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Dux

Presentation Night 2013

Presentation Night was a wonderful opportunity to recognise those students who have done extremely well in 2013. We are grateful for the support of many in the community who show their support of our school by sponsoring awards. Please visit the gallery to see some of our students on the night.... Read more

Design a PBL Mascot Competition

Design a PBL mascot and you might win a $50 voucher to your favourite local business. To find out where we are in the introduction of the PBL framework, please read: PBLUpdateDec2013 (pdf 137 KB) To find out about the competition specifications please read: PBL Competition Details (pdf 139 KB) Remember, you can enter the competition as many times as you like and the competition closes on 28th February 2014.... Read more

Books to ignite summer reading

The school holiday period doesn't have to be a time when children's reading and comprehension skills take a break. If you're wracking your brains for gift-giving ideas and summer activities, why not encourage your child to dive into book one of a series? Literacy experts advise that even reluctant readers and children who struggle with reading tend to be more likely to get bitten by the reading bug when they discover a book they enjoy is part of a series. By the end of the first book, the reader is familiar with the style, the setting and many... Read more

Fishing club

Fishing Club Enjoys Competition

We have some keen fishermen amongst us and they took on the challenge of the Macquarie River Fishing Classic at the weekend. Mr Murray organised students to participate in an internal competition to run in conjunction with the town event. It was gratifying he said to see eleven students sign up and he was particularly impressed with the great sportsmanship on display. Apparently there was not one "tall fishing tale'! "Moving forward I'd like to see the school's involvement continue," said Mr Murray. "The CEO of RiverSmart, Dr Bill Phillips,... Read more

NovemberReturn to top
Prefects 2014

New Primary Captains and Prefects for 2014

Our 2014 primary captains and prefects were announced at the Week 8 assembly. Our captains will be Saranna Fisk and Ruth Cant. Prefects are Corey Swindle, Riley Brown, Rebecca Barnett and Summer Ensor.... Read more

First Aid

First Aid Skills

These days it is not uncommon to find completion of a first aid course a requirement to work in particular industries. Recognising this, the successful completion of a first aid course is a mandatory competency of all Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses in the NSW Higher School Certificate. Students in Years 10 to 12 completed their course recently Assurance First Aid. A number of staff also took the opportunity to refresh their skills as is required by the Department of Education and Communities.... Read more

Work Experience

Our Year 10 students were out on work experience last week. A number of local businesses kindly allowed students to spend a week getting a feel for the world of work and a few students even travelled to businesses in Dubbo and Sydney. To see how some of our students spent the week visit our gallery on the bottom of our home page.... Read more

The new curriculum and your child

How do teachers decide what your child will study each term at school? How do composite or combined classes work? Why do students at different schools seem to be studying entirely different things, despite being in the same year? And what will happen next year, when the new Australian curriculum starts in NSW for both primary and secondary schools? Understanding how the curriculum relates to the real world of the classroom and to your child's daily lessons can help you better support them with their homework and study. It will also help you... Read more

Benefits of team sports

Benefits of team sports If you want your child to grow up to be a confident and well-adjusted adult, then team sports may be the answer. Playing a team sport provides kids with important lessons in personal values. Kids learn that things don't always go their way and that they need to respect their peers as well as referees and sports officials. These experiences can influence them throughout their lives, such as when it comes to working for a boss, or respecting the police or other authority figures. When your kids take part in team sports... Read more

Time to party - safely

Parties are part of a teenager's social life and a way for your teen to develop social skills. While most parties go off without a hitch, celebrations can go wrong and get out of hand – particularly if the party is unplanned. If you are hosting a party there are some simple ways to ensure your teenager and their friends have fun but remain safe. Communication and careful planning are the keys to hosting a successful party. While the internet and social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter are great tools which can be used to spread the... Read more

Tennis Victory

Tennis in Tottenham

Our primary school tennis team won the day at the Gobondery/NARRAF tennis day held last Friday at the Tottenham tennis courts. With the students putting in daily practice on the school courts since the beginning of the term, hopes were high on the way over to Tottenham that the magnificent trophy might be returned to our trophy cabinet this year. Teams of eight students from Trangie, Tottenham, Tullamore and Warren Central played doubles and mixed doubles matches and by the halfway point the lead was shared by Warren and Tottenham. Some great... Read more

shyanne

Good Luck Shyanne!

