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Schwager wins top award

Schwager wins top award

Narrabri Blue Boars captain Matt Schwager has described winning the Narrabri ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ as very ‘humbling’ after it was announced at the annual Narrabri Shire Sports Awards evening on the weekend.

Narrabri Blue Boars captain Matt Schwager has described winning the Narrabri ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ as very ‘humbling’ after it was announced at the annual Narrabri Shire Sports Awards evening on the weekend.

Schwager was out of town on Saturday night, however proud parents, Tony and Shirley, were on hand to collect the trophy on his behalf.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards:

NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards:

"We are excited to be launching the 2016 NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards on Thursday 8th October 2015. On behalf of Santos, we would like to extend an invitation to you to attend the official Launch in Narrabri for 2015/2016."

"The Free Community Launch will announce the call for nominations, recognising the fantastic achievements of young people up to the age of 29 in their chosen fields of endeavour. The Awards aim to applaud leadership, vision and commitment while fostering the pursuit of excellence and highlighting the efforts and successes of young people making meaningful contributions to their local communities.

"Join local dignitaries, VIPs, community leaders and young achievers from the Narrabri community as we acknowledge youth excellence. The launch event will be an afternoon tea event from 3 pm to 4 pm at the Crossing Theatre in Narrabri. It is a great chance for networking and we will hear from the Overall Young Achiever of the Year for 2015, Rhett Burraston.

"Feel free to invite any colleagues, friends or like-minded people to the launch. To RSVP, please follow this link and fill in our easy online form:

http://bit.ly/nswyaanarrabrilaunch

Friday, 25 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Northern Inland Innovation Awards Deadline Extended

The Northern Inland Innovation Awards entry deadline has been extended to Monday 28 September.

Regional Development Australia Northern Inland has been talking to businesses and organisations around the region in recent weeks. Spring is a busy time, so the one week extension should help ensure that a quality regionally representative field of entries are received. So far, a good regional spread of entries have received but more examples of innovation are being sought from the Liverpool and Moree Plains, Tamworth, Inverell and the Gwydir Shire. We are particularly keen to see how innovative the manufacturing and engineering sector is in our region. Hopefully, our engineering businesses can make the most of this extended time and get an entry in. Our region needs your positive story.

Businesses, public and not-for-profit organisations, together with the 13 local councils of the Northern Inland NSW region are being urged to submit entries for the 8th annual Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI) Innovation Awards.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1649)/Comments (0)/
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FUNDING GRANTS FOR WOMEN IN REGIONAL AUSTRALIA

In 2015, Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across all sectors. 

The initiative provides women in regional Australia with grants for leadership development. More specifically, grant applications are open to women employed in regional and rural Australia at two levels. Please click on the preferred program link for details:

1. Senior Management and Executive Level women leaders can apply for $12,000 individual grants to undertake the Advanced Leadership Program

2. Emerging and Mid-Level women managers can apply for $4,500 Individual Grants to undertake the Accelerated Leadership Performance Program


Expression of Interest

To request additional information or a scholarship grant application form, simply complete this Expression of Interest Form and either email (info@wla.edu.au) or fax (1300 451 031) it back to us.

Should you wish to discuss the initiative in more detail, please contact Ian Johnson at the office of the National Industry Scholarship Program, Australian School of Applied Management on 1300 138 037or via ianj@asam.edu.au.
Tuesday, 8 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1851)/Comments (0)/
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Applications open for 2015–16 drought concessional loans in NSW

Applications open for 2015–16 drought concessional loans in NSW

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce and NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair

Media Release

 

3 September 2015

Drought-affected farmers in New South Wales can now apply for a Drought Concessional Loan or a Drought Recovery Concessional Loan, with applications opening today for the 2015–16 round of both schemes.

Federal Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, said the schemes helped those doing it tough during drought to restructure existing debt, or to fund operating expenses or drought preparedness and recovery activities.

“Through the Agricultural Competiveness White Paper, we are ensuring farmers have greater certainty about the support available to them during periods of drought. We are delivering on our White Paper commitment to continue both drought-related concessional loans schemes during 2015–16, with up to $30 million available for Drought Concessional Loans and up to $25 million available for Drought Recovery Concessional Loans in NSW,” Minister Joyce said.

