Bingara Central School News: Week 3, Term 4 (October 29, 2010)

October 29, 2010

Yesterday we held a special morning tea to celebrate the success of our first Plan-it-Youth mentoring program.

Plan-it-Youth is a school based mentoring program for young people. It is an educational program linking community members with Year 10 students who may benefit from this kind of advice when making decisions about their future. A mentor can assist this process by offering their experience, support and guidance on a one-on-one basis.

This years mentor/student pairs were Anne Withers-Nicole Coombes, Paul McLachlan – Jessie Rogers, Ian Smith – Jayden Fields, Paul Moulton – Blake Fletcher, Ellie Skinner – Toni Small and Rod King – Dan Rafter.

The students and mentors able to be at the celebration all confirmed the positive outcomes and benefits they each experienced. The students particularly identified how the mentoring contributed to their confidence in preparing for job applications and interviews. 

We hope to expand the program in 2011. Our goal is for every Year 10 and Year 11 student to have had the opportunity to experience the program.

On Wednesday and Thursday last week, Year 7, 8, and 9 Agriculture students with Primary Industries teacher Mr Gary Hansen, presented the two Angus steers they have been preparing over recent months for this competition.

Although the steers failed to gain a ribbon, students had a wonderful experience learning the finer points of cattle preparation and presentation from other schools and workshop presenters.

Mark Vale