Miranda Pearce, with five of her eight children (clockwise from front left) Isabelle, 3, Liam, 11, Kyrin, 7, Brayden, 9, and Rachelle, 4, wants to relocate to Agnes Water, however the lack of high school keeps them from moving.
Miranda Pearce, with five of her eight children (clockwise from front left) Isabelle, 3, Liam, 11, Kyrin, 7, Brayden, 9, and Rachelle, 4, wants to relocate to Agnes Water, however the lack of high school keeps them from moving. Chrissy Harris

Agnes Water missing a high school

THE Pearce family, including eight children, have wanted to move to Agnes Water for some time, but have stayed in Gladstone because there is no high school in the booming seaside town. And the Pearces know of another 10 families who would have made the move as well.

Mum Miranda said the lifestyle, pristine environment and less hustle and bustle had led them to buy acreage on the outskirts of Agnes Water nearly four years ago, with the intention of moving as soon as they could.

But a high school seems no closer and the move has been put on hold again.

“I have seven children at home at present: a 17-year-old in grade 12, 15-year-old in grade 11, 11-year-old in grade 6, nine-year-old in grade 4, a seven-year-old in grade 2 and my four-year-old is attending kindergarten this year. I also have a three-year-old at home,” Mrs Pearce said.

“We own land there, but if there is no school what can we do? I don't want them travelling for hours on buses and we can't afford to send them all to boarding school.”

Mrs Pearce said she knew of many similar families who wanted to live in the Agnes Water/Seventeen Seventy area, but were turned off by lack of secondary education.

“Because I have a lot of contact with other parents at playgroup, karate, school etc there are lots of families with kids who want to move down, but can't because of the education,” she said.

“I have a friend who has owned a house in Agnes township for 25 years ... but never did move because there was no high school.”



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