Condobolin Public School

Happy Easter

• ABOVE: The Condobolin Argus would like to wish its readers a very Happy Easter. Condobolin Public School students Casey Thompson, Zahlee Blewitt and Hayley Small had a great time making and displaying their magnificent creations at the School’s Easter Hat Parade last Friday. There was much fun and laughter, as students danced and showcased their hats to parents, carers, teachers and a large audience. MB

Celebrating wonderful volunteers

Condobolin High School volunteer Alynta Mckellar and CPS volunteer Rod Farrar cut the cake. MB

Condobolin Public School volunteers, who give their time and committment to the educational facility, were thanked with a morning tea recently. MB

by Melissa Blewitt

Condobolin Primary School held a morning tea to thank all of the wonderful volunteers that give their time and committment to the educational facility, in all manner of ways, throughout the year.
The morning tea was a small gesture to acknowledge the tireless efforts of the group of volunteers that have helped out during 2016.
“All schools need people from time to time to provide assistance, whether it is in the canteen, at swimming or athletic carnivals, Breakfast Club, in the classrooms, sports coaching, transportation to events, and everything else our fantastic volunteers help us with. I want to say a huge thank you to all of our fantastic volunteers, whom we would be lost without,” Principal Deborah Nay said.
Mums, Dads, guardians, grandparents, Condobolin High School students, and community members enjoyed a wonderful morning together, and then were able to sample a delicious array of treats.

Kiara shows leadership

• Kiara Harris with her Stage 3 Leadership Award.

By Melissa Blewitt

There is no doubt Condobolin Public School’s Kiara Harris shows kindness and guidance to other students.

She was presented with the Stage 3 Leadership Award at the  Wudhagaragarra Awards late last month.

These Regional Aboriginal awards recognised a number of Kindergarten to Year 12 students from locations such as Condobolin, Lithgow, Menindee, Bourke, Lightning Ridge, Wilcannia, Bathurst, Broken Hill, Mudgee and Dubbo.

Special guests at the ceremony were the Relieving Secretary of Education, Peter Riordan, the Executive Director, Wagga Wagga, Graham Kahabka, and Regional Director Maree Angus.

CPS Principal Deborah Nay attended the event with Kiara.

Allan Hall, Learning and Wellbeing Advisor, and Yvonne Hill, Aboriginal Education Consultant, were both recognised for their extensive contribution to schools in our area over a number of years.

Shear goodwill

By Melissa Blewitt

Shearing Services Condobolin and Quality Wool Condobolin have joined forces to create a project that will benefit local children.

The businesses are asking farmers and the community to donate wool that might otherwise be cast aside. All profits made from the sale of the wool will be returned to Condobolin schools.

“If anyone has a sheep in their backyard that usually they would get rid of the wool without a second thought or any farmers have leftover wool, I urge you to donate the wool so the kids of Condobolin can benefit,” Shearing Services Condobolin Principal Leigh White said.

“I will get one of my shearers to shear the sheep, and then Craig Davis (Quality Wool) will pick it up, so he can sell it, and the proceeds can be given back to the community.

“We have already had six generous donations and that has meant $158.76 could be given the Condobolin Public School.

“Condobolin Public School gets the short straw when it comes to funding, so every bit we can donate will help provide items that will benefit the kids.”

Quality Wool Condobolin Manager Craig Davis believes that this collaborative initiative between business and farmers can only advantage the community.

“Any wool broker can buy wool. What sets me apart is the fact all my five children have attended each school within Condobolin,” he said.

“My ability to give back on a personal level as well as a business level is unique.

“It gives me great pleasure seeing our children of Condobolin benefit in some way through the generosity of local business and the farming sector.

“I’ll do everything I can to help out.”

Condobolin Public School Principal Deborah Nay said she was “delighted” to receive the donation.

“We are so grateful to Shearing Services Condobolin and Quality Wool Condobolin for their generosity,” she said.

“While we haven’t decided what the funds will be used for as yet, I will talk with the Student Representative Council and then we will see where the funds could be best spent.”

If you want to be part of the project, contact Leigh White on 0421 179 708 or Craig Davis on 0418 611 165.

Variety of delights at Condo Public School

As colourful cars lined the street, horns honked, music played and Minnie and Micky Mouse handed out lollies, Condobolin Public started to look more like Disney Land than a school last Thursday morning.

