Tiny Burnett school overcomes major challenges
KUMBIA State School has ended 2018 on a high note.
The small school recovered quickly from the devastating October hail storm and saw improvements in academic outcomes across all year levels.
A challenging 12 months with falling enrolment numbers led the P&C committee to begin working closely with Acting Principal Debbie Buckley as well as representatives from Education Queensland.
The collaborative efforts have paid off, with the school reaching the end of the year on a win, particularly when it comes to this year's NAPLAN results.
Kumbia State School has proven size does not matter when it comes to results with 100 per cent of students in both Year 3 and 5 scoring above the national minimum standard in reading.
"At Kumbia we do not focus entirely on the NAPLAN test results, we make sure what we do in our classrooms, setting high expectations for teaching, learning and behaviour in a supportive and inclusive environment, on a daily basis is having an impact. And clearly it is," Mrs Buckley said.
Kumbia P&C Association President, Kate Curtain said the committee was extremely proud to see such positive results.
"What started out as a challenging year has ended on a very positive note for us,” Mrs Curtain said.
"I have to commend the school on their ability to bounce back from adversitty and tough times such as the huge storm that hit in October.”
The school has a current enrollment of 62 students, with similar numbers expected for next year.
"The P&C committee have been so supportive, they are a blessing within our community. All the set backs we've faced this year have came with a silver lining,” Mrs Buckley said.
"Thanks to the support of the region we were back in the classrooms the day after the October storm hit and we've even had new carpets installed.
"It's been a great year for our school community all round.”