Bathurst Living legend Lyn Cooper honored for commitment to education and sport | Western Lawyer

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For decades, Lyn Cooper has made it our mission to ensure that students in the community of Bathurst are given a fair chance to thrive, whether it be in the schoolyard or on the sports field. After moving to the community in 1985, Ms. Cooper quickly made a name for herself as a teacher at Bathurst West Public School, where she taught for 24 years. Ms. Cooper was responsible for initiating a number of school programs, including an anti-bullying program to promote a respectful environment in the schoolyard. ALSO READ: Tremain’s Mill To Undertake New Ownership Later This Year “In the 1980s, kids were always pushing, shoving and pushing, and I wanted to help initiate a culture where students are more respectful of one another,” said you . “West Bathurst was a large school at the time with over 600 pupils and after a colleague told me that that’s how it was in relation to bullying in the schoolyard I decided it wasn’t going to happen under my supervision.” So I did conducted a survey to parents and around 85 percent said their children experience bullying on a regular basis and I have developed a program to educate students about the harmful effects of bullying and provide incentives to discourage them from bullying other students ALSO READ: Airplane Jelly Jingle’s Long-Forgotten Link to Bathurst Ms Cooper also represented the western area in the 1990s on a nationwide panel to discuss the importance of running a child protection program in schools and sexual molestation, causing 10 children in equivalent to a class of 30,” she said, first in court, teaching in West Bathurst as it is a set way of teaching ight.” Ms Cooper was also influential in the development of girls’ football in Central West, also emerging from her time at West Bathurst. “While on duty at the playground, I would always notice that there wasn’t a single girl on the oval, which was odd to me,” she said. “So I spoke to the girls on the side to see why they weren’t walking around, and they said, ‘The boys won’t let us because they just want to play soccer‘.” Ms Cooper then sought interest from other schools, girls soccer teams for to put together the NSW Primary Schools Sports Association [PSSA], with their West Bathurst team finishing the top three in the state. ALSO READ: James Hagney said Bathurst farmers enjoy high prices and good feed. Ms. Cooper helped launch a gender equality program in the Western Region Football Associations and has coached numerous representative teams for both Bathurst and the Western Region. She also helped establish the Proctor Park Challenge, an annual preseason interstate competition that continues to this day. Our journalists work hard to bring local, breaking news to the community. Here’s how to access our trusted content:

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