Oberon High | Hay Day raises hope and money for farmers

FACE IT: Kylee McGrath and Nicole Francis fresh from the face-painting fun during the special Hay Day.

FACE IT: Kylee McGrath and Nicole Francis fresh from the face-painting fun during the special Hay Day.

ON Friday, August 24, Oberon High School hosted a “Hay Day” to raise money for our farmers.

The day was a mufti day with students and staff dressing in farming apparel.

Festivities began at lunch with a paddock-to-plate themed barbecue and freshly squeezed orange juice donated by Mawhood Bros IGA.

The afternoon was filled with activities, fun, merriment and live music all for a good cause.

As we are aware, the current drought is an ongoing battle for many farmers, including the farmers in our direct regional area.

An idea was hatched by Bailey Armstrong and the SRC joined with teachers Shannon Marshall and Sandra Mackay-Galea to get the ball rolling.

Oberon High School staff and students want to do everything they can to help out those in need.

GOOD WORK: The year eight students and Ms Hotham who ran the pillow-fighting activities.

GOOD WORK: The year eight students and Ms Hotham who ran the pillow-fighting activities.

Each year group, with their year adviser, came up with a fundraising activity for the afternoon.

Many faces were painted, pies thrown and pillow fights fought.

The live music was a great backdrop to grab a bite from the delicious barbecue or sample an exquisitely decorated cake from the cake stall.

Many fancied themselves up at the face-painting before having a kick for goal or enjoying some vintage gaming.

The school staff issued each other a challenge to make donations.

This, with almost $300 from the café coffee day, the St Joseph’s school contribution (over $130), and the extraordinary spirit that was shown at Hay Day, made the real winners on the day the farmers with a massive amount of over $2000 raised to go to Buy a Bale.

SPEAKING UP: Mr Jones attracting a large audience at the pie and sponge throwing. Could it be no-one likes maths?

SPEAKING UP: Mr Jones attracting a large audience at the pie and sponge throwing. Could it be no-one likes maths?

A huge congratulations goes to all staff and students at Oberon High School.

A big thank you to year advisers Mr O’Neill, Ms Hotham, Miss Hibbert, Miss McTrustry, Mr Inwood and Miss Marshall for co-ordinating the year group activities.

Thanks also to Mr Bender for organising the Indigenous games, Miss Hibbert for her awesome effort getting the students organised to provide live entertainment and Mr Mitton for cooking the barbecue.

Thanks to Mawhood Bros IGA and Kim from the Long Arm Farm for their generous donations.

Finally, a huge thank you to Shannon Marshall and Sandra Mackay-Galea for the overall co-ordination of the day.