Country kids head to big city
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.