School flies its flags

Benalla Ensign - - News -

State mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan vis­ited Bro­ken Creek Pri­mary School last Wed­nes­day to present prin­ci­pal Re­becca Ne­wham and her pupils with three new flags.

‘‘Their last Aus­tralian flag got quite old and tatty so they now have a new one, along with a Tor­res Strait Is­land and Abo­rig­i­nal flag,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘I think it’s an im­por­tant thing for the school to ac­tu­ally be able to fly three flags which are na­tion­ally sig­nif­i­cant and to be able to recog­nise the her­itage of the in­dige­nous peo­ple and the Pangerang as the tra­di­tional own­ers of the area.’’

Bro­ken Creek Pri­mary School is mak­ing an ef­fort to at­tract new stu­dents with the launch of a play­group on Fri­days.

Ms Ne­wham said Ms Ryan’s visit was a good op­por­tu­nity to host a bar­be­cue for staff, pupils and their fam­i­lies.

She said it was also a great time to an­nounce the launch of the new play­group, which starts on Fri­day for chil­dren aged up to five.

‘‘The par­ent stays with the child, but they can all meet and have morn­ing tea and chat with each other,’’ she said.

The play­group will run from 9.30 am to 11 am and chil­dren will be able to en­gage in fun, hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties with a qual­i­fied teacher.

Ms Ryan said ini­tia­tives like the play­group were a great way to show off the school to fu­ture pupils and their fam­i­lies.

‘‘Some of our smaller schools are strug­gling a lit­tle bit with num­bers and I think we need to put a real ef­fort into at­tract­ing new fam­i­lies,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m re­ally pleased that Bro­ken Creek are try­ing to do that with start­ing their new play­group on Fri­days.

‘‘I think that it’s a great idea to make sure that fam­i­lies in the area with young kids know that the school is here and is a great op­tion for them.

‘‘I went to a small pri­mary school and I think that there are some re­ally won­der­ful ad­van­tages to hav­ing such a small group of kids.’’

Ms Ne­wham said the school had one teacher for ev­ery six pupils.

‘‘It works re­ally well and I think a lot of par­ents might source smaller schools for that bet­ter stu­dent-teacher ra­tio. I know I would — my kids go to a small school,’’ she said.

‘‘Some kids can get lost in the sys­tem at a big­ger school. We can do things dif­fer­ently in a small class­room.

‘‘As we’ve got a small amount of stu­dents, we’ve been able to do a lot of gar­den­ing out the front, we can come out, we can take them and do cook­ing.

‘‘It’s much more hands-on. Like the art teacher yes­ter­day, she did it all out­side on a lit­tle table in the sun­shine. The kids were all in­ter­act­ing. It was great.’’

If any par­ents in the Bro­ken Creek or Be­nalla area are in­ter­ested in the play­group they should phone the school on 5764 1253.

Hon­our: Bro­ken Creek Pri­mary School pupils pre­pare to raise their new flags.

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