Bingara Central School News: February 25, 2010 (Week 5, Term 1)

March 1, 2010

At the end of this week, Cathie Brown will commence her retirement after 23years of dedicated service to the students, families and staff of Bingara Central School. This week Cathie said the greatest reward has been watching each year of Kindergarten students come into the school and to see how they grow and develop over time.

Cathie worked at the school in 1987 as a library assistant. Before moving into the front office and working in Primary classes. Since 1992 Cathie has been the Senior Office Manager where her skill in managing the schools finance has been outstanding and her sensitivity in managing staff has been valued by all. Cathie’s current title is School Administration Manager, a demanding role but one which Cathie has filled with great skill and commitment.

I would personally like to thank Cathie for the help and assistance she has given me since my arrival here. On behalf of all the students, their families and the staff of Bingara Central School over the past 23 years, I would like to wish Cathie a long and happy retirement. I know that Cathie and Bob will enjoy some travel and time with family, but I also hope that this week is not the last that we see of Cathie here at school. She will always be welcome to visit and perhaps share a yarn at morning tea.

Year 9 students Montana McCosker was successful in applying to be a student representative on the Regional Student Equity Advisory Team (SEAT). The team will meet regularly, either in person or by video link, to discuss issues relating to social and educational disadvantage that may be experienced by young people in our regional community. Their advice and recommendations will be listened to by government agencies, businesses and politicians. Montana will be required to travel to Sydney this year to join other students at the State Conference.

This is a wonderful opportunity for Montana to develop her leadership skills and to represent the views and experiences of rural youth in a larger forum. I look forward to hearing of Montana’s contributions to SEAT this year.

Mark Vale