 

Friday, 4 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (5332)/Comments (0)/
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Whole Kids Small Seeds Community Grants Program

Whole Kids Small Seeds Community Grants Program

(Source - Our Community Matters, Edition 5-15)

The Whole Kids Small Seeds Community Grants Program supports grassroots organisations and groups that are working hard in their local communities to improve children’s health and wellbeing through innovative and impactful projects.

Whole Kids Small Seeds seeks to fund organisations and groups that solve the root causes of problems at the community level. It looks for projects that have strong local community support and participation, in the belief that lasting change comes about at the local level through direct community involvement.

Whole Kids Small Seeds will provide a one-off grant up to $5,000 for an individual project. Its preference, however, is to select projects that it can fully fund at lower grant amounts. In this way, it can help fund more projects in more communities.

Whole Kids Small Seeds selects projects that aim to deliver positive impacts in one or more of the following areas: 
  • Improving children’s nutrition and access to healthy food.
  • Reducing environmental health risks to children.
  • Encouraging greater access for children to education and learning opportunities.
  • Building stronger local communities for families and children.
  • Creating safe areas for children’s play, recreation and enjoyment.
  • Enhancing children’s mental health and wellbeing.
  • Protecting children’s human rights and promoting social justice.
  • Protecting our environment, wildlife and natural wilderness for current and future generations of children.
The current grants round closes on September 30.

Thursday, 3 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Applications for CASP 2016 Now Open

Applications for CASP 2016 Now Open

Applications have opened for the 2016 Country Arts Support Program (CASP).

The grants for a maximum amount ranging from $3,000 to $5000 (varying by Regional Arts Board) are available to groups and organisations based in regional NSW for projects occurring between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2016.

 

CASP provides small grants to arts and community organisations and local arts councils for short term, locally initiated arts projects with the program aiming to assist locally determined cultural activities.

 

Ninety-nine new arts projects in regional, rural and remote projects, ranging through writers festivals, stage lighting workshops, music, light festivals, dance and digital art, were funded through the program for 2015.

 

Projects included the Coonamble Ceramics Collective Fired Up, art workshops at Cementa 15 in Kandos and the inaugural IlluminARTe Wollondilly Festival. 

 

Applicants must read the guidelines and speak to the Regional Arts Development Officer (RADO) for their region before applying. If you aren’t in an areas serviced by a RADO, talk to the Funding Manager at RANSW on 02 9270 2502 or email at funding@regionalartsnsw.com.au

 

To find which Regional Arts Board you are represented by click here.

 

Detailed information about the program and application fo

Tuesday, 1 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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NW LLS's 2015/16 Natural Resource Management funding round is now open.

NW LLS's 2015/16 Natural Resource Management funding round is now open.

Applications close on the 16th of October 2015.

NW LLS's 2015/16 Natural Resource Management funding round is now open.

To see what funding is available please look at the attached guidelines and expression of interest. Applications close on the 16th of October 2015.

The Natural Resource Management programme is funded by National Landcare Programme, Catchment Action NSW and Clean Energy Fund.


 For more information and a copy of our Guidelines and an Expression of Interest Form visit our website

http://northwest.lls.nsw.gov.au/land-and-water 
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Friday, 28 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (954)/Comments (0)/
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Wardrobe clear outs wanted at Narrabri op shops

Wardrobe clear outs wanted at Narrabri op shops

The campaign slogan for Op Shop week is ‘Op Till You Drop!’.

ABOVEOne of a Kind (formerly Lifeline) store manager Mary Ritchie with volunteer Pru Knight catering to the community members looking for pre-loved clothes.

National Op Shop Week is now on, from Sunday, August 23- 30.

The campaign slogan for Op Shop week is ‘Op Till You Drop!’.

The start of spring on September 1 is the most popular time of year for women to clear out their wardrobes. Nearly a quarter of women sort and de-clutter during September. 

Now in its third year, the Op Shop Week event promoters are asking people to donate good quality clothing to their local charity op shop.

