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EXCITING EDUCATION: Science classes are just one of the many exciting opportunities for learning at Red Bend Catholic College. Photo: Supplied

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Red Bend Catholic College fosters educational excellence within a Christian environment. Through our Marist charism, we engage minds, hearts and spirits, inspiring our students to live well-rounded, ethical lives of respect, service and compassion. The College community invigorates critical thinking and interdependent learning in our students, and they thrive in a safe environment which nurtures wellbeing and a sense of belonging.

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Red Bend Catholic College offers a Marist-inspired educational experience for boys and girls from Years 7 to 12. As a Marist school, it aims to develop young people of character, integrity and compassion in becoming Good Christians and Good Citizens.

The nurturing learning environment at the College focuses on well-being, resilience, and care, with a deep belief that every student is capable of successful learning. Our dynamic Red Bend develop professional relationships based on trust and connection with the students, families and carers. Expectations are high and students are supported in a way that allows them to extend their growth, connect their skills and achieve their personal best. Our HSC results are strong and we cater for various pathways and career options to maximise student opportunities.

The College is a place where students feel safe and connected with a sense of belonging. There is a strong commitment to seeing the students grow into adults who will contribute to the world around them. Each student is valued as an individual and we strive to provide them with the best educational opportunities.

As a day and boarding College, boarding is an important part of the College's identity and tradition. Boarders come from regional and remote areas to Red Bend, and it is here that they make "lifelong friends''.

A diverse range of co-curricular and sporting activities are offered to enhance the students learning experiences and to develop their strengths, talents and character. With extensive facilities, the College is able to offer a range of sporting activities and co-curricular programs including music, public speaking and debating, cattle and sheep teams, agriculture, and community service to name only some of the activities that engage the students and extend their experiences.

Students integrate life, faith and learning experiences through outreach service programs such as Meals on Wheels, Gardening for Seniors in the local community and Immersion opportunities. These activities provide great learning experiences that lead to a different perspective on life.

To find out more about Red Bend Catholic College, visit www.redbendcc.nsw.edu.au.

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TOP TEAM: Some of the friendly faces you will find encouraging young minds at Forbes Public School (clockwise) Miss Tegan Davidson, Miss Bianca Garlick, Mr Scott Northey, and Mrs Michelle Macgregor. Photos: Supplied

Having opened back in 1862, Forbes Public School (FPS) has been at the heart of children's education and learning in the Forbes district for 160 years. FPS values diversity across its community, successfully integrating both mainstream and special educational learning opportunities. This year, the school has two mainstream kindergarten classes with the opportunity for students with special needs to access one of the infants classes in the Special Education unit, called the Learning Centre.

There is an amazing team of teachers at FPS including Miss Tegan Davidson (KD), Miss Bianca Garlick (KG), Mrs Michelle Macgregor (K-6M), and Assistant Principal Curriculum and Instruction, Mr Scott Northey. As Kindergarten teachers, Miss Davidson said she loved seeing the difference they could make in young children's lives. " I love teaching Kindergarten as it is such as a rewarding year to teach, where you see the growth of students who become strong and independent learners over their first year at school," Miss Davidson said. "Kindergarten is all about building friendship and developing foundational skills that will support students for future school life and endeavors."

The sentiment was echoed by Miss Garlick. "As a Kindergarten teacher you get to see a lot of growth in students as they learn to read, count and write," she said. "Along with these foundations, students learn how to make friends and interact within the school environment, learning something new each day.

"We think the most important thing to remember about starting Kindergarten is that among all the emotions felt by both students and families, it's an exciting time and it will be fun."

Kindergarten students will have some exciting times ahead, and Mrs Mcgregor said that FPS has some fantastic opportunities planned for the year ahead. "Learning to read is a real highlight, and it's exciting to watch the student's piece together their phonemic knowledge to de-code texts, form words and in turn read books," she said. "This is often an exciting milestone for both Kinder students and their families.

"I believe each child will enter Kindergarten at their own level, and I enjoy working with my team of staff in the Learning Centre to ensure that the individual needs of each child that joins my class is met."

