Bingara’s Roxy Theatre was packed last Wednesday evening for the Bingara Central School’s annual Presentation Night, where, in the words of school Principal, Brooke Wall, “we come together to celebrate the successes you have achieved throughout the year.”
Students from Year 3 to Year 12 received book and certificate awards for academic, sporting and citizenship achievements.
In her address, Mrs. Wall noted that at the end of last year, the staff and parents identified many important aspects that they wish for every graduate to have when they leave school. They are: being optimistic and confident; have self-motivation; have access to a range of pathways, opportunities and employment; make moral and informed decisions; be proud of their achievements and back themselves; be educated and continue to learn; accept criticism and don’t back away from a challenge.
“We all have an invested interest and that is creating opportunities and designing a platform for the futures of our students,” Mrs. Wall said.
“We hope as educationalists that we give students the skills to succeed in life after school but also hope that they leave our school, develop these skills, and then bring them back to our town.
“Over the past two years we have been fortunate enough to have many of our former students return to Bingara Central School to develop and refine their skills. Jade Dixon, Lucie Boyle, Riley Eastcott, Ellen Odell and Anna Southwell are the next generation of educationalists who are shaping the futures of our students.
“Tonight, I would also like to acknowledge the work of our teachers. You may have noticed that they will do absolutely everything to get the students to where they want to be. This has been signified by a noted change in school culture particularly in our secondary school.
“Students are investing in themselves, they are having conversations about their academics, they are talking about their subject selections and their future careers. They are also backed and supported by their parents. This is a strong step forward and only great things can come from these actions.
“Congratulations to all of our award recipients tonight, it is a moment for you to take pride in your efforts,” Mrs. Wall concluded.
She then announced that the Primary Dux for 2018 is Charli Mack, and the Dux of the School 2017 is Lachlan Butler. At the end of 2017, Lachlan was offered a position at BOS Engineering, in Inverell. He said he is enjoying his chosen career of engineering.
The Students Representative Council members were also announced. Primary SRC members are Cooper Corey, Blaire Johnson, Angus Marshall, Clayton Brien (Vice Captain), and Jane Newnham (Captain). The Senior SRC is Katie Dennis, Erica Dixon (Vice Captain), and Jacqueline Coombes (Captain).
Dux of the school 2017, Lachlan Butler, who now works for BOS Engineering in Inverell, Mrs. Wall, and Primary Dux 2018, Charli Mack. Leadership team: Erica Dixon, Jacqueline Coombes and Mrs. Brooke Wall, and in front, Clayton Brien and Jane Newnham.