GAP co-ordinator Glenn Dobson (front) with Chris Pratt (left), Karan Dobson, Tanya Stevenson and Annett Hirsch.
GAP co-ordinator Glenn Dobson (front) with Chris Pratt (left), Karan Dobson, Tanya Stevenson and Annett Hirsch.

GAP helping kids stay on track

FOR MORE than a decade they have helped troubled young minds get back on track. Now the teachers at Hervey Bay’s Great Alternate Program are fighting to ensure their work stays on track.

The doors of the GAP school will be flung open at 1pm today at the old Camp Barrawinga site on Torquay Terrace with the Bay community encouraged to come and see what GAP is about.

“We work with about 40 kids. We have a rolling intake with 10 to 20 on the waiting list,” co-ordinator Glenn Dobson says.

“It’s alternative, flexible, individualised education that recognises the students.

“It helps them to re-engage with mainstream education, TAFE or gain employment.”

The school is run through Urangan State High School but while the nationally-accredited GAP teachers will continue to be paid, the time has come to source funding for rent and maintenance.

“It’s a program that thrives on community partnerships. We want to develop it with our existing and with new business partners.”



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Inmates at Maryborough jail help train more assistance dogs

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