Bingara Central School News, June 23, 2011 (Week 9, Term 2)

June 26, 2011

Seventeen Primary, Secondary and Support staff attended two days of training in Narrabri to learn more about the student wellbeing program Positive behaviour for Learning. The training, which was presented by Regional Consultant Alice Cairns and State Trainer Vivienne Branch, was attended by staff from schools across northern New England.

PBL is a philosophy that emphasises a pro active, team based approach to establishing a learning culture where all students can learn and teachers can teach in a respectful and co-operative manner.

A school team of staff and students, led by Deputy Principal Robert Johnston, will develop an action plan for the next 12 months. This will see a core set of values adopted to guide teaching, learning, behaviour and decision making in the school.

I see PBL as an exciting development that is consistent with the need for continuous improvement in all aspects of school and I encourage parents to discuss PBL outcomes at home with their children as awareness grows within the school community.

The annual Orange Picking Ceremony will commence at 11:30 outside the RSL Club tomorrow Friday 24th June. We will have a short formal ceremony that recognises the orange trees as a living memorial to fallen soldiers from the Bingara district in World War I and World War II.

The ceremony will be followed by the harvest of oranges in Finch Street. Students will be provided with a fabric shopping bag this year to fill with oranges. The excess of oranges will be harvested and made available to the larger Bingara community and visitors in various ways.

Mark Vale