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Youth Scene recently caught up with .... the Clarence Valley’s 2013 Young Citizen of The Year, Bronte Beresford. Thirteen-year-old Bronte, who was involved with a number of community groups and made state level at swimming, touch football and Australian Rules in 2012, says she was really surprised when she was nominated. “I didn’t think I was going to win it,” says Bronte, inspired by her mum, who “is always willing to put others before herself”. “I jumped rope and did the doorknock with her for the Heart Foundation last year,” Bronte says. “I don’t think people should suffer. In the future, I’d like to help people with cancer.”

Her 2012 school principal, Sam Davison from Yamba Public School, says Bronte was “an outstanding student who was always very positive, hard-working and caring. “She was a great school leader, who did an excellent job in that role, and a great sportsperson with the ability to get on with everybody. “She was a standout in that particular year.”

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ax says his work at the studio has “been amazing because it is very fun and I’ve learnt so much from doing it”. Max Skipper, Haley Waller and Taren Battye are hosts of the Eyes Wide Radio, which examines alcohol consumption in young people. Eyes Wide Radio is made up of 20 segments, in which the three hosts pick apart the facts and give their own insight from a youth’s perspective. Eyes Wide Radio has given the kids a chance to speak out to the community. “I’m here because I want to express my views on things to do with youth,” Taren says. The youths have been educating the public in different aspects of alcohol, while enjoying themselves and learning how to produce and edit the recordings. The project provided them with a few unexpected experiences. Max Skipper especially enjoyed the recording side of the project and unearthed a possible career. “Before I started here I had no clue about it, so then I decided I was going to try and set up a


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home recording studio and now I’m thinking of that as a possible career path,” says Max. “I learnt how a recording studio works; I’ve talked to Paul [Agar, the owner of Heaven Studio] about that sort of thing and all the software involved.” “It has helped me with my confidence, which I had not much of to start off with, but now I’m more open with everything and it’s nice,” says Hayley. “I’ve gained things like improving my confidence, I did have confidence before, but I have improved it,” says Taren. The youths also feel quite strongly about their message and the impact it will make on the community. “I think it could be very effective because a lot of young people listen to music,” says Taren, “and since music is on the radio, they could listen to this on the radio, too. It’s a good way to get it out to young people while using young people to get the message across could be effective.” “I defiantly think it raises awareness, like problems with youth and issues and things in our community and I guess it shows you what is out there,” says Max.

The segments are being aired on local community radio stations TLC 100.3 (Yamba) and Life 103.1FM (Grafton) and can be heard on You Tube – search Eyes Wide Clarence. Eyes Wide Clarence Valley is a community level project targeting excessive alcohol consumption in young people aged 12 to 18 years, by providing positive recreational activities and events, as well as providing information about binge drinking and alcohol consumption to young people. Eyes Wide delivers events, workshops, activities and information all over the Clarence Valley, delivered through the ‘Out of the Box’ re-locatable creative spaces at Grafton, Yamba, Wooli, Coutts Crossing and Copmanhurst. There are film and radio projects, arts workshops, outdoor cinema events, pool parties, twilight tunes music events. Look out for when the ‘boxes’ come to town. For a full list of events planned for the rest of 2013, Google Eyes Wide Clarence. And check out the Facebook page, Eyes Wide Clarence Valley, too.

Maclean High School students (l to r) Max Skipper, Taran Battye and Hayley Waller completed voice recordings for the Eyes Wide Radio project.



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Angourie’s Kendall O’Brien has what many would consider a dream job. He works for surf wear giant Billabong, filming the company’s professional surfers as they travel around the world. But landing that dream job took some hard work … and being in the right place at the right time. At the age of 18, Kendall’s journey began

at a Billabong Pro Junior contest in Victoria when he met up with his long-time friend Laurie Towner, who was competing. “I was studying teaching at Deakin University … I’d done six months of it and I was just over it,” says Kendall. “I hadn’t seen Laurie in a while, so I asked him what he’d been up to lately and he said Billabong was making a movie. I’d done photography at school, so I packed my bags, came home and bought a camera.” Kendall had a few obstacles to overcome first – he needed $6,000 for a camera, for starters. “I figured I’d always wanted to work in the surf industry,” he says. “So I took a loan out from the bank.” Soon Kendall was filming Laurie as they travelled around the country together. Laurie, who was 16, was already making waves as a big wave rider in the surfing world. “I remember coming home and thinking, I’ll shoot with him every day and

get as much footage as we can … hopefully for the [Billabong] movie.” This turned out to be Kendall’s big break into the surf industry, as his contribution to the movie Passion Pop gained him recognition. “We shot for almost a year I think and I sold all my footage to Billabong for the movie. They turned round and said, ‘do you want to start doing some jobs for us?’ So that’s how it all kind of started.” Unfortunate events later on would also see Kendall lose all of his equipment, including his six-grand camera in a flood which severely crippled his career in filming. Surviving the next few years was going to be difficult. “I had to go buy another camera, so I worked on the Gold Coast for six or 12 months to get that money for the new camera.” After Kendall had his new camera he continued filming with Laurie, but he was still struggling to fix his debt and income. “I was on the dole, trying to pay off the loan from my first camera. I took out a credit card without my dad knowing, so I also had a credit card debt.

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y I was kind of luck that Laurie and I had finished school; Laurie just d wanted to surf an Billabong was making a movie, I wanted to start shooting and get into the industry. We’d grown up together and been best mates forever so it was kind of a perfect combination. Billabong used to [pay] around five hundred dollars a minute but you’d have to wait until they used the footage, which might not be much. But back then it wasn’t about the money, it was about getting my foot in the door.” As time went on Kendall continued to send footage to Billabong

Kendall O’Brien (that’s him with the camera in the water) captured the action from the water at Desert Point on the island of Lombok in Indonesia. Pic: Courtesy Kendall O’Brien for their movies and internet channel until they contacted him. He was offered a full time position on the Billabong team and was soon travelling around filming for all sorts of surfing events.“When a trip came up I was their number one guy to go shoot.” Everything had come together

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perfectly, which made it possible for Kendall to chase his dream career. “I was kind of lucky that Laurie and I had finished school; Laurie just wanted to surf and Billabong was making a movie, I wanted to start shooting and get into the industry. We’d grown up together and been best mates



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forever so it was kind of a perfect combination.” Kendall Obrien’s story shows what you can achieve if you strive to fulfil your dream. Many surfers can only dream of what people like Kendall and Laurie do for a living – making a profit off great waves and perfect conditions.

