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EDITORS... “I’m looking forward to seeing the world’s best surfers back doing what they do best, in the competition jersey in one of the world’s most historical, iconic and passionate surf towns.” – Andrew Stark, World Surf League Asia Pacific General Manager. We couldn’t agree more, and of course, what makes this event extra-special is that the eyes of the Surfing World will not just be on the world’s best in the water – but also firmly focused on our very own Merewether Beach. This month we speak to our two favourite “Team-Merewether” identities – Ryan Callinan and Phillipa Anderson as we prepare to cheer them on from our sandy shores. As we go to print, the lifting of COVID restrictions across NSW couldn’t be more welcome. If you had told me a year ago that it would take a year to see restrictions substantially removed and life getting back to the ‘new’ normal – I probably would have thought you crazy. But whilst we wax lyrical about how good it would have been to know what was just around the corner this time last year – sometimes it’s good to be a bit of an Ostrich. Rather than lamenting on all that we would miss out on (a whole year of our lives!), not knowing when it would all (almost) end has taught us to chill a bit – to take each day as it comes and hope that things will be better tomorrow. It’s also taught us not to take anything for granted – and I, for one, think that’s a lesson many of us needed to learn. We’ve also learned in the past week that you can never have too many one-in-one-hundred-year events in any given time frame, with droughts, bushfires, global pandemics and now floods in the space of just over one year (not 100!) Our thoughts go out to all of those affected by the floods. We’re excited to include for our readers the ATWEA College Course Guide for Autumn in this issue. In the guide, you’ll find a fantastic array of courses to choose from in everything from hospitality and retail, community and aged care to business, art, food and languages. Whether you are learning for fun or to advance your career, get planning and start learning. Enjoy!

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Love Live Performance

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The Heart of Australian Music

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World Surfing Spotlight Shines on Merewether

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Shimmer on the Inside and Out!

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Education & Training Special Feature

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Providing Personalised Care for Student Wellbeing

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Kip McGrath – Catching up on Post-Zoom School

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Internationally Recognised Qualifications from Pollet's

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ATWEA Term 2 Course Guide Pullout

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Celebrating Seniors

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Live Your List – Australian Paradise

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Why it's Never too Late to Join a Gym

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Surfing for Life

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Dental Phobia – Is it Real?

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Why Do I Get Acne?

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When Will the Fight be Over?

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School Holiday Special Feature

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All Aboard the School Holiday Express!

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The School Holiday Forecast for Newcastle is Looking Tee-Riffic!

The Rip Curl Newcastle Cup will officially kick off the Australian leg of the 2021 Championship Tour on April 1, replacing the time-honoured Bells Beach event in a one-off detour to the renowned breaks of Merewether Beach. Read more on page 11. Image: Ryan Callinan Credit: WSL/Sloane.

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What's On?

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Health & Wellbeing

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Home & Lifestyle

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Family & Community

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Horoscopes

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What's On

Love Live Performance

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT MOTHER’S DAY GIFT, CONSIDERING OPTIONS FOR A ROMANTIC EVENING OR A GREAT NIGHT OUT? LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THESE UPCOMING PERFORMANCES IN THE CIVIC THEATRE AND CITY HALL.

LIVE AT LUNCH If mingling with musos is something you’d like to try, have a look at our next Live at Lunch offering. Viva Italia: Life is Beautiful celebrates the beauty that is the music of Italy. Be swept away by flautist Jane Rutter and guitarist Giuseppe Zangari, joined by Marcello Maio on the accordion and piano, as they fill the glorious Concert Hall with the very best of all things Italian. To really make a day of it, select the ‘Concert & Lunch with the Stars’ package, so you can enjoy the show and then join the stars for lunch in the Cummings Room in City Hall.

SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY A thrilling juxtaposition of beauty and devastation, Impermanence is Rafael Bonachela’s newest creation for Sydney Dance Company. This full-length work was described by ArtsHub as: “A tear-jerker without being Baroque, with a finger on the vein of our collective anxieties and dislocations, Impermanence is a triumph of collaboration and passion.” The score by contemporary composer, Bruce Dessner, is full of emotional power. Performed live on stage by the Australian String Quartet and the full might of Sydney Dance Company’s ensemble, this is an epic, driven performance that packs an emotional punch. Join Sydney Dance Company for their triumphant return to the stage and experience the power of dance and music performed live together, laden with meaning, energy, urgency, radiance and hope! OPERA AUSTRALIA PRESENTS BIZET’S CARMEN Enigmatic and elusive, Carmen is the femme fatale you simply cannot forget. In Bizet’s famous opera, Carmen captivates Don José with her sensual Habanera, luring him into her world. He gives up everything to follow her. But Carmen’s wandering eye has already found a new lover – the dashing bullfighter Escamillo. Don José’s jealousy is fierce. Escamillo’s passion is intense. In a gripping finale, Carmen must face her fate. Experience the thrilling Spanish colour and rhythms of Bizet’s vibrant score with Opera Australia’s singers, live chamber orchestra and a children’s chorus drawn from the local community. This new production includes gorgeous sets and vintage-inspired costumes. You can hear classics such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song just as Bizet meant them — loud, live and completely unamplified.

