Parent frenzy on Goondoon St as conference comes to Gladstone
ABOUT 260 parents and citizens who care about schools swarmed Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre yesterday for the Annual Queensland P&C Conference.
The conference is held in a regional town every second year and this year has the highest number of delegates at a regional conference to date.
Gladstone's Education Queensland and Industry Partnership coordinator Tamra Costello didn't want credit for bringing the conference to Gladstone but she was the one who presented the idea to P&C Queensland.
Her presentation obviously worked as the Oaks Hotel and Gladstone Central Apartments were booked out with parents and citizens like Dianne Lodden. She is in her 25th and last year on a P&C.
"We are definitely not a fundraising committee and we're more than just tuck shops," she said.
"We are about getting outcomes for the students and helping the parents who don't have the time to be involved."
Some of these students put on a show for the large crowd, Tannum Sands State High School students Skye Birthisel, 14, and Gabriella Ek-Khouri, 17, sang the national anthem.
Skye said she was nervous in front of the crowd as it was the first time they had sung together.
The next act, the Gladstone West State School Warriors, definitely weren't doing their performance for the first time together.
The cheerleaders came out to a large round of applause from a crowd which understood the commitment needed to practice two mornings and one afternoon a week.
Ten-year-old Kaye Ng said it was the best performance in her four years of cheer leading.
"I was a bit nervous but I knew we would do well," she said.
Ten-year-old Amity Collete said all the girls did themselves and coach Ms O. proud. They walked off with a large round of applause to make way for Minister for Education Kate Jones.
The unwavering praise for the cheerleaders was swapped for analytical gazes for Ms Jones, to make sure her message was in the best interest of the girls who had just left the stage.