• Many children from Condobolin Public School had a great time meeting the Variety Bashers at the school on Wednesday morning. Among the ‘Bashers’ were Papa Smurf, Smurfette and Azrael the cat. LP

By Lara Pearce

As colourful cars lined the street, horns honked, music played and Minnie and Micky Mouse handed out lollies, Condobolin Public started to look more like Disney Land than a school last Thursday morning.

The school played host to over 250 ‘Bashers’ as they made their way around New South Wales in the 24th Variety AHA NSW Bash.

As colourful cars lined the street, horns honked, music played and Minnie and Micky Mouse handed out lollies, Condobolin Public started to look more like Disney Land than a school last Thursday morning.

• Batman and Robin delighted the school children last Thursday. LP

Riders and drivers included AHA NSW hoteliers and bankers in the St George Happy Dragon Wagon.

Variety is an Australian charity supporting children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.

The school’s P&C provided breakfast for the Bashers as children from Condobolin Public, St Joseph’s and the preschools gathered in the playground to see Batman and Robin, Scooby Doo and Fred Jones, Bob the Builder, Fred Flintstone, clowns, bees, cows and even a few sets of sheets make appearances.

A Smurf had an unofficial horn-honking competition with some of the children, while other animated characters handed out lollypops, stickers, rulers, pencils and other gifts to the excited youngsters.

The carnival atmosphere continued after breakfast as the children were treated to a hilarious performance from the World’s Skinniest Magician, Super Hubert.

As colourful cars lined the street, horns honked, music played and Minnie and Micky Mouse handed out lollies, Condobolin Public started to look more like Disney Land than a school last Thursday morning.

• This pair were among a number of clowns in the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) NSW Variety Bash which visited Condobolin Public School last Thursday morning. They joined the Bash in their very ladylike car, Bubbles the Bug. LP

“The children were quite excited with the helicopter landing,” said the school’s Principal, Deborah Nay. “They loved the magic show and then they went into class and had a fantastic day at school.”

“We had a fantastic turnout by the parents and staff with the P&C to support the day.”

The 75 colourful pre-1974 vintage Variety Bash cars set out from Newcastle last Sunday, doing a round trip of NSW through Young, Hay and Ivanhoe before arriving in Condobolin on Wednesday evening.

Leaving on Thursday morning, they returned to Newcastle via Mudgee and Cessnock.

Tam Johnson, the CEO of Variety, says she is delighted that the AHA NSW has partnered for another year supporting Variety.

“The annual Variety NSW Bash is an institution in the Hunter and Newcastle region and, alongside our AHA NSW partners, we are able to continue helping children in need,” she said.

 

Bashing on Condo’s door

More than 250 Variety Bashers will descend on Condobolin next Wednesday 20 May.

• Some of the 250 Variety Bashers who will shortly be on their way to Condobolin. Contributed

More than 250 Variety Bashers will descend on Condobolin next Wednesday 20 May.

• Micky and Minnie Mouse will be among the Variety Bashers visiting Condobolin next Wednesday. Contributed

By Lara Pearce

More than 250 Variety Bashers will descend on Condobolin next Wednesday 20 May.

The loud, fun-loving Newcastle ‘Bashers’ will bring more than 70 novelty pre-1974 vehicles, including a VW Bug Batmobile, a 1972 vintage Bedford ice cream van, a 1974 fire truck and a 1965 Rambler Classic. Many of the drivers and riders will be dressed up, with John Paul Young, Bob the Builder, the Ninja Turtles, Mario Kart and Mickey and Minnie Mouse all expected to make an appearance.

The Bash raises money for the children’s charity, Variety, which raises money for sick and disadvantaged children. The money is raised before they set off, with donations made to children throughout the journey.

This Newcastle group of ‘Bashers’ are supported by the Australian Hotels Association NSW, with many staff members joining in the drive. Over one week, the ‘Bashers’ will cover a mammoth 2,050 kilometres around regional New South Wales.

They will stay the night in Condobolin, before sharing in breakfast with the children at Condobolin Public School on Thursday 21 May. They will entertain the children with their loud outfits, characters and vehicles, as well as making a presentation to the school of five iPad Airs and seven cases.

Thousands of Variety ‘Bashers’ travel around Australia each year, brightening children’s faces and boosting regional economies around the nation.

“In the event’s 24 year history, $9 million has been raised for local kids in need – bringing mobility, self-esteem and independence to the lives of thousands of special needs and disadvantaged kids,” said Variety the Children’s Charity NSW CEO, Tam Johnston.

