Bingara Central School News, October 20, 2011 (Week 2, Term 4)

October 21, 2011

On Tuesday this week the first of two General English papers were attempted by Year 12 students, Gabbie Brennan, Meg Rampling and Tomas O’Rourke.

Although English is the only compulsory course for the HSC the alternative contemporary Board Endorsed English does not require a final HSC exam. This example well illustrates the increasingly broad nature of the HSC.

No longer do all courses have final exams and in the cast of VET courses final exams are optional. This allows all Year 12 students to plan a unique HSC course to meet their needs. With an increase to 17 of the minimum school leaving age many students studying for the HSC do not plan to go to university, preferring instead to seek employment or TAFE study after school.

Danika Fields, Michael O’Brien, Dean Turner and Shaun Fletcher have chosen this pathway and so were not required to sit the English exam.

For Gabbie, Meg and Tomas their exams continue over the next four weeks according to the statewide timetable and conclude with Hospitality on Friday 11th November.

Our school and community wish the Year 12 students of 2011 every success with their exams and their chosen career paths after school.

Our canteen manager of 19 years, Narelle Watts, announced her intention to retire at the end of this year. At this weeks P & C meeting, when tendering her resignation, Narelle explained that these have been wonderful years and that it has been very interesting and rewarding watching young children grow into young adults. (Partly as a result of the healthy and nutritious meals provided by the canteen).

Narelle made special mention of the lifelong friendships she has developed with many volunteer mums and the support she has always enjoyed from the P & C and Canteen Committee.

We wish Narelle every happiness and pleasure in her retirement and thank her for her devotion and generosity to so many school students during her time as canteen manager.  The school will be seeking a new canteen manager to begin in 2012. The position will be advertised shortly and a merit selection process will be followed to appoint a new canteen manager.

A public meeting was held in Tuesday this week to further develop plans for the schools 150th celebrations. As a result a program of activities will be developed in the coming weeks to recognise this milestone. The celebrations will take place during the last week of Term 2, 2012, from the 25th June to 30th June.

I encourage people to being to spread the word to former students and families who might like to join in the activities and I invite anyone who may like to organise associated events, such as class reunions, to contact our committee chairperson Jan Miller at school so we can co-ordinate all the activities. 

Mark Vale