School News: February 13, 2008 (Week 3, Term 1)

February 20, 2008

Studying for Seniors: Last week our Year 11 students attended a two day event hosted by Warialda High School.

This enabled students to become orientated with the requirements and necessary skills to become successful in their senior studies. This activity was one of the first joint initiatives to take place between the two secondary schools in the Gwydir Learning Region.

From all reports the students came away with a greater realisation that there is a major difference between the School Certificate and the studies that are required to be successful in the HSC.

As many people would be aware, this year Martin Bower, Career Advisor at Warialda High School, and Wayne Squires, Vocational Education Coordinator will be in our school to teach our students Careers and Retail. With Warialda returning to school a week later than Bingara, last week saw these two teachers getting started on delivering the courses that they will be offering to our students.

It is fantastic that we have these two very qualified and experienced staff members at our school and now that we have formalised their involvement in our school, I know that ours students will benefit. Wayne and Martin will certainly make a big difference.

Yesterday Robyn Conway, music teacher from Warialda High School started off her music program at Bingara Central School. Robyn spent time with many of the Primary classes and by all reports has inspired many to think seriously about taking up a musical instrument. After sitting in on one of Robyn’s classes I even had a couple of teachers who were so inspired that they indicated that they wanted to take up playing a musical instrument.

Our school already has a number of students who are involved in music. Our hope this year as a result of Robyn inspiring our students, is to see even more students participate in a music program and learn what great joy there is in playing a musical instrument. I look forward to further reporting on the success of this program.

I thought that this would be a great opportunity to send a big thankyou to all the Year 6 students for the fantastic job that they have done in helping all our new Kindergarten students settle into school. All our Year 6 students have spent time with these students at lunch time and recess and in other activities to help ensure they enjoy school and settle in quickly.

What I have seen over the last week is a number of Kindergarten students with smiling faces as well as telling me how much they are enjoying school. Some of them wanted to come back on the weekends. This means that these students have had a great start to the year and I congratulate all involved.

Have a great week!

Peter Macbeth