Strumming in the rain fear
Goonengerry Public School pupils are savouring music lessons in their demountable classroom this term as they prepare for a performance at this weekend’s Federal Park party and an upcoming end-of-year concert. Next year they could be strumming their guitars in the rain.
In term three, the Education Department threatened to remove the demountable multi-purpose classroom they use for music, which has been concreted in and has its own path, landscaping, plumbing and electricity, all funded through the Building Education Revolution program.
The department is allowing the school to keep the classroom for another term and will review the situation again next year.
P&C president Lissa Maloney said the classroom was greatly needed by the school and provided an essential space for music, creative arts classes as well as extra room for separating composite classes and for special needs students.
“Without this classroom the students would be having their music lessons outside, often in the rain or extreme hot weather,” she said. “We’d understand the Education Department taking the classroom away if we didn’t need it, but this is a room in use every day and we think it’s worth fighting for.”
Ms Maloney said that while the school appreciated being able to keep the classroom for another term, she hoped common sense would prevail next year.
“We do feel like we’ve been listened to and we’re grateful to still have use of the classroom, but we don’t want to be going through all of this again in term one next year or going through with the sit-in protest we threatened,” she said.