A GROUP of parents with a shared vision for a co-operative learning centre are one step closer to realising their dream. They are breathing new life into the old Mondrook School House and taking tentative steps forward.
They know a new school may be a long way off, but foundations are being laid and it all starts with community.
Louise Jenkins is a mother of two from Burrell Creek. She is a woman with a vision of a community school unlike any other seen in the Manning Valley. Louise and a small group of interested parents have been meeting to "throw around" ideas. They are like-minded individuals who want to offer their children a creative and natural environment in which to learn.
The idea of a co-op learning centre came from these sessions and Louise said it feels right that the old school house will once again be a place where children can learn.
Now Louise is calling for more people to join this new community. Each Friday the group will get together from 10-2pm at the old schoolhouse to share ideas and do work on the building. Plans are also in place for a festival and fundraising will begin soon for a new toilet block and other infrastructure.
There are plenty more ideas that have inspired the group. A playgroup is likely said Louise who also pointed out the space would be suitable for any number of uses including a place to socialise home schooled children.
While Louise and the other parents are still "tweaking the model" they are not sitting idle, they have a vision and in the words of Louise herself "you've got to start somewhere."
Anyone interested in finding out more information, contact Louise on 0417 101 912 or email her on email@example.com. The group will be at the old Mondrook School House near the hall, Mondrook on Friday's from 10-2pm.