School’s in behind wheel

Shannon SmithAlbany Advertiser
Mt Lockyer Primary School deputy principal Paul Hockey.
Camera IconMt Lockyer Primary School deputy principal Paul Hockey. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser, Laurie Benson

A school is not quite the same without the children — just ask the teachers who have been faced with all-but-empty classrooms at Mt Lockyer Primary School.

The staff missed their students in the final weeks of Term 1, so they came up with a creative way to connect with them.

The school held a drive-around event on Thursday last week, when a convoy of about 25 cars carried 40 staff through Lockyer.

Students stood outside their homes with their parents, equally as excited to see their teachers again after isolation.

Deputy principal Paul Hockey said staff had missed having the children around.

“It feels eerie at the school without them,” he said.

“Everywhere you go, everyone says the same thing — we are really missing the children and the noise, the action that is always going on.

“You don’t know how much you miss it until the children aren’t there.

“Because of everything that is going on and the way that education is being delivered and being prepared to be delivered at the moment, we thought this might be a good way to have some safe contact at the end of the term.”

The school has a big catchment area that covers more than 600 students.

While staff only had time to visit Lockyer students last week, they plan to visit students in the McKail area next term.

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