Students remember Harry in school’s new Kindness Corner

Cobar Public School principal Jonathan Harvey, teacher Joanne Carter, Annette Coath from Murdi Paaki (REDI) and local artist Sharron Ohlsen with Corrina Brenton, Clint and Hannah Riches and students Nash Webster and Corey Norris in the newly dedicated ‘Harry’s Kindness Corner’ in the school’s library.

A corner of the library at Cobar Public School has been dedicated to the memory of one of the school’s former students, Harrison Riches, who passed away last December.

Staff, students and guests attended a special assembly at the school on Monday to remember ‘Harry’ and to unveil ‘Harry’s Kindness Corner’.

The area is a very welcoming space with new furniture, colourful artwork and books.

Corrina Brenton, Harry’s mum, spoke at the assembly and officially declared ‘Harry’s Kindness Corner’ open for everyone to use.

“Harry spent a lot of time in the library and his friends loved reading to him. It’s the perfect place for all to enjoy,” Corrina said.

Harrison started the school’s Smooth Start program in 2015 and quickly became a popular student who was well known for his big smile.

He suffered with cerebral palsy and ‘Harry’s Kindness Corner’ is filled with books about children with disabilities, different diversities, Aboriginal story books and books about
kindness which Corrina said all represent Harry.

She said she wanted to show her appreciation to the school and so worked with teachers and staff as well as members of the community to help create the vibrant and colourful space with cushions made by Murdi Paaki and artwork by local indigenous artist, Sharron Ohlsen.

Corrina encouraged students to use the space, to remember Harry and to continue to show respect and kindess as had been the case by the whole school community towards Harry.