21 August 2019

Congratulations to Mrs Alison Davey who has now officially been recognised and been named as Freeman of the City. The official ceremony took place last Friday and was an opportunity to recognise and congratulate Alison for her dedication to the Cessnock Local Government Area. Alison was recognised for her contribution to the community through her role as a teacher holding various positions across the LGA. Alison was also involved in a number of groups and organisations. These include the Chamber of Commerce, Cessnock Family Support Group, Cessnock Healthy Heart Beat Programme, Cessnock Business and Professional Women’s Association, Central Hunter Community Broadcasters and the Marthaville Preservation Society. Alison was a founding member of the Cessnock Tidy Town Committee, has been named by Cessnock Rotary as a Paul Harris Foundation Member and in 2016 was named Senior Citizen of the Year.  

The Mayoral Debate heats were held at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre last week and it was impressive to see some of our most talented local students debating some seriously tough topics. This year we had four teams participate from Mount View High School, St Philip’s Christian College, Kurri Kurri High School and Cessnock High School. For the first time ever we had a Mayoral Team, which was made up of students from different schools. The topics of debate included ‘that protest action is an effective way to achieve change’ and ‘that we should reform the system of university entrance’. Students did an excellent job in their research and showed off some admirable debating skills. Congratulations to all the students involved.  

St Philip’s Christian College and the Mayoral team were both successful in their heats and have qualified for the final. It’s expected to be a great debate, the topic is ‘that Cessnock is unfairly stigmatised as a community.’ A topic suggested by teachers who know it will be an interesting one for the local young people to grapple with. Good luck!   Thank you to all the teachers involved who make this debate happen. Your efforts are much appreciated, as this event is one we know our students find valuable and look forward too. Thank you to Cessnock Toastmasters Club for again assisting with organisation of the debate. The club provided one of their members to be involved in the pre debate briefing of students and teachers, and assisted with providing two adjudicators. Well done to John Quinn and Nicole Craft. An excellent contribution!  

Spring Awakening is back in 2019 bigger, bolder and brighter than ever before! The celebration of the arrival of spring will be held on Friday 6 September from 6pm to 9pm at the Cessnock TAFE Ground. This year we're excited to announce that the world-renowned JUNKYARD BEATS will be bringing their dynamic rhythm show to the Spring Awakening stage. There’ll also be roving performers including some amazing sleight-of-hand from JD’S WORLD OF MAGIC and creative activities for the kids.   The parade acts as the official commencement of the evening’s festivities, departing from Cessnock Performing Arts Centre at 5:30pm and continuing via Vincent Street all the way to the TAFE grounds. For more information www.cessnockperformingartscentre.com.au.