Future bright for our schools
AS THE school year begins there's plenty to look forward to for schools throughout the region.
According to three principals in Chinchilla and Miles, enrolments at their schools are either stable or improving.
Miles State School principal Steven Bennett said enrolments at the school were steady.
"We really don't have an indication until we get them arriving but it's fairly stable,” Mr Bennett said.
For St Joseph's Chinchilla, principal Aaron Wells said enrolments were looking good.
"Enrolments are really strong at the school at the moment, so we've just fielded a number of enrolment enquiries this week,” Mr Wells said.
"(We've) been busy conducting enrolment interviews this week for families that are not only new to the area but also families that are looking for that Catholic education for their children.”
Chinchilla Christian College principal Nathan McDonald said school enrolments were up by 15 per cent from the end of last year.
"So we're excited to be starting the 2018 school year, we've got a number of new staff including new teachers to cater for the continued growth that we're experiencing,” he said.
"And it's also an exciting year for us at CCC because we have our first group of Year 12s going through the school and who will be graduating at the end of this year.”
And the schools have plenty of events on the horizon to look forward to.
Mr Bennett said Miles State School had some fun plans.
"This year we are planning on working with Josh Arnold and doing... a school song,” he said.
Meanwhile, both St Joseph's and Chinchilla Christian College have plans for expanding their school facilities.
Mr Wells said St Joseph's was planning to build four new classrooms.
"We're just in the process of going out for council approval at the moment,” he said.
"So we had all of our funding come through late last year from the state and federal government so looking to hopefully turn dirt and start building as of April, all things going to plan that should be ready for occupation at the start of the next school year.”
Mr McDonald said Chinchilla Christian College was also planning to build specialist facilities.
"So we're going to be investing $3.9 million into the school in terms of new secondary facilities, specialist facilities and the other exciting thing that's happened this year is because of our growth of enrolments from families in Miles we've just purchased a bigger bus to cater for that daily bus service out to Miles,” he said.