Cool small school rules

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on July 30, 2020

THE title of smallest primary school in the Great Southern this year goes to Ongerup Primary School.

Semester 1 saw just 20 students enrolled – an average seen for the past several years.

Principal Mark Bruce said more than 100 students attended the regional school back in the 1970s.

However, he says the community has adapted to the small school population and enjoy it all the more.

“It’s a very friendly school,” Mr Bruce said.

“All the kids will come up to you and they like to introduce themselves and have a chat.

“We are very proud of our school.”

Classroom size is often a topical debate in the schooling world but at Ongerup Primary, not many people have ever complained about classes being too big.

“Parents expect that level of one-on-one, teacher-student time now, because we’ve naturally had it for quite some time,” Mr Bruce said.

The smallest school in the state is Gascoyne Junction Remote Community School in Carnarvon, which has just five students enrolled.

The largest school in WA is Churchlands Senior High in Perth, which recorded 2,843 students at the end of Term 2.