ACTIVE LEARNING: Patrick Kirk, Bevan Wrench and Lee Doyle with Burnett State College grown pumpkins.
ACTIVE LEARNING: Patrick Kirk, Bevan Wrench and Lee Doyle with Burnett State College grown pumpkins. Robyn Geddes

BSC invites community through the gates

A FIRST for Gayndah's high school, Burnett State College has invited locals through the gates to showcase the hard work of the school community.

Principal Theo Bellas said the idea for a Community Access Afternoon, which will take place on Tuesday from 3pm, came after a discussion with teachers about the worthwhile causes they have supported in the past.

"But we wanted to do something for our own rural community here,” Mr Bellas said.

"It started as just a free dress day and then the staff, who are always very enthusiastic about our school, said that we should have an open day.”

Mr Bellas said the school wanted to give their student council a team project to work on and different student committees- formed for activities, resources, sports, academics, publicity and the formal- have worked hard to help organise the afternoon.

"This event meant that all of those committees, and the students who are on them, could participate in a single project.”

Community Access Afternoon will predominantly showcase each of the faculties, and the students' recent work within them.

"It took on a life of it's own and people started making suggestions to add to the afternoon,” Mr Bellas said.

"Our welfare team offered to set up a stall about how they can support kids around healthy eating and cyber safety, we were approached by a chaplaincy and they wanted to set up a stall to do some fund-raising and advertising, and someone also came up with the idea that we could incorporate some of the local produce into the day.”

Mr Bellas said pumpkin scones, pumpkin soup and baked treats will be on offer with Mundubbera Smart Berries donating their blueberries to go into some muffins.

The local butcher is also provided sausages for a free sausage-sizzle.

"We will also bring up some of our cattle to showcase and there will be a 'How Heavy is the Cow' competition an there will also be some raffle prizes.”

Any proceeds made will be donated to the Buy a Bale initiative, supporting farmers who are in drought.

Mr Bellas reiterated that the event is a first of it's kind and will give the community an opportunity to come in and see what is being done at the school.

"Anyone is welcome to come along but predominately those involved in the school community, that's who we're really opening up the school to.”

Come and support your school's efforts on Tuesday, August 21 from 3pm to 6pm.

A Year 7 and 8 bake-off will start at 4.45pm as well plenty of games and activities.

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