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Bingara Central student Nikita Frazer using online Aurora schooling/$18,000 for Glencoe Community Hall

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MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has welcomed Bingara Central School Year 11 student Nikita Frazer to the State’s new virtual high school, Aurora College.

Mr Marshall was at Bingara Central School last week and caught up Nikita who commenced lessons earlier in the week together with 55 Year 7 students, continuing Xsel students and other Year 11 students in selected subjects across the state.

“The school will provide further opportunities for academically gifted students in rural and remote NSW and I’m delighted that in addition to Nikita, two Glen Innes High School Year 7 students also gained a places in the virtual school,” Mr Marshall said.

“Warialda High School mathematics teacher Susan Leamon has also been engaged to work with students at the college.

Aurora College student Bingara CS

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall with Bingara Central School and Aurora College Year 11 student Nikita Frazer and Relieving Principal Jennifer Bird.

“Aurora College increases the opportunities available to rural and remote students across country areas and it will continue to grow.

“The college will work in partnership with 49 rural and remote schools, where the students are physically based. Specialist teachers have been handpicked for Aurora College and come from a further 30 schools across the State.

“Students in rural and remote NSW will have access to our most experienced teachers, even if those teachers are based in the city.”

“Attending a selective school is an opportunity that until now has only been available for students in metropolitan areas and larger regional centres,” he said.

“Using the latest collaboration technology, we are addressing a major equity issue affecting talented students in regional areas – students who have previously been unable to access the subjects and resources they need.

Mr Marshall heard from Nikita, who said she was enjoying the blend of online learning through Aurora and face-to-face teaching at Bingara Central.

“Nikita is being supported by staff at Bingara Central and she is studying subjects that she may not have had the chance otherwise – it’s a great outcome for her learning and future success,” Mr Marshall said.

“Aurora College is one element of the NSW Government’s $80 million education package for rural and remote schools, announced in 2013. Other elements of the plan include $30 million to attract and retain quality teachers, and $4 million to strengthen early childhood education.”

Meanwhile, the small but industrious committee of the Glencoe Community Hall will soon be working on further improvements according to Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, who has announced a further $17,980 in State Government funding for the committee.

Last year the group received $11,000 through the Community Building Partnership Fund to extend the hall and Mr Marshall said that this latest funding would be used to fully paint in interior and exterior of the well-used community building.

“Some of the old paintwork is peeling off and there are sections of the exterior that need to be replaced due to wood rot,” he said

“There is also a wood storage shed at the rear of the hall that also requires a lick of paint to preserve the timbers and they need some help to upgrade their drainage to council specifications.”

Mr Marshall said the extension was very welcome as the size of the hall had restricted the number of people who could participate in the community activities.

Glencoe Community Hall CBP funding

Members of the Glencoe Community Hall committee with Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall. Pictured from left are Jo Scott, Joyce Newberry, Adam Marshall, Peter Scott, Vonnie Cattell, Carmel Eslick and Nancy Parry.

“The extension has increased the capacity of the hall and the painting will enhance the current space, preserve the hall for future community use and cut down on maintenance costs,” he said.

“Glencoe is quite an active community and the hall is currently being used by the Local Women’s Group, Healthy Ageing Group and is also used a polling booth.

“Various committees hold their meetings there and Glen Innes Severn Council holds community consultative meetings there on a regular basis.

“I’m delighted that together we have secured this latest round of funding; it’s so important that the NSW Government continue to support these small grassroots community organisations.”