Other opportunities include involvement in many school activities such as visiting shows and excursions, whole school assemblies, learning with the use of technology and laptops and the opportunity to participate in sporting programs such as the Sports Skills program and the school athletics carnival. For students in the Learning Centre, a highlight is learning to ride horses at Riding for the Disabled which takes place each fortnight.

The school takes great pride in the opportunities presented to students, and their Kindergarten transition programs are certainly no exception. The Prep 4 Big School and Kinder Start Programs help staff to enable a smooth transition for prospective students and their families.

The Prep 4 Big School program will commence Term 3 and run over five weeks, with sessions running from 9.30am and finish at 12.30pm. The Kinder Start Program will commence during Term 4 and run over five weeks, with sessions times from 9.00am to 12.00pm.

Forbes Public School is currently taking enrolments with information available at www.forbes-p.schools.nsw.gov.au. Parents and carers can contact the front office on 02 6852 1934 to make an appointment to view the school, or drop in to collect information packs and out of zone enrolment forms.

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COOKING UP SUCCESS: Forbes North offers a varied and exciting learning environment for students of all interests. Photo: Supplied

Forbes North Public School is the heart of the community, offering comprehensive public education since 1957 in a quality teaching and learning environment, and located just a short distance north-west of the Forbes central business district.

For 65 years, Forbes North has nurtured engaged young citizens, contributing directly to the growth and prosperity of the regional centre of Forbes and beyond.

Our students are offered a diverse range of opportunities across all key learning areas with specialist teachers in environmental science, horticulture, an extensive sport and lifestyle curriculum and the creative and performing arts. Our school provides a holistic, inclusive public education experience.

TECH SAVVY: When it comes to modern teaching and implementing technology, Forbes North is leading the way. Photo: Supplied

Currently, Forbes North is the centre of the Wiradjuri community with a fully functioning languages tutoring program and specialist cultural groups operating to embed the significance of Wiradjuri culture and language. We are proud partners with our Aboriginal community and local Wiradjuri teachers who offer authentic cultural immersion for our students Kindergarten to Year 6.

Forbes North is located on spacious grounds adorned with mature trees and extensively established ornamental gardens. There are several full-size playing fields, market gardens full of herbs and vegetables, a newly refurbished canteen, eatery, and a fully operating commercial kitchen. There is also a modern community hall and a variety of playground equipment.

The school is home to the only local Outside School Hours Care (OHSC), is a 'School as Community Centre' and offers Link Up- a unique transition to Kindergarten which provides year-long school readiness programs enabling our youngest students to prepare for the step to Kindergarten.

Our school is well regarded in the community for individualised learning, effective intervention and is working toward building capacity in all students to extend themselves across the curriculum.

This includes a balance of innovative units of work, collaborative teaching, and an ever-increasing suite of technological resources available to our students.

At Forbes North, our classroom teachers and support staff believe it is vital that our students have the strongest possible foundations to establish a belief in becoming life-long learners.

To find out more about Forbes North Public School, make an appointment with our new principal Mr. David McGaw on 02 6852 2187. You can also email forbesnth-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au, visit our website at www.forbesnth-p.schools.nsw.gov.au/, visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/ForbesNorthPublicSchool, or check out our Twitter handle @ForbesNorthPS.

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MEETING YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING NEEDS: Now is the perfect time to consider enrolling your child at Parkes Christian School. Photo: Supplied

Parkes Christian School continues to experience a high level of growth, so now is the time to secure your enrolment for 2023. The school currently has more than 300 students from Kindergarten to Year 12, having grown from around 200 just three years ago.

There has been a steady influx of students across all year groups, however 2022 saw record numbers of students enrol in Kindergarten and Year 7. In order to manage this rapid growth, the school is now taking applications for enrolments for 2023 Kindergarten and Year 7 students.

School Principal, Mr Glen Westcott, said while the school continues to grow, they also want to maintain a small-school environment. "We have made a tough decision to limit our class sizes from this point forward, so in Kindergarten, we will only enrol approximately 21 students, and in Year 7 we will only take 50 students, split across two classes," he said.

"With our numbers continuing to grow, we need to have a fair enrolment process in place, and getting parents to apply early in the year is one of the best ways we can do that.

"Naturally, students who are already in Year 6 will automatically be enrolled in Year 7 next year, but for everyone else, the earlier they get their applications in, the better chance they will have of securing a position."

