Bingara Central School News: Week 8, Term 3 (September 9, 2011)

September 10, 2011

During this term a committee comprising of myself, Jon Alliston, Gary Hansen, Michael Wilson from the Armidale Office and Margaret Mulcahy from Sydney Head Office have been evaluating the merit of a ‘middle school’ concept and the effectiveness of our programs which support students transitioning from Primary to Secondary and particularly Year 6 to Year 7.

As part of this evaluation the committee travelled to Bulahdelah Central School to gain a better understanding of their award winning middle school and transition program.It is always interesting to visit other like schools and to see how things can be done differently and to compare and evaluate their practices with our own.

At Bulahdelah Central School their middle school focuses on Years 5, 6 and 7. They run some shared integrated programs and Years 5 and 6 have timetabled lessons with specialist secondary teachers for subjects such as Science, PE and Technics. This approach allows for a less abrupt transition from Primary to Secondary.

Year 5 and 6 students benefit from some specialist secondary resources while Year 7 students benefit from some of the more familiar and more structured classroom systems common in the Primary classroom.

The committee will continue its evaluation in the last week of this term by collecting survey data from parents, students and teachers. I will also be writing to parents seeking their opinions on how they envisage their children’s transition from Primary to Secondary and how they would like to see that best managed. The committee will then meet again in early term 4 to draw final conclusions and to make recommendations on how we can improve student transition from Primary to Secondary.

School supported Legacy by selling badges, pens and wrist band last week. In addition students from Year 9 to Year 11 assisted Legatees in fundraising in Maitland Street on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday Patrick Anderson, Alex Abra, Tori Dixon, Ally Dixon and Kelsey Cooper volunteered their time and on Friday Kayla Honeysett, Daniel O’Connor, Adrian Welsh and Gabby Rampling assisted Legatees. I commend these students on their commitment and the way in which they represented our school in their community.

Mrs Conway’s music and band students from Bingara Central School were invited to join Warialda students at the “Evening of Culture” last Friday evening. The performances by all students and the band was simply outstanding. Solo performances by Tori Dixon and Ally Dixon. The band performance which also included Tom Southwell, Angus Armstrong, Emily Price, Sam Cannington, Jessica Laird, Jo McGowan, Jade Butler and Emma McDouall, were of a high standard. Mrs Conway thanked all the students and their families for their support, and are all to be congratulated.

Zone Cricket Trials
On Tuesday Lachlan Butler travelled to Gunnedah to compete in the regional cricket trials. Lachlan was successful in gaining selection in the North West cricket team which is an outstanding achievement. He will compete in the State Carnival held in Maitland from the 7th to 10th November. He will be travelling to Tamworth to train with the squad between now and then. Congratulations on this outstanding achievement.  

Mark Vale