Ceremony honours friend

Growing in honour: Students from Guyra Central School gathered with family members of the late Andrew Bull to plant a tree in his memory.A group of Guyra Central School students gathered on Friday with the family of the late Andrew Bull to plant a tree in memory of their friend and fellow student.
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Principal Jo Burgess spoke on behalf of the school community and explained that the chosen tree would flower at this time each year coinciding with Andrew’s birthday.

“Andrew Ball was a year sevenstudent and he passed away,” Ms Burgess said.

“For the past two years the group have acknowledged his birthday as a way of remembering Andrew.

“We did the tree this week and we’ve got a brass plaque to go in the front of the school.”

Student Jack Radford also spoke on behalf of year nine,telling a little about the impact that Andrew had on the school and his fellow students.

Mr Radford thanked Andrew’s family for giving the students the opportunity to create this memorial to their friend with a permanent plaque to be placed with the tree to remind them of him.

Students and staff also farewelled Mr Dale Smith, head of mathematics and science, after his 32 years of service with the Department of Education and eight years at GuyraCentral School.

At an assembly, students spoke about Mr Smith’s dry sense of humour along with his classy appearance and ever growing collection of ties.

Mr Smith also had numerous successes with his coaching contribution in lawn bowls.

Over the years he has taken various teams to regional carnivals with some of these teams progressing through to the CHS NSW carnival in Dubbo.

Student Logan Stanley said he was sure Mr Smith would remember the numerous occasions on which he took Hunter Davidson, Vincente Abayan and himself away to various locations to compete at the lawn bowls carnivals in which the bowling was always high quality and the food was even better.

Ms Burgess said Mr Smith would be missed by both students and staff.

“He’s highly professional and very well liked by students,” she said.

Kelsie Youman also thanked Mr Smith for everything that he had done.

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