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outh Scene caught up with some budding athletes at Maclean High School’s athletics carnival at the end of May. For years now Charlie Munro and Penny Elvery have been honing their skills in discus, shot put and javelin, under the watchful eye of Tom Hancock, who won the gold medal in the men’s throws pentathlon (75 to 79-years-old) at the 2011 World Masters Athletics. Youth Scene: Why do you like chucking stuff? Charlie Munro: Because chucking stuff is fun, it’s easier than running and I’m good at it. YS: When did you find out you were good at it? CM: Year 4 when I made it to regional by myself and I met Tom and he started coaching me. YS: Tell me about your relationship with Tom. CM: I’ve known him for about seven years, trained with him for seven years and we are good friends. We go out to the gym three days a week to train and have fun. YS: So you’re pretty serious about this stuff? CM: Yeah, we just train and go as far as possible really. YS: Have you been to state before? CM: I’ve won state before and made it to nationals as well. YS: So what discipline was that? CM: Discus. YS: So of the three things you throw… which is your

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favorite? CM: I prefer discus and javelin, [I’m] not a big fan of shot put, but do it anyway because it’s something I’m good at. YS: So what are your aspirations beyond school athletics? CM: If I can get into an Australian team, I’ll go from there. Penny Elvery may not have had as much success as Munro but she loves the challenge and the fitness that comes with the training. Youth Scene: Why do you like throwing things? Penny Elvery: I got into it because my brother [Riley] was into it and [he] was good at it in primary school. I used to go along to his training sessions and I kind of got interested and thought I might as well have a go. I’m not the strongest athlete out there but I have the technique and that’s what gets me as far as I go. YS: How long have you been throwing things? PE: Probably about...since I was in year 4, so that makes it about 8 or 9 years. YS: What level have you reached? PE: I’ve been to state level before but I haven’t won any medals, I’ve gotten into the finals, which is the top eight, in discus and javelin. YS: Any aspirations outside being a high school thrower? PE: I’m not at the top of my age group so I’m probably just going to keep training, because I like it, not because I want to reach

a certain level. YS: Do you train with Tom, the same as Charlie does? PE: Yeah I train with Charlie and there are a couple of other girls there and various others that have come and gone in the past,


it’s a good little group. YS: How long have you been training with Tom? PE: I’ve known him since my brother was about in year three, which is over ten years.

Jay Keegan, a year-7 student, loves the pain and challenge of sports he participates in, athletics and soccer. Youth Scene: How long have you been doing athletics? Jay Keegan: About four years. YS: What is it about athletics that you like? JK: I love the pain, like the hurting and burning. I like the challenge. YS: Do you train for athletics? JK: No, I’m not trained, but I am trained to be a soccer player. YS: Who do you play for? JK: I play for a north coast rep team. YS: Down the track, as far as sport is concerned, have you got any aspirations or any goals? JK: I’d like to become a professional soccer player and I like surfing. YS: Do you have a leaning towards either one? JK: Soccer. YS: How did you go in primary school as far as athletics, what level did you get to there? JK: I got to state and in the 800m – at state I got sixth, and in cross country I got seventh. YS: How do you motivate yourself? JK: Well my dad motivates me sometimes, [he] psychs me up before I run.

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ELD Both Penny (discus) and Charlie (javelin, discus and shot put) have qualified to compete at the NSW All Schools Track & Field Championships from October 10 to 13.

Fourteen-year-old Caleb Williams broke several records (records GO HERE) at Maclean High School’s athletics carnival, and has national sprint title to his name. Youth Scene: Do you like running? I’ve heard that you’ve made it to state before. Caleb Williams: Yeah, I’ve won the [Australian] National Titles a few times YS: Do you have any aspirations to take your career to the next level? CW: My aim is to get to the Commonwealth Games in 2018 at the Gold Coast. YS: Who helped you get into running? CW: Rob Williams, my older brother, he got me into athletics and taught me. He said to me, “You are quick, why don’t you just do it?” and I said, “Yeah I’ll give it a try”. So the first year I made it to nationals and won the Australian title, so it was pretty good. YS: What’s your motivation to run fast? CW: I don’t know ... I love footy, both rugby union and league

YS: So you’ve played both codes of footy, do you have any aspirations for NRL or Union? CW: Yeah, I’ve got a contract with the Dragons. YS: When did you get that? CW: Got it at the start of this year till the 19th of January. YS: So you’re just doing a trial? Are there a few other kids who’ve got one? CW: Yeah, some of my cousins have one, and Steve Dresler. Ethan Roberts is now playing for the Broncos. So the Dragons came in and got me. YS: Are you a Winger? CW: Nah, I’m a centre and a fullback. YS: So where are you from? CW: I’m from Yamba; I’ve lived there for fourteen years.

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WEEK Schoolies is fast approaching, so now is the time to get organised so there’s no last-minute freaking out and you can focus on just having fun. Most go for a week, but if you’re cashed up you may opt for a marathon two weeks. The official dates are from November 23 through to December 8. So what do you need to get together? Well, we’ve got a checklist for you to help you get ready for the chaos and carnage that is Schoolies Week!

WHO WILL YOU GO WITH? The people you’re with for schoolies will have a big impact on your experience - for better or worse. You’ll be pretty much living with them! Here are some things to think about: • It helps to travel with people you trust and feel safe with • A larger group brings down the cost per person • Each person should have enough money to pay their share • If a group member drops out closer to the schoolies break be aware that you may need to cover their share of expenses • Under 18s can’t drink or go to bars or nightclubs (if you’re overage make sure you have ID - like a driver’s licence or proof of age card - organise this early) • People have different ideas about what’s fun: what you do for schoolies is your choice


The most popular way to spend schoolies is kicking back at the beach. The Gold Coast and Byron Bay are the main hot spots, but it doesn’t mean you have to stick to the mainstream. Things to consider are: • How long are you planning to stay? • How much money do you and your friends have to spend? • What type of experience do you want? Do you want to spend schoolies in a popular place with lots of people? Or somewhere less crowded? • Is everyone in your group over 18? Will there be things for under-18s to do? • Will there be any free events or free transport?

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when will you go? Sounds like a no-brainer, but you’ll need to make sure you time your schoolies trip so you don’t miss any extra requirements for tertiary course entry. Lots of universities and TAFEs set interviews, auditions or entrance tests around this time of year. And don’t make plans to leave before your last exam! You can check last year’s timetable to get an idea of the dates. You should speak to a teacher or career counsellor if you have any concerns about exam dates or tertiary course entrance requirements.

where will you stay?

