School News: March 27, 2008 (Week 9, Term 1)

April 7, 2008

Easter Hat Parade: Last Thursday our school held the annual Infants Easter Hat Parade. This very special event gave our infants students a chance to show off to their parents, grandparents and other members of their family and our community.

Great work had been done in making some fantastic hats to parade for all those attending to see.

The colour, artwork and all the effort that the students had put into their hats was something that they should feel very proud of. The people attending were also lucky enough to hear our infants students sing a range of Easter songs. It was a great way to celebrate Easter at our school.

I want to thank all the staff for their preparations in organising this very special annual event. A very special thank you must go to the Bingara Central School P & C for their support and organisation of the grandparents morning tea. It was inspiring to see how the parents and the staff work together. I would also like to thank all those people who donated prizes for the raffle and the lucky program prizes. Our school appreciated your generosity very much.

This week the New England Region will play host to the Director General for Education and Training, Mr Michael Coutts-Trotter. Michael will be specifically visiting Bingara for a special Gwydir Learning Region   presentation on  Wednesday 26th March at the Roxy Theatre. This will present a great opportunity to show     Michael just how well our community can work together to support the development and growth of our young people and education. Michael will also get to see first hand the way we are building and developing within our community through the growth and development of the Gwydir Learning Region.

I look forward to providing more information  to our  parents next week on what Michael thought of the great work we are doing in our community through education.

Last week I convened a very special meeting involving the Gwydir Shire Youth Worker, Suzie Webber, School Police Liaison Officer, Ron Halliday, School Counsellor Danni Schrek and myself. As a result of the meeting we have developed a program that will involve a series of events that will take place over the remainder of the year to help support the young people in our town.

Some of the events that we have planned include a special workshop on ‘safe parties’ that will be presented by School Police Liaison Officer Ron Halliday. This well be followed by some special parent workshops on the 15 May at the Roxy Theatre. Some driver education workshops will be delivered by the Police towards the end of Term 2. In Term 3 it is planned to offer students a chance to participate in a Rescue Ed workshop offered by the NSW Fire Brigades.

The school will also be lucky enough to have Mr Michael Hooker, Drug Education consultant for the New England Region involved in range of activities throughout the year to help our students and our staff.

The co-operation between all these agencies is inspiring.. I look forward to keeping our parents and community up to date on the workshops and programs as they are implemented throughout the year.

Peter Macbeth