Rainforest Rambles for Sesqui Celebrations

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is joining with the Wingham community to celebrate the Sesquicentenary of Public Education.

The three-day celebration in September will include free guided tours of The Brush on Saturday September 13.

These “Rainforest Rambles” have been scheduled to coincide with Wingham Brush Public School being open for inspection.

Wingham Brush Public School buildings have housed classrooms in Wingham since 1877, and are adjacent to The Brush itself.

Experienced Guide Keith Davy and Ranger Michael Thomas will escort visitors through the Brush.

Many Sesqui guests have not visited The Brush since their school days, before it was closed to protect and regenerate the fragile ecosystem early in the 1980s.

Each Rainforest Ramble lasts about 45 minutes (at a relaxed pace) and is suitable for all members of the family.

Raised boardwalks and viewing platforms within The Brush ensure that the walk is easily manageable and the rainforest floor is not damaged.

Tours will leave from the Enviro Centre (at the Brush end of Wingham Brush Public School) at 1.30pm, 2.30pm or 3.30pm sharp.

Sesqui Rainforest Rambles are free, and bookings are not required. Please wear enclosed shoes - no thongs of slip-ons.

Full Schedule of Events

Friday September 12

9.30am – 2.30pm

Tabloid Sports Day in Central Park, featuring students from Wingham Public School and Wingham Brush

Public School participating in educational games.

Students studying Sports Coaching at Wingham High School will assist with the events.

7.30pm – late

The bands will bring back the songs of your school years in a Musical Reunion night at Wingham’s Australian Hotel.

Contact Kevin Ballard via Facebook to get involved, or just turn up and relax with old friends.

Saturday September 13

10am – Midday

Wingham Public School (Murray Road) is open for inspection.

Stroll around the picturesque school, enjoy performances and displays by current students and indulge with a Devonshire Tea (gold coin donation

please).

12.30pm – 2.00pm

Wingham Brush Public School welcomes you back to the oldest school buildings in Wingham.

These buildings, which are still in use today, date back to 1877.

Student performances, open classrooms and a Sausage Sizzle are available (gold coin donation please).

1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm

After inspecting Wingham Brush Public School, make your way to the Enviro Centre (at the Brush end of the school) and experience Wingham Brush up close on a free tour with guide Keith Davy and ranger Michael Thomas. Enclosed shoes please.

6pm

The Official Reception at Wingham Services Club kicks off at 6pm.

Some tickets are still available at $40 each from Wingham Brush Public School, Wingham Public School or Wingham High School.

Sunday September 14

Wingham High School is open for inspection from 9am.

During your visit, you can inspect new, state of the art learning facilities, enjoy student performances, learn about the school’s core values and enjoy a

barbecue brunch (gold coin donation please).

All Weekend

Education themed exhibitions will be open at Manning Valley Historical Society Museum and in the Hibiscus Room at Wingham Services Club from 10am daily.

Photo Archives

Past students, teachers and the Wingham community have contributed over 700 photos to the new online archives that have been developed as part of the Sesquicentenary of Public Education.

Visit http://winghamsesquieducation2014.blogspot.com.au/ and follow the prompts to access photo archives of the three schools.

If you have photos to share, please contact the Sesqui team.

For further Information contact Susan Ryan on 6553 5150 or Sally Piracha on 0456 188 549.

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