Finding a place to stay is the big one - it’ll cost you to get it, but you don’t want to be without it! Schoolies accommodation gets booked out fast so get onto this as soon as you can. Don’t just turn up if you haven’t got anywhere to stay. Sleeping in your car or on the beach is illegal and you risk being fined. Places you can stay include: • Hotels, motels or resorts • Units or houses • Campsites or caravan parks Things to think about when booking your accommodation include: • Cost of rent and bond (if one applies) • Location (how close it is to the centre of town/the beach/public transport?) • If you can store and prepare your own meals (you can in a unit or house but not in a hotel)

How will you get there? Depending on where you’re headed the trip to schoolies could mean boarding a plane, catching a bus or finding a space in your mate’s car. Planning the journey will help to make sure it is an enjoyable experience. Make sure you know how you’re getting home too! Here are some things to think about when planning your travels: • Booking a flight - get in early for cheap

airfares and travel insurance • Catching public transport - book well in advance and make sure you have a concession card if travelling on a concession ticket • Driving - don’t forget to have the car serviced and spend some time planning the route you’ll take

can you afford it? Want to spend big on schoolies but stay out of debt? You just have to make a budget and stick to it. If you’ve ever lived on a budget before you’ll know it’s not as easy as it sounds! There are lots of things you’ll have to pay for on schoolies, including: • Accommodation - rent and bond • Transport - to and from your schoolies destination as well as getting around while you’re there • Food - groceries for meals you make and eating out or takeaway • Activities - sightseeing, surfboard hire etc. • Extras - little things (e.g. sunscreen) or emergency travel and medical expenses

is that it? If you’ve got questions about schoolies it’s a good idea to talk to someone who’s been there and done that. Relatives or friends who’ve been on schoolies will have heaps to share about their experiences. Don’t forget to talk to your parents and family and keep them up to date on your schoolies plans. They’re less likely to freak out if they can see that you’ve thought things through and have got yourself organised. Remember, planning ahead makes everything easier and means you have a much more relaxing time. Have a great holiday!

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The Official Schoolies Accommodation Provider The end of year Schoolies holiday is an exciting time for school leavers who will be celebrating the completion of school. In order to make this a fantastic and memorable time, we recommend that school leavers use common sense pertaining to their time and behaviour during Schoolies. Follow and read what the Queensland Government outlines in their “Be Safe and Watch Your Mates” campaign, which can be found on their website www. The key points include: • Think Before You Drink - excessive drinking can lead to dangerous behaviour • Don’t Take Drugs - they are illegal and can kill • No Means NO! - unwanted sexual behaviour is a crime • Protect Your Privacy - you can’t control where your images may end up • Avoid Violence - you have a choice. Walk away and

avoid flights, or risk physical, emotional and criminal consequences • Falls From High Rises Are Fatal - if you sit on or lean over balcony railings, you can lose your balance and fall We believe if School leavers use common sense and follow the guidelines set out by the Queensland Government they will

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ou may have heard the term Gonski mentioned in relation to schools. So what does it mean? Is it like a variation of having a brewski (a brew), but it means that something is gone? Well actually, the Gonski Review is the

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most comprehensive investigation of the way schools are funded in almost 40 years. Headed by business leader David Gonski, the review found too many schools did not have the resources needed to give every child a high quality education. It said we urgently

need to change the way we fund schools and invest more in them. The federal government has been negotiating with the state governments in order to secure agreements, to pave the way for putting the changes into place. Funding is yet to be finalised.

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Maclean High School’s students wowed the community when they staged a production of Chicago at the Maclean civic hall at the end of May. Directed by teacher Matt Fisher, around 90 students and 10 teachers participated in the production. Attendance was close to capacity for the four of the five shows. “The first week was great but when they came back for the second weekend of shows the students nailed it, it was fantastic,” Matt said.

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arated into three Age categories: Junior 12 – 13 and 14 – 15 racing in the Enticer distance triathlon 300 swim, 8k or 10k bike, 2k run; Junior 16 –19 racing in the Sprint distance triathlon 750 swim, 20k bike, 5k run. All athletes MUST compete and comply with Triathlon Australia Rules & Regulations The more you race, the more you increase your chance of registering points. For more information and how to register, go to: www.eliteenergy.

Young Clarence Valley tri-athletes, Alicia Gavin, Alexa Leary, Jay Adams and Billy Porter, were winners at the South West Rocks Triathlon. Pic: Contributed

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the share market from a teen’s perspective  By Sean Leonard


t was early May 2012 when my teacher stopped the class and announced that he had entered the whole class into a share market game. This was a change from the routine assignments and class work, and I become quite curious as to how the game worked. Three months later I’m on the edge of my seat, watching the stock prices rise and fall every hour, spending my free time at school and at home planning last minute buys and sells to get an edge on the rest of the class, with whom I was competing. The share market is so much more than just buying and selling shares; it’s a living organism that is in constant fluctuation, which relies on a company’s success or failure,

which, in turn, affects their share prices. A company’s shares can be affected by many different factors, such as business fundamentals, company and world events, human psychology and much more. While playing the game I was constantly checking company news and any world news, looking for things that could affect my share prices – things such as a change in management or office, financial difficulties, a bad image or a company being taken to court. Soon I found that I was spending less time watching the numbers and more time watching the news. The share market is basically a form of gambling. There is no way to be sure what will happen in the future or be assured of a gain in profit. A stockbroker has to make a prediction based on any news or information that might affect their shares, and learn to make educated guesses and decisions based upon these factors. For many stock brokers, though, trading on the stock exchange isn’t

gambling – because they become so good at predicting their shares’ fluctuations that they don’t have to rely on chance. I found that when

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trading my shares, I was gambling them off instead of making logical, educated decisions. To be good at trading shares you have to have good prediction skills, so that almost nothing is left to chance, but this can be hard when you don’t have any control over those companies. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. One of the worst things you can do on the stock exchange is to spend all your money on one company. By

original $50,000 profit. I straight away sold all my shares off and divided my remaining amount

