Barby awarded Bowler of the Year after big season

President Allan Affleck presented Graham Barby with his trophy. sub
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Graham Barby was named Bowler of the Year at the annual Parkes Mens Bowling Club awards presentation held last Saturday.

Graham had a very successful year as a member of the winning team in Major Pairs, Major Fours, Mixed Fours and runner-up in the Major Triples.

He was also a semi-finalist in the handicap Singles.

All awards were presented following a very well attended social bowls afternoon.

46 bowlers turned out and played one game of Triples and 10 games of Pairs.

In the Triples game, Ron Murray, Joe Crowley and Mark Dwyer led all the way in their 31-13 win over Bob Freeman, Bill Skinner and Chris Dunn.

Wally Grant and Dave Johnson scored nine shots on the last three ends to defeat Ray Jones and Nimo Mills 26-16.

After holding a narrow 6-5 lead, John Hodge and John Ward won 10 of the next 12 ends to extend their lead to 19-7.

They went on to win the game against Bernie Mitchell and Geoff Freeman 21-11.

Liz Byrne and Dave Buggie scored 12 shots on the last four ends to record a come from behind 28-23 win over John Dunn and George Boatswain.

John Carr and Col Hayward held a narrow 7-5 lead over Gary McPhee and Warren Bevan after seven ends.

John and Col then won six of the next seven ends to lead 24-8 before they went on to win the game 30-15.

Maureen Bailey and Kevin Hynds were far too strong for Alan Affleck and Mike Valentine in winning their game 35-15.

Tony Byrne and Guy Ellery only lost five ends in defeating their more fancied opponents of Bruce Deland and Ron Hornery 24-9.

Tom Furey and Col Mudie, aided by one six shot and one seven shot ends, scored a 28-17 win over Ron Fisher and Warwick Parker.

Noel Nicholson and Graham Barby led all the way in their 21-15 win over Rob Irving and John Corcoran.

Matthew Parker and Jeff Matters (Forbes), aided by two five shot ends, scored a 28-20 win over Gwenda Carty and Arthur Corbett.

The last game saw Rhona Went and Ted Wright score a 29-12 win over Gordon Dickson and Stuart Kelly.

26 bowlers played social bowls last Thursday.

They played one game of Triples and five games of Pairs.

In the Triples game, Pat Murray (Concord), Rodd Kenny (Liverpool) and Geoff Freeman won the last two ends to record a come from behind 16-15 win over Bob Freeman, John Dunn and John Hodge.

After trailing 7-11, Alan Affleck and Mike Valentine won 11 of the last 12 ends to defeat Ian Mill and John Ward 31-13.

Les Kent and Arthur Corbett scored a big 36-11 win over Max Tomkins and John Carr.

In a very close game, Rob Irving and Col Mudie scored three on the last end to defeat Gordon Dickson and Graham Barby 22-21.

John Watson and John Corcoran won the last five ends to score a come from behind 24-22 win over Allan Wright and Kevin Hynds.

After trailing 21-9, John Keogh and Col Hayward won five of the last six ends to snatch a 23-all draw with Ron Hornery and Flip Fliedner.

Ron and Flip won the ends 11-10 in a very entertaining game.

Nine lucky bowlers won Christmas prizes on both Thursday and Saturday.

TWILIGHT BOWLS

The final round of the pre-Christmas competition was played last Thursday with 52 bowlers participating.

Casey Surveying 1 won the last three ends to snatch a 13-all draw with Back Trundle Road 2.

High Rollers had a good 16-7 win over Saints.

Other winning teams were Battlers, Super Bees, Casey Surveying 2, Elle, Back Trundle Road 3, We Wreck ‘M N We Fix ‘M and Rok-FM.

The major prize winners were Battlers with Elle scoring the minor prize.

The lucky losers prize went to Bushies.

Following the bowls the pre-Christmas competition winners were presented with their prizes.

The winning team was Super Bees with We Wreck ‘M N We Fix ‘M finishing runners-up.

The encouragement award was won by Two & A Half Fitters.

Thursday twilight bowls will recommence on January 22.

