Principal Shane Power says it is a matter of tailoring the work to suit children’s brain function.
Principal Shane Power says it is a matter of tailoring the work to suit children’s brain function. Georja Ryan

Proposal to change school hours

THERE was a mixed bag of opinions from Warwick residents about the proposal of changing primary school hours from 9am-3pm to 8am-1.15pm.

A Sydney principal, John Goh of Merrylands East, suggested the change after researchers revealed studies to prove children's brains are most active during these times.

School of Total Education principal Shane Power said it was not a case of changing the school hours, but rather tailoring the daily work to suit children's brain functions.

"I think he (Mr Goh) does have a point. With observations here, children are clearly a lot brighter in the morning and tend to get tired in the afternoon," Mr Power said.

"How we handle it at SOTE is that teachers use the mornings for more focused academic work, and after lunch is more rest time where the teacher might read a story.

"It would be very hard for parents to accommodate because most of them are working," he said.

One Warwick mother, Leeanne Morris Eastwell, commented on the issue via Facebook, and said she thought it was a great idea.

"I have four boys and they are up early so it would be a great idea. With the new school homework program it would give them more time in the afternoon to do things like homework, sports, chores and quiet time - then early to bed," Ms Morris Eastwell said.

Another Warwick resident, Janine Gibson, disagreed and said changing the hours would not work.

"Some families can not get to school on time for 8.45am let alone 8am," Ms Gibson said.

"There is nothing wrong with the current times - there are not enough hours already for teachers to teach in without losing an hour each day."


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