The Gwydir Industry and Education Links Committee, a subcommittee of the Gwydir Learning Region held it’s 13th annual Presentation Evening at the Bingara RSL last Thursday 16th September.
This was an excellent evening well supported by 170 people including students, parents, education representative and employers from across the shire. Credit must go to VET co-ordinator Margaret Smith and committee president Suzanne Hughes for their organisation and presentation of the night.
The evening recognises excellence in Vocational Education at both Bingara Central School and Warialda High School and the essential support given by employers and businesses across many vocational frameworks.
Although many Bingara Central School students and businesses were recognised at the awards the two stand out performances were Tori Dixon in Year 10 for her work as a retail students and trainee at the Bingara Newsagency and Jade Dixon for her Gold Medal achievement at the Worldskills earlier this year and her work as a Retail Trainee at Bingara IGA. Sam Conway, from Warialda High School, was awarded the Gwydir Learning Region Outstanding Achievement Award.
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy NAPLAN results have been released and sent home to parents. I have reviewed the achievements of our students and can confirm that both as a school and in individual cases our students have achieved very well.
The assessments are conducted in Year 3, Year 5, Year 7 and Year 9 and have been ongoing now for three years. This means that this year, for the first time, an indication of student growth, over two years, is possible. Students growth, which indicated how much more students have learned and are able to do, since the previous testing is an important measure of success for both parents and teachers.
I encourage parents to discuss their students NAPLAN results with executive teachers or their classroom teacher by making an appointment at a suitable time.
Two staff members are taking extended leave in Term 4. Mrs Fiona Craddock, Year 6 teacher, will be on maternity leave and we wish Fiona and her family well. We welcome Miss Carlie Sinclair as the relieving Year 6 teacher.
Miss Dianne Gallagher, secondary Head Teacher and English Teacher is taking a well earned long service break. Mrs Christine Whitfeld will return from three to five days per week and will relieve in the Head Teacher role.