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Worthy winners awarded at year’s closure

Presentation day: The winning 2014 Wauchope women bowlers with their trophies.THE Wauchope Women’s Bowling Club has completed its 2014 bowling year – finishing on a nice wet and much-needed rainy day.
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The club presentation day began at 9am and it was nice to have Wauchope Country Club secretary-manager Bob Weston and board chairman Michael Kirwan on hand to do the honours, organisers say.

The major winner was Ann Steel, the minors prize was won by Margaret Coulon, the pairs winners were Marie Winter and Krys Flanagan, the triples prize went to Rosie Ansley, Annette Jones and Lynne Reid, the fours to Dot Galbraith, Janet Monkley, Sue Killmurray and skip Joyce Boyd.

Tina Hamilton was the winner of the consistency singles, club select pairs were Karen Lewis and Pat Coombes and memorial pairs winners were Pat Kirkman and Heather Bartlett.

Congratulations to all these worthy winners for 2014 – very well done.

We have quite a lot of December babies celebrating birthdays – Jutta Hall on the 15th, Heather Bartlett and Connie McDonald on the 22nd and Karen Marchment on the 30th. I am sure these ladies will certainly celebrate.

The Christmas raffle was drawn, with Tina Hamilton winning the money tree, Annette Jones the Christmas pudding and Ann Steel the Christmas cake. Thanks to Heather Bartlett and Pat Coombes for the cake and pudding.

We would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and New Year and we will be commencing play again on January 8.

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Gallery: Queechy High School Celebration Dinner

Gallery: Queechy High School Celebration Dinner Queechy High School held its 2014 End of Year Celebration Dinner at the Tailrace Centre. Picture: Neil Richardson
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Queechy High School held its 2014 End of Year Celebration Dinner at the Tailrace Centre. Picture: Neil Richardson

Queechy High School held its 2014 End of Year Celebration Dinner at the Tailrace Centre. Picture: Neil Richardson

Queechy High School held its 2014 End of Year Celebration Dinner at the Tailrace Centre. Picture: Neil Richardson

Queechy High School held its 2014 End of Year Celebration Dinner at the Tailrace Centre. Picture: Neil Richardson

Queechy High School held its 2014 End of Year Celebration Dinner at the Tailrace Centre. Picture: Neil Richardson

Queechy High School held its 2014 End of Year Celebration Dinner at the Tailrace Centre. Picture: Neil Richardson

Queechy High School held its 2014 End of Year Celebration Dinner at the Tailrace Centre. Picture: Neil Richardson

Queechy High School held its 2014 End of Year Celebration Dinner at the Tailrace Centre. Picture: Neil Richardson

Queechy High School held its 2014 End of Year Celebration Dinner at the Tailrace Centre. Picture: Neil Richardson

Queechy High School held its 2014 End of Year Celebration Dinner at the Tailrace Centre. Picture: Neil Richardson

Queechy High School held its 2014 End of Year Celebration Dinner at the Tailrace Centre. Picture: Neil Richardson

Queechy High School held its 2014 End of Year Celebration Dinner at the Tailrace Centre. Picture: Neil Richardson

Queechy High School held its 2014 End of Year Celebration Dinner at the Tailrace Centre. Picture: Neil Richardson

Queechy High School held its 2014 End of Year Celebration Dinner at the Tailrace Centre. Picture: Neil Richardson

Queechy High School held its 2014 End of Year Celebration Dinner at the Tailrace Centre. Picture: Neil Richardson

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It’s time to celebrate

Swan Hill duxes Verity Duffield and Chris Barkman celebrating their Year 12 results.VERITY Duffield was wide awake at 4.30am on Monday.
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There was still more than two hours to go until she was able to access her Australian Tertiary Admission Rank result — but the Swan Hill College graduate was simply too nervous to sleep.

After all, it was the moment she, along with thousands of other Victorian year 12 students, had been working towards for two years.

Logging onto the internet at 6.50am, Verity was thrilled to receive her results 10 minutes before they were due to go live.

“I kept refreshing the page, and then it came up at 6.50,” she said.

