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Principal Ruth to call her last roll

UNDER THE READING TREE: Outgoing Broadwater State School principal Ruth Bott shares some time with Ben McAtamney, Tessa Pascoe, Ethan Semenzin and Karla Brien. Photo Daniel Elliott / Stanthorpe Border Post
UNDER THE READING TREE: Outgoing Broadwater State School principal Ruth Bott shares some time with Ben McAtamney, Tessa Pascoe, Ethan Semenzin and Karla Brien. Photo Daniel Elliott / Stanthorpe Border Post Daniel Elliott

A LOT has changed at the Broadwater State School in the 24 years Ruth Bott has been school principal.

When she arrived to take up the role in 1988 there were two buildings and a toilet block without walkways or paths linking them.

Mrs Bott said her mother had worked as a teacher on the Granite Belt in the 1930s and arriving at BSS was something of a homecoming for her.

"I was thrilled to get the appointment because it brought me back to an area I knew well," Mrs Bott said.

As well as the building development which included a new administration building, undercover areas, walkways and a recently completed building, Mrs Bott said technology had brought sweeping changes to the school but some things remained the same.

"Technology has definitely changed things and all the rooms are linked with wireless access now," she said.

"The population of children has changed from local farm kids to the majority coming from Stanthorpe but they are still the same in that they enjoy fun activities and parent participation is still good.

"I'm proud of the way staff has always worked as a team and gives more than enough."

The community will have the opportunity to farewell Mrs Bott on Saturday with a shared supper at the Broadwater Hall from 6pm after the official opening of the new school building at 5.30pm.

People are advised to call the school on 46836281 if they wish to attend and bring a plate of food to share (A-M surnames savoury, N-Z sweets).

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