HEROES: Students and teachers from The Pocket in their rainforest setting.
HEROES: Students and teachers from The Pocket in their rainforest setting.

Community and environment the focus at pocket-sized school

STUDENTS at the small public school at The Pocket are encouraged to be active community members whenever possible.

They have strong bonds with Coolamon Villa Aged Care Facility, and school principal Annette Fairhall said that the "residents, a lot of whom came here, attend our Grandparents' Day".

"So, when they interact with today's students, it's almost a trip down memory lane.

"And being a strong community, we buy produce from the farmers who support us by sharing their knowledge with us. It's what community's about.

"Our SRC recommended that we support student learning at Nakavika Primary School in Fiji, which we're currently doing.

"We're sending excess materials to them and we want to establish communications and create an ongoing relationship, whether by email or air mail, depending on Nakavika's circumstances," Ms Fairhall said.

"This year the students are also focused on environmental issues; they're heavily into composting, recycling and sustainability

"We're involved in an endangered species project, creating environments for squirrel gliders in conjunction with the Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre and SCU.

"The grounds are metamorphosing into a mini-rainforest; trees have been planted and weeds are being eliminated.

"The 60 students in The Pocket School's tranquil rural setting genuinely care about the community," Ms Fairhall said.



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