National Op Shop Week is an initiative of the Do Something charity and is run in association with NACRO, the National Association for Charitable Recycling Organisations.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Applications open for 2016 Science and Innovation Awards​

Applications open for 2016 Science and Innovation Awards​

Young Australian researchers, innovators and scientists involved in the agriculture sector are invited to apply for a share of $240,000 in grants as part of the 2016 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the Awards encouraged young rural innovators to think big and contribute to the future success of Australian agriculture through funding for their innovative research projects. 

“Young people studying and working in this area are passionate about the future of agriculture in Australia, and these awards help them bring their ideas to life and advance their careers,” Minister Joyce said.

“There is a wealth of talent and enthusiasm among young Australians for the future of farming in Australia, and an understanding that agriculture represents an increasingly valuable and diverse career pathway with exciting new technologies and innovation.”

The Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry is a competitive grants programme targeted at young Australians aged 18-35 to undertake innovative research projects that will benefit Australia’s agricultural industries. 
Wednesday, 26 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (5336)/Comments (0)/
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Boggabri Pet Show

Boggabri Pet Show

Boggabri Sacred Heart Primary School recently held a fun-filled pet show with over 30 children and their pets attending. Birds, goats, puppies and bunnies were just some of the animals entered in the show on Sunday, which attracted families from Gunnedah, Maules Creek, Willala, Emerald Hill and Boggabri.

Click the heading to see all the lovely pets.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Google Street View Trekker in NSW national parks

Google Street View Trekker in NSW national parks

Working in partnership with Google, NSW National Parks has captured imagery across 25 national parks using Google Street View Trekker. You can get a bird’s-eye view of these incredible landscapes before setting off on your own adventure.


NSW National Parks is the first Australian organisation to partner with Google as part of the Trekker Loan Program. Using a Google Street View trekker, we've visited 225 attractions and captured over 1100km of imagery. Some of our favourite highlights include:
Monday, 24 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Bursaries for Young Carers

Bursaries for Young Carers

Available now

Do you provide care and support to a family member or friend with an illness, disability, mental health illness, is frail aged or has an alcohol or other drug problem?

Are you aged 12–25 years?       Are you currently studying or wishing to return to study or training?


If so, you may be eligible to apply for a young carer bursary!

Some young carers are missing out on education or training because of the emotional and financial pressures they face. The Young Carer Bursary Programme provides financial assistance to help support young carers to complete or return to education while continuing their caring role. The Young Carer Bursary Programme will grant 333 bursaries at $3,000 each in 2016.  A bursary is similar to a grant. It is not a loan, and so does not need to be repaid. The money can be spent on whatever helps you with your education or training. If you are successful in your bursary application it will be up to you and your family to decide how best to use the money to help you with your education or training.

Who: Young carers, aged between 12–25 years old, who are currently studying or wishing to return to study or training are encouraged to apply.
When: Applications open on 18 August 2015 and close on 28 September 2015.

You can apply online today at www.bursaries.youngcarers.net.au 


You can also email ycbursaries@carersaustralia.com.au or ring 1800 756 238 for more info.
Thursday, 20 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Sustaining the Basin Irrigated Farm Modernisation Program - Round 6

Sustaining the Basin Irrigated Farm Modernisation Program - Round 6

Funding is now open (Wednesday 19 August 2015) and irrigators are urged to take up the opportunity and apply for funding while it is still available.

Sustaining the Basin Irrigated Farm Modernisation Program - Round 6

Sustaining the Basin: Irrigated Farm Modernisation (STBIFM) program Round 6 funding is now open (Wednesday 19 August 2015)
and irrigators are urged to take up the opportunity and apply for funding while it is still available.

Eligible project areas for Round 6 include:

  • NSW Border Rivers: General security (Class B), high security and supplementary entitlement;
  • Namoi River catchment downstream of Keepit Dam: General security, high security and supplementary entitlement;
  • Barwon Darling: Unregulated (Class B and C) entitlement.
Applications for infrastructure funding for Round 6 close on Friday 30 October 2015.

Irrigators wishing to submit an application for funding must have a DPI verified Irrigated Farm Water Use Efficiency
Assessment (IFWUEA). Irrigators who need to prepare an IFWUEA must submit to DPI no later than Thursday 1 October 2015.

