Moree Secondary College receive $5,000 grant for new sports uniforms

NEW UNIFORMS: Moree Secondary College P&C president Kelly James, Jesse James, Jock Riley, Noah Humphries, Carol Avenue principal Paula Barton and Chloe King.
NEW UNIFORMS: Moree Secondary College P&C president Kelly James, Jesse James, Jock Riley, Noah Humphries, Carol Avenue principal Paula Barton and Chloe King.

Moree Secondary College has been boosted by a $5,000 grant to fund brand new sporting representative uniforms for the various teams and groups the school boasts.

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall visited the school on Thursday to announce the funding that came about with help from Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell, with MSC Carol Avenue campus principal Paula Barton, MSC P&C president Kelly James and student leaders also in attendance.

With some teams not having official uniforms and others that are getting very old, the school was in need of an upgrade.

"We have got them but they're getting quite old and our kids, you need a variety of sizes so it's wonderful to have an update," Mrs Barton said.

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Mrs James and the P&C attempted to fundraise for the new uniforms but was unable to raise the necessary funds.

"I would rather the school spend school funds they get on aid teachers and teachers rather than trying to replace uniforms," Mrs James said.

"Being the P&C, trying to fundraise in this sort of environment, it's quite hard.

"We did look at sponsorship of the sporting uniforms and a few companies decided they would come on board but it just wasn't enough to cover the cost of replacing."

Mrs James contacted Mr Marshall, Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton and other ministers to see if there were any grants available.

"They actually came forth with the drought assistance funding for the school which is great and now we can replace quite a few teams' worth of equipment," she said.

The college boasts a large number of high-level sporting representatives and teams, and Mrs Barton is thrilled they will now be able to represent the school with new and improved uniforms.

"Our kids are really, really sporty and every year we have so many kids that represent Moree at state," she said.

"Our kids are really, very good and you like to see them go away as a team."

"Athletics, swimming, football, netball, the kids are always competing at something," Mrs James added.

"They wear their school sporting uniform which still looks great, but we want them to have some sort of team uniform."

Mrs Barton said that sport is very important to a lot of the school's students and she believes more than half of the students are representing the school through sport.

"And the school does everything we can to promote that to our kids and we pay for them to go away," she said.

"We always have a teacher, we always transport them. It's really good, accommodation is subsidised."

"So with the school paying for that I really wanted to top it up with proper uniforms to be able to boost that," Mrs James added.

Both Mrs James and Mrs Barton wanted to thank Adam Marshall and Sarah Mitchell for their support.

"This drought is affecting everybody so it's really hard to get that stuff," Mrs James said.

"I know the kids are going to be so happy next year, especially the athletics and swimming teams. They're going to be ecstatic."