THE population of the Gumlu State Primary School south of Home Hill may not be large, with a total of 7 pupils studying in the community, but they have big ideas about their future careers, as they use the school fence’s near-highway exposure to highlight what may be in the future for the pupils.
The school principal, Mr Thomas Harrington issued an invitation recently to media to attend an event where “I am revealing a project the kids and I have been doing that will promote our little school”.
Working to the school’s theme of “Where we are living the Dream”, Mr Harrington told a gathering along the school’s fence line of parents, staff, students and supporters that “with support, these guys can hope for anything” in their future careers, as he spoke of past students becoming farmers and accountants amongst other areas of working interest, with various trades and professions represented.
He said highlighting the careers on the fence showed passing motorists that “this is what our school has to offer… Why drive past?”
The Gumlu School’s pupil population has dropped in recent years from 18 down to 7, but Principal Thomas Harrington said he absolutely loves the place, after moving to the area in 2014.
He said their current project started when he was looking for something to promote the school and with it being so close to the Bruce Highway, he thought about what they could put on their fencing to attract attention to the school.
That resulted in the current project to highlight what the school had to offer career-wise for the students.
The Gumlu State School has an agricultural feel about it, with a lamb that is being raised by the pupils, helping to greet the many guests who joined the promotion.
Also roaming around the school grounds are a variety of other animals including poultry, cattle and bush turkeys.
Work is also under way to restump the school building.
The School was also joined by the Assistant Regional Director of Education, Suzanne Currin, who said the promotion was all about seeing the kids talking about what could bring the focus on to the School.
That meant putting the pieces on the fence line and filling in the places.