We'll all be thinking of Shyanne this Wednesday as she participates in the NSW Premier's Spelling Bee. It will be a week of firsts for Shyanne: participating as a regional finalist in the State final; travelling in a plane and going to Sydney! It's sure to be memorable. Shyanne is a great speller and we wish her all the best. This is the fourth time Warren Central has been represented in the State Final since the competition's inception in 2004.... Read more

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Cut Snake

Live Theatre Experience

A number of Warren Central School's secondary and Year 6 students were privileged to enjoy a special performance of the Warren Arts Council's visiting production, "Cut Snake" when it came to town last week. "It was a wonderful opportunity to take young people to live theatre as it can be such an enriching and memorable experience. The versatility and energy of the actors who incorporated acrobatics, puppetry and cabaret really impressed everyone," commented English teacher Bernie Robson. After the show the actors made time to run a... Read more

A better way of funding our schools

The NSW Government is introducing a new funding model for all NSW public schools that is simpler, fairer and more transparent. The funding model is a key part of a broader education reform called Local Schools, Local Decisions, which places students at the centre of school decision-making. It gives principals and their school communities a greater say over how they allocate and use their available resources to best meet the needs of their students. When fully implemented, schools will manage more than 70% of the state public school education... Read more

Cricketers

Milo T20 Blasts into Town

Summer is nearly here and as the cricket season kicks off Cricket NSW is out and about encouraging school students to give the game a try. Students from St Mary's and Warren Central met at Victoria Oval last week to take part in the Milo T20 Blast School Cup under the guidance of Cricket NSW representative Matthew Tabbernor. The Milo T20 Blast program aims to replicate the excitement of the KFC T20 Big Bash League by modifying the standard cricket format and rules. After starting the day with a variety of skill based activities... Read more

Year 12

Year 12 Step out in Style

The Year 12 Formal was a very stylish and no doubt memorable event for our graduating Year 12 students. While the Formal is the event that everyone looks forward to on completing school, the students' last week was extremely busy as they finalised their fundraising activities for Royal Far West. It was a brilliant effort for such a small group with their final result nearly $4500! Well done Year 12, we're proud of you. Photo courtesy of J. Hyde Photography.... Read more

Is your child gifted?

The notion of giftedness in children has become part of many parents' conversations. Yet ask anyone what 'gifted' means and the concept remains mysterious, sometimes stigmatised, and often perplexing for parents who think their child may be extremely bright. About 10 per cent of the population is gifted. That is, they are significantly advanced beyond their peers in at least one of four areas – intellectual, creative, social or physical. Those who add skill to their gift are recognised as gifted and talented. Children who are gifted have... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top
CWA WCS

Public Speaking Success

The annual CWA Public Speaking Competition once again provided students with a valuable opportunity to learn and improve on their public speaking skills. We applaud all our our students who put up their hands to participate. Congratulations to Year 7 student Abigail Irving for winning the secondary section and to Max Irving of Year 6 who placed second. Felix Weston, Year 6, and Ruth Cant, Year 5, also performed admirably and received Highly Commended awards.... Read more

Spelling Bee Finalist

State Spelling Bee Finalist

Warren Central has had success once again at the Western Region Premier's Spelling Bee Final. Year 6 student Shyanne Buswell was the winner in the senior section (years 5 & 6), following in the footsteps of Olivia Hamblin (2007) and Arielle Irving (2009, 2011). Shyanne will now compete against the winners from 42 other NSW regions at the State Final in Sydney on November 6. Good luck Shyanne and we are all very proud of your dedication to practising your spelling!... Read more

State Athletes

Shakira and Max through to State

It was an exciting day for Shakira Duncan and Max Irving at the Western Region Athletics Carnival last Friday. The pair have made selection for the State Primary Schools Sports Association Athletics Carnival to be held at the Sydney Athletic Centre at Homebush in October. Shakira competed in the 11 years shot put and discus, placing third in the discus. Max was placed third in the 12/13 years boys 800m. He also competed in the 100m race. Also representing the Gobondery/NARRAF Zone at the carnival were Felix Weston (12-13 boys 800m and 12-13... Read more

