Woodenbong Adult & Community Education
(An outreach of ACE North Coast Inc – Principal: Mr Jim Nichols Ph: 02 6622 1903)
Woodenbong Coordinator: Ian Geyer
PO Box 39 Woodenbong 2476
Ph: 02 6635 1282 (W) or 02 6635 1453 (H)
Fax: 02 6635 1488 (W) or 02 6635 1453 (H)
ACE is a provider of hobby, recreational and accredited/vocational courses in the Woodenbong-Mulli Mulli-Urbenville area. The ACE program utilises both local and “imported” tutors, providing a broad range of courses for adults and children where appropriate. Already, in 2004, we have offered courses such as Kidz Art, Jitterbug Dance Group, Keyboarding for Beginners, Childcare Certificate III, Senior First Aid, Responsible Service of Alcohol, Responsible Conduct of Gambling, Oil Painting and Introduction to Violin.
New course ideas are always welcome – please contact Ian Geyer.
Woodenbong Central School
Woodenbong Central School is located in the centre of the village of Woodenbong, only 15 minutes from the New South Wales/Queensland border. The school itself occupies an entire town block, a legacy of the “old days” when many of the students rode to school, and their horses needed an area to be kept in during lesson time—the “horse paddock” (today’s playground).
Today, Woodenbong Central School is a mixture of both historical and modern buildings. The original single-room building, which was “the school”, is now preserved on site, alongside more contemporary facilities such as the Sports Stadium, which accommodates a full-size basketball/tennis court on a sprung hardwood floor.
The school caters for the educational need of students from Kindergarten (5 years old) through to Year 12 (18 years old). Many student complete their entire schooling on the one site. Resources such as the Library, Sports Stadium and Canteen are shared, K-12. Specialty rooms such as Art, Music, Science and Homes Science are also used by students from both the Primary and Secondary Departments.
In total, approximately 250 students attend Woodenbong Central School each day, travelling from as far away as Legume to the west, Dairy Flat to the east and Tooloom to the south. Many adults also enrol as either full-time or part-time students in order to achieve personal educational goals. The curriculum offered by the school is diverse, and caters for a wide range of academic abilities and career pathways. Students are able to achieve Australian TAFE—Standard Certificate I & II in a number of Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses taught on site.
An extensive computer network, with Internet access, allows staff and students to be instant participants in the worldwide web of learning and communication. Satellite transmissions into the school Library are also an important links to distance education.
An active Student Representative Council (SRC) promotes school citizenship and develops leadership qualities in students. Local churches are valued partners with the school, delivering weekly scripture lessons to students from Kindergarten to year 10. The Parents & Citizen organisation also provides valuable links between the school and the community it serves. Members of the Aboriginal Community are able to input the school via the Aboriginal Student Support and Parental Awareness Committee.
Unumgar Street Woodenbong 2476
Phone: 02 6635 1281
Fax: 02 6635 1488
Web Site: www.woodenbong-c.schools.nsw.edu.au
Director: Christine Reid
Address: PO Box 6 (Lindsay Street) Woodenbong 2476
Phone/Fax: 02 6635 1372
Currently Operating: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9.00am – 3.00pm
A modern, well-equipped Pre-School offering an excellent education for children aged 3 – school age. We are a community-based facility offering an imaginative program which considers all individual needs. We have an extremely large playground which includes a nature area.
Woodenbong Village and School Centenery
Woodenbong Centenary 1908-2008
Civic pride and community involvement very much in evidence in Woodenbong’s Centenary Weekend Celebrations. An extraordinary number of visitors overwhelmed Woodenbong on this auspicious occasion and the Village presented its true beauty splendidly. The locals had laboured long and hard to show off its heritage with active committees and many businesses displaying relics of time gone by.
Every venue was packed, the variety on offer was mind boggling. Friday kicked off with a Smorgasbord Dinner at the Woodenbong Golf Club. Saturday was hectic. The sign-on at Bill’s Block (C Block), tours of the school where many displays were on view, the Official Speeches, the presence of past and present Principals extensive. The highlight of the school programme was the unveiling of the Centenary of Education Plaque by Thomas George MP State Member for the seat of Lismore, supported by School Captains, Georgia Geyer, Jared Smith, Steve Downham. Official Party: Dr Greg Wilson, current Principal, Selwyn Nix, School Education Director. Janelle Saffin, Federal Member for Page. Lindesay Passfield, Local Councillor and Ross Brown, newly crowned Mayor of Kyogle. Lola Bundock, Widow of the Late Pastor Francis Bundock, respected footballer.
The Footy match, led by the “Golden Oldies” (1st half) finished by “The Young Guns” (2nd half) proved hugely entertaining. Paul McKey’s commentary of the event was a huge hit.
The Rodeo ground served up bulls, broncs and barrels providing an action packed programme for the excited crowd who revelled well into the night.
Old Time Movies held at the Picture Theatre Hall was innovative. The evening meal followed by the Family Dance proved very popular, great to see young and old take to the floor, their enjoyment obvious and included a showcase of ex-students and local Performing Art talent during the evening. The supper provided drew many comments on how country cooks are in a class of their own, they never disappoint, the variety on offer had to be seen to be believed. Ah, the calories, Ah, the tastebuds revelled.
Sunday’s “Breakfast in the Grounds” provided sustenance for the continuing programme including the Yowie Country Market which had a great variety of stalls, fun live entertainment with Jim Tonkin, Australian Bush Poet showing off with his humorous award winning poetry. Several musicians contributed to the mood and atmosphere which made for a happy and successful event. The Thanksgiving Service at the Picture Theatre Hall and the Woodenbong Pre School Fete offering a jumping castle, face painting and loads of fun things to make many happy tiny tots. All went as planned for a fabulous event. During which time the Centenary round of Golf was played.
Both days showcased the Githabul Aboriginal Heritage display at the School with superb artworks, photographs and language translations.
Heritage displays behind the Fire Station also on offer during the weekend was camp oven cook, Billy Tea and damper, Wheelwright/Blacksmith, Woodchop, Steam Engine display, axe and chainsaw, harness and wagon, and memorabilia display which epitomised the 100 year journey.