Children, parents, grandparents, and Murrumbateman community members enjoyed the Murrumbateman Public School P&C’s Picnic Day in fair weather. The picnic was an opportunity for families and students to connect with future classmates to establish a strong school community before the long-awaited school opens next year.

The picnic was brimming with exciting educational activities such as a rocket blasting competition, AFL skills, and colouring-in. 

Principal Liz Beasley said that during the picnic, a group of senior primary school students started up a Cultivating Kids Club where they will be making cuttings to sell at the markets as well as working in the garden at the new school. 

Kate Olsen and son Samuel rocket launching at the picnic

“The school will be working with the local Landcare group to ensure our students have a strong understanding and knowledge of the local flora and help build up this flora in our community,” she said. 

The Murrumbateman community donated three boxes of preloved books for use in the new school’s library. Local Councillor Mike Reid attended the picnic and provided some background music, playing his guitar.

Murrumbateman Public School is offering three transition morning sessions for all future students, where students can interact within their stage groups and get to know the school before next year. Students are welcome to attend one or all three sessions on Wednesday, 23rd of November, Thursday 1st of December, and Tuesday 6th of December from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. The school will also be running a Kindergarten Orientation.

Southerly Jones