Spelling Bee

Spellers head to Regional Finals

It's Premier's Spelling Bee time again and last Wednesday we held our school rounds to determine who would represent us at the Western Region Finals. The Premier's Spelling Bee is an initiative of the Department of Education and Communities to motivate primary school aged students to develop their spelling. It is open to all NSW government primary, central and community schools. A winner and a runner-up are sent from each participating school to their regional final and from there winners compete at State level. Warren Central is proud to... Read more

Solar powered cars

Outreach science

Warren Central students from years 3 to 6 headed to Nyngan last Thursday for a very busy day of environmental education activities. Along with students from Nyngan, Hermidale, Marra Creek and Girilambone, the students took part in a range of activities that brought the topics of sustainable energy, biodiversity, riparian zones and macro-invertebrate studies to life. The sessions were facilitated by educators from four of the state's Environmental Education Centres who had travelled west as part of an Outback Outreach Program.... Read more

Learning in the outdoor classroom

It's Outdoor Education Week – the perfect time to reflect on how outdoor education plays a major role in students' learning, problem-solving abilities and wellbeing. Learning in the outdoors brings together the benefits of formal and informal education and provides meaningful education for 21st century kids. By acquiring knowledge and skills through practical or hands-on activities students learn about consequences, develop resilience, and learn to take risks in a safe environment. Participating in an outdoor challenge or experience can make a... Read more

AugustReturn to top
PBL Picture

Community Engagement Forum

Please join us to discuss the introduction of Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) at Warren Central School. "What are your expectations for the students of Warren Central School?" Where: The Warren United Services Club Conference Room When: Wednesday 11 September 2013 commencing at 6.45pm A light supper will be provided. Please note, this event is alcohol free as it is a school function.... Read more

Staff

Read Across the Universe

We celebrated Book Week in style again this year. The Children's Book Council theme for this year was "Read Across the Universe" and our library and library staff were transformed magnificently to fit the bill. As always students leapt at the opportunity to come dressed as favourite book characters and enjoyed participating in the annual Book Week Assembly. There were class parades, prizes for Book Week competition winners and wonderful performances from our students. After the assembly the rush was on to head to the library to show family... Read more

Spelling Bee app

A new app designed for Android phones and tablets helps students of all ages practise and improve their spelling. The Premier's Spelling Bee 2013 app features almost 3,000 words and corresponding sentences from the spelling competition of the same name. It also and uses Australian spelling and voices. The app features two categories - junior and senior - with a number of levels that increase in difficulty. Most adults would find the high levels in the senior category a challenge. The app is a companion to the free School A to Z app and... Read more

Book Week

Book Week is Monday 19 August until Friday 23 August. Our special assembly will be on Wednesday, 21 August, starting at 1.30pm in the school hall. Everyone is welcome! There will a Book Character Parade so don't forget to come to school dressed as a character from a book, or bring your outfit and change at lunch time. Entries for our Book Week competitions are now closed and the winners will be announced at the assembly. Parents and family members, please join us for what is always a fun afternoon celebrating children's books! .... Read more

In the hall

Visit from the Korean Mission for Indigenous Australia

The Australian Indigenous Ministries facilitated a visit from the Sydney based Korean Mission for Indigenous Australia recently. Members of the mission feel an empathy for the challenges facing Indigenous Australians as historically the Korean people have suffered a loss of culture and struggle for emancipation as a nation. As Christians they believe that faith in Jesus Christ can change lives and want to share that message with joy and energy. After hosting a bbq lunch the talented visitors entertained the students and staff... Read more

NIDA Courses in Dubbo

The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) is Australia's leading institute for education and training in theatre, film and television. In the next school hoidays NIDA Open will be running a range of short courses in Dubbo. They are a great opportunity for students to learn key techniques that are core to NIDA's training. Dates: 24 - 29 September Venue: Macquarie Anglican Grammar School, Dubbo Courses for 8 - 11 years: Drama School Courses for 12 - 15 years: Drama School Acting Boot Camp Courses for 16 years: NIDA Acting Techniques... Read more

