Sport, literacy and well-being in focus at Mundubbera
MUNDUBBERA State School was this year acknowledged for the second year in a row by the Chamber of Commerce ecoBiz award for promoting sustainability practices.
Principal Peter Townsend, who has been with the "wonderful” school for seven years, said he aimed to continue to expose students to committed teachers, engaging curriculum and supportive learning environments.
With a teaching staff of around 20 and a full staff of 50, the school caters for students from prep to year 10 as well students in the special needs department, totalling about 240 students altogether.
Mr Townsend said that this year six grades had taken part in camps across the southeast.
"Currently we have a girls' volleyball team competing at the all schools National Championships In Melbourne. And we have had 23 students successfully complete the Duke of Edinburgh Bridge Award,” he said.
Mr Townsend said the biggest highlight for him had been seeing the great gains in the school's youngest students as they developed the ability to read, decipher texts and then read for enjoyment.
"Being a prep to Year 10 school we can see the 'learning to read' process that then builds into the 'reading to learn',” he said.
"Our school works on building academic achievement plus social competence in all our students.”
He said the priorities for the year had been writing, fostering a culture that promotes learning, and wellbeing.
"We believe that ensuring that we focus on the wellbeing of the students, staff and community helps the process of learning. We also acknowledge that physical activity is integral in our students' development,” Mr Townsend said.