What a wonderful night we had last Friday! I would like to say on behalf of our students, staff and families a massive thank you to everyone who contributed to making the evening an outstanding success. In particular I would like to pay tribute to Mr. Tommy Jeffs who transformed an idea into what can only be described as a cabaret extravaganza and showcase of local talent. From the beginning Tommy was determined to turn what was a horrible situation with our break-in into something positive and Friday night certainly achieved this as well as highlighting the amazing support for our school by our community. I would also like to highlight the contribution of Mr. Peter Starr, Mr. Luke Campbell and Mr. Terry Lovett who so willingly gave their time and to the Canowindra High School students who stepped up on stage – Regan, Sam, Nick, McKenzie, Joanna, Amelia, Brooke and the dance troupe – what great ambassadors for the school. The money raised from the evening, as well as raffles and donations, reached an amazing $10,080 which far surpassed our expectations and is a great reflection of our communities generosity and ongoing help. We would like to assure the community that every cent of this money will now go to directly support our students and has been tagged to be spent on our canteen facilities, an area which was not wholly covered by insurance.
Canowindra High School would like to also publicly acknowledge the local business houses and individuals, including our parents and ex-students, who willingly made donations of goods, prizes, money and time toward this successful event: Canowindra Lions, staff at the Deli Lama, Norman Bellamy, Toby Newcombe, Lawrences IGA, Gaskill Greens, Canowindra Pharmacy, Kathy & Paul Johnson, Anne & Mick Bowd, Mr Ian Armstrong MP and the CHS P&C.
As I have said on previous occasions it never ceases to amaze me how our community so willingly supports our students and school. The old adage that it takes a village to raise a child is consistently demonstrated in our community. Thank you Canowindra!
By Neryle Smurthwaite
photo: Canowindra High School Dance Troupe