Expecting a result in the high 80s, Verity was over the moon to learn she scored much higher than she had expected — a 94 out of a possible 99.95, making her the dux of her school.

The cherry on top was discovering she received a perfect score of 50 for legal studies.

Across town, it was a similar story for St Mary MacKillop College dux Chris Barkman, who was thrilled with his result of a 93.8.

Chris studied religious education, accounting, psychology, legal studies, mathematical methods and literature.

“I had been hoping to get in the 90s, but I tried my absolute best not to think about it too much so I wouldn’t drive myself crazy,” he said.

Still unsure of what career path he would like to take, Chris hopes to study a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Criminology and Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne.

For more on this story, grab a copy of Wednesday’s Guardian (December 17).

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Police comb channel again

Police divers combed the No. 9 Channel in Swan Hill as part of their ongoing search for missing man Mark Beames.A SPECIALIST search and rescue squad has been called in to assist with the “baffling” disappearance of Swan Hill man Mark Anthony Beames, who was last seen more than three months ago.
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Reported missing by family in October, Mr Beames was last seen in early September leaving a relative’s Harrison Crescent home.

Detective Senior Constable Mick Corridan said divers were searching the area near Mr Beames’ last known whereabouts — a strip of channel adjacent to a Gray Street home he was known to squat in.

“There are a number of small weirs in the channel where blockages could occur and so we have got search and rescue up [to have a look],” he said.

“The fear is that he may have fallen into the channel in relation to a serious medical issue.

“His family have been coping well, considering it has been a number of months now and we would like to get them some closure, especially at this time of year.”

Mr Beames frequently kept in touch with his family, and Det Sen Cnst Corridan said they had received numerous phone calls from relatives across Australia.

For more on this story, grab a copy of Wednesday’s Guardian (December 17).

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Santa’s big week in town

Delightful drop: Santa was on hand to help Wauchope Fire and Rescue Captain Rob Pursehouse practice the art of lolly throwing ahead of Sunday’s annual lolly drop through the streets of Wauchope Guess who: A cheeky Santa made a cameo at the Wauchope Gazette office this week to take a look at entry numbers for the Shop Local and Win competition that will be drawn tonight at the Bain Park community Christmas event.
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Drive in style: Santa made a dash down to Bain Park to take a final look at the Nissan X-Trail before it is handed over to the lucky winner tomorrow afternoon at the Wauchope SUPA IGA

The busiest man in town: An exhausted Santa was helped by Sue Farlow from the Department Store after he finished his run around town last week

CHRISTMAS festivities hit full throttle from today with a number of exciting activities planned in the lead up to Christmas for everyone to enjoy.

The Wauchope and Hinterland Christmas in Bain Park kicks off from 5pm this evening and is proudly presented by the Wauchope Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc and the Holiday Coast Credit Union.

Organisersare particularly excited about this year’s event with a revamp of some of the traditonal activities and times “The organising committee have been working hard to create a special night for Wauchope locals and visitors,” said event coordinator Lisa McPherson.

“In particular, Santa will stay a little longer this year to give children the opportunity to speak with him at his chair and parents are welcome to take photos of the experience.”

Bain Park will come alive with the sounds of Christmas cheer with Rosanna Vanderley, Wauchope Sing Australia and the Combined Churches Community Choir gracing the stage, backed by the Hastings Municipal Band.

Many local performers including the Wauchope and Port Macquarie Performing Arts, the Wauchope Youth Theatre will also take to the stage, along with an interactive “Christmas Story” presentation from the Wauchope Ministers Association.

This will be followed by the Colouring Competition Winners announcement and Santa’s arrival at approximately 6.30pm.

“In 2014 we have been thinking BIG” said Lisa McPherson.

“Literally BIG, with a 5 metre Santa who will welcome people into the park, along with his 3.3 metre reindeer.

“It is all a bit of fun to bring the community together and foster a shared Christmas spirit.

“I am sure it will offer a wow moment for people on the night.”

There are many exciting surprises in store and activities for everyone to enjoy including the drawing of the Wauchope Gazette Shop Local promotion.

One lucky participant will walk away with $500 worth of shopping vouchers to be spent in the businesses participating in the promotion.