The share market is basically a form of gambling. There is no way to be sure what will happen in the future or be assured of a gain in profit. doing this you put yourself at risk and, although at first you may have a huge rise in profit, the falls will be just as big. Spreading your money over several companies is far safer, as the risk of losing value in your shares is much less severe. By spreading your money over many companies, your total profit will change at a steady rate and your fluctuation will be gradual. It is also a lot easier to buy and sell shares when you have them spread out over many companies, as it allows you to make safer, smaller changes to create a steadier and reliable profit value. My first instinct when I started was to buy as many shares of one company as possible, so I’d rack in loads of cash, but this soon backfired when I found out I’d lost over $10,000 of my

into seven completely different companies. Soon I was back on track and had a steadily growing profit. I loved my time learning about the share market and how it works. I learnt how to make educated decisions and how to wisely buy and sell my shares. I think it is a great experience for children and adults to learn about the stock exchange, as it could lead to a job as a stockbroker or give someone the required knowledge to make long-term investments. What I found most interesting was the unpredictability of the shares and trying to learn the patterns and trends. The stock exchange can be a doorway to one’s fortune or disappointment. All you need is a little luck, most of which, you have to make for yourself.

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 By Myles Nielsen


uinn Madrid sat quietly at the back of his third period history class, staring out under the drawn blinds at the funeral happening just outside, where a mourning family and their friends wept and rubbed at tears with tissues that couldn’t hold any more moisture. Quinn found death interesting. He had escaped it once before in a shooting accident, but had never been the same since. He saw things; dead things … dead people and animals. If it weren’t for the pure fact his mum had caught him patting air, he wouldn’t have known the difference between the living and the dead. Now, he knew that the dead seemed to sizzle where their skin touched the air; it was a sign they didn’t belong in the land of the living. In a way it was almost an allergic reaction. Since the dead don’t breath, they are not immune to air. Quinn had always been curious about his ability and wondered why

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he had been given it. He doesn’t dislike it by all means; it was just an extra burden he had to carry around, a small price to pay for escaping death, he liked to think – a deal with the Devil of sorts, though he doesn’t believe in the Devil, or God, for that matter. “Quinn my man; that could have been you in that there coffin all those years ago, lucky fate was on your side.” It was Nate who was talking – blond hair, blue eyes and forever annoying … and also dead. He kneeled next to where Quinn sat peering out under the blinds at the funeral playing out below; his head quivering slightly in the dark room, a strip of light shining right through his forehead. Being dead had its perks. Quinn whispered. “Go away, meet me after class at my Gran’s grave,” not wanting others to hear, knowing hurtful comments would be sent his

way – and Quinn had had enough of those to last ten lifetimes. “Why is it whenever I try and visit you, you basically tell me to piss off? Don’t you want my company? Who else do you have to talk to anyway?” As soon as Nate had said it, he wished he could take it back. The hurt in Quinn’s eyes made Nate feel very guilty. “I’m sorry.” Nate felt like a total dickhead. He hoped Quinn would forgive him. “Whatever. Just meet me at gran’s grave.” Quinn said as he watched Nate dissolve into nothing. Quinn met up with Nate between classes often, so it wasn’t a big deal, but it was becoming an annoying habit. He thought about how it didn’t seem right; entering a cemetery knowing someone had not too long ago been buried. It seemed a little disrespectful. Waiting at the grave, Nate pon-

He saw things; dead things … dead people and animals.

dered whether he should go through with what he was ordered to do. It wouldn’t be the first time he broke the rules. “I’m surprised you came,” Nate said, as he took a seat under the cement angel that was Quinn’s gran’s head stone. “Why wouldn’t I come?” Quinn proclaimed. “You seemed awful pissed at me when I left,” Nate chuckled. “Yeah, well I changed my mind.” Quinn wasn’t sure what else to say, so he didn’t say anything at all. Instead, he waited for Nate to talk, because he obviously had something to say. Why else would he have visited Quinn? Nate wasn’t that much into tea and cupcakes. “Chér summoned me. She said you’re wasting away up here. She wants you down with her; she has plans for you Quinn. Bigger than you can imagine.” Nate wrapped his fingers loosely around Quinn’s shoulder, but not as loose as to make him think he wasn’t acting seriously … he was. Dead serious! “Who the hell is Chér and what the heck makes you think I want to be her bitch anyway?”

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Nate’s heart raced, he knew Quinn well enough to know he was serious when he started swearing like a stereotypical drunk. “Chér is our Goddess … yours to. She knows you believe in nothing, therefore took it upon herself to give you someone to look up to. Her. It’s all very confusing and it’d make my life one hundred per cent easier if you just came willingly. But of course I’ll have to kill you. It’s simple really.” Nate smiled awkwardly. Quinn frowned and almost choked on his words as he went to speak. “Nate?” Quinn was more shocked than when he had found out Nate had shot himself in the autumn of 2008. “I just can’t fall off the face of the earth, what about my family and friends?” Quinn went silent. Nate started laughing. “What friends?” Nate leant back as his laugher grew. He knew it was time to put on his bad guy pants. “And anyway, your family will still have your corpse; you really need to look on the bright side of things.

And you’ll have everyone in the underworld, where no one hates each other because no one takes life for granted – because, after the underworld there is truly nothing.” Nate said it like he was stating the absolute obvious. “It’s hardly an option. I wouldn’t wish ill upon anyone, even if it was me.” Quinn was about as stubborn as they came. He turned slowly on his heels and stormed away, angry and confused as he mulled everything over. “Spirits of air, sand and sea, come forth and capture thee. Quinn Madrid is his name; heart and flesh are yours to claim.” It was just run of the mill stuff for Nate; calling forth the dead. He was a Punisher; a messenger of sorts, sent out to run errands and take people’s afterlives into his own hands.

Spirits of air, sand and sea, come forth and capture thee. Quinn Madrid is his name; heart and flesh are yours to claim..

There’s a lot going on inside the mind of Myles Nielsen – Youth Scene investigates.