Ed Week

Education Week

Warren Central was open to family members last week to celebrate Education Week. Students proudly showed family members their work and inside their classrooms. Primary school prefects took interested visitors on a tour of the school, including the new Hospitality Facility. A picnic lunch in the sunshine was enjoyed by all followed by the Term 3 special awards assembly where the school choir entertained.... Read more

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Our website goes mobile

It is now easier to view our website on your mobile phone or tablet. We have created a mobile version of the site with a range of features finetuned for when you are on the move. You can now more easily: dial or email us from your phone locate us via Google maps check our school calendar view our latest newsletter. You can also create a shortcut to our website on your phone home page Try the mobile version of our website now. Just visit from a smart phone or tablet device and follow the prompts.... Read more

HealthyHarold

Life Education Visit

The Life Education Van recently paid us a visit. Primary students participated in a variety of age appropriate sessions. Life Education is the largest non-government provider of health education to children and young people, Australia wide. Their mission is to empower children and young people to make informed choices for a safe and healthy life. The cost of the visit was subsidised by a generous donation from the organisers of this year's Cotton Industry Golf Day.... Read more

Backyard League

Backyard League

A fun session learning rugby league skills and drills provided the perfect way for Warren Central students to warm up in last Friday's chilly conditions. Students from Kindergarten to Year 7 took part in the first of three Backyard League sessions with Game Development Officer, Daniel Swan. Developed by the National Rugby League (NRL), the program aims to teach the essential ‘game sense' skills through a modified, informal version of rugby league. Lending a hand was our own Thomas Field. Thomas and his brother Craig were both part of the NSW... Read more

Developing organisational skills

Learning how to make time for homework, chores and other activities is a vital skill for all children but it's not one that always comes easily. This weekly schedule template (docx 15 KB) is a simple aid that can help kids better plan their time. Print one for your child's desk, one for the fridge and one for their school bag to help keep them on track. To personalise the template, simply click on the cell you wish to change and type. If you need to add or delete cells and don't know how, read these simple instructions . Using colour-coding... Read more

JuneReturn to top
CWAForbesWinner

More Public Speaking Success

Abigail Irving has taken home another first place in a public speaking competition. Following on from her success at the CWA Narromine public speaking competition, Abigail participated in the CWA Inter Group Public Speaking Competition in Forbes. Students from independent and public schools from the Central Western, Oxley and Far Western CWA Groups were in attendance where Abigail spoke on the topic: "Horizons". Congratulations Abigail!... Read more

Preparing for the HSC

You don't need to be a subject expert to help your child prepare for the HSC. There are some really practical ways in which you can assist . In this School A to Z video teachers talk about how parents can help their teen manage the study load and stress when they're preparing for the HSC. Get more practical parent tips on the School A-Z website.... Read more

Helping your child with their homework

How do you get your kids to keep on top of their homework? This School A to Z video features teachers talking about how parents can help kids take responsibility for their homework and avoid Thursday night meltdowns. Get more practical parent tips on the School A-Z website.... Read more

Trivia Night

Support the Ear Bus Project for Warren Schools 22 June at the Warren Golf Club Starting at 7pm $10 per person, tables of 8 - 10 Tea and coffee provided, BYO nibbles All proceeds to the Ear Bus Project... Read more

Max

Max qualifies for State Carnival

The cross country trials for students attending public schools in the Western Region were held at the Wellington Racecourse last week, with Max Irving gaining selection to head to the State Carnival at Eastern Creek Raceway on the 19th of July. Heavy early morning rain made conditions on the track extremely wet and muddy, with more than a few injuries sustained by competitors on the day. Thankfully Warren Central students, Max, Charlotte Scotson and Felix Weston, competed their races without any mishaps. Charlotte put in a great effort in her... Read more

Getting ready for school camp

School camp is one of the highlights of childhood. Chances are you can still remember some of the campfire songs, the smell of damper cooking and the names of the kids you bunked with. However, it's also true that for some children (and their parents) the thought of staying away overnight can create a little anxiety. It's not uncommon for kids to worry about who they'll room with, ‘being left out' of things, whether something might go wrong, feeling homesick and other understandable concerns. Even the most outgoing and confident child may have... Read more

