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Editor’s Letter Hello Bittersweet Readers! Welcome to our June 2014 edition of the mag- we hope that it’ll fill you with hope and inspiration for the months to come, and keep you warm as we transition to the colder months (And we mean that metaphorically- we wouldn’t recommend burning it! You’d have a bit of trouble with that considering that it’s an online magazine . . .) Anyway, this month we take a look into some more recent inspirational stories, including Jim Zetz’s poignant wedding, the good work being done for little penguins everywhere, and a glimpse into the life of Jessica Mauboy! Along with this, we have tons of DIY, decorative tips, reviews, an interview with award-winning author Jackie French, advice columns, as well as a full-proof guide to securing the part-time job you want. In this edition, we have all this, plus heaps more! It’s our aim here at Bittersweet to inspire you to go out and be all that you can be. We want you to have tons of fun, and fill you in with the info on the latest events, stories, books and movies. Along with this, we have some great creative writing and poetry to provide you with some outstanding entertainment! Improve your life, and de-clutter your desk and/or shelf space with our DIY tips, and take a look into the Great Gatsby and On the Jellicoe Road reviews. Explore the lives of Jessica Mauboy and Jackie French, and learn just what they did to get to where they are today, and what you can do to become inspired and work hard to achieve your personal success. Have a great June!

Skye Viviers x


Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, It’s off to work we go . . . Skye Viviers explores the difficult market of teenage jobs, and deciphers exactly what potential employers want, and look for in recruits.

The sign stuck to the outside of the window was tiny; as if the people who placed it there were keen for it to go unnoticed. But I did notice it. And it was this, combined with my foolish optimism that caused me to walk through the door, resume clutched nervously in hand, past the sign reading, “Waiter people wanted”. (This should have been my first clue). “Hello?” I said, timidly. “I’m Skye. And I’m looking for work. If you’re considering hiring…” I trailed off, shoving my resume apologetically at the man behind the counter. I left, flustered but still, tragically, hopeful. Around the back of the café the waiter sighed. He crumpled the resume in his hands, and tossed it into the garbage can in a high, soaring arc, landing among expired chicken and mouldy vegetables. Strangely enough, they never called me back. I have never been a nervous person. But something about handing in my resume to any establishment always brings out the nervy, shy, eight-year old in me, helium-high voice included.

My only possible reasoning for this is that I may not be very gregarious, which, many of my friends have pointed out, could also be a possible reason for never receiving the elusive call-back. It is an extraordinary and, most of all, true point. Businesses want someone confident, extroverted; a “people person”. They want someone who won’t have a nervous breakdown when a customer asks them for a medium fries.

“ There is nothing more satisfying than achieving your goals and actually earning your own money ” The minimum working age in Australia varies from state to state- with some set at eleven or twelve, whilst others are at thirteen or fourteen with parent approval. Because of these laws, many employers choose not to hire applicants under the age of fifteen. However, there are many businesses that will employ younger teen workers, which can kick-start their career. Any job is good to have as a reference on your resumemany employees will not hire an applicant based on whether or not they


have any previous experience and references from past jobs. But everyone has to start somewhere right? Everyone has to have a first job. So, if you’ve never had a job and are looking to start part time work somewhere, you’ve found the place for help! Here are a few simple tips – combined information from personal experience and the experts at thegaurdian.com that you can employ to make sure that you appear at your best for potential employers: ∞ Make sure that your resume sells

you positively, but realistically. For example, if you can’t program computers do not advertise so on your resume. However, if you’re a computer whizz, be sure to include this, and be sure not to sell yourself short. ∞ Hand in a physical copy. Even if there is a place to upload it online, the fact that you are willing to go up in person and have an actual conversation demonstrates a lot about you. ∞ Be friendly. Smile. Act confident, but not conceited. If they ask you questions about your resume answer them willingly and give a polite, intelligent responses of an appropriate length.

∞ Try handing your resume in at

places in which your skills will be relevant or useful. Especially busy places, such as small businesses that seem to be understaffed, or anywhere you or your family has personal connections, even if it is through a friend of a friend of a friend. ∞ Don’t give up. Keep trying. Eventually, you will find something. And always remember; do NOT take any rejection personally. It’s not you: it’s them. And when you do get a job (and trust me, if you don’t give up, you will) then negotiate hours and pay, etc. On your resume it is important to appear as flexible as possible. Always remain polite and calm, especially in the oftenstressful work environment. If you can prove to be calm and level-headed, the employer will be more likely to consider you. Remember; there will be rejections. You are almost guaranteed to be shot down at least once, and it’s important not to dwell on this, to move on and keep going. I’ve faced more rejections than I can count, and all it does is make one more determined to keep trying. Another tactic could also be to join a friend in the job search, although this could be problematic if one of you is


accepted, and the other is not, leading to jealousy and could create a rift in the friendship. However, if you both agree to support each other, and be happy for each other’s successes, then it can work. For example, a friend of mine was employed at a café down the road. She and her best friend had been job searching together at the same places, so the girl who applied but didn’t receive the job, even though her friend had, naturally felt hurt. However, she put on a brave face and congratulated her friend. The next week, she was offered a job at the same café, after her friend had highly recommended her to the manager.

