2017 Avoca Public School leaders

Sarah and Lachlan essentially gained 15 siblings on February 16.

This is because they were named the school captains for 2017, a role they both consider is an important responsibility.

“To me, I think being a captain means you need to make sure everyone is safe and playing fair,” Sarah said.

“I’m excited, but kind of nervous as well, because I’m looking after everyone.”

Lachlan said he felt a leader should embody the positive learning behaviours of the school.

“You should be respectful, responsible and promote safety,” he said.

“We get to represent the school, and do things like help the teachers, raise the flag – it’s fun.”

The two Year 6 students were given their badges at the school’s ‘Welcome Back’ barbecue.

Their parents helped pin their badges to their uniforms, before Sarah gave her first speech as school captain.

While the school is small, father Paul Yearsley said he sent his four children to Avoca because of its country values.

“We have parents who love making the drive from Robertson, Bowral and Moss Vale to send their children here, because it gives them a great blend of country community with new technology,” he said.

“They are really pushing science, technology, engineering and maths [STEM]. They have one-on-one devices and are looking into 3D printers.”

The school students also received certificates from the recent Bong Bong Swimming Carnival at the barbecue event.

Once the formalities had concluded, a big cake and rocky road was brought out as a special treat, before a movie was put on for the children and the parents had their P and C meeting.

The school’s next event is a Teddy Bears Picnic on March 17.

Avoca Public School is located at 961 Sheepwash Road, Avoca. Find out more at http://www.avoca-p.schools.nsw.edu.au/, call 4887 7224 or find them on Facebook.

The school also welcomes all community volunteers to help with working bees and improving the school’s grounds.

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