Bumper stickers back Gracemere High School push
WHEN it comes to a Gracemere high school, it appears the government isn't willing to put its money where its mouth is.
But one local mum is.
Gracemere mother Susan Webber wants to create bumper stickers which read "Lets make it happen... high school for Gracemere" to keep the issue at the front of people's minds.
Susan, who is a mother of two boys, said she had experienced first hand the impact of not having a local high school and thought the bumper stickers were a good way to take action.
"It is just something I thought of to try and keep the topic in the public eye and on people's minds, it is money out of my own pocket, but if that's what it takes so be it," she said.
"It is a way of proactively promoting the issue ... it gives our community a visual reminder that there are still community members out there passionate about this issue and determined to get what we believe our community needs, and it also helps to remind any passing politicians that see the stickers that we are not going to go away."
Susan wants to take action as she believes Rockhampton schools have too many students.
She said another high school in Gracemere would be the solution.
"I think that Rockhampton schools have too many students," she said. "I make this statement not by what the Education Department deems as an acceptable student to teacher ratio, but from what I have seen with my own eyes, what my children have experienced in the past and currently still do and what other parents (or) grandparents have discussed with me.
"Anyone who walks into a classroom can see how much pressure teachers are under, and at the end of the day it is our kids who suffer the consequences."
Susan said she thought it would make a big difference if there was to a local high school instead of having to travelling into Rockhampton.
"There are literally bus loads of students who have to travel from all over the region to get to a high school in Rockhampton, that equates to less sleeping hours, less family time, less time to concentrate on homework," she said.
Susan said she was passionate about the issues because she believed children deserved to have more options and a better standard of education and they should not have to travel to another town to access it.