Bingara Central School News: July 9, 2009 (Week 11, Term 2)

July 10, 2009

Bingara Central School, in conjunction with Bingara Pre School, held another successful ‘Orange Picking Day’ ceremony on Wednesday 8th June. 

The weather was fine and there was an excellent crowd of supporters. School leaders Jane O’Brien and Jade Dixon represented the views of all students when they spoke about the significance and the pride  that students have for this unique Bingara tradition. Local politicians Tony Windsor and Richard Torbay spoke in positive terms about the symbolism of the orange trees and the way that they link young people today with the proud history of service men and women from the Bingara district in past conflicts.

Rick Hutton entertained with his unique song about the Orange Picking and the ceremony concluded with wreaths being laid by the school and the Bingara Sub Branch of the RSL. 

Rev. Brian Darbyshire provided a prayer and the Barraba Brass Band provided accompaniment for the National Anthem. 

Following the ceremony the students, assisted by teachers and family, moved off to pick the oranges. The fruit were in excellent condition and it was not long before students were heavily laden with bags of oranges. Some were eaten on the day and many more were taken home.

This is the final week of what has been a very busy and productive term. Reports are on their way home and they show that students have been working hard and challenging themselves to do the best they can. This term has provided many reasons to be proud of our students and to celebrate their successes across all areas including academic and sporting success, the arts and student leadership. One final example of this is senior student Eloise Brown’s nomination for a Vocational Education Award at the North West Vocational Awards night in Tamworth this Friday evening. We wish her success as she has proven herself to be an outstanding vocational education student.  Mark Vale Principal