Gunalda township unites for school makeover
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).
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.
(School and tokens per student)
Gunalda State School
Cooloola Christian College
Gympie Central State School
Monkland State School
Widgee State School
Jones Hill State School
St Patrick's Primary School
Dagun State School
Gympie South State School
Gympie West State School
One Mile State School
St Patrick's College Gympie
Chatsworth State School