The top three qualities that employers look for in teen recruits, as listed in Jobsearch.com are punctuality, professional attire, and good manners, so be sure to be on time, dressed appropriately and polite. This is, of course, common sense, but in the employer’s eyes, it will go a long way.

And, in way of places to apply, most common stereotypical “teen” jobs, in descending order of popularity, are: 1. 2. 3. 4.

The fast food industry Retail jobs Public libraries Movie theatres

These are all viable options and often have many positions available, especially for teen workers. For example, I personally know several people, all of around my age, in each of these jobs, three of whom work at the local cinema. I would personally recommend this job as the pay is, on average, $2 more per hour than at a fast food outlet, and you are more likely to finish your shift smelling of popcorn. In light of other places of employment: The sky’s the limit! There are millions of possibilities, and there’s only one way to find out which is right for you; experience. Go out, apply, and see what comes of it. If you’re not called back, then better luck next time. If you are, then congratulations! There is nothing more satisfying than achieving your goals and actually earning your own money. Well, one thing is more satisfying: spending your own money!


Storage With Style By Chloe Worthington

This under shelf storage arrangement is an innovative and creative option that combines a neat organising system with unique vintage styling. Its perfect for reusing and recycling old jars while de-cluttering your workspace and making use of the wasted area underneath your shelves, with the best part being that you don’t need to be a professional to construct it. In just a few simple steps you can transform a boring, neglected space into a clean, contemporary, creative corner.

What you will need: ∞ Glass jars with metal lids (As many as desired) ∞ Two small screws per jar (Make sure that they are smaller than the wood you are drilling into) ∞ A pencil ∞ A ruler ∞ A power drill


Here’s how: 1. Gather your supplies, ensure your workspace is cleared and prepare your jars, checking that they’re clean (You may even like to paint the lids of them to enhance their aesthetic appeal) 2. With the drill, screw two evenly spaced holes into the lids of the jars. 3. Using a pencil, mark onto your shelf where you want to position the jars by tracing around the outside rim of them (Make sure you keep them equal lengths apart - this is where the ruler will come in handy!) 4. Place one of the lids on its previously marked spot and attach it to the shelf, using the drill. Repeat this step for each jar. 5. Fill your jars with what ever you desire, screw them onto the lids and your done.

There you have it an easy, affordable storage solution that will not only look good but also organise your work area and save you a heap of space.


Knits for Nature Over 800 animal species have become extinct and over 5,500 other animals are endangered. Many people feel passionately about saving and protecting our wildlife and environment, but it’s difficult to get a large contribution. Charities are constantly trying to find creative and engaging ways to compel more people to aid in their work. The little penguins on Phillip Island have been affected and damaged by water pollution for a long time; however, the Penguin Foundation has found an incredibly popular way to help out the little guys. The Penguin Foundation was established to protect and preserve the little penguins by funding conservation projects on Phillip Island, they have raised over $1.5 million, but recently they’ve taken a new approach to conservation. They’ve called for keen knitters to donate specially sized and shaped penguin jumpers, however, this was not a fashion statement (though penguins have never looked more stylish). In fact, the jumpers play an important role in saving the lives of little penguins caught in oil-pollution. Little penguins and their habitat have been greatly impacted by multiple large oil spills around Phillip Island. Oil is incredibly damaging, dangerous and life threatening for penguins, a patch of oil as small as a thumbnail can kill a penguin, oil causes the feathers to separate and mat, allowing water to get in. This makes the penguins very cold and heavy, it also makes hunting for food much more difficult. Many oiled penguins die of exposure and starvation. Little penguins are the smallest penguin in the world, with a height of barely 30cm and averaging a weight of 1 kilo. They are only

found in southern Australia and New Zealand and Phillip Island is home to about 32,000 little penguins, and there are about 1 million little penguins in total. At the Wildlife Clinic on Phillip at Phillip Island Nature Parks they care for and nurse injured penguins until they can be released back into the wild. A penguin affected by oil will be fitted with a warm and comfortable, specially knitted penguin jumper. The jumper prevents the penguin from preening and swallowing the toxic oil before it can be washed and removed. The Penguin Foundation doesn’t let anything go to waste, any little penguin jumpers received that are the wrong size, shape or type of wool are sold by the Penguin Foundation at the Penguin Parade gift shop or are included in the Adopt a Penguin Pal kids pack, and the profits go towards little penguin research, conservation and the Wildlife Clinic. The Knits for Nature program began in the late 90s and is an ongoing project, which has a lot of support and very positive results. In 2001, 453 little penguins were affected by an oil spill near Phillip Island and 435 were successfully saved, rehabilitated and then released back into the wild. They have received a lot of interest from the public and have become a popular and well-known charity. The organization has a lot of celebrity support, some of the ambassadors include; Kylie Minogue, The Wiggles, Joan Rivers, Vanessa Amorosi and Lorna Luft. By Joh-joh Walsh


