Minyip Primary School students join A and P Society

MINYIP Primary School students hope to improve the town’s show by joining the Minyip Agricultural and Pastoral Society.

Society member and school principal Doug Walters said the Minyip Show had been struggling in the past few years.

“There have even been a few years when it didn’t run,” he said.

“So we thought it would be a good opportunity for our senior students to be involved and become part of the society.”

He said grade six students had become executive members, including a co-president and co-secretary.

“They have been running the meetings,” he said.

Mr Walters said it was also an opportunity for the students to become more involved in the community and do something that would have a positive outcome.

“We are getting really good results,” he said.

“They really want to make a difference to the show.”

He said most of the students would finish primary school at the end of this year, but he was hoping they would stay on as executive members.

“They want to get their community show up and running and they are doing a great job,” he said.

“They have also been making posters and their computer skills are handy.

“It is a big involvement for them but they are presenting lots of ideas about the sorts of things they want to do.”

The students met Yarriambiack Mayor Andrew McLean on Friday to discuss their ideas.

“It is great that they are getting involved and finding ways to invigorate the show,” Cr McLean said.

“They want the show to continue so they are putting their souls into it.”

He said more Wimmera shows should look at gaining input from students.

“We need to look at the succession of show committees and this might be one way forward,” he said.

“Children love going to shows, so why not listen to what they want?”

Cr McLean said an idea the students came up with was getting a high-profile performer.

“They have started looking at grant funding to see if they can cover the costs of a performer,” he said.

“They have also discussed what rides they want at the show.”

The 2014 Minyip Show will be on March 30.

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