Reps

Off to the Western Region Cross Country Carnival

Three of our students have secured a place in the Gobondery/NARRAF Cross team after competing at Yeoval last week. Max Irving was 1st and Felix Weston second in the 12/13 Years Boys race and Charlotte Scotson was placed fifth in the 10 Years Girls race. All three will now compete at the Western Region carnival on the 12th of June.... Read more

MayReturn to top
Abigail:  public speaking and premier's reading challenge

Abigail's Success

Year 7 student Abigail Irving was thrilled to win first place in the Narromine CWA Public Speaking Competition recently. This was the first year an invitation to participate in the competition was extended to schools from outside Narromine and students from schools in Girilambone, Nyngan, Hermidale and Warren took up the valuable opportunity to develop their skills. Our team consisted of Ruth Cant and Sarannah Fisk of Year 5 together with Emily Smith and Abigail of Year 7. Abigail's win puts her through to the CWA Interagency Public... Read more

Cyberbullying – what the experts say

Research into cyberbullying is still in its infancy but the one thing we do know is the online environment is really just a new setting for age-old issues. Cyberbullying is an extension of face-to-face bullying. It's all about relationships. When are kids most vulnerable to bullying? Bullying – online or offline – peaks for kids (and this is worldwide) at about Year 5, and again at about Year 7 or 8. The first peak coincides with children discovering the power of the peer group, and creating their own social pecking order. The second peak... Read more

Prefects

Prefects and Captains Learn about Leadership

Primary prefects and captains attended the GRIP Leadership Conference in Dubbo this week. Our students enjoyed a day of activities that taught them about many aspects of leadership that they can incorporate into their roles in the school.... Read more

Government House

Captains visit Government House

On a recent excursion to Sydney our secondary captains had the opportunity to develop their knowledge of constitutional and parliamentiary proceedings and the role of the NSW Governor. A visit to Parliament House included listening to several politicians talk about their roles and a tour of the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council. Following this the captains visited Government House where they met with the Governor of New South Wales, Professor Marie Bashir, AC, CVO. In her speech to leaders from schools around the state, she spoke of... Read more

Trade Training Centre Handover

New Trade Training Centre Opens

Warren Central School's impressive new Trade Training Centre was opened last Friday with an official handover in the morning and staff and guests invited to an inspection after school. Funded by the Federal Government's Trade Training Centres in Schools Program, the facility is a close to million dollar investment in training the school's current and future hospitality students. Training and assessment of commercial cookery and hospitality will now occur using the most up to date industry standard facilities. School staff as well as special... Read more

School ANZAC Service

ANZAC Day Commemorated

Students, staff and visitors joined together for a moving ANZAC Day service during the last week of Term 1. Adding to the service were the very special displays of photos and books about our war history, created by library staff. On ANZAC Day itself, which fell during the school holidays, a number of our students and staff proudly marched in the town's annual parade to the cenotaph where wreaths were laid by our secondary and primary captains.... Read more

Privacy online

Protecting the privacy of personal information is increasingly important at a time when we are sharing more details about ourselves online than ever before. While interacting online can be great for kids, it also makes them more vulnerable. To help reduce the risk of cyberbullying, unwanted attention or breaches of their privacy, you can: encourage them to keep their usernames and passwords safe and not share them with anyone take them through the privacy settings of sites they join to ensure they are careful about what information they share... Read more

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Stay on top of homework

Kids and families tend to run more smoothly when there is a clear plan. So the online parent resource School A to Z has created printable homework and study calendars for each month of the year. The School A to Z website and mobile app can also help with common assignment and homework questions. In the Homework and study section you'll find links to useful websites, maths and English glossaries, and help sheets to make homework time easier in your house. Print your homework and study calendar pages for the rest of 2013. If you have ideas for... Read more

Exam stress busters

Help create the right study conditions for your child in the lead-up to exams and know the warning signs if it's all getting too much. Kids who manage best in exams: maintain positive relationships with family and friends continue to allow some time for exercise and leisure get plenty of sleep eat sensibly have planned time for study are organised learn and practise simple techniques for relaxation. Read more on the School A to Z website.... Read more

Becoming a good speller

Spelling is an important skill but one that can be a problem for many children. However, there are some simple strategies you can use to help your child develop confidence in their spelling ability. What you can do to help your child with spelling: Explain to your child that some words can be sounded out, but not all English words can be spelt correctly by ‘sounding out', eg the words ‘you' and ‘said'. Talk to your child about how you spell, and what you do when you don't know how to spell a word. Encourage your child to write at home on... Read more

