This blog is a bonus, as I'd not intended writing another until we arrived back on Phillip Island. The reason is simple. Last night we attended a function that was so special I felt compelled to share it with you.
The spirit of joy stamped the Dunkeld State School End of Year Celebration night. This 11 pupil school -- three-quarter of an hour's drive south of Mitchell, between Mitchell and St George -- is a close to perfect example of a small outback school.
The children show resilience, confidence and positive attitudes towards learning. Like one big happy family these kids work and play together, mostly with grins on their faces and bright eyes alight with curiosity.
The Celebration included singing, dancing, marimba playing, speeches, book presentations and a colourful drama revolving around the school's week-long camp to Moreton Bay and St Helena. A mystical sea creature (created by the kids) made its appearance at the end of the drama.
A delicious supper followed, with lots of pleasant socialising.
What a great community.
What great teachers and great kids.
On the way home I said to Doug, "If I had my time over again I'd choose to go to Dunkeld State School."