School of travelling show children finally get to class
AS THEIR parents put the finishing touches on merry-go-rounds and sideshow alley ahead of the Fraser Coast Show, students from one school have sat in their own classrooms for the first time this year.
About 21 students crowded into the portable classrooms of the Queensland School of Travelling Show Children at Maryborough Showgrounds yesterday.
It was the school's first official day for this year after it became a victim of State Government budget cuts last September.
The Federal Government and the Victorian and New South Wales governments stepped in to help parents buy back the classrooms earlier this year and to fund fuel and supplies after a long campaign by parents to reinstate the travelling school.
Mum Jade Evans is the fifth generation of her family to travel across the country for shows.
She said parents fought hard to have the school reinstated because too many travelling show people in her own generation hadn't been able to have an education.
Thanks to the parents' campaign, the Queensland government announced it would also give the school $210,000 to hire a teacher during the next three years.
The classrooms will travel up and down the east coast, following families to shows across the state.