A brand new Nissan X -Trail will be an early Christmas present for one lucky shareholder tomorrow night. After a promotion that has been running since August, the Hastings Co-op Shareholders prize accumulates this Friday at around 4.50 pm when the announcement is made.

The festivities at the Wauchope SUPA IGA start at 2pm and include the SES BBQ from 2pm,Wauchope Fire Brigade Santa Run at 4pm plus giveaways, prizes and much more.

TWO lolly drops are in the pipeline for locals to enjoy during the festive season.

The annual Wauchope Fire Brigade lolly drop starts on Sunday at 3.30pm. The truck will make its way around the streets of Wauchope so be sure to be out and about when you hear the siren.

Members of the King Creek and Rural Fire Brigade, accompanied by Santa, will continue the 15 year old tradition with a lolly drop on Christmas Eve. The truck starts near Sarahs Crescent about 3.30pm, making its way through King Creek before finishing at Bago.

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Katherine cancer group nears support milestone

JUST 18 months after a group of volunteers formed the Katherine Cancer Working Group with a $5000 pledge from the Bendigo Community Bank, a cancer support office and chemotherapy services are close to being established in the town.
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After the community raised $48,000 at the Triple-0 Ballearlier this year, KCWG chair Toni Tapp-Coutts said the money would be poured backinto Katherine to supportcancer suffers.

“It has been a wonderful journey to this point and to be able to finally tell the people of Katherine that we will have cancer support and treatment services for cancer patients commencing in 2015,” she said.

“This will help to take some of the strain off cancer patients and their families to be able to access services that will cut the stress and costs of traveling to Darwin.”

$46,5000 of the funds raised by the Triple-0 Ball and Rotary Club of Katherine will be donated to Cancer Council NT to top up the wage of a cancer support worker for the first two years.

COMMUNITY CANCER BOOST: Triple-0 Ball representatives Christine Sutherland, Anica Becket and Donna Bryant hand over a cheque for $48,000 to Katherine Cancer Working Group chair Toni Tapp-Coutts and deputy chair Val Dyer.

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Who will take out this year’s Cowra Australia Day Awards?

The Cowra Community Australia Day celebrations will take place on Monday 26 January at Cowra Civic Centre from 8.15am. FILE PHOTO. The recent announcement of Cowra’s Australia Day 2015 Award nominees recognises the fabulous voluntary contributions made in our community, Cowra mayor, Councillor Bill West said.
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“The nominations highlight the fantastic range of volunteer service being carried-out in the Cowra community; I congratulate all nominees for their selfless contribution to our Shire,” Cr West said.

The Cowra Community Australia Day celebrations will take place on Monday 26 January at Cowra Civic Centre from 8.15am. Award winners will be announced following the free community breakfast kindly hosted by Rotary Club of Cowra. Prizes will also be given for School Literary Awards and Morning Tea with the Inner Wheel ladies will follow.

Cowra High School Student Representative Council

2014 was not only a busy year, but also an extremely successful year for the Student Representative Council (SRC). The group held three socials, student welfare days and actively assist with Transition and Orientation days for Year Six students. The SRC also hosted Mufti Days for specific fundraising events such as ‘Jeans for Genes Day’; ‘Footy Colours Day’ and even planted trees for ‘National Tree Day’.

Cowra Youth Council

The reach of Cowra Youth Council (CYC) grows each year. In 2014, CYC moved from coordinating the local movie nights and Youth Week activities into hosting a Community Cinema group, running the annual “Home Grown” musical concert and participating in sports days, fundraising events, and local markets.

CYC hosts drug and alcohol-free events for young people with a focus on providing engaging opportunities for Cowra’s youth. Leadership roles taken-on include running their own meetings and delivering activity information to school groups and media.

Cowra Jockey Club Committee – With more than 200-years of voluntary service between its six committee members, it is hard not to recognise Cowra Jockey Club Committee for its dedication. Course and facility maintenance are priorities for this group to ensure that the race environment is always safe and welcoming to families with this emphasis recently culminating in securing funds for a safe running rail. Cowra Jockey Club Committee also offers race days as fund-raising opportunities for local charitable organisations with sales stallsand donations.

