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Busy Bees at Bamaga Junior

Councillor Edward Newman on the Jet blaster

On Saturday the 22nd February the NPA community was buzzing with enthusiasm and excitement as sixty-eight parents and members from the communities came together in a working bee to clean and tidy the NPA College Bamaga Junior Campus grounds.  The day was a huge success with people that stretched from individuals, families, teachers, students and various community organisations.

The day started at 8:00am and finished at 1:00pm with a barbecue supplied by NPA Menshed.  The array of tasks undertaken on the day varied from raking, pruning, mowing, whipper snipping, jet washing walkways and classrooms, tree lopping, clearing of gutters and down pipes, scrubbing school amenities, drink troughs, reforming earthworks with heavy machinery and, unfortunately, the removal of graffiti left by those who have little respect for school grounds and community property.

To achieve all this work in one day, the adults, together with approximately twenty-five primary and secondary students, combined as one with a single purpose.  The contribution and effort that these people put in is to be commended as the school now has a welcoming and inviting feel to it.  Students, teachers, parents and community members who weren’t able to attend on the day were in awe of the noticeable changes to the schools appearance.  Some of the comments made by students were things like, “Miss, I like this school now, it looks really nice.” A staff member said, “When I walked in this morning I felt so proud that this is the place that I work!” Another person said, “This is what our communities were like when I was growing up and it’s good to see we can still come together and support each other when things need to get done”.

Staff and students have a real sense of enthusiasm and pride for their school and would like to thank those individuals who gave up their time along with the organisations represented on the day.  These organisations included Menshed, Aputhuma Rangers, My Pathways, REM,  Ichirru Construction,  Kenny’s Carpentry, Injinoo Crocs Footballers, NPARC council members and NPA Blackstar Radio for helping promote the working bee.

A special thank you needs to be given to Mr Richard McLean for the several weeks of organisation and ground work leading up to the day. Mina Big Esso to all.

Yolanda Coutts   Head of Campus

Bamaga Junior