Bingara Central School News: February 3, 2011 (Week 2, Term 1)

February 8, 2011

On Tuesday we welcomed 16 boys and girls into the 2011 Kindergarten class. The children were all excited, some parents were a little anxious and teacher Bec Brien was there to welcome everyone and settle any first day nerves.

The day went according to plan with activities to make the children comfortable and familiar with their surrounding. By 3.00pm most were tired and ready for home having had a great first day. I look forward to seeing their progress this year and I am confident that with the programs and support offered by teachers and staff that all these children will enjoy a successful year.

Most of the building works have been completed over the holiday period and all Primary students returned to larger, freshly painted and better resourced classrooms. Some work is being completed over the next few weeks and we anticipate all works will be completed by the end of this term. We plan to have an official opening at that time.

Everyone, including our students, are well aware of the tragedy and devastation of Queensland families and communities caused by the January floods. The threat remains with a category 5 cyclone approaching the Queensland coast as this article is being written. We are planning to give students and families the opportunity to participate in several school fundraising activities, culminating with a Maroon day on Thursday 17th February. Our total fundraising efforts will be combined in a coordinated effort with other schools across NSW to benefit specifically Queensland schools disadvantaged by the floods.

This year we are going to trial a twilight K to 12 annual swimming carnival. The carnival will commence at the town pool at 4.00pm on Thursday 17th February following a normal school day. Students are not required at school on Friday 18th February.

For infants the carnival will conclude at 7.00pm and for the rest of the school approximately 9.00pm. School buses will run at the normal time however, parents will need to make arrangements to transport their children home after the carnival.

This is the first time Bingara has held a twilight carnival, however, other schools in our region have proven the benefits over many years. Twilight carnivals mean that students and staff avoid intense sun during the day and it gives the opportunity for more families to join in and cheer on their children at the carnival. I encourage everyone to put this date in the diary.

Mark Vale