 

“Big School” begins

Seventy-one excited four and five-year-olds have started school for the very first time in Condobolin.

• Ella-Grace Ward on her first day of Kindergarten at St Joseph’s Primary School with dad Clint and mum Kellie. Contributed

Seventy-one excited four and five-year-olds have started school for the very first time in Condobolin.

• Bede Leighton and Jaren Blewitt outside their new classroom at Condobolin Public School on Monday. MB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lara Pearce

Seventy-one excited four and five-year-olds have started school for the very first time in Condobolin.

Five-year-old Jaren Blewitt and his friend Bede Leighton were among them. The boys started at Condobolin Public School last Friday.

Jaren said that his favourite thing about his first day was getting to play with the other children. He was particularly excited about starting school because he got to wear his new “batman” shoes for the first time.

Jaren likes his new teacher, Miss Buerckner. Mrs Rees will be taking the other Kindergarten class.

At St Joseph’s Primary School, Kindergarten had their first day on Monday. For the first time in many years, there are two Kindergarten classes. Thirty-two Kindergarten students will be taught by Mrs Janelle Grimmett and Mrs Sophie Birkett.

Parents and carers had mixed feelings as they brought their young charges to school on Monday. They were able to join in the first of the children’s lessons before saying goodbye.

The St Joseph’s students had already sat their Best Start assessments on the preceding Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Condobolin Public School also held their Best Start assessments on Wednesday and Thursday.

All Kindergarten children in Government schools have sat the Best Start program since 2010. It is a tool to help teachers gather information to help them teach each child.

Local girl finalist in national photo comp

A Condobolin Public School student has come up against tens of thousands of other children across Australia to become a prize winner in the Moran Contemporary Photography competition.

•Antoinette Murray received her Moran Photographic Prize certificate and digital camera in a formal presentation at Condobolin Public School last Friday 28 November. LP

By Lara Pearce

A Condobolin Public School student has come up against tens of thousands of other children across Australia to become a prize winner in the Moran Contemporary Photography competition.

Antoinette Murray is one of thirty prize winners in the primary school age division, scoring a certificate of merit and a digital camera as part of the prestigious Moran Art Prizes 2014 awards.

Her award-winning photo will be on display at the Moran Prizes Exhibition at Juniper Hall in Paddington, Sydney, until Sunday 15 February 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back to school for dads

Dads, granddads, uncles, big brothers and friends crowded into the Condobolin Public School hall on Friday to celebrate the importance of male role models in young peoples’ lives.

• Above: Dad Josh Gallagher painting Kindergarten student Silas’ hand for his personalised artwork at the Dads in School Day at Condobolin Public School last Friday. LP

By Lara Pearce

Dads, granddads, uncles, big brothers and friends crowded into the Condobolin Public School hall on Friday to celebrate the importance of male role models in young peoples’ lives.

Kindergarten students lead the Dads in School Day assembly, with class KS performing a song about how they show their dads and father figures they love them, complete with actions and enthusiastic grins.

“It is really important that we have positive male role models in our students’ lives,” Condobolin Public Principal Deborah Nay said, speaking at the assembly.

Awards were presented to many of the students, and then the visiting relatives and friends joined the Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 students in their classrooms for some fun bonding activities.

Kindergarten students had fun getting messy creating some crafty artworks with their dads and visitors.

Centacare and the WPRD Training as Parents (TAP) program organised the day in conjunction with the school with funding from Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Ralph Smith from Centacare said he decided to bring the day to Condobolin after having great success in other schools.

“Since its beginning it has been a great success with well above 60% of dads in the schools – not bad considering we hold them on week days,” he said. “We have dads who travel from Dubbo to Forbes to attend.”

“Some fathers, pops and uncles express their thanks for holding these days with comments like ‘I wish they had these when I was a kid’.”

Centacare has previously run similar days in Forbes, Parkes, Peak Hill, Narromine, Bedgerabong and Bogan Gate.

TAP Coordinator Sue Henley said that the day was about getting the dads and male role models to the schools and into the classrooms to show them what they looked like, what the children did and to meet their teachers. “The children love it,” she said.

After the class activities, children and parents joined in a sausage sizzle provided by Centacare.

“[Ralph and I] were both thrilled with the response,” Ms Henley said. “It was a highly successful day. I took the names of over fifty dads, granddads and male role models and that was just from Kindergarten and Year 1.”

 

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