WHEN I visitedLaggan Public School last week I wasn’t prepared for the memories that wouldcome flooding back.
It hasn’t changedthat much since I left way back in 1986, maybe it has just become morebeautiful.
Laggan was morethan a school to me. It is somewhere where lifelong friendships were made andit sculptured and prepared me for the person I would become and am today.
I had wonderfulteachers and nothing, it seems, has changed.
Laggan has justgained a perfect new principal in Miss Laura Grace.
Her name almostsuits the school, a serene, soft name, matching the schools environment.
She isapproachable, likeable and carries a sense of humour with her which I am sureis a pre-requisite in her position.
“I fell in lovewith the school immediately,” says Laura, who came to Laggan at the start ofthe year as relieving principal.
“I love thecapacity to be able to be creative to support and extend the children’sabilities.
“It’s thecommunity atmosphere as well, Laggan as a whole have been really supportive.”
It is Laura’sfirst time as principal, but she has taken it in her stride.
“I love being ateacher principal; you get to look at the big picture.”
Laura arrived atLaggan originally as a relieving principal while she was positioned at GoulburnWest as relieving assistant principal.
She applied for thepermanent position when it became available and at the end of October shelearnt she was the new permanent principal of Laggan.
“I willdefinitely be staying for the foreseeable future,” she said.
President ofLaggan P&C, Mark McGaw, said they are lucky to have a school like Laggan.
“We haveexperienced teachers here working to bring out the best in all the students,”he said.
“Our teacher topupil ratio allows for all students to get the attention they need.
“The facilitiesare exceptional and the surrounding gardens provide a relaxed environment foreveryone to enjoy.”
He said the onlything missing at the school were a few more students.
“If we can getanother five or six students we can maintain two full time teachers,” he said.
At the moment thereis one permanent full time and three part time teachers. The slight increase innumbers would mean the world of difference.
Hoping to bring alift to the numbers is the Crookwell Day Care being based at Laggan School inthe new education revolution building two days a week.
“There are 15places available from 0-5 years on a Wednesday and Thursday,” said Laura.
“It is fantasticthat we are able to put this building to community use, and hopefully it willhave a follow on effect.”
“We have 21 childrenat the moment; I would love to see that grow to 30.”
At the presenttime the primary class, Years three to six, has eight children and Kindergartento Year two has 13. A separate Kindergarten class is run separately two days aweek.
LAGGAN School hasa long history. It was established in 1868 and has a reputation for setting upstudents and working life.
Students areoften praised for their manners and behaviour when they attend public functionsor when visitors come to the school.
“The choice tosend our children to Laggan was quite easy,” said Mark.
“We wanted ourchildren to get individual attention and not get lost in a big class roomsituation.”
Although it is asmall school it has all the same facilities as any other school in the area.
And with Lauraloving technology it is no wonder they have everything “up there” when it comesto the latest gadgets.
“The kids areable to enjoy ipads, white interactive boards, laptop computers and digitalcameras,” Laura said.
“They arecontinuously able to connect to the wider world and be involved in things biggerthan their little school.”
Anyone who wishesto go along and look at what the school has to offer is most welcome.
“Until peopleactually come and see it and how it is run, how calm it is and how much supportthey get, they won’t know what a wonderful little school it is,” said Laura.
“It is sosupportive to the children.”
Laura said shewants to enjoy seeing the little school grow.
“I want to stayhere, grow the school, the children and also grow as part of the community. Anexciting future lays ahead.”
Footnote: LagganSchool is currently taking enrolments in all grades
President of the Laggan School P&C Mark McGaw with the new school principal, Miss Laura Grace
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