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JESS-I-CAN MAUBOY Inside Story By Chloe Worthington   Join us for ‘Inside Storys’ regular article that takes you behind the scenes of the lives of successful Australians. We’ve all heard of her, ‘the young Idol star taking the world by storm with her stellar performances and captivating vocals but do we really know the real Jessica Mauboy? Chloe Worthington explores what started her incredible journey, her advice for young people wanting to break into the music industry and her views on body image. There are hundreds of singers and songwriters out there today, but not many of them have a story quite as unique as Jessica Mauboy’s. Born in Darwin on the 4th of August 1989, Jess was a natural performer, discovering her voice at the age of just six, when she would sing with her grandmother in the local church choir. Being the youngest of five children, it’s easy to assume that Jess may have felt as though she was the weakest and least capable of all her siblings, but that never stopped the young sensation from sharing her killer voice with the world. So, at the age of 16, Jess auditioned for a spot on the fourth season of ‘Australian Idol’ with her rendition of ‘I Have Nothing’ by Whitney Houston. After blowing the judges away with her powerful voice, she secured the title as ‘Runner-up’ to the popular show, not only surprising herself, but the rest of Australia

  too, as the previously shy, small-town, country girl from Darwin began her rise to fame through dominating the charts.

“I always wanted to challenge myself and work as hard as I could”. What many people don’t know is that Jess was a part of an all-girl pop group called the ‘Young Divas’, before returning to her solo career in 2008, when she released her debut album ‘Been Waiting’ which went double platinum and became the second highest selling album in Australia during 2009. Since then Jess has released 15 singles, 2 albums, been selected as the ambassador of multiple companies (Inducing the Woolworths “Earn and Learn” Program and the Australian NRL) and has helped to raise millions of dollars for numerous charities. I have personally met Jessica Mauboy twice and know for a fact that she loves her fans and is always interested in getting to know them. During an online chat with ’60 Minutes’ in September 2010, Jess was asked by a fan, if she ever imagined herself being so successful, and she responded by saying, “No, I never expected anything. From a young age my parents supported


me and taught me to work really hard to achieve my goals. I guess from that point I always wanted to challenge myself and work as hard as I could”. And who could blame her? Especially when her attitudes have gotten her to where she is today; an R&B/pop singer, songwriter and actress, who has starred in movies such as ‘The Sapphires’ and won ‘Best Supporting Actress’ at the 2013 AACTA Awards. Now that’s a mouthful! If you’re like me, you could be feeling a little jealous right now and let’s face it; who didn’t wish they could grow up to be famous celebrity when they were younger? But if you are considering a serious career in the music industry, then make sure you take into consideration Jessica’s advice, “It's really tough and I guess having Idol be so much a part of my life and a stepping stone, it made it a little bit easier to get a profile at least and have everyone see me. I definitely feel it was really hard and sometimes I wanted to give up but the music always brought me back. If I was sick I still wanted to do it, so never give up.

Yes, it's a hard journey but at the end it pays off.”

deep and meaningful lyrics in songs, such as ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Never Be the Same’, Jess reminds her fans that everyone is different and that beauty comes from within. She says she does not feel any pressure to look slim, despite what the media may say and stands by her belief that if she feels good, then she looks good; which I think is personally fantastic! Not only is Jess one of my favourite singers but she is also a huge role model to me. I love the way that she follows her dreams and challenges her self to do the best that she can do, no matter what people may tell her along the way. I find it truly inspirational that Jess is doing what she loves and challenging the image of a stereotypical celebrity by simply being her natural self and promoting positive messages to her fans on topics such as body image. Jessica Mauboy brings a whole new perspective to the music industry with what is possible if you set your mind to it and I believe there is still more to come. So, thought you knew everything there was to know about Jessica Mauboy? Think again.

I recommend not being afraid to put yourself out there, because even if you fall flat on your face, at least you know that you gave it your best shot and if you do happen to become famous one day, don’t forget to thank me in your acceptance speech! There’s no doubt about it, the media can be like a paper shredder; destroying the selfesteem of innocent girls as they seek to achieve the unrealistic view of perfectionism. Repairing self-esteem, that was crushed in an instant, can take years to recover from. However, there are stars like Jessica Mauboy who use their huge fan base to promote positive messages on body image and outward appearance. Through

Next month, look out for ‘Inside Story’s’ interview with Catherine Martin, the Costume Designer for the Great Gatsby.


