Students from Bulahdelah Central School have started the year well, with achievements in a variety of areas.
Year 10 student Seleana Murphy was recently awarded the State Emergency Service's (SES) Cadet of the Year.
Principal George Frangos said the prestigious Commissioner's Award was given to Seleana in light of her hard work and commitment.
He also acknowledged Mr Oakley for supervising the cadet program.
On Friday, February 22, a group of Koori students travelled to Newcastle High School to take part in the Bangarra Dance workshop.
Relieving deputy principal Chris Gladys said it was a great source of pride to see the students engage in all the activities and get involved with the students from other schools.
Mr Gladys said congratulations was also in order for the school's champion swimmers who did their best at the recent primary and secondary zone swimming carnivals.
Plans to reform the school band have also got underway at the school, with a group of 20 enthusiastic students joining the ranks this term.
The band members, who range from Years 4 - 11, meet each week for lessons and rehearsal, with senior students acting as tutors.
They are currently busy practicing for their first public performances, which will include a visit to Cedar Wharf Lodge and a concert for primary students in the coming weeks.
Established in 1988 under the direction of volunteer Kay Smith, the band grew quickly and thanks to the encouragement and generous financial support of local community groups, was able to purchase a host of instruments, which are still being used today.
Although the new group has only been playing together for a few weeks, they hope to build their repertoire and perform at many community events throughout the year.