Education on agenda at Isolated Children's Parents' event
IT has been a strong turn out for the Isolated Children's Parents' Association state conference, despite many families currently suffering from the effects of drought.
More than 200 parents and delegates made their way to Toowoomba today for the first day of a two-day event hosted by the Toowoomba Grammar School.
The annual conference focused on a variety of issues affecting rural and remote students and attracted attendees from all corners of Queensland.
Association president Andy Pegler said it was a chance for parents and department representatives to gather and discuss the needs and issues affecting appropriate education in rural and remote regions, providing members with the perfect forum to be heard.
"Basically we're looking at anything that impacts on a student's access to education," he said.
Key issues on the agenda included getting greater support for principals, staff and students at small schools, the need for improved educational outcomes for special needs children and problems resulting from the increasing gap that exists in telecommunication services in rural and remote schools.
"This conference is as much about raising awareness of the unique styles of education delivery in the bush as it is about the issues associated with it," Mr Pegler said.
Toowoomba Grammar School headmaster Peter Hauser said it was the first time the school had hosted the conference.
"The school is honoured to be the venue for the conference," he said.
The conference finishes up tomorrow afternoon.