School hopes revived by report

BLACKWATER State High School may get an answer to its prayers, after the education review, the Gonski report, was released on Monday.

The school's principal, Linda Galloway, sent a submission to the Schools Funding Review in March last year as part of the report, outlining the issues they faced due to lack of funding.

These included the risk of losing interschool sport programs, an unmet need of professional development of teachers and a lack of facilities such as disability access and music rooms.

While some of these have since been rectified, Parents and Citizens president Joanne Truelson said more was needed and thanks to a $5 billion injection to state and federal school funding this could become possible.

"The only funding we've really had in the last year has been for a sports shed and that was great but we need more of it," she said.

"We need more teachers and a renewing of the school.

"No-one seems to want to fix things, they just build new stuff."

Wayne Butler, Education Queensland regional director for Central Queensland, said the department would consider the Gonski recommendations and their implication for state schooling.



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