SRC Wrap 2017
As told by: Darcy Jackson, Eliza Clark, Honey Zahoor, Georgia Mackson, Samantha Archer, Micah Scholes-Robertson, Brydie Hawthorne, Samuel Frazier, Harry Simpson, Maria Alkhouri, Simon Di Luzio, Anna Jackson, Ellen Hawthorne, Hunter Simpson, Alex MacMahon, Felix Martin, Lara Maloney, Cyan McLauchlin, Bridie Giles, Angus Scrivener, Riley Stewart and Abby Jackson.
Wow, it is that time of the year again. From all of us we would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe and exciting New Year. The SRC has had a massive year and we thought we should take this opportunity to reminisce and thank everyone for their support throughout the year.
The SRC ran the Brekkie Club on Friday mornings, making and selling bacon & egg rolls for $5 and hot choccies for $3. This offered both staff and students the chance to buy a hot breakfast before school. These were bought with funds we had previously made. All the funds raised assisted with several fundraisers such as: new seating around the school, new flower pots, supporting students in academic adventures and donations to many causes.
Members of the SRC represented O’Connor in ANZAC Day ceremonies including, dawn service, ANZAC marches and the laying of wreaths. We had representatives in Armidale; Walcha, Uralla and Guyra on the day.
Representation at the Autumn Festival
The SRC also helped with decorating the O’Connor float for the annual Autumn Festival Celebrations. The students assisted with the setting up and packing up of the float and the participation of activities and cheers. Despite the rainy weather, the blue decorations held up the buzz of excitement.
Our SRC students were involved with the support of Legacy - a charity raising funds to support Australian families who have been affected by injury or loss of loved ones in the defence force. The students sold a collection of badges, pens, trinkets or bears around town to locals, and helped spread awareness about their work.
Walk-a-thon (Olive Russell Foundation)
Olive Russell has been dependant on a tracheostomy since she was just 4 weeks old. She has battled with breathing and many issues relating to her trachea since birth and has inspired the student body greatly. The SRC decided that we needed to support her and her family by running a whole school walkathon from the Pine forest, back to school. We raised $3,500 from entry prices and running the BBQ throughout the day with the support of the school. Overall, the day was a huge success! A portion of the money raised was kindly donated to the Russell family with the remainder going towards several different fundraising activities in the school.
Interschools SRC Collaborations
O'Connor hosted the first Interschools SRC meeting, with members from various school’s representative team in Armidale coming together to collaborate ideas and focus on ways to improve. On the day, we discussed possible opportunities for an interschools fundraiser and all participating schools shared how they strived to raise money in support of the SRC in each school. The idea originated from a previous SRC meeting with our students, looking at ways for our representatives to branch out.
Presenting Student Insight and Ideas to the New School Master Plan Board
In Term two, a handful of students represented the SRC in a meeting relating to our school’s master plan board for the near future. Along with members of the CSO and Ms Menz, the students came up with interactive and modern plans, best suited for the student body and their preferences.
STEP Day BBQ
Members of the SRC are responsible for providing lunches and drinks to visiting students during the STEP Days. We run the BBQ making sausage sandwiches for each student and teacher and ensured that everyone was fed. The students set up, prepared the food and drinks and of course cleaned up afterwards.
Rambling for Renal donation
Nicki Scholes-Robertson was presented with a care package alongside a $1000 donation from the SRC, in support of her work in regards to ‘Ramblin’ 4 Renal’ fundraising. Nicki has challenged herself to walk 100km around the UNE, raising money for our local kidney unit in Armidale.
Thank you once again for all your support throughout the year and we can not wait to see what we can achieve in 2018. Happy holidays everyone.