Bogangar school proving popular
TEACHERS at Bogangar Public School are bracing for another enrolment surge next term as they near the end of their first year at the Tweed's newest and possibly most popular primary school.
Two more portable classrooms are being shipped in to join two others to cope with a dramatic rise in enrolments, from 254 at the start of the year to 325 expected next year.
Principal Wendy Graham says a surprisingly high number of children belong to young families from Brisbane and Sydney settling on the new Casuarina Beach estate as part of the sea-change phenomenon.
She says the education department is aware of the population boom and is planning four new classrooms to replace the portables sometime in the future.
Ms Graham has hailed the school's first year as a great success, considering everyone was starting from scratch.
She says she's been overwhelmed by the high level of staff and community support in providing a range of innovative programs aimed at giving students a head start.
During the first year the school - which is wired for state-of-the art computer and communications technology - has focused on student welfare, literacy, numeracy and fitness through a range of innovative sports programs. Cabarita surf club and other sports groups are involving pupils in their activities and parents are volunteering to help with everything from reading classes to teaching yoga to kindy kids.
"The school seems to have given the community a new focus and they have all pitched in," said Ms Graham, who sought a transfer from the Riverina to head the new school.
But the question of identity still appears clouded in the controversy which erupted in an often bitter debate earlier this year over whether the school should be named Cabarita Beach or the less prosaic but historically accurate Bogangar.
Ms Graham is reluctant to re-ignite the row, but judging by the reactions of some pupils, the controversy still appears to be simmering below the surface.
Asked what name they preferred, the school's four team captains responded in unison: Cabarita; Why?: Because it sounds so much better.