OUR SCHOOLS LOOK BACK ON A HUGE YEAR

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

THE high­light for stu­dents at Aber­corn State School this year was a trip to the snow and Can­berra — an ad­ven­ture that was made pos­si­ble with the hard­work­ing ef­forts of the school’s P&C com­mit­tee.

Teach­ing prin­ci­pal Tanya Nielsen, who works with fel­low teach­ing prin­ci­pal Re­becca Scholl, said the one-week trip to Per­isher and Can­berra was “an ex­cep­tional high­light”.

“The kids just loved it. It just opened their eyes to life in Can­berra and they thor­oughly en­joyed the ski­ing,” Ms Nielsen said.

Ms Nielsen said that the school’s 18 stu­dents, rang­ing from prep to Year 6, had also raised $300 for cancer re­search when they hosted the Big­gest Morn­ing Tea for lo­cal res­i­dents in May.

She said the chil­dren had or­gan­ised the event them­selves, in­clud­ing ca­ter­ing and dec­o­ra­tions.

A few weeks ago they also ar­ranged a three-course din­ner for the par­ents, set­ting up a mock­tail bar, nib­bles, a main meal with a choice of two dishes, desserts and a po­etry recital.

“They as­sisted with the cook­ing, did the serv­ing and wait­ing on the ta­bles, made the drinks, and did all the clean­ing up,” Ms Nielsen said.

Last Fri­day night the school’s an­nual awards and speech night was held and this week stu­dents per­formed an arts pro­duc­tion and play which in­cor­po­rated drama and dance.

The show, ti­tled The Creepy Tale of the Fan­tas­ti­cal Uni­corn Ghost, was co-writ­ten by Year 6 stu­dent Danika Smith and arts teacher Ta­mara Otto.

Ms Nielsen said the Good­will Games were held in June as a week­end ath­let­ics car­ni­val with other schools in the re­gion.

“It’s a healthy com­pe­ti­tion and chil­dren get age cham­pion medal­lions and a we do a march-past,” she said.

The swim­ming car­ni­val was held last month at Eidsvold Swim­ming Pool.

“We al­ways com­pete well at that one and we got the Av­er­age Points tro­phy. For a lit­tle school of 18 chil­dren we’re quite com­pet­i­tive,” Ms Nielsen said.

This year, Ms Niel­son said, six stu­dents were grad­u­at­ing and next year six new stu­dents were en­rolling.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

FRONT ROW L - R: Bronte, Prue, Aimee, Pippa, Ivar, ChaseMid­dle Row L-R: Mrs Tanya Nielsen (Co-Prin­ci­pal), Mitchell, Dion, Archie, Jordi, Gemma, Ad­dis­onBack Row L-R: Kh­ern, Mrs Karla Gal­loway (Teacher-Aide), Chloe, Brooke, Mrs Ta­mara Otto (Arts spe­cial­ist), Ri­ley, Mrs Re­becca Scholl (Co-Prin­ci­pal), Danika, Mrs Janette O'Sul­li­van (Teacher Aide).

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