Bingara Central School News: Week 11, Term 1 (April 8, 2011)

April 8, 2011

Today we held our school ANZAC ceremony in front of the ‘lone pine’ at the front of the school. ANZAC day, 25th April, this year falls on Easter Monday near the end of the school holidays. We chose to go early with our commemoration which was conducted by our Primary and Secondary leaders.

School Captains Gabbie Brennan and Sam Cannington  shared the chairperson duties while Sam Briody and Latika Masih presented their perspective of the significance of ANZAC Day. Olivia Mack read the prayer and Primary SRC representatives Rachel Price, Lachlan Butler and Jo McGowan layed a wreath at the flag pole.

We welcomed, as special guests, members of the Bingara Sub Branch of the RSL and Mayor John Coulton and Mrs Coulton and Nancy Capel.

ANZAC Day continues to grow in significance both within Australia and internationally at places such as Gallipoli, the Somme in France and on the Kokoda Track in New Guinea. We will see on TV that the crowds include many young people and I think it is significant that the young people of our school take the lead role in our ceremony. I also invite all our students to participate in the town march and service on the 25th.  Students will need to assemble in the main street at 10.30am on ANZAC Day.

Through participation in these activities, I feel our students may better appreciate the sacrifices made by the brave young people who landed at Gallipoli and those who followed their example in later conflicts.

Our Easter Hat Parade is on again tomorrow and we look forward to welcoming parents, carers, grandparents and other family members to this annual highlight. I am sure the ‘hats’ on parade will be up to their usual high standard and the entertainment will be excellent.

Term 1 has been a busy and productive term. Students and teachers have focussed on learning in their classrooms and there have been many valuable extra curricular activities, including sport and educational excursions, to keep everyone interested and engaged. I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday and welcome all students back to school on Thursday 28th April, 2011.

Mark Vale