Parents of students in any year group thinking of enrolling at Parkes Christian School should also apply as soon as possible, as almost a third of year groups are nearly full and the rest are starting to fill up quickly.

Some people may wonder why the school wants to limit enrolments, but Mr Westcott said that it is vital that the school retains a small-school feel.

"While we are certainly not as big as some other schools in the area, we are no longer a small school," he said. "However, we are still small enough that we are able to get to know each student and cater for their individual needs.

"We are big enough to have friendly competition in the classroom, all the HSC subjects that other schools offer, sporting teams, school musicals, bands - the list goes on, but we are small enough that everyone can be involved and create a really wonderful sense of community.

"By having limits on our class sizes that will place our school at around 350 students, we will be able to maintain all the benefits and opportunities of both big and small schools."

To find out more about the application process, or to book a tour of the school, please contact the school office on 02 6862 4164, or email administration@parkescs.nsw.edu.au.

Parents may also want to take advantage of the online enrolment application form which is available at www.parkescs.nsw.edu.au/enrolment.

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TIME TO ENROL: Families can contact the friendly office staff at St Laurence's Parish School to get more information. Photo: Supplied

It is time to start preparing for Kindergarten 2023. This is an exciting time for families and St Laurence's Parish School would love the opportunity to share what makes their school community special. On Wednesday, June 8 at 9.30am, Forbes families are invited to 'Come and See' at a special open morning and information session, and to learn more about what the school has to offer. Principal, Mrs Paula Leadbitter, looks forward to meeting with visitors on the day.

COMMUNITY: At St Laurence's their Christ centred community develops and nurtures each child to reach their full potential. Photo: Supplied

An opportunity to tour the school, viewing the newly renovated K-2 campus will be a highlight of the morning. Contemporary teaching approaches are enhanced by modern facilities and technology, all within a safe and supportive environment. As a school community, there is great pride in the personal care for children, their families and their own particular needs. It is acknowledged that parents are the 'primary educators', therefore, St Laurence's values its partnership with parents to ensure that students develop academically, spiritually, emotionally and physically.

Starting school is an exciting time but can be daunting for families, and the team at St Laurence's hope to make starting school a smooth transition for families. Dedicated staff are ready to help new families on the school journey, working in collaboration and encouraging participation in all aspects of life.

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DELICIOUS: Amity, Hunter and Abbey enjoy the established vegetable garden which also has a sensory garden and orchard where students grow a range tasty treats. Photo: Supplied

Students at Eugowra Public School participate in many interactive and hands on learning experiences leading to amazing outcomes for everyone involved.

At Eugowra Public School, your child can learn in a happy, safe and caring environment with dedicated and professional teachers and staff. Small class sizes offer many benefits, boosted by the well-equipped library and dedicated information technology and science rooms.

TIME TO GET COOKING: Levi, Presley, Brooklyn and Joaquin set about learning some amazing culinary skills. Photo: Supplied

High expectations of all students, leading to academic excellence and sporting achievements, is a key focus. Students enjoy imaginative play experiences in the cubby house and mud kitchen, and relish in the school's vast playground and facilities for keeping active.

Our established vegetable garden also has a sensory garden and orchard for students and families to enjoy.

To complement our vegetable garden and orchard, students participate in garden groups in which they prepare, plant, grow and harvest produce, and enjoy cooking in the newly renovated kitchen and dining space.

ALL SMILES: There is a wide range of interactive and hands on learning experiences available at Eugowra Public. Photo: Supplied

Teachers have undergone extensive professional learning in evidence-based practices for Literacy and Numeracy, and the school is transforming current programs and practices to enhance student's acquisition of skills with a focus on explicit teaching.

Eugowra Public School focuses on it's strong mission statement which is "Participation Leads to Success".

To find out more about Eugowra Public School visit www.eugowra-p.schools.nsw.gov.au, call 02 6859 2233, or email eugowra-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au.

A small school with some big opportunitiesAdvertising Feature

READY TO LEARN: St Joseph's Catholic Primary School welcomes some smiling faces, ready to learn and grow. Photo: Supplied

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School provides an all-round education for the children of the Eugowra district.

