Friday, March 19, 2010

We have experienced an enjoyable visit from Mr Michael Coutts-Trotter, the Director General of Education for NSW. Mr Coutts-Trotter was in Narrabri for the annual New England Education Region Principals Conference, which this year was held at The Crossing Theatre.

Whilst at the conference he saw our drum group perform (which was the highlight of the opening ceremony), as well as some other great items by other local schools. He also delivered the keynote address to principals from across all 126 schools in our region.

Together with Mr John Charles, School Education Director (New England West), Mr Coutts-Trotter then had the pleasure of visiting our school, where he was greeted by our school captains and councillors, together with Mrs Annabelle Guest, President of the Narrabri West School Council.

Our Pre School and Kindergarten rooms were then visited and this was an opportunity for him to see high quality programs in operation. In particular he was able to see how Pre School children can easily transition into Kindergarten in the same school. It was quite obvious he enjoyed meeting our students and joining in with their activities. He asked them lots of questions (and they had some for him as well!).

The 5/6C classroom was the next port of call as Mr Coutts-Trotter wanted to ask Mr Cornish about his recent trip to Singapore. He was excited to learn that we are hoping to organise video conferences with a school in Singapore that has 4,000 students!

We are sure Mr Coutts-Trotter and Mr Charles left with a wonderful, impression of our schools students, and also our captains and councillors, who were terrific hosts and guides around our school.