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at his skin, blood oozing from each wound. A few straggler students stood to watch the scene, phones out filming. To them it seemed like Quinn’s skin was dissolving. They gagged in disgust as Quinn’s chest was torn from his body. “I give in!” Quinn cried out, as the voices and pain became too much to handle. “Take me … take me with you.” Quinn’s voice wavered a little, but the message had gotten across. The voices died down and, soon enough, there was silence. Quinn was relieved when the dead backed away. Nate walked up to him, helping him to a standing position. “How easy was that? If you’d have done that before you’d have died painlessly.” Nate smiled and cupped his hands around Quinn’s tan face; black hair stuck to his forehead with sweat. “Stuff you!” Quinn spat in the face of the guy he had considered a friend, the guy who, after all these years, was nothing but trouble and pain.

believe in, right? Some religion, something to mark you different from the rest of society. I know that behind my back and to my face people call me weird, and to be truthful I couldn’t care less what people think of me. I am who I am and that’s that. YS: What do you write about? M: Well I try and spread it around a little, do some supernatural writing here, crime there, hell why not join the two, I don’t hate writing soppy love stories, though I find it necessary to add it into most stories, every story has to have a happy couple that live forever and die old, right? YS: How much do you write in a day? M: Well I cram as much as I can into a day, I don’t care if it doesn’t make sense or it has thousands of spelling mistakes, that is what spell check is for – just as long as I got what I had in mind down on paper or into a word document. I can’t sleep knowing there is a story unwritten. YS: Where do you see writing taking you in the future? M: Hopefully it’s not too much of a wait before I’m the next big thing, but I hope to be a published writer by 30. If that doesn’t turn out, like I so hope it will, I’ll try to become a detective or a coroner, hell maybe even an actor, who knows? I’m 16; I have so much love and talent for a lot of things. I could be the next My Kitchen Rules champion; I could own a bed and breakfast that the prince and princess might happen to attend. Who knows? Fate will do what fate does best; play our lives out like it is meant to.


Youth Scene: What first got you into the world of supernatural beings? Myles: Well I think I have always liked fantasy and the mystery of other worlds. I think what tipped me off was Harry Potter, it was just so damn amazing, though I will admit I have never actually read the books, big movie fan though. YS: Why is it you enjoy this type of supernatural world? M: I enjoy it because it is always different, depending on whom you talk to or what you read or see, some vampires have powers, some just like to f**k and drink blood. Some werewolves can hold back from shifting on full moons and others, well that’s a whole other story. I also like the idea that nothing is as it seems, everything is a mystery and everyone has some messed up life that you can’t help but fall in love with. Though there is one thing I really truly hate about this world of fantasy and mystery we so feverishly long for, well at least I long for, it’s that it never happens to me … us! Like come on Sookie, why didn’t you go to my school and wait my tables, and Zoey, god damn, I wished I’d been marked and been a poet in Chosen (third book in the House of Night series), and what about Rose, everyone needs a little crime fighting

The dead were only too keen to obey Nate’s calling. Quinn on the other hand had heard nothing Nate had said. He was at the edge of the cemetery when he was startled by hundreds of voices. Quinn turned and saw each and every deceased being that had residence in the cemetery quivering out of their graves. One by one they called his name, like it was the chorus of a well-known song. “Join us Quinn. You’re supposed to be one of us, stop pretending to be one of them … those Breathers. Stop fighting your fate. Chér is waiting for you and she is becoming impatient.” Over and over again, the voices hissed. He fell in a clump to ground and started sobbing. The dead clawed


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Dhampir by their side that won’t take no for an answer and is as stubborn as a mule. YS: Do you consider what you read and watch real? M: To a point, yes, you need something to

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Off the wall Woman charged over fatal bum jabs A Mississippi woman has been charged with killing someone by giving buttocks-enhancing injections without being trained or licensed. The state attorney general’s office was reported to have said the 53-year-old injected “a silicone substance” into a woman in January 2010, the woman later died. She had reportedly been on house arrest awaiting trial in a similar case of the death of an Atlanta woman. Now that’s a furball A 180-kilogram tiger has needed help from veterinary surgeons when he couldn’t hack up a soccer ball-sized furball by himself. The 17-year-old tiger named Ty underwent the procedure at a veterinary center in Florida, USA. Doctors said in a statement that they safely removed the 1.8-kilogram obstruction from Ty’s stomach. The tiger, which is cared for by Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation in Florida, was brought to veterinarians after not eating for nearly two weeks. Doctors said they detected the hairball using a scope with a camera. Ty is said to be doing fine after the operation.

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Now where did I put that pencil? Doctors have removed a pencil from a man’s head after he had lived with it for 15 years without knowing it was there. The 24-year-old man is believed to have suffered an injury in his childhood, which led to the pencil being embedded in his skull. After years of headaches, constant colds and worsening vision in one eye, the unnamed Afghan man decided to seek medical help. After being taken for a scan in 2011, the Aachen University Hospital, in Germany, said a 10cm (4-inch) pencil was found lodged from his sinus to his pharynx. The object was also found to have injured his right eye socket. Once the German doctors had removed the pencil, the man was cured of his ailments and since then has had no adverse effects from his treatment.

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You’ve got mail Dog owners in one Spanish town are getting a surprise in the mail if they fail to pick up their dog’s poo off the street. They get the poo mailed back to them. Council leaders in the Spanish town of Brunete, near Madrid, launched the campaign earlier this year to crack down on irresponsible dog owners, A team of volunteers patrolled the town’s streets on the lookout for dog owners who failed to scoop. They then approached the guilty owner and struck up a conversation to discover the name of the dog. They are then identified through the pet ownership register. Almost 50 “express poop” deliveries were made during the course of the week in February. The town of 10,000 has since reported a 70 per cent drop in the amount of dog mess found in its streets.

Curly curry con A conman was gaoled for two weeks after he was caught putting his own pubic hair into his curry just to get a free meal at an Indian restaurant. The man was caught out on CCTV with his hand down his trousers just before the hair was found. Magistrates heard he pulled it out towards the end of his meal at Jamal’s Fine Dining Indian restaurant in northern England. The 40-year-old claimed he had found it in what was left of his lamb bhuna - and tried to use it as an excuse for not paying. But angry restaurant owner Jamal Chowdhury told a court Tyers was constantly trying to avoid paying for meals and owed $200 from previous visits. He was warned he would only be served if he paid, though he was not expected to settle the earlier debt, magistrates heard. But he claimed he had cash, ordering two lamb bhunas, pilau rice, naan, drinks, a chapati and a shish kebab for himself and a friend. Tyers was sentenced to two weeks in jail after magistrates found Mr Chowdhury to be a “consistent and credible” witness.