Ernie Burgers

Nominee Ernie Burgers needs little introduction with residents of Cowra having seen and heard Ernie perform at many local events ranging from Cowra Musical and Dramatic Society productions to Seniors Week concerts, Cowra Country Music Club evenings, and at Bilyara Hostel, and all for free.

Ernie is a member of the Cowra Breakout Country Music Festival Committee and the Cowra Eisteddfod Committee where he coordinates the vocal sections.

Ernie loves to sing and, more importantly, Ernie loves to share his talent with our community.

Tobie Gilmore

As President of the Cowra High School Student Representative Council, Tobie has proven leadership skills. He has made consistent improvements to student welfare at Cowra High and is a respected member of the school. Tobie is responsible and well-organised during student meetings, offers to assist teachers with all tasks, and always shows initiative. Tobie does not seek accolades but sees his school community role as its own reward.

Meggan Ellison

Meg has been an active community member for several years, in particular during 2014. Meg represented Cowra Lion’s Club as a Youth Ambassador for the Festival of International Understanding, has been a School House Captain, has played netball for Cowra and umpired senior levels, participated in the St Vincent de Paul Winter Sleepout fundraiser and been involved in Catholic Parish activities. Meg contributes to all facets of school life be itsporting, cultural or academic and is a recognised leader amongst her peers.

Brody Hannan

Brody was Cowra High School Captain in 2014, an achievement in itself. His year took an interesting twist when he was invited to attend the London International Youth Science Forum after attending the Rotary Youth Science Forum earlier in the year. Brody was rewarded with this invitation for his notable scientific and mathematic interests and accomplishments. Brody’s community work continued with the Leo’s Club, Cowra Hockey and Cowra High School Anti-bullying workshops. The anti-bullying contribution extended into facebook monitoring through a School Prefect project called “Face It – Don’t facebook It”. Brody has long been recognised as a role model and mentor to younger students.

Jess McLean

Jess plays a significant role in many youth organisations within Cowra Shire. She is the VicePresident of the Cowra Youth Council, President of the Leo Club, school photographer, Youth Council photographer and active fundraiser for youth mental health projects. Jess became a Festival of International Understanding Youth Ambassador representing the Cowra Youth Council and followed this with a Youth Ambassador role for the Cowra being saw her receive an invitation to be guest speaker for the recent anti-bullying dinner and fundraiser held at the Lachlan Hotel. Jess’s nomination notes her leadership role, team work and organisational skills as secondto none.

Kaye Chapman

Kaye is a familiar face in Cowra Shire since moving here 23 years ago. In that time, Kaye has offered help and support in many ways such as becoming a volunteer worker for the Cowra Grief & Loss group in 1992 and conducting self-esteem courses as part of this role. From this work, Kaye discovered that financial situations had limited the medical support available to some patients and that others had a good support network to raise much-neededfinance. Kaye elected to bring this to the attention of the Shire and held public meetings to decide how to overcome this issue. As a result, the Cowra Community Chest was formed in 2003. Kaye took on a Board of Management role and Publicity Officer duties for the Community Chest. She can be regularly seen selling tickets, cooking barbecues and generally spreading the word to raise money for the Community Chest. More than 160 individuals have been assisted by Cowra Community Chest since inception and the voluntary tasks adopted by Kaye continue 11 years on.

Jayarna Cook

Jayarna has been quietly helping others for many years. She has been a supporter of Holman Place School by fundraising through raffles and voluntarily assisting art classes. Her own art is also a source of giving by donating paintings for charity organisations to raise money.

Jayarna’s most known community contribution is in the Vision Impaired Support Group of Cowra. Jayarna hosts the monthly meeting to share new products available from Vision Australia with those in need. She researches the devices and demonstrates their use to the group, all on a voluntary basis. Jayarna lives by the motto “whatever you give out will always come back”.

