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An oasis for local women The Bathurst Presbyterian Church Autumn Fair took place last weekend and the proceeds from Saturday’s event were distributed to the Bathurst Women’s Refuge.

BATHURST CITY LIFE would like wish all students who sat NAPLAN tests this week the best of luck for the exams. NAPLAN is for year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students and both our son and daughter sat the tests this week at their respective schools. To be honest, I have no real time for standardised tests in our schooling and I truly believe they are not an accurate reflection of a child’s progress academically, more a snapshot of how they were feeling on the day. I know some parents put plenty of impetus into these tests, but our kids tottled off to school on Tuesday morning knowing that “we really don’t care how you go kids – just do your best.” Kids these days are under enough pressure to perform these days, and at 12 and 14 years of age, the last thing we want is for them to be concerned about a test that has little or no bearing on their future. In closing on this however,

I will say I think it is appalling how the Year 9 exams are the first in a string that will determine the minimum literacy and numeracy standards for the Higher School Certificate – another standardised test that is still two-and-a-half years away. Talk about heaping unneeded pressure on young minds well before it is necessary. Anyway, I am sure there will be teachers and parents emailing me to put pay to that theory and tell me why NAPLAN is vital. End of rant. Across this week’s edition you might see a couple references to Carillon Theatrical Society’s production of Xanadu currently running at BMEC. Cath, the kids and I had the opportunity to head along to the opening night last Friday and had a wow of a time. The cast was amazing, the music was fantastic and I had a smile from ear to ear the entire time. I have had a bit to do with

CTS in recent times and was a lead in last year’s show Rock of Ages. We have again sponsored this year’s show and are so proud to get behind local musical productions such as this. My dear friend Dave Webb is the lead in Xanadu and the on stage chemistry between him and Eliza Tucker makes the show believable and engaging – for two hours it just sucked me in and kept me entertained. Tickets are still available for the four remaining performances this weekend from the BMEC box office and I really encourage readers to enjoy a fun time for a really reasonable price. Finally, it never ceases to amaze me how many people back into the awning uprights in front of the office here at 111 George Street. This week’s count is already at seven and it is only Tuesday lunch time. Pay attention people – these posts are copping a hiding. Till next week.

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ernadette Woolsey from the Women’s Refuge was on hand to explain the work of the organisation, which is managed by the Orange Local Aboriginal Lands Council. Bathurst Women’s Refuge provides emergency accommodation for women and children escaping from assault and domestic violence. Bernadette explained that the funds from Saturday’s Fair were gratefully received and they would help with the day-to-day running of the refuge, providing a safehaven for local women and children. Bernadette is pictured with Dee Young who took time to share her hopes and dreams on a vision board at the fair. “We all have hopes and dreams, and we are encouraging women, even in the tough situations that we see them in at the refuge, to look forward and dream of better times ahead,” she said encouragingly. For more information on the Women’s refuge, or to support their work, contact the Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council on 6361 4742 or visit the Wattle Tree House at 129 Piper Street, Bathurst.

Autumn Glory

BATHURST IS AT its finest at present as this image from Mark Rintoul highlights. Shot just outside of Bathurst, it captures our Autumn Colours in all their glory.

Bathurst City Life

May 11 - 17, 2017

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Bathurst City Life - May 11edition