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big gigs MUSE

With supporting act Birds of Tokyo

Here’s some dates for cool acts coming up. Of course, if you want more info, then GOOGLE IT!

beyonce With supporting act Iggy Azalea

Tuesday December 10, 8pm Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Melaleuca Drive, Brisbane

Monday October 28 Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane

Friday December 13, 8pm Allphones Arena, Edwin Flack Avenue & Olympic Boulevard, Sydney

Thursday October 31 Allphones Arena, Sydney

jessica mauboy Sunday November 10 Melbourne, Werribee Park

Friday January 10, 2014 Lismore Workers Club, Lismore

Saturday November 16 Sydney, The Domain

Big day out 2014 dateS & venues Friday 17th January Western Springs, Auckland Sunday 19th January Metricon Stadium & Carrara Parklands, Gold Coast Friday 24th January Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne Sunday 26th January Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney Day One Monday 27th January Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney Day Two Friday 31st January Bonython Park, Adelaide

The Big Day Out 2014 lineup is bolstering its success on the size of its triple headliners – Pearl Jam, Blur, and Arcade Fire – and to make sure that fans avoid disappointment, they’ve confirmed that there will be zero clashes between the co-headliners.

Bigday Day Out Big out 2014 Lineup 2014 Lineup Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire, Blur, Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion, Major Lazer,

Steve Angello (Swedish House Mafia), Flume, The Lumineers, Tame Impala, Dillon Francis, Mac Miller, Ghost, Grouplove, Flosstradamus, Portugal, The Man, Toro Y Moi, DIIV, The Naked And Famous, Big Gigantic, PEZ, Mudhoney, Cosmic Psychos, Northlane, The 1975, Loon Lake, Kingswood, Bo Ningen, The Algorithm, DZ Deathrays, Peking Duk, Ben Morris, Rüfüs and more to be announced…

Sunday November 17 Brisbane, City Botanic Gardens

Headline: Massive Attack


Thursday January 9, 2014 Coffs Ex Services Club, Coffs Harbour

music festival

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Sunday 2nd February Claremont Showgrounds, Perth

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 Sean Leonard In today’s society our solution for boredom is technology, so when we find ourselves stuck indoors on a wet, cold, rainy day we often turn to our iPhones or computers for the solution. This may pass the time but it is certainly not productive or a good use of our time. It is much better to spend your time indoors learning, interacting and getting creative. Many would say this can all be done on an iPhone, tablet or other technological wonder. Unfortunately everything we do on these gadgets doesn’t exist. Messaging your friends on Facebook isn’t a real conversion between mates but a jumble of misspelt words, emoticons and emotionless responses. Texting

and messaging your friends is only a small fraction of a real conversation in person. It is often ideal on a rainy day to ring up your friends and go fishing, surfing or hanging around the shops or local cafes, and although it may be wet, miserable and cold it will certainly be more interesting than tapping away on a keyboard. Another great way to beat boredom on a rainy day is to find a hobby. This may be drawing, painting or creating small scale models or dioramas. By creating something with your hands, pencil or brush you get a real sense of achievement and you’ll be keeping your mind active instead of turning off. The library is a perfect place to learn and discover new stories or just finish off some assignments or homework. As boring as it sounds,

doing homework, it is a very good use of your time indoors, so that when you want to go outside you don’t have to worry about finishing off any work. Many would argue that the internet has replaced paper books and the need for libraries, but I can tell you now, that is a load of nonsense. When we search for something on the internet we know what we are searching for, but when we go to a library we often come across books that we’ve never seen or heard about before. The library holds both new and old books, meaning that instead of reading the latest novels you can uncover a hidden treasure, a great classic or timeless series. Also, if you enjoy the peace and quiet, a library is a haven for book lovers seeking just that. If you enjoy sport and exercise,

you may want to consider taking up a great indoor sport such as squash, futsal, gymnastics, table tennis, basketball or indoor cricket. All of these sports can be played down at your local sports centre (if you have one) and are a great way to keep fit and have fun. If you’re a real fitness junkie, you may want to consider trying out a gym. While all gyms are different, you can always expect to find exercise classes and training groups to join in with or do your own training. Try treating a rainy day just like any other day and make the most out of it. A rainy day shouldn’t be wasted, but instead should be a productive day in which you achieve something. Don’t waste a day of your life, rain, hail or shine. Sean Leonard is a Year 10 student at Maclean High School.

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he Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is a premier youth leadership development program designed to promote pro-activity and personal and professional development of Australian. It provides insight and training opportunities covering leadership development, public speaking, goal setting, negotiation skills, motivation, fitness and wellbeing and interpersonal skills. RYLA recruits the highest calibre young people and offers them access to some of Australia’s most influential motivational speakers and experts in a variety of fields. With a foundation under Rotary

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International, a non-for-profit humanitarian organisation, the aim is to promote goodwill and peace throughout the world. The beauty of RYLA is that it is run by the youth, for the youth. This gives RYLA the unique ability to morph year by year, ensuring a fresh and vibrant energy, as well as keeping the content relevant. RYLA is a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience that will have a lasting impact on your life. The seminar is designed to help young professionals, the future leaders of Australia, to realise their full potential and ignite their passion for life: Darcy Wilson, student, RYLA awardee 2012: “Listening to such inspiring speakers and meeting

such amazing like-minded youth really helped me open my mind up and gave me the little push I needed to continue following my dreams. The group’s optimism and motivation was incredibly infectious, making the RYLA seminar the best week of my life.” Toby Lockley, engineer, RYLA awardee 2011: “To this day, I continue to utilise and build on the skills picked up during the week-long seminar. I am constantly surprised by the powerful determination and untapped potential I never knew I had.” Ryan Davis, management consultant, Deloitte, RYLA Awardee 2010: “It is difficult to do the RYLA experience justice with words

alone. The seminar is a rollercoaster of emotion and learning that pushes you to challenge yourself and broaden your perspective of the world.” If you would like to know more about RYLA please visit the web site at or contact the secretary via email at Where: Tyalgum Ridge Retreat, NSW When: Saturday 25th to Friday 31st of January 2014. Sponsorship: The total cost of the 2014 RYLA Seminar is $500 per person. Individuals can gain sponsorship through approaching their employer, university or local Rotary club. Age Requirement: 19-28

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Suit up to party on In male formal wear this summer, bright colours and outlandish hats are out; stylish slim-fit suits in charcoal or grey are in. But hey, don’t feel you have to follow the crowd. Despite the more subtle colours currently in style, there is plenty of room to personalise with the option to have your suit ‘tricked up’ with mods such as a customised collar. Fashion guru and More for Men owner, Tim Ellem, said slim ties were anticipated to dominate over bow ties this year, although the two-toned bow is an option for those wanting to stand out. Round-toed, black leather with a matte finish is in as far as footwear goes, replacing the winter suede. Vests are

still a popular option, but their suitability will depend upon the style of suit chosen, according to Tim. White shirts are a safe bet. Cuffs links continue to be a huge accessory this year, with a vast range available. Among those currently in stock are hot and cold taps, the ‘@’ symbol, a knife and fork, and a variety of keyboard symbols. But hey, you don’t have to be the one to be fitting the norm. Fashion is for sheep, right? Personally, I’d recommend the lime green mankini with orange Crocs. Just don’t forget to trim before the big night! Slim ties will dominate men’s formal wear over the bow tie predicts More 4 Men’s owner Tim Ellem. Stylish slim-fitting suits in charcoal or grey are also in this year.

