At Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School, we are very close to the land and our farming families, and so very conscious of the impact this terrible drought is having right across the country. It is good to see the public support for our farmers evident in the media in recent weeks. It is also encouraging to hear a good news story amongst the gloom, and at Farrer we experienced that first hand last week when a lovely lady came in to anonymously pay the school fees for a farming family. She knew that their son is starting at Farrer next year and she knows how the family is struggling. She didn’t want any credit or recognition, she just wanted to help. On behalf of that family and the Farrer Community, we thank her for her kindness and trust that she knows how touched we are by her generosity.
Another random act of kindness was received last week by way of a phone call from one of our ex Farrer parents. He rang offering accommodation in their 2 bedroom cottage (on their property) at no cost to any boarder parents who are struggling in the present climatic conditions, and want to come and visit their son for a few days. This is a very generous offer and one that I believe has already been taken up.
The ‘Today Show’ came to Loomberah today to broadcast their breakfast show direct from our drought stricken area. And, believe it or not, during the live cross the skies open and produced a downpour right over the local hall – by no means was it drought breaking rain, but it was welcomed all the same.
A small group of our students went to the hall to see what was going on and, despite being drenched, they managed to get a great photograph of them with Georgie Gardner one of the ‘Today Show’ hosts. Thanks Mrs Lesslie for chaperoning our boys.
Another way that our school is helping the drought cause is through our ROB Recycling Program.
This program is run by a group of students, under the watchful eye of Mr Tristan Jones (Junior Welfare/Teacher). The boys collect all recyclable bottles, cans and flavoured milk bottles from around our campus and then once or twice a week they take them to the reverse recycling machine. So far this year they have raised approximately $1200 for charitable causes which at the moment is the “Buy a Bale”. Great work guys!