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23 June, 2022

Small school blooms big

YOUNG students at Yungaburra State School have embraced their town’s flower basket theme, spending the past two years nurturing their very own versions at the school entrance.

By Ellie Fink

Yungaburra State School student leader Scarlett Hammersley, environmental leader Joey Donald, school leader Beth Borroli, student leader Leah Wither and principal Jo McDougall take pride in the flower baskets at the front of their school.

Recently, the flower baskets have undergone some TLC by their new grounds keeper and are blooming brighter than ever, putting a community focus onto the small school. 

Orchestrated by the student council, the floral adornments were installed with the help of the Yungaburra Beautification Group, a local nursery, the P&C and Tablelands Regional Council. 

Principal Jo McDougall said the baskets had allowed the school to be part of the small town’s character.

 “When you drive through Yungaburra one of the most iconic things you see is the beautiful flower baskets and we wanted to link our school with the community by having the same baskets here,” she said. 

Yungaburra State School student leader Scarlett Hammersley, environmental leader Joey Donald, school leader Beth Borroli, student leader Leah Wither and principal Jo McDougall take pride in the flower baskets at the front of their school.

“I think it shows that we are a part of the community, and we have a sense of pride and belonging to the community and that is really special for us.” 

The pop of colour around the historic building has attracted the eyes of many community members, with many becoming protective over the project.

From alerting the school when the water isn’t working to when the plants are at the end of their life, Ms McDougall believes it is the community involvement in the school that has helped the baskets and other projects bloom. 

“A thing we had come up in a recent school review from our parents and even (Member for Hill) Shane Knuth is the sense of community within the school, and I think our flower baskets have really helped with that.”

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