Students complete flag project for new High School
Ballina Coast High School now has a set of brand new flags for ceremonies to go with their brand new buildings.
Students Chloe Pratt and Lachlan Miller took part in the Youth Frontiers programme and decided their project would be to gather new flags to be used at on Anzac Day, Remembrance Day and at any other ceremonies, such as the official opening of the school.
“We did this project so that organisations wouldn’t have to struggle to find flags for events and also to give back to the school and to the community,” said Chloe Pratt.
The students gathered the Australian Aboriginal flag and the flags of Australia, New Zealand, Torres Strait Islands and the United Kingdom to represent the countries and all the peoples of Australia who fought at the Western Front in World War I.
The Ballina Men’s Shed crafted the poles and stand for the flags and the students received advice from Paul Fidler as to how to display the flags.
Tamara Smith MP donated three of the flags to the school.
“It was an honour to be able to assist the students and the school with this project. I was very happy to be able to donate these flags and be present at the official flag raising ceremony where they were formally presented to Principal Janeen Silcock,” said Ms Smith.
Chloe and Lachlan’s mentor for the Youth Frontiers project was Tom Augustine who encouraged students to take part in the programme.
“Youth Frontiers is a great programme with great innovations. Young people need to be treated as adults, not children. There are no failures – failures are stepping stones to success,” said Mr Augustine.
Youth Frontiers is an initiative of the NSW Government that targets students aged 12-16 years to work with a mentor.
Young people participating in Youth Frontiers are matched with mentors who support them to achieve their goals. The program gives students an opportunity to build life skills and self-confidence through mentoring support and by undertaking a community engagement activity.
*Photo caption: At the Ballina Coast High School flag raising ceremony, left to right: Lachlan Miller, Tamara Smith Member for Ballina, Chloe Pratt, BCHS Principal Janeen Silcock and Youth Frontiers mentor Tom Augustine.