School farewells Rev. Kevin Hansen

April 17, 2008

After 35 years involvement with the Bingara Central School, retiring Anglican Minister,  Reverend Kevin Hansen and his wife Robin were given a morning tea by the Infants and Primary Children at Bingara Central School on Thursday morning to say thank you and farewell.

Kevin and Robin have been involved with the school both as scripture teachers and parents. Their children, Peter and Sarah, attended the school and now their grandchildren do.

Kevin said that over his time with the school, aside from the scripture teaching, he has been involved with the P&C, School Reference Tests for the School Certificate as supervisor and also public functions such as Presentation nights.

The teachers and parents had been busy and provided a lovely array of morning tea.   Each class had their own table and were then allowed to mingle and try what other tables had to offer.  Thomas Honeysett, Kindergarten said “ We’ll miss him”.  Jessie Southwell, Kindergarten, said “I like having Mr Hansen for scripture” and Tash Cooper, Kindergarten, said “ I like that he tells us stories”.

Some Year 3 students said that they would miss him too and Jake Bilsborough said his favourite part of was drawing in their books.

Kaylah Honeysett of Year 6 came upto the reporter from the Advocate to say “He’s the best scripture teacher.   He’s really nice.”

Before the children went back to class, Maddison Eastcott made a presentation to Reverend Hansen on behalf of the school, a framed photograph of all the students. Brielle Mack also presented Mrs Hansen with a lovely bunch of  flowers, gerberas, roses and so on.

Reverend Hansen addressed the assembly thanking the children and the teachers.  He went on to say he hoped to still be involved with the school in the future.  He would like to maintain his relationship with Bingara Central School  and feels that it is a school to be proud of.  He mentioned that he “enjoyed sharing and telling them about God’s love” and hoped that the children would always regard him as a friend.

Reverend Hansen went on to say that the school was full of talent as demonstrated by the entries in the recent Flower Show.  He hoped and expected the children to grow into responsible citizens of the community and to always follow the school motto of “Strive to Succeed”.

Mr Spencer, Year 3 teacher, rounded off the morning with a rousing Three Cheers!.