EDUCATION Week started with a bang at Cooerwull Public School.
Cooerwull had the pleasure of hosting the opening of Education Week for the Western Gateway Education Community (WGEC).
They celebrated with an action packed gathering of students, teacher, parents and many special guests.
Principals from other local schools and Aboriginal elders and district representatives were also in attendance.
Principal Mrs McNiven and Cooerwull School captains Brody McManus and Lori Pearce invited their guests to help them to recognise the value of public education in the community.
With the Olympics on everyone’s mind, Mrs McNiven used the inspirational Marjorie Jackson, a former student of Cooerwull and Lithgow High, to highlight the importance of both the community, which supports each student’s potential, and the individual’s perseverance and practice.
The theme was reinforced by the captains reading a letter from Marjorie Jackson and presenting a video clip of Ms Jackson’s achievements.
School Education Director Western NSW Region Peter Harvey, and Federal Member for Calare John Cobb also encouraged and addressed the audience.
A highlight of the celebration was the involvement of Cooerwull’s own students.
Kinder, Year One and Two students sang a song and Year Four entertained by reciting a humorous poem.
The WGEC choir, including members from each school of the greater Lithgow area, captivated the audience by performing some inspirational songs.
Both students and teachers were congratulated for an outstanding performance, made all the more impressive by the fact the choir had had only three combined practices prior to the special event.