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2021 Minister’s and Secretary’s Awards for Excellence program

Melinda Ryan

Lachlan Eshman

Congratulations  Lachlan and Melinda on receiving the Minister’s Award for Excellence in Student Achievement for 2021!

These awards showcase the exceptional work that occurs every day across NSW public education – by schools, students, teachers, employees and parents.

One of the Public Education Foundation’s primary roles is to celebrate the best of public schooling, and the Minister’s and Secretary’s Awards aims to do that.

Lachlan and Melinda received the following citations:

Lachlan Eshman is an extraordinary young man. He is talented across a range of achievements; academically, on the sporting field, and in a number of cultural pursuits, particularly as a musician, singer and thespian. Within our community however, it has been Lachlan’s concern for others and willingness to assist that has been greatly appreciated. He has mentored younger members of our Robotics team as well as junior students in need of a positive role model. He can always be relied upon by staff to step up, lead and assist.

Melinda Ryan is an outstanding young woman. She has achieved excellence in her studies through her enthusiasm for learning and willingness to work hard to achieve a goal. She has been an exemplary role model in our community through her upholding of our school’s core values of excellence, resilience and respect. She is highly, and rightly regarded by staff as a young woman of considerable talent and integrity, and a well-deserved recipient of this award.

Coonabarabran High School secures Single Cup in 2021

School Captains, Jimmy Whalan and Claudia Eastburn hold the Single Cup for Coonabarabran High School – winners 2021!

On Wednesday 4 August, over 90 Coonabarabran High Students were involved with the Annual Single Cup Competition. It was a special year, after Covid put an end to the 2020 version. Single Cup first started in 1971 making it the 50th year,  but unfortunately not the 50th Anniversary as over time, like last year, certain years were postponed. Expectant students and teachers have been planning for a few weeks and they assembled before 9 am,  ready for a big day. The forecast was for a cool day which was welcome as the majority of sports were winter ones, however, with scattered showers a few times and a biting wind,  it was cold. Undeterred,  Coonabarabran students of varying years, took on Coonamble High and Gilgandra High in Girls and Boys Basketball, Girls and Boys Football, Open and U/15 Netball, Open and U/14 Rugby League, Lawn Bowls, Tennis and Golf. As the day unfolded the ebb and flow of results were in no particular direction,  but as the results came in from Tennis, Lawn Bowls and Golf,  Coonabarabran High had an edge. However, it is never over till the final whistle and it was down to the last few results from Netball and Rugby League that Coonabarabran High was able to secure a comfortable win (77) over Gilgandra (55) and Coonamble (36). Congratulations to all staff and students who were a part of the victory especially those who represented in multiple sports and we look forward to next year in Coonamble.

Shakespeare Festival 2021

On 3 June last term we were fortunate enough to hold our annual Shakespeare Festival. Our students were very keen to participate as the festival was cancelled last year due to lockdown. Years 9,10 and 11 Advanced had been preparing for most of Term 3 and were honing their skills for their final performance. Year 9 were studying and performing ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Year 10 were studying ‘Macbeth’ and Year 11 were studying ‘Twelfth Night’.

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