News

Anger simmers on school's last day

Woodford Dale Public School principal Sharon Nelson addressed the students at the conclusion of the school’s final assembly.
Woodford Dale Public School principal Sharon Nelson addressed the students at the conclusion of the school’s final assembly. Debrah Novak

TEARS and sadness were in abundance yesterday and anger was simmering just beneath the surface as parents, students and teachers gathered to celebrate Woodford Dale Public School on what could well be its last day in operation.

The bitterness felt by the school community towards the closure announced just two weeks ago was made even more painful by the fact many of them believed that earlier in the term they had been given the go-ahead for another year.

Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis said the School Education Director Ron Phillips had taken responsibility for this communication breakdown.

Mr Gulaptis was at the school to understand past and future attendance numbers but he wouldn't say what number of students would warrant the re-opening of the school.

"The difficulty is that once a school is closed students get enrolled somewhere else and the teachers find other jobs," Mr Gulaptis said.

For P&C member Gaby Deleiuen, who has two children at the school, it is not the end but the beginning. She has vowed to fight the decision and have it reversed. "I have been studying the NSW legislation on policy and procedures. Closing one-teacher schools represent a special case," she said.

"My children will be right here (at the school) next year.

"The decision has nothing to do with the children's' welfare; how can closing the school two weeks before Christmas be good for them.

"It is all about money."

Parent Lyn Drennon, whose family had been planning to bring new students to the school, said she would also be prepared to fight to keep it open.

"The school is the heart of the community," said local farmer Norm Kirby.

Topics:  closure, school, students, teachers



Young girl with big plans in the surf

SURF'S UP: Maclean grommet Lilli Young is ready to show what she's got at the Hurley BL's Blast Off junior competition in Sydney.

Lilli Young could be a name worth storing in the memory bank

Swap meet and vintage car display at Maclean, Sunday

Greg Dennis at the Grafton Vintage Car Club Show and Shine in South Grafton earlier this year. The club has swap meet and display at Maclean Showground on Sunday.

Swap meet and car display at Maclean on Sunday.

Preparing your pets in case of an emergency

Tips to increase the likelihood of evacuating your pets to safety.

Local Partners

Airbourne talk drop bears, beer and taxes

Airbourne have a new album coming out and a new tour on the way.  Photo Contributed

Airbourne release album for the aussie battler

Pippa Middleton had 3000 private photos stolen

Author Pippa Middleton

Author's account hacked to access 3000 private photos

Gruen star discovers the body's limits in new hit TV show

Todd Sampson tries out MMA fighting during TV series BodyHack.

Gruen star pushes the limits in new TV series

Deftones return to Australia with string of dates

Deftones are back in town. Photo Contributed

World renowned nu-metal pioneers return

How the Gruen guy's t-shirts took on a life of their own

Documentary filmmaker and Gruen panellist Todd Sampson.

What started out as simple workwear has become a trademark

Disney pulls costume for cultural appropriation

Disney has taken a costume off shelves out of respect for Islanders

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

NEW HOME: Agents to the rescue for family of nine

RELIEF: Tanya Cone (middle) with her kids and McKimm's Real Estate property managers Regan Firth and Nadine Greenhalgh who helped find her family a home.

DEX article prompts property managers to help family find new home

SOLD: Historic hotel finds new owner

Post Office Hotel Grafton

Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Pub in new hands and heading in a brand new direction

Peppers Airlie Beach put on the market

ON THE MARKET: Peppers Airlie Beach is being for recievership sale by CBRE Hotels and PRD Nationwide Airlie Beach.

Peppers Airlie Beach is being offered for sale.