STBIFM is being delivered by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI). The Australian Government is
providing up to $111M of funding from the 'Sustainable Rural Water Use & Infrastructure' program.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Auscott Limited Education Scholarship 2016

Auscott Limited Education Scholarship 2016

One of Auscott’s most valued community services is the provision of the Auscott Undergraduate Scholarship Programme. Commenced in 1969, the program provides for three new undergraduate scholarships each year – one in each of the company’s three rural operating areas. Final year high school scholars, residing within the geographical limits laid down in the conditions of the programme, are invited each year to apply for a scholarship. Numerous criteria are used to assess the applicants. The selection process includes an interview with the selection committee and representatives of the particular school involved. 

Since inception there have been well over one hundred rural students graduate at an Australian university or other accepted higher education institutions as a consequence of having been supported by the Auscott Undergraduate Scholarship scheme. The award includes coverage of or significant contribution to tuition, accommodation, travel and book fees.

More details of the Scholarship are supplied below or can be obtained by calling one of the regional Auscott offices or the Head Office in Sydney.


Click the Header to get the details on the scholarship now being offered.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Royal Far West Inspires Business Leaders

Royal Far West Inspires Business Leaders

Friendly Faces Helping Hands - Kelly Foran

Ms Foran, originally from Narrabri, shared her personal experience of the difficulties she faced in accessing appropriate health services in country NSW. She also spoke about how it inspired her to develop her Foundation, which links country families to much needed health information and supports.

Operations Director of Royal Far West Kevin Bone said it was important for members of the business community to be a part of the discussion. "Supporting country communities is something all sectors have an opportunity to contribute to. It may be through donating resources or volunteers, raising awareness or simply attending events like this one to share ideas on how we can all work together.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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6 degrees of Kindness

It starts with you

Thursday, 13 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Regional Flagship Events Program

Regional Flagship Events Program

The Regional Flagship Events Program supports the marketing of events that play an important role in bringing visitors to regional NSW. Increased visitation can deliver much-needed tourist dollars to communities and strengthen the regional economy. To be funded under the Regional Flagship Events Program, events must have tourism potential and reflect the character and culture of an area and act as a “flagship” for their region.

Destination NSW provides funding in $10,000 one-off grants or triennial funding of $20,000 per year for three years to event organisers to support the marketing and advertising of events.

Since 1996, the NSW Government has provided more than $5.1 million to support more than 235 events in Regional NSW.
Thursday, 13 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Arts North West Funding Opportunity

Arts North West Funding Opportunity

CASP provides small grants to arts and community organisations and local arts councils in regional NSW for short term, locally initiated projects. The aims of the program are to:

  • assist locally determined community cultural activities
  • increase opportunities for regionally-based groups to access a diverse range of arts programs
  • enable communities to explore and express their cultural identities
  • bring social and economic benefits to the community through training, employment and promotional opportunities
  • lead to greater awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity
  • increase the sustainability and resilience of regionally based community arts organisations

You can download the 2016 Guidelines and Application Form in the application pack below. This application form is a PDF document that gives you multiple choice menus for some fields and automatically adds up budget items. It is easier to fill out, and you are less likely to make errors using this form.

Read more: http://regionalartsnsw.com.au/grants/casp/#ixzz3ifdYxIov

 

Thursday, 13 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Grant Calendar

Grant Calendar

FRRR strengthens rural, regional & remote communities

FRRR has a number of grants that open at different times of the year. As most of our grants are recurrent they are generally provided during the same periods each year.
Our event calendar allows you to check the current status of each grant to see what is currently available, and the respective opening and closing dates for each program. Unique program guidelines and application forms are provided for each FRRR program. Simply click on the hyperlink from the event calendar below to find out more details about each of the currently available programs, including how to apply.
Friday, 7 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Regional families discover what’s really in their food

Regional families discover what’s really in their food

A food additives seminar held at Wee Waa High School last week has generated widespread interest while also raising important funds for local schools.

ABOVE: Additive Alert: Helen Smith, Louise D’Allura, Lisa Harrison (RichmondPRA) and Paul King (Program Manager, Department of Human Services, Armidale).