Hat Parade

Easter Hat Parade

A fun afternoon was had by all at our Easter Family Picnic and Hat Parade.... Read more

MarchReturn to top
Moorambilla

Moorambilla Choirs Try Outs

Warren Central students had the opportunity to try out for places in this year's Moorambilla children's choirs when Michelle Leonard, the Artistic Director of the multi award winning Moorambilla Festival, visited our school. Interested students from St Mary's and Trangie Central were also in attendance. A Coonamble girl originally, Michelle is now a much acclaimed choral director who has worked around the world. She created the annual Coonamble festival as a way of giving back to the western region by exposing its children to music... Read more

School zone safety

A reminder to parents about the operation of school speed zones around the Easter holidays. School zones exist for the safety of children and families; they will operate on Thursday 28 March, then resume on Tuesday 2 April. Forty-kilometres-an-hour school speed zones operate across New South Wales at all school sites on gazetted school days, which are all days the school is open, even pupil-free days. Find out more... Read more

Seconary Swimmers

Swimmers head to State

Seven swimmers making it through to the State Championships is possibly a record for WCS! Three students from secondary and four from primary have put in daily (and in some cases twice daily) training to make it to the Combined High Schools and Primary Schools Sports Association Championships to be held at Homebush just after Easter. Well done everyone and keep up the training for a few more weeks. We hope the Warren pool doesn't get too cold!... Read more

Writing essays

Writing essays is a skill many of us have forgotten. But don't worry – here are a few tips to help you and your child, even if you're not familiar with the essay topic. Key points: Determine 'what is the question asking?' Essays follow a specific formula Introduction – state your response to the question and mention the points to be made in the body of the essay. Body – expand on the points introduced in the introduction. Don't introduce new thoughts at this stage. Conclusion – summarise the points discussed in the body. One idea per... Read more

Meet Teacher

Meet the Teacher

Parents and caregivers took up the opportunity to meet with teachers after school last Wednesday. The meetings were informative sessions designed to take parents through classroom matters such as timetable, syllabus and homework expectations. Should parents wish to meet with teachers at other times they are able to make appointments by contacting the Front Office of the school.... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top
The team

Gobondery/NARRAF Swimming Carnival

A number of records fell at this annual zone primary school carnvial held in Narromine recently. Our Boys 11- 13 years, 4 x 50m Relay team broke the previous record, as did: Riley Brown Boys 11 years, 50m Free Boys 11 years, 50m Breast Boys 11 years 50m Back Boys 11 years 50m Fly Max Irving Boys 12 years, 50m Free Felix Weston Boys 8 - 13 years, 100m Free Boys 12-13 years, 50m Fly Boys 11-13 years, 200 Individual Medley Felix was named Senior Boys Champion of the carnnival, Mackenzie Pardy - 3rd Junior Girl Champion, Riley... Read more

Great start videos

A panel of experts answers the most common questions parents have about how they can best support their kids' school life, study, wellbeing and development. In five brief segments, the experts share their tips on how parents can: help their kids reach their full potential at school and motivate them for learning support their child's social development and handle schoolyard conflict support kids through the teenage years. keep up with the technology their kids are using and how to keep them safe online. Watch the Great start videos... Read more

School Banking to Commence

The school banking system will commence from Tuesday 12 February. Existing account holders should give their books and contributions to Mrs Ridley on Tuesdays. Anyone interested in joining the program needs to establish a Youth Saver account with the Commonwealth Bank. Once that is established students need only bring in their deposit book and contribution each Tuesday. Remember, every deposit is rewarded with a token and once students arrive at ten token they will receive a prize! Our school also benefits by receiving a commision on all... Read more

Carnival

Oxley Wins Swimming Carnival

The first Friday back to school proved to be ideal conditions for our swimming carnival - well for the swimmers - maybe not the timekeepers standing in the hot sun! Oxley were convincing winners; their team of strong swimmers broke a number of records. Joseph Marks and Abby McCloskey in Year 7 were a welcome addition to the team! For scenes from the day have a look at the gallery.... Read more