Bingara Central School News: Week 8, Term 4 (December 2, 2010)

December 3, 2010

All NSW Public Schools are required to seek explanations for student absences from school where unexplained absences exceed two days. This is part of the “keeping them safe” strategy.

To avoid these requests being mailed home, I am asking parents and carers to notify the school office ahead of expected absences and to contact school within two days of all absences.

Where students are going to be away from school for extended periods, such as long family holidays, parents and carers are asked to write to the school with an explanation requesting an Exemption from School. Exemptions can be granted under these circumstances.

I recognise that notification in advance is a change to accepted practice. However, this is in the interest of the wellbeing of young people and I thank parents and carers for their cooperation.

Progress has been made in the redevelopment of Primary classrooms. This week Years 3, 4, and 6 returned to their larger, newly painted classrooms on the western side of the school.

The new verandah now provides access into these rooms and where the previous internal corridor was we now have storage and practical activities areas. Year 5 moved into their new classroom, the former art room, several weeks ago.

This now allows Years 1 and 2 to move from their rooms into the temporary classrooms where Years 3 and 4 have been so that work can continue at the front of the school.

These larger classrooms will be a great asset for many years to come and the fresh, clean paint and carpet will be appreciated by everyone. All the works at school are on track for completion before commencement of Term 1, 2011.

Students from Bingara Central School held their annual Christmas visit to Touriandi Lodge last Friday. Scripture teachers Mrs Jenny McGowan and Mrs Pattie Steiger, class teachers and students from Primary and Infants sang Christmas songs to entertain the residents. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

Mark Vale 


The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service New England North West celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. To mark this special milestone in the Service’s history our BK117, pilot and crew members will be conducting a fly-around, visiting all of the towns in our region that have contributed so generously to keeping our life saving aero-medical service in the air.

On Thursday 9th December the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service’s BK117 will fly into Bingara and land here at Bingara Central School. Landing on  the school oval for one hour from 2.30pm to 3.30pm. 

We would like to invite any parents, younger or older siblings and members of the community to join us on this day.