Jackie French Jackie French - Award-winning author of Diary of a Wombat, Hitler’s Daughter, Too Many Pears, The Girl from Snowy River, To the Moon and Back, Nanberry, and soon-to-be released To Love a Sunburnt Country - talks to the Bittersweet team about her lifestyle and inspirations. __________________________________________________________________________ Hello, Jackie, thanks for agreeing to this interview. It’s my pleasure. Are you writing any books at the moment? I’ve just finished my most recent one- To Love a Sunburnt Country which should be out in bookstores this December. I’ve got a few more ideas on the way, but they need a bit more development before I come up with any plotlines or characters. What’s the book about? It’s about Australia, in all its diversity, and the many and diverse ways we can be connected to our country. It’s also about a girl called Nancy of the Overflow, and Australia’s war, from the day Japan attacked. I fell in love with Clancy of the Overflow when I was twelve years old. But why is there no Nancy of the Overflow in those ballads and bush stories, no strong women of the bush, just the desperate wives and lonely sweethearts? They were there . . . women managing properties, teaching their children, droving cattle thousands of miles. But I guess they didn’t fit the clichés of the day. So that’s where Clancy came from. What do you think of the book? I reckon it’s the best I’ve written so far, even if it still doesn’t feel as if I am the writer. Luckily I had time and emotional space to write it in early January. Why do you feel as if you needed such emotional space? This book really touched an emotional chord with me. I grew up in the outskirts of Brisbane, with farms and bush just a street behind us, and I really love Australian History. The book’s also quite sad- I don’t want to give too much away, though! You’ll have to read it yourself. I’ll be sure to. What inspired you to become an author in the first place? Well, on a boring Sunday afternoon, when I had run out of books to read, I wrote one, instead. I've been writing ever since, but you can find the full story of how I came to be an author on my web site. I’ll check that out. But how did you come up with the idea? How do you come up with the ideas for all of you books? Each book has different beginnings, gradually coming together. No two books come from the


same place. You’ll find the stories behind each book on the web site; you might like to compare the different voyages for different books. Right. And what words of encouragement would you offer to aspiring young authors? Think! Definitely, think. No one will want to read a boring book, even if it’s really well written. But there are badly written but fascinating books on the front shelves of every bookshop. A good book needs many ideas, but a great book needs extraordinary ones, as well as the skill and experience to make them live in the reader's mind. That’s great advice. Did you learn that from anyone? Mainly from experience. I’ve read a lot of books like that, and I’m sure you have, too! Who were your inspirations growing up? My inspirations were Poet Judith Wright, who later became a friend and mentor, and Ooodgeroo of the Noonuncle, who I knew as poet Kath Walker. At the moment, who is your favourite person to work with? My husband. We run our farm and lives together. He knows how to be quiet, and to watch, and see things that others don't. He is good to talk to as well we both love long conversations that meander over an afternoon or breakfast. That’s really nice. If you could choose one, which was your favourite book to write?

Diary of a Wombat was probably the most fun. To Love a Sunburnt Country is the best book I have written, but it hurt to write, and even the revisions during this year are hard. And finally, if you could pick one, which of your characters are you most like? None are really based on myself, but there is a little of me in Matilda, Auntie Love, Flinty McAlpine and a bit of Blue from the Matlida series, even Anna in Hitler's daughter and Mud from Pennies for Hitler, and also Mrs. Puddleham in The Night They Stormed Eureka. None are really like me though - they just share a characteristic or two. Thank you very much for your time. You’re welcome. ________________________________________________________________________

To find out more on Jackie French, and read more about her journey to authordom, visit her website at: http://www.jackiefrench.com. To Love a Sunburnt Country will be released in Australia this December. Be sure to look out for it at your local bookstore!


Reviews by Joh The Great Gatsby (2013)

Scott F. Fitzgerald Baz Luhrmann

Starring; Leonardo Decaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton Set in the roaring twenties, this movie adaption of the classic novel shows the story and characters in a new and dazzling light. The movie is narrated by a young Yale graduate, Nick Carraway, who, after renting a house next to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby, is pulled into a world of decadence, extravagance and hypocrisy. Despite the idyllic appearance, constant parties and glamour of New York’s richest inhabitants, there are cracks beneath the surface and Carraway soon finds himself caught in the middle of a complicated relationship between his cousin, Daisy, and Gatsby. The drama, visual effects and casting bring this film to life in a razzle-dazzle film full of romance, exaggeration and grandeur, making it unmissable and unforgettable.

