Goldfields Primary School
Caretaker Ray Ritchie enjoying the doggy treats. Photo Supplied

Goldfields Primary School has finished 2021 with a flourish of fun and activity.

Year 6 students, as they take their next steps to Cromwell College have enjoyed a range of transition activities, including hosted visits to Cromwell College, to demystify the year ahead, to meet their future teachers, and to find their way around.

They have connected, too, with the Cromwell Youth Trust at The Hangout, met the team that provides Cromwell Youth with a safe and fun place to be, and learned about the hikes, paddle boarding, surfing and biking activities planned for January.

The annual Year 6 Go-Kart challenge with Cromwell Primary, hosted by Highland Motorsport Park was a popular day, as was the visit to The Playground in Arrowtown.

This was all topped off with the Prizegiving Assembly.

Principal Anna Harrison says, “This is always an emotional event, with student speeches, songs and special awards.”

The younger students were not forgotten – there was plenty going on for Years 1 to 5. 

Elf on the shelf got up to quite a lot of mischief in the junior school.

Junior children collected cans and personal items to donate to the Cromwell Foodbank, and then went on a walk to the mall and the park to deliver their donations.

They popped into the museum, too, to drop off a donation from a mufti-day fundraiser. On their way back to school, they met up with Santa.

Caretaker Ray had featured with his dogs Ruby and Ross on television’s Good Sorts Dogs in Schools programme earlier in the year.  Hadyn Jones was so taken with Ruby and Ross that he celebrated them with a follow-up visit, and presented Ray with a generous donation of a year’s supply of dog food from Four Square.

“It was great fun hosting Hadyn,” says Anna. The programme will air in the New Year.