The wrong bra could ruin your night... Getting the right bra isn’t as simple as picking out something pretty in the same size as your current one. In fact, screw this up and you could become the reluctant talking point of the night. Carmell Sanne of the Hope Chest says that in many cases, the style of dress will dictate the type of bra that is chosen, whether it’s strapless, halter, crossover back, low back, or low front. Material of the dress will also play a factor, as transparency and colour are vital aspects to consider. Beige, for example, is a far better choice of colour under a white dress for a formal, as it blends with the skin under bright lighting that may be associated with school formals. But for those who are fuller in the cup, the right support and shape must be number one in order to find a comfortable and functional fit. Carmell suggests that in these cases, it’s best to be fitted for a bra before choosing a dress, rather than end

Hair a personal affair Boho braiding combined with crimping is big on formal night .

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Popular hair styles for the 2013 Formal Season are messy updo’s, classic updo’s, braids, bejewelled accessories as well as curled and styled long hair worn down. Hair pieces can also help create a whole new look.

Choose a hairstyle that compliments your dress and you can’t go wrong. Pictures from magazines showing similar styles will help your stylist create your vision. Cutting Edge Grafton is offering formal hair and

Your style of dress will dictate the type of bra you will need to support you on the night.

up with a dress that can’t be matched to the right support. “If you don’t have the right bra you’re fidgeting all the time, and you shouldn’t have to be thinking about that the whole time,” Carmell said. Even worse could be the dreaded ‘wardrobe malfunction’ that has landed so many celebrities in the limelight. To be on the safe side, consult a professional for personalised advice and fitting. Better safe than sorry, as they say.

Upstyling long hair dominates on formal night. Hair by Twisted Scissors in Grafton. makeup deals which include an updo and makeup package. See the advertisement on page 27. Twisted Scissors Grafton has a free app you can download. You can play with the virtual hair styler by

uploading a photo of yourself and then trying different hairstyles. You can also book appointments and earn reward points for future discounts and deals.

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The final touches Nails, spray tans and make-up are among the essentials to put the final touches on your look for the school formal. Full set acrylic nails are in, with French and glitter among the most popular styles. Tanned skin is in, but you don’t have to risk uncomfortable burns or cancer later in your life. Spray tans are

hugely popular at the moment, and beauticians recommend you go to a professional, as home-done jobs can turn out blotchy and orange. Unless, of course, you are going for the ‘rare skin disorder’ look! And, of course, no formal look is complete without the right makeup. This can vary hugely from person to person. Skin tone and texture as well as the shape of your eyes

are important factors to take into account. Makeup should also match hair and dress, according to professionals. Allison at Forever Young in Maclean can help you with all of your formal beauty essentials, phone 6645 1974.

Colour is the new black Colour is the new black for female formal wear this spring. This season vibrant colours are in – black & white are out. The most important element in deciding on your perfect dress is the fit. Strapless gowns and dresses are still popular. Being young means you can have fun with your

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dress. You can play with chic, shiny, tight and flowing. Girls this year are going for the “red carpet “ look with accessories almost as important as the dress. Go Girlz have a variety of styles including long flowy dresses and short cocktail styles for that perfect formal dress. Go Girlz can also help you with the perfect shoes and other accessories to complete your outfit.

Aaarrgghhh she’s wearing my gown!!

Every young ladies worst nightmare is turning up to their formal night or a special occasion wearing the same dress as someone else. Lasting Impressions Bridal and Formal Wear keep a formal register. If you buy your gown there your gown will be registered for your function so that no one else will buy that same style from Lasting Impressions. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee they won’t buy it from another city but Lasting Impressions

can advise you as to which gowns or brands are more common than others. Worst case, if you find someone wearing the same outfit, compliment them on their excellent taste and then spend your evening circulating in different groups. See Leah at Lasting Impressions, 80 Prince St Grafton, to get advice on getting your formal look just right for a night to remember.

How you can get a stunning fit We all want to look stunning when we go out and a good spot to start is with a good fit. Fiddling with an ill-fitting gown all night might turn heads…but not for the right reason. There are a few things to consider to achieve a great fit. • Try on the style you like as well as at least one other. What looks good on the 6’ tall size 8 model in the magazine or on the computer may not look good on you. When trying on, listen to people whose fashion advice you trust. • Try on the gown in your size or a size that is close to your size

• Buying a gown straight off the rack means you get to try on the actual dress and you know immediately whether it will need minor alterations to fit or if it is a major job • To avoid stress make sure you book in early for alterations • Make sure you have your alterations done by a reputable seamstress or tailor. Ask to see some of their alterations • Make sure you have your actual shoes and any undergarments you are going to wear on the night at your dress fitting.

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Raymond Laurie Scout’s Sport Centre... honour!

This year is absolutely flying by, with only a third of the year remaining things here at the Raymond Laurie Sports Centre are starting to pick up. This term we see the introduction of our brand new Futsal program, developed and organised by a fully qualified Futsal instructor. This takes place on Monday afternoons kicking off with a Skill Acquisition program (age 7-12) at 4pm and finishing up by 5pm. From 5pm-6pm we will be having an Advanced Futsal session aimed at developing the more difficult skills for those aged between 13 and 16 years. Futsal is an excellent way for many budding soccer stars to practise and improve their ball handling skills as you use a smaller ball and in a more confined space. Also on Mondays we have the Roller Derby Girls come in at 6pm until roughly 8pm doing their thing. If you would like any more information

please don’t hesitate in contacting the centre on 6646 8822, our Facebook page or via email, As we come into the warmer time of year we regularly see our participant numbers explode with an influx of competitors from; rugby league, rugby union, soccer and AFL. As this is the case, our most popular sport basketball is expanded to two days a week. We have training starting at 3:30pm on Tuesdays for the junior primary students and at 4:30pm we have training for senior primary school students. If you’re too old for these, our 5:30pm time slot is perfect for you. At 5:30pm we have our open competition which is always fun, with teams varying from week to week. With the arrival of term 4 we will be hosting a competitive round robin tournament. The competition will be starting on October 8 so submit your team nomination now!