On the Jellicoe Road (2006) Melina Marchetta Penguin Australia

“And life goes on, which seems kind of strange and cruel when you're watching someone die.” On the Jellicoe Road follows the story of Taylor Markham who, after being abandoned by her mother at a 7/11 6 years earlier, is caught in the last place she wants to be, head of her school in the middle of a territory war. Taylor’s story is told parallel to a tragic story about 5 teenagers, who lived in Jellicoe 20 years earlier, which ended with a murder, a suicide and 3 incredibly broken people. As Taylor searches for information about her past she finds her story is entwined with the 5 kids, in her quest to find answers she also finds friendship, kindness and more secrets than she can handle with the two people she least expects. “And then their voices stopped and their souls stood still and they ceased being who they had been. Because who they were had always been determined by him.” This book is haunting and heart breaking yet strangely uplifting; I thoroughly recommend it.


Lauren’s Reviews 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Director: Gil Junger Starring: Julia Stiles, Larisa Oleynik, Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Larry Miller From director Gil Junger, “10 Things I Hate About You” brings another teen rom-com to the screen, but can it live up to its predecessors? The movie is based off a re-telling of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” set is a modern-day high school setting. Larry Miller is overproctective dad to Kat and Bianca Startford who reacts critically to the girls’ decisions as they grow up and explore the world of boys and dating. He sets a rule that Bianca may only date when her older sister, Kat starts to date. This poses a problem for Bianca, Kat is the class brain and is known within the school for being a real witch and no one will date her. In the midst of Bianca’s drama a new boy Cameron shows up at school and develops an admiration for her. In a comical whirl of events, Bianca and Cameron bribe Patrick, the class badass to go out with Kat hoping for an unforgettable date to Prom. The soundtrack, acting and plot all contribute to making “10 Things I Hate About You” successful. Although, the recycling of a Shakespeare play could pressure the actors to overdo their performance, which causes us to realize that they could be trapped within the plot. However so, the movie is thoroughly enjoyable and I recommend it to all teens and adults with a taste for romance.

UNRAVELLING Elizabeth Norris Blazer & Bray Young Adult, Science Fiction Janelle is a normal teenager who finds herself in an unusual quandary. As she leaves the beach one afternoon she is hit by a pick-up truck and in an instant she is dead. Death is nothing like she expected, instead of feeling cold and distant all she feels is someone calling her and wishing her body back to life. Her daze is soon over as she wakes, completely healed to the sight of a boy from school worrying over her. As he runs away, he leaves her with the burden of a million questions that no one can answer. Unravelling is a guilty pleasure book; we can’t help our intrigue in both Janelle and her savior Ben Michaels and their mission to save the world. Although it is quite a cliché theme, the original scenario gives this story a certain appeal that is hard to ignore. There are many off-plot twists and details that toy with the impossible relationship between Janelle and Ben, giving the book a something extra. It puts the story on the brink between a generic and borrowed story and an authentic however brainless sci-fi action thriller. Unravelling adds a missing element to the sci-fi genre and it hooks a lot of people who wouldn’t usually dare indulge in such fantasy themes. I anticipate eagerly sequels and more series similar to this, as do thousands of other people around the world. The book’s slight cheesiness makes it unforgettable and references to current entertainment such as the ‘X-Files’ make it relatable as well.


DIY Lace Lamp

Photo by Coco at Conart What you will need: Fabric doilies – enough to cover the balloon and overlap Wallpaper glue 1 meter round balloon Large paintbrush String for hanging Steps: 1. Fill the balloon with air until it’s firm 2. Coat the doilies in wallpaper glue 3. Apply the doilies around the balloon so that the edges over lap fully covering the balloon 4. Tie the string to the top of the balloon and hang to dry overnight 5. Once the doilies are fully dried pop the balloon, it should peel easily away from fabric 6. Cut a small hole in the top of the balloon so that a bulb can be slipped in 7. Hang with string or fishing line from the ceiling


Open Ears Advice Column This week Chloe Worthington provides an insightful perspective on ‘School Life’ from questions asked by real life readers. Is school life getting the better of you? Find out how to manage stress, overcome a lack of motivation and rise above difficult situations involving your peers. I’m finding it hard to cope with the on-going stress related to homework and assessments. Do you have any advice? Gemma, 14, NSW. The most important thing to remember is that you need to have a balance between working and downtime, including social interaction. Try not to overwhelm yourself with the various tasks you may have to get done for school, as this will just increase the stress you feel. Set an organised plan of what work you aim to get done each afternoon and don’t forget to pencil in some relaxation time (Try taking a fifteen minute break for every hour that you work) Many people do not know that exercise actually releases endorphins into our bodies and therefore gives us more energy, while helping clear your mind, allowing you to get things done faster and with more efficiency. Another critical component of managing stress it to not overwhelm yourself or set high expectations that you may struggle to achieve. Instead, always keep in mind that it’s okay to step away from the desk, enjoy life and just do the best that you can do. Recently, I was put in a group for a school project, that I am not necessarily happy with. It’s a subject I take very seriously and want to do well in it and now I’m afraid that I’ll receive a bad grade. What should I do? Madison, 16, QLD.


