Knock it down: principal sacrifices home for school

CALLIOPE State School principal Jeremy Godden doesn't mind that his old home is being demolished; it's making way for a new $6 million two-storey building at the school.

The new administration building, six general classrooms, a science lab, computer room and outdoor learning areas are being built to handle Calliope's continued growth.

"It has to happen looking into the future with growing student numbers here," Mr Godden said.

"The community in Calliope is growing and they are all young people with young families."

In 2010 the small state school had 434 students. Last year enrolment was at 588 and there are no signs of it slowing down.

"If you consider that 60 students just left us to go into high school but we are anticipating 110 preps this year, that's a growth of 50 kids," Mr Godden said.

"We're now enrolment managed where we only get kids from our district."

Mr Godden has been in Calliope for six months and put the school's growth down to the community's country feel.

"When you walk around here it feels really nice," he said.

"Our weekly assemblies are very well attended and the parents want to help in a positive way."

The construction will also include turning the old administration building back into two classrooms.

Sandy Hill was the librarian at Calliope State School from 1981 to 2012 and said the school had changed a lot since she first started.

"I loved the school. It was such a beautiful little school," she said.

When she started there were around 250 students from prep to Year 7 and by the time she finished there was almost double the number.

"It is pretty much the same country school but the kids aren't as country as they had been in the past," she said.

"There was always a shortage of space. With the growth now they're getting brilliant new buildings, learning areas and non-learning areas."



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