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Conference promises to entertain

Friday, 1st March, 2019

(From left) ICPA Wentworth Branch president Nerida Healy accepts some generously donated fuel vouchers from the Givit Charity’s Scott Barrett.PICTURE: Supplied (From left) ICPA Wentworth Branch president Nerida Healy accepts some generously donated fuel vouchers from the Givit Charity’s Scott Barrett.PICTURE: Supplied

By Myles Burt

Buronga will host the 2019 Isolated Children’s Parents Association NSW State Conference about improving country education. 

Organised by the ICPA Wentworth Branch, it will be held on the March 6 and 7.

Members will hear talks from officials such as guest speaker, Minister for Early Childhood, Sarah Mitchell MLC.

It will include a special conference for the first time by the NSW Rural and Distance Education team called ‘Our Kids, Their Future’.

It is organised to help families of distance education and School of the Air.

The conference will also feature renowned clinical phycologist Andrew Fuller, who will host sessions on retraining the brain and resilience building. 

“They’re looking at ways they can provide some practical skills that can be transported into the home school and small school environment,” ICPA Wentworth Branch president Nerida Healy said.

“Where the kids don’t have access to a lot larger services and whatever else.

“So that’s a really important day that hasn’t been held before, which is exciting.”

The event will also welcome country music artist Sara Storer, a multi Golden Guitar award-winning artist, who will be performing songs from her new album ‘Raindance’, which was inspired by the current drought.

Musical comedian Pete Denahy will also entertain. He’s well known for his viral video ‘Sort of Dunno Nothin’.

Ms Healy said the performances will “provide everyone with a really good experience”.

“We want people to walk away and really feel that tiny bit better and lift their spirits,” Ms Healy said.

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