School News: March 13, 2008 (Week 7, Term 1)

March 17, 2008

Student Leaders Shine: Last week our school held an historic and very special ceremony when our 2008 student leaders were inducted into the Student Representative Council.

I would firstly like to congratulate each and every one of our students who have been inducted into the Bingara Central School SRC. I know that our student body will be very ably led by Secondary school Captains Kelly Welsh and Kirsty Coombes and Primary Captains Lawson Muir and Maddison Eastcott-Layton.

This year was special for a number of reasons. It was a special ceremony because our school inducted our very first senior school captains in Kelly and Kirsty. We are also very lucky to have representatives to liaise with the students and forward their suggestions and issues to the administration of the school. The SRC will also be responsible for raising funds for a variety of special days during the year. The SRC is a great body in which leadership skills are developed and enhanced and it is hoped that during the year our students will be engaged in a variety of community based activities to help develop these attributes.

I would also like to say a very special thank you to Peter Pankhurst, Deputy Mayor of the Gwydir Shire, our fabulous School Patrons and all the parents and community members who were able to attend this special event and celebrate the success of our students. Thank you also must go to Mr Ben Wright, Mr Bob Johnston and all the staff at Bingara Central School for their hard work and support of this event.

It is a real highlight of the year to see our students taking centre stage. We have some fantastic students at our school and I once again extend our congratulations to them all.

Last week our school sent home surveys asking parents to complete so that we could be considered by the Department of Education to be part of the Priority Schools Program. We were required to have a return rate of at least 85% with our aim being much higher than that. Through the fantastic support of our parents we were able to have a survey return rate of very close to 100%. There were only a very small number of surveys not returned.

Peter Macbeth