Students and staff at Wingham High School donned their finest, and in some cases, silliest, fashions and indulged in horseplay on Melbourne Cup Day, 2017.
Students were encouraged to were either high fashion or whacky fashion. In keeping with Flemington, there was a Fashion on the Field competition, with winners divided into junior and senior divisions. In addition, there were ‘horse races’ on piggyback on the oval at lunchtime.
Meanwhile staff participated in a more civilised manner, having a big morning tea where “everyone was dressed up to the nines and lots of photos were taken,” according to head English teacher, Gary Dunbier.
Despite all the fun, there was a serious side to the occasion – raising funds for the Riding for the Disabled Association of Australia (RDA).
“It’s just a fun day that also some links through the horse to our school. We’re one of the few schools in the State that offers equine studies,” Gary said.
“We have connections to the RDA first of all through Mikaela Worth, a former year 12 student here, but also Paul Watts. His young daughter Sui, who has Down’s syndrome is riding in the Paralympics. Paul is still working here casually and he’s the former science head teacher. Sui started with RDA.
“It was just an opportunity to raise a little bit of awareness and also a little bit of funding for them,” Gary said.
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