Bingara Central School News: May 1, 2009 (Week 1, Term 2)

May 1, 2009

The whole school participated in our school ANZAC Service, led by SRC students, on Thursday 30th April and held on the lawns at the front of the school. Joining the students and staff were a number of members of the RSL and parents. The feature of this years ceremony was the planting of a ‘lone pine’ seedling donated to the school by the Cessnock Branch of the Returned Servicemen’s Association. 

Members of the Bingara RSL Sub Branch,  Secretary Fred Robinson and President David Young were in attendance with Fred presenting the prologue ahead of the commemoration prayer read by retired Rev Kevin Hansen. (Kevin filled in for Reverend Brian Darbyshire who regretfully was not available for the service).

Year 6 student Katie Cannington presented a speech on what ANZAC means to her and Tori Dixon followed with a second prayer. The significance of the ‘lone pine’ was explained by Gabbie Brennan before school captains Jane O’Brien, Jade Dixon and Tori Allen and SRC representative Rebekah Cox-McGowan planted the seedling in the grounds at the front of the school adjacent to the flag pole. This plant can grow to be a living tribute to the Australian tradition of honouring all our service men and women.

The service concluded with the ‘Last Post’, the Ode presented by Kristen Heal, Reveille and the singing of Advance Australia Fair.

Term 2 is shaping up, as expected, to be a busy and exciting 11 week term. Some of the important events will include the combined primary and secondary cross country carnival in Week 2 and the important NAPLAN tests for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in Week 3.

The All Schools Carnival is on Saturday 30th May and the Orange Picking will take place on Wednesday 8th July in Week 11.

Our first P & C meeting for this term is on Monday 11th May at 5.30 in the common room. The main topic of discussion will be planning for the All Schools Carnival and any offers of help to assist with this essential fund raising event would be greatly appreciated.

Finally, Term 2 sees the onset of cooler weather and I am reminding parents that we value the wearing of school uniform. I would like to remind parents that all previous options for school uniform are acceptable and that stocks of uniform will be available with retailers in town including new embroidered sloppy-joe winter tops. 

Mark Vale