Across our school journey, we are all faced with the difficult task of working in a group for a project. Sometimes we will be happy and excited about our group and in other cases we can feel very disappointed. It can be a tough situation as not everyone sees eye to eye or will agree and group situations can cause conflict as individuals fight for power. Despite all these challenges we must rise above them and make the most that we can out of our circumstances. When teachers put groups together they often include a variety of students to ensure that the teams are all fair. This means that you should keep in mind that someone who may not be the best at one thing may have something else that they could offer the group. So, discard all your initial feelings of your group and remember to stay positive. Group settings can bring out the best and the worst in people; so don’t let them get the better of you. Give new situations a chance, as you never know what unexpected or extraordinary things may come from them. My maths teacher isn’t explaining things very well and its really defeating my motivation. What should I do? Lilly, 14, NSW. Sometimes you need to take matters into your own hands, meaning you may need to find an alternative way to learn the material yourself. Try using online Math Websites, as they will often provide users with insightful videos, practice examples and helpful worksheets that will educate you on the topic. Along with this, try asking your teacher to re-explain the concept until you fully understand it. Remember, they’re there to teach you and not to confuse you. As you approach year 9 and 10 the majority of students will begin to receive out of school tutoring to advance or assist them in maths. It may sound lame and boring but it can really help you, both short term and in the long run, while preparing you for year 11 and 12. Remember to keep trying and eventually you will understand the concept. I’m really nervous for year 11 when I have to choose my subjects because I have no idea what I want to do in the future. Please help. Lucy, 15, WA.


Choosing subjects for year 11 can be nerve racking but also exciting as you take the next step into your future. You are not alone in feeling unsure of what to do; in fact you will find that most of your grade will have no idea of what they wish to do in the future. Try talking to a career advisor for guidance on possible choices, along with asking your parents for advice. Consider looking online to assess the various options of courses available, you may be surprised at what you find. Sometimes it’s easy to print out a list of all the courses that are available to you and physically cross them off if you don’t think it’s something you are interested in or would enjoy. This will help to narrow down your options, making it less overwhelming for you as well as allowing you to visually see where your interests lie and what you may enjoy doing in the future. Whatever you chose, remember to pick something that you enjoy and are passionate about, as this will get you better results.

Got questions you want answered? Send them to thebittersweetteam@mail.com. Next month Chloe Worthington talks ‘Friendships’ and provides guidance for troubled teens.


Which Decade of Fashion are you? Ever wondered which decade would predominantly suit your personality and style? Would it be the Roaring 20’s, the conservative 50’s, the willing 70’s or the bold 80’s? Take this quick quiz to find out, which decade of fashion you are. Which colour scheme do you like the best?

A. Sophisticated black and gold

A. Baby blue and bright red

B. Sunshine yellow and burnt orange

C. Fluoro pink and neon yellow

C. A daisy flower headband

D. Hoop earrings

What accessory do you prefer?

A. A classic pearl necklace

B. A large hair clip

Which best describes your personality?

A. Classy, independent and daring

B. Neat, kind hearted and feminine

C. Willing, confident and experimental

D. Bold, crazy and creative


Which is your favourite type of hairstyle?

A. A classic bob cut

B. Short, curled and pinned back

C. Long and Natural

D. Crimped and teased

What is your favourite style of shoe?

A. Low heel pumps

B. Stilettos

C. Platform shoes

D. Converse

What’s your favourite way to spend the weekend?

A. Dancing, partying and listening to music

B. Hanging out with friends and family

C. Roller skating

D. Playing video games

Which outfit would you most likely wear?

A. A straightwaist, tassel dress and a statement headpiece

B. A fitted A-line dress with a colourful circle skirt

C. A brightly patterned maxi dress with a chain-string clutch

D. Colourful leggings with an oversized t-shirt


Nostly A’s The Roaring 20’s - You’re an outspoken women from the 1920’s, when flapper fashion, hats, short hair and excessive makeup were popular. You are opinionated, independent and not afraid to fight for your rights. Your sophisticated and classy personality would fit right in with the 20’s era

Nostly B’s The 50’s – You’re a woman of the 1950’s, when fitted dresses with clinched waists and bright floral patterns were in fashion. You often wear outfits that are a contrast of subtle colours with sharp tones. You are a very feminine figure who values her relationships with others, making it clear that you are a woman of the 1950’s.

