school unique for kids

MANY of the teachers at Gayndah State School have a strong connection with the parents because not only are they teaching their children, but they also taught the parents.

Principal Andrew Goldie said a lot of the staff were "second-generation” teachers who had taught at the school for between 20-30 years.

"I like everything here - the kids and the wonderful staff. The staff know the parents because they taught them. They're very invested in the area,” he said.

"That's the strength of the school - the staff. They're very passionate.”

Mr Goldie said that this year the school - which has 124 students - had started a Meals on Wheels run with Year 6 students.

"Every third Friday I take three children from grade 6 and we do a Meals on Wheels run and everybody in Year 6 gets a chance to take part,” Mr Goldie said.

"It is good for both generations. We really look forward to it.”

This year, Mr Goldie said, he'd also introduced a Drumbeat program "which has been really popular”.

He said the drumming was "almost like a meditation” and students took part once or twice a week to help them focus, help their concentration and support their social and emotional wellbeing.

"Someone leads the drumming so it also teaches leadership. It's been really successful,” he said.

Students this year had also enjoyed plenty of coding, drones and robotics work.

Mr Goldie said that being part of a small country school in a small town helped children foster respect for each other.

"We have a great relationship with the other schools around us and we're very close with our whole community,” he said.

"The teachers and students all have a lot of respect for each other and the kids are proud of where they go to school.”


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