Bingara Central School News: September 3, 2009 (Week 6, Term 3)

September 4, 2009

DIVA – Lexi Hutton visits our assemblies
Local identity and former Bingara Central School student Lexi Hutton visited school today to speak with children on both the primary and secondary assemblies.

Children listened intensely to her stories of playing in the band, singing in the choir and participating in all aspects of school life including sport. The band played a piece for the assembly and Lexi encouraged them by saying that she had good memories of being a member of the band also. Lexi explained that it was while she was at school that her love of music and theatre developed. It is now well known that she has achieved at an international level of performance and that she is about to leave for London to furtherher career in opera.

Lexi played the piano and sung some pieces for both assemblies and everyone was taken by the strength and character of her singing. Her visit was a wonderfully rich experience for the children and one that they will remember for a long time. We wish her every success in her future career and thank her warmly for her visit.

Building the Education Revolution
The ‘Building the Education Revolution’ (BER) is a part of the Australian Governments Nation Building – Economic Stimulus Plan. Bingara Central School, like other schools across Australia, has benefited from this from this financial package. I would like to provide a summary of the various elements of the package.

We gained $125,000 via the National Schools Pride initiative which has been targeted towards a covered outdoor Primary and Infants lunch area adjacent to the oval as well as some concrete paths and other improvements in the secondary area.

We gained $850,000 as part of the Primary Schools for the 21st Century initiative which has been targeted towards redeveloping the Primary and Infants classrooms to make them larger and more versatile teaching spaces.

We gained $200,000 per year for four years as part of the National Partnerships Funding initiative to improve teaching and learning across both Primary and Secondary departments. Unfortunately I have been notified that we will not be included in the Science and Language Centres program. We were hopeful that we would have a new Science laboratory constructed but unfortunately the funding did not extend this far.

All of this funding we will receive over the next four years is greatly appreciated and will all be put to good use. These are exciting times in education and it will be good to observe how our students, both now and in the future, benefit from the investment being made in Public Education. 

Mark Vale