Nostly C’s 1970’s – You are a natural, free spirited, woman of the 70’s. You enjoy being outdoors and are willing to give things a go. You love to dress in bright colours and eye-catching patterns. Your confident, experimental personality means that you take inspiration from the 70’s.

Nostly D’s 1980’s – You are most definitely a fashionista from the 80’s. You have a bold, artistic, wild personality, which explains your current fashion choices of bright statement pieces. You like being indoors most of the time and feel it is necessary to express your creative spirit through your hair; the 80’s would be perfect for you.


~Reader Perspective~ Whose celeb wardrobe/style would you steal and why? We asked you for your opinion on your fave celeb style. The answers varied greatly with beautiful women dominating the fashion floor. Many household names were sprinkled among understated less well-known beauty gurus. Find out the ‘yay’s and ‘nay’s of teenage style and draw inspiration from some of these teen girl’s fashion forward choices.

Bec Williams, NSW “Miranda Kerr’s because she always looks effortlessly classy, although to pull it off, you might need to steal her body too haha”

Russia Christensen, WA “Kaley Cuoco’s because she has the same body type as me and dresses really chill. I just admire the way she looks so flawless in such a casual style.”

Courtney Halford, NT “Ariana Grande’s because her style is so cute and fashionable but at the same time very grown up and gorgeous and effortless, she is just always looking beautiful”

Hannah Whyte, NSW “I would steal Lorde’s because she has a lot of black stuff and that is my favourite colour and her awesome skirts and long jackets always look cool”

Annika Wilson, WA “I would steal Audrey Hepburn’s wardrobe as she kept her dignity unlike other actresses and singers, keeping her skirts long and tops unrevealing while still looking glamorous in everything she wore.”

Ruby Loveday, NSW “Zoe Sugg’s (if she counts because she is a youtuber), she just has such a refined style. Her clothes are always classy and modern without being slutty or trying to show off too much skin and her outfits always look happy.”

Chloe Field, SA “Kendall Jenner’s because she always looks amazing in whatever she wears. She doesn’t feel pressured to conform to any fads, always has something new and exciting whether it is in fashion or not.”


83 BLACKSMITH AVENUE By Skye VIVIERS Detective Constable Mia Day stood in front of the crime scene. Her lip quivered slightly, then stopped as she blinked rapidly. She very couldn’t cry: Crying was a sign of weakness. Mia was not weak, that was for sure. The scene was disgusting; there was no doubt about that. The body was barely recognisable, lying bloated and festering on the lakeshore. But Mia had seen worse. She’d seen murder scenes so terrifying that the rookies had run away, tears forming in their eyes. She’d seen some so putrid that the clearing officers had thrown up- all the blood drained from their clammy faces. She’d seen some so brutal that even the most experienced CSI’s had been unable to sleep at night. But not her. It was, of course, different when you knew the victim. Not being able to stand another second of it, she marched under the yellow tape, and passed the Chief of Police. “I’ll be back soon,” she said as she walked passed. He didn’t even look at her. Down and down the labyrinth of streets, winding like snakes she found herself sitting outside of a small café. It was warm there, although she felt so cold. It was as if the memory of warmth comforted her the most; the knowledge that she was warm, even though, through her numbness, she could not feel it. “Mia,” Logan smiled, sitting down next to her, “Fancy seeing you here.” She shot him a dark look. “Cut the crap, Logan. What’ve you got for me?” He laughed, displaying two rows of flashing white teeth. “Fine. We know that he lives at number 83 Blacksmith Avenue. His name is Samuel Parker, 29.” “What was his motive?” Her voice was dry and acerbic. Logan shrugged. “We think it was robbery.” “There was nothing missing from the victim’s body.” A few moments of silence later, Logan shrugged his shoulders. He gently put his hand on Mia’s shoulder, but she didn’t even feel it through her numbness. The only thing she could feel now was rage. And a burning desire for revenge. Her green eyes sparkled, like they always did when she was on the hunt. “Thanks Logan. I can never get over just how you get your information.” “I do have a special team of helpers,” he explained, “A great team, actually. You know, you could join us. We’d love to have you.” People walked by the cafe, going through the motions of their daily lives, oblivious to the cataclysmic change in Mia’s world. She nodded, absentmindedly, eyes glazed over. “I have to go.” She stood up abruptly, clutching her backpack close to her. Turning around, she walked away, towards Blacksmith Avenue. It was a part of town that she frequented often, never knowing that a murderer lived there. “Mia!” he called back to her, his voice blown away by the icy wind, “Mia!” her repeated, less urgently, more faintly. “You’ll think about it, right?” But she didn’t even break stride to turn around a reply. She was already at house 72.