 Josh McMahon What teenager would want to spend their Monday nights running around after little kids trying to help them learn and build life skills? Well, Ella Kahle would, for a start! Although she’s too young be an official ‘leader’, the 16-year-old South Grafton student has been helping run cub scouts in Grafton this year. Ella grew up in a family immersed in the Scouting movement, her parents are both leaders and she and all her brothers are involved in scouts. So when Ella moved to Grafton and found there was no venturers’ group for her to join – Scouts for 15-17 year olds – she decided to get involved and help run the local Cubs group. “I’ve loved it. I’ve always been on the receiving end, but being

Ella, aged 16, running the Grafton Cub Scouts at the hall at the river end of North St. Pic: Josh McMahon.

able to take what I’ve learned and teach them – it’s great,” she said. Activities have included practical bush skills, such as making a compass out of a needle, magnet, cork and bowl of water. “We play a lot of games, too, having fun but learning life skills at the same time,” Ella said. These skills include co-operation, communication, interaction with others and problem-solving. Ella said she especially loved how the scouting movement brought together people from all different backgrounds, into a group she saw as being much like a family.

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urie Raymond La e Sports Centr 78 Angourie Road, Yamba. Phone 6646 8822

Weekly Activities ... Training Tuesdays Years K-2 3:30-4:20 Years 3-6 4:30-5:20 Opens Basketball starts at 5:30

Saturday Morning Shootout Years 3-4 start at 9:00-10:00 Years 5-6 start at 10:00-11:00



Futsal: Junior 4pm (7-12yrs) Advanced, 5pm (13-16yrs) Boys Gymnastics 5:00pm Fitness classes: 6am, 9:30am 5:30pm Gym open 6am

Fitness classes, 6:00am, 8:30am, 1:30pm, 5:30pm Kindergym 10:00am. Di Ellis, Breathing therapy 11:00am Natural Movement classes, 4pm Women’s Netball 5:50pm Junior Athlete Development Grade 4-6 3:30pm Acrobatics 5:30pm Gym Open 6:00am

Tuesday Seniors activities, 9:00am – 12:00 Cheerleading squad 1pm(3-5yrs) Di Ellis, Breathing therapy 5:30pm Recreational Gymnastics (7-10yrs) 5:30-6:30pm Basketball: Infants 3:30pm, Primary 4:30pm Opens Summer Comp 5:30pm High School athlete Development, 4:30pm Badminton 5:30pm Fitness classes 9:30am, 5:30pm Gym Open 8:15am


Opening Hours Mondays: Tuesdays: Wednesdays: Thursdays: Fridays: Saturdays:

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Fitness classes, 6am, 9:30am Gym open 6am Pilates with Sophie 9:30– 10:30am Feldenkrais method with Tom 11:30am Kindergym 10:00am Gymnastics 4:30 – 5:30 & 6:00 – 7:00 Yamba Jump Rope 3:30pm & 4:30pm Table tennis, 4:30pm juniors + 5:30pm seniors Zumba 5:30pm

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Students get the rap on anti-racism A

powerful video clip performed by a hip-hop artist, who also works at a south-western Sydney public school, has been launched by the Australian Human Rights Commission to send a strong anti-racism message to young people. Shannon Williams, aka hip-hop star Brothablack, is an Aboriginal education officer at James Meehan High School. He wrote and performed the song for the video clip, What you say matters. The clip was produced as part of a suite of resources the commission developed to empower young people to say no to racism.

“We hope the What you say matters clip and resources will be seen as a positive initiative aimed at preventing racism from happening in the first place and ensuring that, when it does, young people are better able to respond in a way that is safe for them and those around them,” Ms Mitchell said. Racism survey She said more than 2,000 young people aged between 13 and 17 were surveyed about their experiences with racism and asked what they wanted to know about it. The data was

See the clip here: http:// au/whatyousaymatters The video, filmed at the school, features students acting out racist and anti-racist vignettes performed to Williams/Brothablack’s lyrics and rap-beat music. Empowering young people National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, said the resources found on the What you say matters website were produced to educate young people about racism and to empower them to respond when they experienced or witnessed it.

used to build the resource. It was found almost nine out of 10 young people surveyed had experienced racism. Almost half had experienced it at school, and one-third on the internet. Ms Mitchell said Shannon Williams partly wrote the lyrics in response to these findings and Shannon drew on his own experiences of growing up in Sydney as an Aboriginal man. Representing real-life experiences The artist then work-shopped the video vignettes with the James Meehan High School students. The scenes acted out were based on real life experiences and issues that were important to students. Mr Williams said the clip was “confronting” but the young people featured in the scene where Aboriginal students were picked on because they didn’t look Aboriginal were “some of the bravest people I’ve met in the country”. “To talk about one of the hottest topics in the Aboriginal community in the country, which is falsifying the proof of your Aboriginality, all the students in that scene were Aboriginal so it was a really gutsy effort,” he said.

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erm Three is now well under way at CVAS. Our annual Year 3 – 12 Athletics Carnival took place under blue skies at Clarenza on Friday, 2 August. It was terrific to see such friendly competitiveness and encouragement within the student ranks. We congratulate all of our athletes and we will

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no doubt see the School well-represented at not only regional level, but state and national level again this year. The school is gearing up to the second half of Term 3 and looking ahead to Term 4 and 2014. We extend our very best wishes to our Year 12 students who are about to embark on the Trial HSC

examinations. Our major camps and excursions for Years 3 – 11 will be taking place late in Term 3, and early Term 4 – these are always a highlight on our calendar. The School continues to reach new milestones and we can proudly say that in our 15th year our Secondary School (7 – 10) is now

double-stream. Our outstanding PreKinder and Kindergarten programs continue to generate much interest as they build the foundations for future learning. In 2012 our Primary School ran a double-stream Kindergarten and we plan to do the same in 2014. On Wednesday, 6 November we will be

holding our annual Year 7 Orientation Day. This will be an insightful, fun and informative day for these students as they prepare to enter the Secondary School. For more information about current and 2014 enrolments and any general enquiries, please contact the School on 6642 2011.

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