Harry Williams

Since June 2011 Harry has been working at Cowra Information & Neighbourhood Centre, recently progressing to Coordinator of the Indigenous Community Links Program. Harry’s employment is only a small component of his community contribution. He has initiated an Aboriginal Elders group to allow Aboriginal Elders a forum for sharing views with the wider community and each other. Harry is also an active member of the Miyanmunga Board, a group placing Aboriginal children in out of home care with Aboriginal families. Harry runs ‘Community Yarn-Ups’ for all community members and was awarded the Inaugural Mr NAIDOC of Cowra. Harry also helps out at Cowra PCYC, school reading programs and community sports days.

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HSC results: how did you go?

St Francis Xavier college captains Joel Webber and Olivia Carroll. Pic: Supplied► Hunter’s top HSC scorershonoured
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NERVES gave way to relief on Wednesday morning for two Merewether teenagers among the thousands checking their HSC results.

Olivia Carroll, 17, and Joel Webber, 18, both awoke to find the results of their HSC studies waiting for them.

But checking those results proved a little bit tougher for Ms Carroll despite a desire to quickly calm her nerves.

‘‘I lost my PIN so I had to call the Board of Studies,’’ she said.

‘‘It was very tense.’’Planning to launch into a biomedical science degree, 17-year-old Olivia Carroll said she was happy with her results.

But while she was pleased with the ‘‘huge relief’’ of officially finishing the HSC, she was frustrated with her results in two subjects where she was only a mark shy of a higher band.‘‘It is frustrating but there’s nothing I can do about it now,’’ she said.

Heading to share results with her friends, she said they were pleased with their achievements as well.

‘‘We are not asking each other what we got, just whether we’re happy, ’’she said.Mr Webber, 18, said he

started the day like any other despite the monumental news awaiting him.

After putting in the work all year, he was confident he would get the mark to enter his chosen course.

‘‘I wasn’t too worried coming up to today because I want to do communications at Newcastle uni next year,’’ Mr Webber said.

‘‘I’m tossing up at the moment, I’m looking at a few different things like journalism and media production because that’s what interests me.’’

The St Francis Xavier student tackled four units of English, two units of religion, legal studies and biology for his final year.

He said he hoped to defer his studies to work and travel.

Winning marks of more than 80 per cent in every subject but one, he said he was pleasantly surprised with his marks as he adjusted to the end of his schooling.

‘‘It’s good to sort of have a bit of a final end,’’ Mr Webber said.

‘‘We had our formal and that felt like the end but now it feels like it’s really wrapping up.’’

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Business community supports Victor Harbor R-7 School

School principal Brenton Robins is thankful for the support from the south coast’s business community. He is pictured at a fund-raiser fete in December 2014. The south coast’s business community has reached out to help a local school affected by fire.
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The Victor Harbor Business Association held a fund-raiser dinner for the town’s public primary school at the McCracken Country Club on Wednesday, December 10.

About $7500 was raised at the event for the Victor Harbor R-7 School, which received $1 million damage in a fire on Saturday, November 8.

The money came from an auction, a raffle, and a portion of ticket sales.

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Member for Mayo Jamie Briggs flew in from Brisbane that day to attend the evening. Other guests included Member for Finniss Michael Pengilly and City of Victor Harbor mayor Graham Philp.

The school’s principal Brenton Robins and governing council chair Kerri Love spoke at the dinner about how the fire affected the school as an employer and a business.

This included the loss of resources by a number of staff, whose years of work and resources went up in flames in the fire.

Plans are in place for training some staff in online teaching methods, in particular the use of digital and mobile technology in the classroom.

The online methods taught to staff could be incorporated with technologies in the replacement building, which Mr Robins said he hopes will help in the school’s sustainability.

Mr Robins said discussing the employee aspect of the school was something the business community could resonate with.

He said the generosity of those at the dinner was very much appreciated.

VHBA vice president Nick Gormley said the dinner represented a different part of the community, wanting to make a difference.

Mr Gormley said the school’s facilities are used by the wider public for a variety of reasons, including swimming lessons and little athletics. The school gym is used by community clubs for training and games and the staff room is used for boat licence exams.

“It’s not just the damage done by the fire, it interrupts the fabric of the community,” Mr Gormley said.

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