“Seventy-two. Seventy-three. Seventy-four. Seventy-five . . .” she whispered under her breath as she walked past each townhouse. It became a rhythmic chant- a rhythmic chant for revenge. “Eighty three.” It was no different to any other townhouse. They were all the same; small, squat, red brick. There was absolutely nothing to indicate that a murderer lived there. Walking up the steps, she banged twice on the door with her slender fist, ignoring the doorbell. There was no reply; but she knew that he was in there. The window was open a few feet above her head. Spurned on by her revenge, she grabbed onto the drainpipe and hoisted herself up. Clambering further and further and further upwards, the slippery window frame was soon in her grasp. She pulled herself into the bathroom, only to be faced with a very pale, trembling Samuel Parker. “I know it’s you,” he whispered, shaking like a leaf. He paused to take a few shuddering breaths, staring right through Mia. “I can feel it. I never mean for her to die!” His voice rose hysterically. Mia reached up to his pale, colourless face, and wrapped her tiny fingers around his throat. He made a slow choking noise, his fingers attempting to remove hers from his neck. But he couldn’t. “It was an accident, I swear!” His voice was rising, he was sobbing and gasping: he was using up his three-minute blood-enriched oxygen supply very quickly, Mia thought disapprovingly. “She . . . it was . . . She just stepped out in front of me- I never had time to brake!” Her fingers tightened: His voice grew louder. “I’m sorry! I never meant . . . I’m sorry!” He collapsed to the ground, his eyes closed, now forever. “For your information,” she snarled at his lifeless body, “The woman you hit with your car was alive when you dumped her in the lake. If you’d just owned up . . . just taken her to the hospital . . . I’d be alive today.” Mia slowly left his house, and walked onwards, to where she knew Logan would be waiting; at the very spot he, her favourite police informant, had been killed three years earlier. She knew that she would be a great asset to helping others on revenge quests, now that her own was done. Detective Constable Mia Day’s spirit faded away, as if blown by the wind into oblivion.


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A RAK Done up in White Jim Zetz is an unfortunate 62-year-old man with cancer. He is making the most of his little time left on earth, making memories with his beloved daughter while he still can. The community around Zetz’ family of wife and daughter, are very supportive taking every opportunity they can to help Jim love his short life. Jim Zetz has stage 4 pancreatic cancer meaning that he won’t be here to witness a large portion of his daughter, Josie’s life. For those who don’t know, stage 4 is the final stage of pancreatic cancer. At this stage, cancer may be of any size and can have spread to distant organs and tissues such as liver or lung. Zetz is at a terminal stage in his illness and his heartbreaking story has reached many people in his hometown of Murrieta, California. Specifically, a photographer discovered them when taking a family portrait of the two together along with Josie’s mum. It is important that Zetz’ family take care of him and live with him while he is here, but it is particularly touching when an unrelated citizen helps out from the goodness of their own heart. Mrs. Zetz mentioned Josie’s dismay at the fact her father would not be there for ‘memories down the line’. The photographer, Lindsey Villatoro, decided to help out by organizing a little wedding for the two taking place in the backyard of their family home on Josie’s 11th Birthday. Members of the community gathered together with friends and relatives to plan and organize the event in just 3 days. The helpers were very generous and selfless, taking time out of their own schedule to participate in this affair. Especially according to the pressure of a time limit confining their possibilities. Ms. Villatoro managed to collect enough financial contributions form the community to secure a wedding cake, dress, catering, flowers and even a free makeup artist. On the day, Jim Zetz proudly accompanied Josie down the aisle and placed a gorgeous ring on Josie’s index finger. Other aspects of the emotional ceremony included a proper gift table in keeping with traditional wedding practice. Ms. Villatoro photographed the event and said that it was an honour to be able to help out. She compiled the many photos into a heart-warming video that she uploaded to Vimeo after the event. Mixed emotions are shown through the tears and smiles that were both sported in the photographs from the day. “Down the road, this will mean a lot to [Josie], she will always remember it.” – Mr. Zetz said.


Lindsey Villatoro photographed and produced the event into a Vimeo, saying - “One day [you] wake up and realize you’re given the opportunity to change someone’s life for the better. You get an idea, don’t think twice and run with it.” Josie will always remember this generous gesture from the community that helped out. It was an emotional day all round and Josie and Mr Zetz shared a quiet moment together after the ceremony before they returned to their guests. Mr Zetz walked Josie down the aisle and the pastor, Gary Galbraith, endearingly pronounced them ‘daddy and daughter’. “Your dad may not get to see you get married, but he is here to walk you down the aisle today,” – Galbraith as the pastor at the ceremony. There are people all over the world with these kinds of situations; it doesn’t make them any different, they have just been dealt a harder hand. Although they can deal with it there are a handful of people that would organize such a random act of kindness like this. There is a glimpse of hope for our online generation, with cases like Mr Zetz’. By Lauren Butler



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