GUNALDA State Primary is the little country school punching above its weight after winning The Gympie Times' recent Win a Classroom Makeover Competition.

The Gympie Times competition published tokens in the paper over a number of weeks which schools then had to collect and submit.

Because each school had a different population, the winner was determined based on the ratio of coupons per student.

With a student body of 27, Gunalda State Primary School won the classroom makeover with 468 tokens. That is 17.3 tokens per student.

The school came out on top easily, with its nearest rival being Cooloola Christian College with 4.96 tokens per student, followed by Gympie Central State School (4.70).

WINNERS: Gunalda State School students jump for joy after winning The Gympie Times’ Win a Classroom Makeover Competition. Excited about the win are Ben Philps, Jack Harper, Joseph Harpe, Angus Harper, Heath Goodwin and Justice Goodwin with principal Jeremy Donahoo. Below, students show off their new classroom material.
WINNERS: Gunalda State School students jump for joy after winning The Gympie Times’ Win a Classroom Makeover Competition. Excited about the win are Ben Philps, Jack Harper, Joseph Harpe, Angus Harper, Heath Goodwin and Justice Goodwin with principal Jeremy Donahoo. Below, students show off their new classroom material. Greg Miller

Administration officer Danielle Cooper was thrilled with the win and the completed makeover, transforming the school's classrooms.

New items helping improve learning during lessons include new wave-style tables, electric pencil sharpeners, tables, chairs, colourful book trolleys and safety rubber cases for iPads.

Other practical items making teaching more comfortable include microwaves and new phone headsets.

The new equipment, mainly the tables, has had a positive impact on learning.

"The wave tables are great for group discussions and participation," Ms Cooper said.

The school used the competition win as a learning opportunity, too, with students involved in the assembly of flat pack furniture.

"We got the kids to help with the building of the book cases and they took a lot of pride in that," Ms Cooper said.

"It was a hands-on activity and the children felt they were part of it."

Ms Cooper thanked the school's students and their families for enthusiasm, making the competition win possible.

The school's win, quite literally, was a town effort.

Breakdown

(School and tokens per student)

Gunalda State School

17.33

Cooloola Christian College

4.96

Gympie Central State School

4.70

Monkland State School

4.15

Widgee State School

3.93

Jones Hill State School

3.48

St Patrick's Primary School

3.33

Dagun State School

2.44

Gympie South State School

1.60

Gympie West State School

1.59

One Mile State School

1.28

St Patrick's College Gympie

1.27

Victory College

1.02

Chatsworth State School

0.53

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