Local students part of record Storytime read

June 24, 2017

What an incredible year it was for National Simultaneous Storytime 2017.

There were over 686,324 participants and over 6,129 locations registered across Australia. It was by far the biggest and most successful year yet.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this day so successful. Thank you to all the teachers and parents involved in organising and getting the children to the set locations throughout the Berrigan Shire.

However the biggest thank you is to the guest readers in each town. The day was amazing because of you.

In Berrigan the reader was Irene Tubbs, and Barooga had Ros Rowe.

In Finley, Beth Beresford did the reading and in Tocumwal it was ‘Granny’ Annie Beveridge up front and central to proceedings.

A whopping 290 children participated in National Simultaneous Storytime within the Berrigan Shire which means there is a population spurt on. It’s a bit different from years ago when numbers were dire.


Sacred Heart School has been holding try-outs for the Deanery Athletics Day and the successful students will test their skills at Finley today.


Sacred Heart School is again running the ‘Lap into Learning Program’ for four and five year-olds in term three this year.

This program is free and runs from August 4 to September 22 and more information can be had by phoning the school.


Tocumwal Public School’s choir members were invited to play a special part in the official opening of the Multi Purpose Service last Wednesday.

The young singers sang the national anthem as part of the special day. Guests at the event included NSW Member for Murray Adrian Piccoli and senior management from Murrumbidgee Local Health District.


The Tocumwal Knitters & Knatters would like to say a big thank you to Geoffrey Coates for his kind donation of wool, needles and many other knitting related treasures.

Geoffrey’s willingness to donate this generous gift supports the many knitters and crocheters who meet at the Tocumwal library weekly.

Knitters and Knatters of Tocumwal contribute to making wraps for more than 30,000 people, in Australia and around the world, with love and warmth each year.

Tocumwal Knitters & Knatters meet 1.30pm every Thursday at the Tocumwal Library. All levels of expertise welcomed.


The Mild 2 Wild Club has a Winter Swap meet and Show ‘n’ Shine event coming up on Sunday, July 2 at the Tocumwal footy ground.

Starting at a chilly 6am for the site holders and organisers, the gates will be open to the public at 7am.

This event is fully catered and there will be hot food available.

There are three categories — cars, bikes and trucks — and the public get to vote on the vehicles they like the best.

Entry cost is $5, and $5 for a car. Call Peter on 0438390621 for more information and to book a site.


Do you spend time rinsing out jars, tins, yoghurt pots and other food containers before throwing them in the recycling?

Many people still do it, but this is a waste of your time, water and energy.

Here is the good news — cleaning recyclables is not necessary because today’s recycling systems can easily cope with the levels of food often found in or on these containers.

Another example is plastic shopping bags, which supermarkets urge us to recycle by placing them in dedicated bins on the shop premises.

These must not go in household recycling bins as they cannot be separated from the rest of the recycle stream.

Full plastic bags, regardless of whether they contain rubbish or recyclables, get separated out and go straight to landfill because it is too laborious to empty them, and in some cases doing so poses a health risk for workers at the recycling facility.

It is best not to bring them home with you. Take a reusable bag when you go shopping instead.

Always look for the recycle symbol on a product if you don’t know whether it can be recycled or not.


Residents on the western side of Tocumwal reported hearing large explosive type noises on Saturday evening around 9pm.

One home owner said the windows and walls shook and rattled after the first boom, and slightly less for the second.


Fifteen ‘Golden Girls’ have been attending weekly workouts at Trigger Gym.

After a few weeks they report that their balance has improved, they are more mobile, less aches and pains and that they really enjoy going along.

There are a couple of spare places in the Wednesday session at 10.30am — you owe it to yourself to feel better!


Someone with a serious behavioural problem poured oil on the skate park skating surface and then did burn-outs. Anyone with information on this, please contact Tocumwal Police.


Congratulations to Bobby Burke and his Under-14 footballers who have gone through the season without losing a game so far.

In most games the opposition has not managed a score against them.

Are we looking at another U/14 Grand Final appearance, the first since 1991, when they were first time Murray League premiers under coach John Jones?

And the Tocumwal netballers are doing marvellously, with only one loss for the day on Saturday across all grades, and even though the Minis don’t keep score they shot plenty of goals in their match.


There is a building and sales boom in Tocumwal again this year and it looks like overtaking last year’s figures which were very encouraging for a small town.


Congratulations to our Tocumwal Public School netball team who travelled to Hay to compete in the NSW PSSA Knockout competition against Hay Public School last Friday.

The team won their games 22-11. They will now progress to the next round to be played against a combined Berrigan/Jerilderie/Oaklands team.


This Friday, Tocumwal Public will be holding one of its popular Movie Nights.

The school will be running a (K-2) movie in the Kindergarten classroom and a movie for primary students (Tears 3-6) in the library.

The entry fee of $5 will include supper and a drink. Other items will be made available at the canteen during intermission if children are still peckish.

The movie will begin at 6pm sharp and will be finished in time for parents to collect their children at 8pm. Students should arrive from 5.30pm for supper before the screenings.

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