During the year we run two programs to assist in preparation for Kindergarten- Little Joeys Transition in Term 3 and Junior Joeys Orientation in Term 4. Both of these programs help children become familiar with the school routine so that entry to Kindergarten is a smooth one.

Our Infants children follow a Ready for Learning Program in Term 1 which gives them a solid foundation for being prepared to learn.

This involves occupational therapy activities to promote core strength, correct pencil grip and body awareness.

They also learn mindfulness to calm their bodies and brains, and be ready to settle into the work program learning sounds, basic number facts and about the world around them.

Being a part of a small school provides many opportunities for our children in all areas of the curriculum including intensive learning in numeracy and literacy, technology and science, history and geography, music, arts, and sport. All of this is underpinned by Christ's teachings through the gospel values.

A combination of the traditional values, respect, and an eagerness to learn, along with the aids of modern technology allows our students to be provided with a well-rounded education and supported in many aspects of their young lives.

We are proud of our history, our student achievements and we are excited about the future of education. St Joseph's is a co-educational, faith filled Christian community providing a comprehensive education for the individual child.

St Joseph's is a small rural school, structured into three classes - K/Years 1/2, Years 3/4 and Years 5/6. Our staff and students are supported by the special needs learning support team and specialist consultants from the Bathurst Catholic Education Office, which allows us to cater for all students regardless of their academic ability.

To find out more about what St Joseph's Catholic Primary School visit https://www.stjosephseugowra.catholic.edu.au, call 02 6859 2485 or email stjosephseugowra@bth.catholic.edu.au.

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LOVE OF LEARNING: Dynamic and innovative, Forbes High School is currently taking enrolments for 2023. Photo: Supplied

Forbes High School is the school of choice in Forbes. The school offers a diverse range of specialist subjects allowing for students to complete a broad range of subjects from Year 7 through to the Year 12 and the Higher School Certificate. Teacher expertise allows for depth in subject selection allowing specialist education to occur. Highly skilled VET teachers provide industry quality training and qualifications. Forbes High is a phone free school with the introduction of Yondr pouches in 2022 ensuring our focus is on high quality teaching and learning.

Forbes High has strong partnerships with TAFE and other educational providers such as Aurora, and Distance Education, meaning that no matter what subject our students want to study, Forbes High can make that happen. Specialised facilities such as a Hospitality Trade Training Centre allow students to receive first class training in state-of-the-art facilities.

Purpose built facilities such as the future focused learning space of the library, allow students to engage in individual and group activities where high expectations are at the core of the learning challenge. The specialised and tailored Senior Student Success program in Stage 6, supports students in Years 11 and 12 to flourish as they are exposed to a range of study programs, mindfulness and organisational skills, all vital skills for success in the HSC.

The first of its kind, the renowned Wellness Hub continues to cater for student and family well-being providing the opportunity for a range of community providers to support FHS families. We are being joined by Sam, our Wellbeing Nurse Coordinator, who will further support our families to connect with the vital services which are sometimes challenging in a rural setting.

Complimenting the Wellness Hub is the Learning Centre, a multipurpose space where students can reconnect with school, engage in specialised programs to support their learning, or engage in enrichment opportunities. A specialised Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) Centre is being developed to cater for students to develop skills in STEM and future focused learning possibilities. Forbes High is excited for this project and dedicated learning space.

Diverse learning is at the heart of Forbes High. We have a four class Support Unit catering to students with additional learning needs. Our passionate educators provide a range of learning opportunities for all students, most recently participation in the Cowra Eisteddfod.

Forbes High is located on 25 acres of beautiful grounds which are currently being upgraded with significant beautification works taking place. There are garden areas including kitchen gardens being established, outdoor chessboards being created, and a range of outdoor fitness equipment and activities being installed. Our classrooms have received significant upgrades to ensure that they are technology rich environments to drive student learning.

Connecting with our community is at the heart of Aboriginal Education at Forbes High. We support our students through programs such as Girri Girri, we are introducing Sista Speak, and Wiradjuri language is taught to students in Stage 4. Our Aboriginal Education Officer, Mr Barry Merritt, supports our Aboriginal students to be successful in their education and ensures we have strong connections to our community. A re-imagining of the mural at the front of the school will pay homage to students who have gone before whilst connecting our students of today to our school.