Returned Services League hands over two bursaries

AWARDS: Students Renee Nikoloudi, left, and Tash Chary hold their bursary certificates beside Returned Services League representatives Malcolm Bond and Barbara Kenyon.
AWARDS: Students Renee Nikoloudi, left, and Tash Chary hold their bursary certificates beside Returned Services League representatives Malcolm Bond and Barbara Kenyon.

Former military personnel have bestowed $1000 bursaries on two John Pirie Secondary School students.

The president of the Port Pirie sub-branch of the Returned Services League, Malcolm Bond, and fellow representative Barbara Kenyon handed the awards to Renee Nikoloudi and Tash Chary.

The ceremony took place at the Term Two Celebration Assembly in the gymnasium on Wednesday.

Mrs Kenyon told the students and teachers that the sub-branch usually had 20 applications for bursaries each year, but this year there had been only four – and each one would receive the award.

She said there were two recipients at St Mark’s College and two at John Pirie.

“The bursaries recognise the 100 years since the end of World War I,” she said.

Meanwhile, principal Roger Nottage said students were looking at changing the school uniform design.

He displayed images of tops featuring new colours including blue and yellow.

“I love that you are driving that, not the teachers. You are saying you want to let your school look great,” he told the students.

The uniform has been unchanged since 1995.

Mr Nottage displayed another slide showing a downward trend in a graph of disruptive incidents in the classroom.

He said there was less behaviour that interrupted learning. “It is the lowest term two result in six years at the school,” he said.

He was proud to see students in part-time jobs around the shopping district.

A video was shown of the Lift Program featuring the work of Keely Bown who was the only student invited to the launch of the Clipsal 500 motor race in Adelaide in March.

Keely highlighted the contribution of the first woman racer in the event.

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