In the Media!
Broad ribbons for paraders at Sydney Royal The cattle handling skills of two members of the New England Girls’ School cattle club team were recognised at the Sydney Royal Easter Show last week, with broad ribbons in highly competitive Paraders competitions.
Rebecca Cameron won Champion Parader against 129 others representing 13 zones in the Zone (F002) Paraders competition. Earlier in the year she had qualified as one of 10 to represent her zone.
In the School Paraders competition, teammate Emma Costello was the Reserve Champion School Parader, despite being the second youngest in the competition.
The wins followed success in the led steer competition. Bonnie Brook ‘Frankie’, led by Rebecca Cameron, placed second in a class in the Open steer heavyweight competition and then went on to be the Reserve Champion heavyweight steer of the show. Tangley ‘Simon’ led by Tangley principal and former NEGS parent Frank White, also scored a red ribbon in a class in the open heavyweight section.
Each school is only allowed to enter one steer in the school steer section, and Ben Nevis ‘Razor’, led by Sophie Barr, placed second in the schools’ steer heavyweight section.
“The five students Rachel Angus, Sophie Barr, Rebecca Cameron, Emma Costello and Georgia White were very pleased with their results, and deservedly so,” NEGS Cattle Club manager Lyall Cameron said.
Transition expansion helps a head start on school Parents can now give their children more of a head start at the top rating primary school in the region, with St John’s Junior School expanding its Transition program.
The Transition program is designed for four year olds in an effort to prepare them for formal schooling. From the commencement of Term 2 St John’s is offering a five day a week program to cater for the needs of children. Current parents and the wider community will have the option to participate in either the three day program, or take advantage of enrolling their child into the five day program for no extra cost.
“A qualified early childhood teacher will guide the children through a personalised program that provides each student with the necessary pre-literacy and numeracy skills that will give them the foundations for successful learning in Kindergarten and the primary years,” St John’s Head of School Cary Roberts said.
According to the recently-released 2011 NAPLAN results, St John’s was 11th in the state for Reading, 20th for Writing, 23rd in the state for Grammar and in the top 100 schools for Spelling. The school received an overall ranking of 145th in the state, almost 30 places ahead of the next primary school in the region.
The St John’s Transition class is located in the renovated St John’s Hostel building, designed by noted architect Horbury Hunt. It is part of St John’s Co-educational Junior School, which is located on the one site within the greater campus of New England Girls’ School.