A food additives seminar held at Wee Waa High School last week has generated widespread interest while also raising important funds for local schools.

Over the course of two hours, Brisbane-based Home Economist and East Coast’s Additive Alert Community Talk’s presenter Louise D’Allura, helped families learn about food additives, interpreting food labels and alternative food options in an effort to encourage low additive eating. 

The event, ‘Food for a happy and calm community’, was attended by 120 people and raised $2146.80 for local schools.

Parents and teachers who attended the session found it informative.

One of the Organising Committee members, Helen Smith, said the event was a great success.

“Louise shared a lot of information about additives and the effects it can have on our lives and health,” she said.
Friday, 7 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Awards Australia

Awards Australia

Awards Australia was established in 1989 and is proudly Australian owned and operated. 

Awards Australia and Awards Australia Southern have since inception specialized in conducting awards recognition programs on a local, state and national level. Staff are selected for their skills and experience in marketing, public relations, media, sponsorship management and event and conference management.

In recent years the coordination of conferences, award programs, staff recognition programs and dinners for corporate, government and not for profit organisations has become an increasingly successful and fast growing part of the companies business.

Awards Australia and Awards Australia Southern provide positive outcomes for clients whatever the brief. Our dedicated team offer a personalised professional service with a total focus and commitment to the client brief and objectives. Nothing is too big or small or too difficult. A perfect result for our client is the perfect result for us.
Friday, 7 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Funding for Local Rugby League Clubs

Funding for Local Rugby League Clubs

Closes 12 August

The 2015 NSW Footy Facilities Fund is open for applications from local football clubs until 12 August, 2015. It is a joint initiative of the National Rugby League and the State Government and offers funding to improve local clubs' grounds and facilities.

Additionally, applications can be strengthened by addressing one or more of the following:

  • improving safety at sport and recreation facilities (e.g. providing safer playing field, access pathways for players, disability ramps)
  • increase the security at sport and recreation facilities (e.g. installation of fencing)
  • remove barriers to promote inclusion in Rugby League (e.g. upgrade of amenities to increase female participation, provision of disability access, upgrade of referee amenities)
  • develop environmentally sustainable sport and recreation facilities (e.g. installation of drainage, rainwater tanks, more efficient lighting)
  • building strong communities.
Tuesday, 4 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Federal Government Small Grants Programme

Federal Government Small Grants Programme

Federal Member for New England, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce said the Stronger Communities Programme, announced in this year’s Budget, will deliver $150,000 per year for two years to fund small capital projects which deliver social benefits.

“This is an exciting opportunity for local communities to work with me to identify potential projects which will contribute to our community’s long term vibrancy and viability,” Mr Joyce said.

“I will be establishing a community consultation committee to identify projects which are a priority and to ensure this funding delivers the best possible outcomes for our community. Following community consultation, I will invite identified incorporated not-for-profit and local government organisations to apply for funding.

“Identified applicants can apply for funding of at least $5,000 and up to a maximum of $20,000 and must provide matching cash or in-kind funding on at least a dollar for dollar basis.

“I encourage potential applicants to contact my office on (02) 6761 3080 to discuss projects which meet the eligibility criteria,” Mr Joyce said.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the Stronger Communities Programme guidelines and the Frequently Asked Questions which are available on the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development’s website www.infrastructure.gov.au/SCP
Tuesday, 4 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Fred Hollows Humanity Award

Fred Hollows Humanity Award

"real humanity is shown when we care for others" - Professor Fred Hollows

Do you know a brilliant Year 6 student who embodies humanity and community service?

Then nominate them for The Fred Hollows Humanity Award, which recognises students in the ACT and NSW who follow in Fred’s footsteps, by showing outstanding care and compassion for others.

We aim to recognise students who show:

 

Humanity – The quality of what it means to be human, to be kind.

Care – To be concerned for and look out for someone other than yourself.
Compassion – To be conscious of and respond to the needs and concerns of another person.
Community service – To engage in an activity solely for the benefit of the community

 

Click the heading to go to the website and nominate a Year 6 student.

Friday, 31 July 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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