Deniliquin Pastoral Times

‘Flattened’ teachers back in class

- Mathoura Diary

Lots of joyous sounds emanated from the southern end of town on Monday as local youngsters returned to their classrooms after several weeks of lockdown.

It would have been hard to gauge who were the happiest about the changed conditions; the students or the teachers.

Mrs Rene Park and Miss Jordan Barrett, and Jordan’s dog ‘Merlin’, in particular would have been looking for a well earned rest after trapsing around the district visiting students in their home environmen­ts (albeit it in cardboard cut-out form).

They were pictured admiring canola crops, making friends with some ostriches, fishing, gardening, riding motorbikes, marking lambs and even enjoying a swing.

School has just resumed this week, but as fate would have it, today is the last day of the current term.

So you can’t let that fact go without a send-off can you?

Local youngsters will be observing Footy Colours Day and have been invited to rock up in the colours of their favourite team.

There will be special activities conducted throughout the day, and as is common when there is footy, there will be pies.

The school’s pie warmer will be cranked up for the occasion.

Don’t forget the COVID vaccinatio­n program being conducted in town on Monday.

Murray River Council has joined with Moama Pharmacy to conduct a pop-up clinic at the Mathoura Visitor and Business Centre.

If you would like to take this opportunit­y to be vaccinated you can call the council on 1300 087 004.

The clinic will operate between 9am and 4pm and the vaccine will be AstraZenec­a.

Sympathy is again extended to the Cox family this week with the sudden passing of local woman, Pat Cox.

Patricia Irene Cox, who died last Friday, was 86 years old.

She was the wife of Robert, mother to Kerrie Cox-Rampling and Mark Cox and grandmothe­r to their children.

Pat has been privately cremated. Condolence­s to all.

It’s that time of year again — when we say thank you to the many people who help make our town a great place in which to live, work and play.

Murray River Council is calling for nomination­s for the 2022 Australia Day Awards.

The awards offer us an opportunit­y to recognise community contributo­rs, many of who often work tirelessly behind the scenes to make things happen.

The awards include Australia Day Citizen,

Young Australia Day Citizen, Sportspers­on and Young Sportspers­on of the Year, Community Event of the Year, Community Group of the Year and Arts/ Cultural Award (person or group)

Nomination­s close on November 5 and can be completed via council’s Your Say platform — www.yoursay.murrayrive­r.nsw.gov.au.

If you are not computer or internet savvy, I’m sure council will still accept your nomination­s.

 ??  ?? Jordan Barrett and ‘Merlin’ meeting Katelyn Eddy's pet ostrich.
Jordan Barrett and ‘Merlin’ meeting Katelyn Eddy's pet ostrich.
 ??  ?? ■ Rene Park helping Bonnie Ellis with lamb marking.
■ Rene Park helping Bonnie Ellis with lamb marking.

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