In The Courier this week

Mt Torrens Primary School teacher Cathy McHolm with most of the student body – Gage Thirlwell, Year 3, left; Nina Deane-Freeman, Year 5; Max Krahnert, Reception; Chloe Thirlwell, Year 5; Amber McCann, Year 6; and Hayley Gray, Year 7. One student was absent.

You do the maths

Parents of students at the Mt Torrens Primary School want to keep the school open despite it having only seven pupils.

The school’s governing council wants to attract new enrolments for next year and believes the historic town would suffer if the facility closed.

The school, which has been operating since 1877, currently employs a full-time principal/teacher, two part-time teachers (one three days per week, the other a single day), two part-time  administration/library staff and a grounds person. It also has a Christian support officer three days per week.

It has one Reception pupil, a Year 3, two Year 5s, two Year 6s and a Year 7 student.

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Also in this week’s issue

  • Council candidates: A demand for better sporting facilities, support for a town square in Mt Barker and the need for local jobs growth were among the issues raised by ratepayers at a forum with their potential future councillors this week.
  • Water works: Ongoing SA Water roadworks along Onkaparinga Valley Road at Verdun are going to be put on hold until next year.
  • New crop: Hazelnuts could become a commercial crop in the Hills as the industry looks to expand across Australia.
  • Volunteers sought: The Hills’ first community radio station is on the airwaves and searching for more volunteers to lend their voices and skills.
  • Retail development: A century-old Balhannah business is busy presenting a new face to the Hills.

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