Signpost - Feluga State School
With Feluga State School principal Edmond Starkey.
Where is the school? The school is surrounded by cane land eight kilometres north of Tully in the hinterland behind Mission Beach in far North Queensland, half way between Townsville and Cairns. The area took a direct hit from Cyclone Yasi earlier this year, although damage was worse at the school after Cyclone Larry in 2006.
When did it open? The school opened in 1927. The 75th anniversary was held in 2002. There are still plenty of anniversary books available if anyone would like a copy, for a small donation to cover postage.
How did it get its name? It was named after a Palestinian town called El Faluje, where Australians fought during the First World War. The pronunciation and spelling have changed to the way it is today with a hard 'g' sound.
How many students? There are currently 37 students at the school from Prep to Year 7.
How many staff? There are seven staff, consisting of two classroom teachers, two teacher aides, an admin officer, a cleaner and a groundsperson.
How long have you been the principal? I have been principal here for seven years. During my time there have been many improvements to the school's facilities. We have been able to direct the funds available to create the infrastructure we need to support the students in their learning.
What's the best thing about your school?
The best thing is that we all get along really well - staff, students and parents alike. There is a very supportive environment at the school. Many children come to the school from outside the geographical area. Even though we are a small school, we still are able to offer instrumental music to the students who perform regularly as a group and join with the Tully Cluster for concerts. The Tully Cluster is a very good cluster of schools whose principals meet regularly and work together for a better education for all students. Since 2006, we have taken our Year 7s to Brisbane to show them the 'big city'. This year, our Year 6 and 7 students have just come back from Canberra, where we visited the seat of our democratic society and visited the snow at Thredbo.
Claim to fame? Feluga is famous for its cent sales, as well as its approach to information technology and a caring small school environment.
School motto? Population Small, We Love Them All.