Community engagement

Mylor Primary School Bonfire Night

Our annual Bonfire Night—which takes place on the Mylor Oval in late June and is our only fundraising event for the year—enjoys huge and enthusiastic support from our entire parent body, and many other community representatives.

For example, the wonderful people at MJS Tree and Stump Removal have donated all the wood ever since the event’s launch 19 years ago. The Mylor General Store regularly assists with the event’s promotion, and June, its generous proprietor, often volunteers to serve in a stall. We’ve also been luck to have the long-term involvement of Howard & Sons, who provide an awesome, but low-cost fireworks display. Plus, local brewer the Lobethal Bierhaus contributes outstanding value craft beer.

The event consistently attracts well over 2,000 attendees from all over the Adelaide Hills and well beyond, and is an enormous undertaking, requiring countless hours of volunteer effort from our parents to provide visitors with:

  • a licenced bar (with near-legendary warm mulled wine)
  • kids’ activities, including jumping castles
  • a hot barbeque and curries
  • live music
  • hot pancakes and coffee

On behalf of all the students whose learning the funds benefit, we thank every one of you!

End-of-year awards presented by local community groups

We’re delighted to have the involvement of two Mylor community groups in Mylor Primary School’s annual end-of-year presentation night.

From 2015, the Mylor History Group has presented an award for the student deemed to have demonstrated the most outstanding effort and interest in the exploration and preservation of our region’s history over the course of the year. Members of the group personally hand over the award, and are enthusiastic attendees for the whole night.

From 2016, we will also have the pleasure of the Mylor Citizens Friendship Club (MCFC) taking part. The MCFC will present a student award for outstanding community achievement and engagement in the field of music.

ANZAC and Remembrance Day services

Mylor Primary students are active participants in local community ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day services every year, typically reading the ode of remembrance, raising the flag and laying crosses in memory of those who’ve fought for our country.

In 2016, members of the Mylor History Group are also supporting our students with a Project-based Learning (PBL) unit called ‘Heroes in history’, which investigates local community members’ involvement in various wars. The group’s representatives have been helping students with their research and providing them with information they can’t find in the school archives. One lady, Marg Fiddock, deserves special mention, as she even agreed to be interviewed by the students.

The children involved will present their final learnings at the annual Remembrance Day community morning tea held in the school’s library after the service, with all local residents invited to attend.

Shared use of community facilities

Mylor Primary is fortunate, and very grateful, to be permitted to regularly use a number of local community facilities by their various management authorities.

We use the Mylor Hall for a wide range of events, such as school discos, PBL presentations, occasional PE activities, and our annual Presentation Night. The town oval is used for weekly PE lessons, our annual fundraising Bonfire Night, and every third combined-schools sports day (held in rotation with Heathfield and Scott Creek primary schools). The town tennis and netball courts are also used for weekly PE lessons, along with SAPSASA knockout tournaments.

Community members attending school events 

In addition to the events outlined above, local community members are also welcome to attend—and increasingly do—many other school functions, despite having no official connection to the school.

This has included many student PBL presentations in the town hall, the school’s Science Week expos, our annual Presentation Night, and combined-schools sports day (when held in Mylor). Our students’ artwork is also regularly displayed at the town hall and ‘swapped’ by interested residents, at the request of the Mylor Citizens Friendship Club.

Community members and parents presenting Masterclasses

Another source of highly beneficial community involvement for the school and our students comes in the form of regular Masterclasses presented by our talented and generous parents and other community members. Some recent examples have included:

  • the Mylor CFS presenting on bushfire safety
  • local Red Cross volunteers teaching our students to knit
  • the Mylor History Group showing students how to archive historic documents.