CELEBRATION: Students at Raleigh Public celebrate the school’s birthday.
CELEBRATION: Students at Raleigh Public celebrate the school’s birthday.

School celebrates with birthday cake

ONE of the Coffs Coast's smaller schools, Raleigh Public recently celebrated a big birthday and staff decided a cake in school colours would be more appropriate, and safer, than lighting 141 candles.

Raleigh Public School has a long and rich history within the Bellinger Valley and the small township of Raleigh.

The Public Education system in NSW was first established in 1848 and a few decades later the school was established in the beautiful rural setting of Raleigh.

Over the years, there have been a few name changes, from Raleigh West to Raleigh Central and finally to its current name, Raleigh Public School - but it proudly remains a small school with a family atmosphere.

The focus at Raleigh Public is to provide balance in all areas of learning and endeavour to make the primary school years an enjoyable time of discovery as well as preparation for the years ahead.

Offering a stimulating, supportive learning environment which encourages children to discover and fulfil their personal potential has been a key to the school's longevity and community support.

A high priority is given to ensuring all students play active roles in the programs and activities being offered. The 'Garden to Plate' and 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle' programs and encouraging environmental awareness and healthy eating, are developing student's skills to become lifelong learners.