SRC Wrap Up

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.


Brekkie​ ​club

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.


Anzac​ ​Day

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.




Tonya McQuilty

SRC Coordinator