Bingara Central School News: August 20, 2009 (Week 4, Term 3)

August 21, 2009

This week I am able to announce a very significant funding agreement which is going to benefit all Bingara Central School students for the next four years. National Partnership Funding, of up to $200,000 a year, is to support teaching and learning across the whole school.

At a conference in Armidale last week, schools across the region to benefit from this funding, were advised that it can be used to employ additional teaching and support staff, for teacher training and development, to engage specialists or consultants and to purchase additional teaching resources. I plan that the school will manage the funding through a committee made up of teachers, support staff, parents and students to ensure that it can be best targeted towards the specific needs of our students.

It is expected that such an extensive program will generate improvements, not only in the core elements of numeracy and literacy but also in the areas of student wellbeing and opportunity. I expect that we will develop a range of intensive early intervention strategies to support students who are finding their work challenging so that all students can grasp these essential skills.

It is also expected that schools will use the funding to develop and create variations to existing curriculum and school structures to ensure the needs of all students are met. This program is extremely timely in the context of the development of our senior school and the increase of the legal school leaving age to 17 years.

It is essential that we develop appropriate courses and subject offerings for all our students to ensure that the time they spend at school is both challenging and relevant to their futures.

I am looking forward to guiding this investment in our students and in time, reporting the successes of the program.

Third term is always very busy and a quick look at the calendar shows that in both primary and secondary, this year is no exception. The list includes Thomson Cup, district athletics, football, netball, debating, SRC training, Science in the Bush, music and the list goes on.  Nobody could say that school is dull. There is something for everyone.

It is perhaps worth considering that everyone can be good at something and nobody can be good at everything.  At Bingara Central School, where students are encouraged to have a go, there is opportunity for those who want to take the chance.

Mark Vale