DINE & DISCOVER Why not take advantage of the NSW Government’s new Dine & Discover initiative to get $25 off your ticket to one of these outstanding shows? Dine & Discover is designed to encourage us to get out and about and support dining, arts and tourism businesses. NSW residents aged 18 and over can apply for two x $25 Dine vouchers and two x $25 Discover vouchers. You can use your “Dine” vouchers at the Civic Digest for a pre-show meal and your “Discover” vouchers to take $25 off your ticket price at any of our Covidsafe venues: Civic Theatre, Playhouse or City Hall. See the Service NSW website for more details and to register for your vouchers. GIFT VOUCHERS Not sure which show your mum would love the most? You can give the gift of live performance and let her choose which show she’ll experience, with a Civic Ticket Office Gift Voucher – available online now.

What’s on at the

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• Viva Italia: Life is Beautiful, Concert Hall, 14 April at midday • Sydney Dance Company’s Impermanence, Civic Theatre, 9 June at 7.30pm • Opera Australia presents Bizet’s Carmen, Civic Theatre, 6 July at 7.30pm

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Live at Lunch: Viva Italia

Impermanence by Sydney Dance Company

Carmen by Opera Australia

Wednesday 14 April 12pm

Wednesday 9 June 7.30pm

Tuesday 6 July 7.30pm

Celebrate the beauty that is the music of Italy, then enjoy lunch with the musicians. Starring flautist Jane Rutter.

Rafael Bonachela’s newest creation is a thrilling exploration of beauty and devastation. Featuring the Australian String Quartet

Experience the thrilling Spanish colour of Bizet’s vibrant score. Sung in French with English surtitles. Performed with a Chamber Orchestra.

Enjoy a pre-theatre meal at Civic Digest to complete your experience

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WHAT'S On? Live & Cookin’ Look who is coming to dinner! For ticket capacity updates and changes please check our website. Bookings are required!

April ROCK TRIVIA SUPERGROUPS Thursday 8 BEST OF CCR NEIL YOUNG & TOM PETTY Saturday 10 LAZY SUNDAY LUNCH THE ARETHA FRANKLIN SONGBOOK Sunday 11 ROADY FOR ROADIES Sunday 11 RORY ELLIS Thursday 15 ANDREW FARRISS Friday 16 SPINNING WHEEL FEATURING THE VOICE OF JEFF DUFF Saturday 17 LAZY SUNDAY LUNCH WITH TOM BURLINSON’S SINATRA Sunday 18 JACK JONES Wednesday 21 BADLOVES Thursday 22 THE LEGENDARY MI-SEX Saturday 24 FAULTY TOWERS - THE DINING EXPERIENCE Wednesday 28 + Thursday 29 UNLOCKING THE DOORS Friday 30

May A LAZY SUNDAY LUNCH WITH DARREN PERCIVAL AND BILL RISBY Sunday 2 FELICITY URQUHART AND JOSH CUNNINGHAM Thursday 6 HOLDING BACK THE YEARS - THE MUSIC OF SIMPLY RED Friday 7 BRUCE MATHISKE Saturday 8 MOTHERS DAY DINNER WITH THE WONDERFUL WENDY MATTHEWS Sun 9 31 Morehead Street, Lambton Doors open from 6pm FULLY LICENSED LIVE SHOWS starting from $65 (including dinner)

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Art Gallery invites you to a Gallery wide, family-friendly, celebration of Aboriginal art, food and culture. www.nag.org.au SUNDAY APRIL 18 THURSDAY APRIL 1 Cardiff Northlakes Brass Band Tickets $20/ $15 conc. at the door. Newcastle Food Month Over 30 Feature Events to attend, up to 60 2pm, Warners Bay Theatre. Plate Date restaurants/cafes to dine at for a $25 meal deal (meal + FRIDAY APRIL 30 beverage). Visit www.newcastlefoodmonth.com.au Mystery Musical Vol.2 at The Playhouse, Newcastle 30 April–8 May. Colour - See The World in a New Light It's your last chance to see Queen Forever A unique concert for every old and new Queen fan! At Colour by Questacon at Newcastle Museum before it's gone on May 2. Civic Theatre. Rip Curl Newcastle Cup presented by Corona at Merewether Beach. SATURDAY MAY 1 Visit www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2021 Nothing Else Matters: A Symphonic Tribute to METALLICA The FRIDAY APRIL 2 George Ellis Orion Orchestra with Damage Inc perform Metallica Soul Cafe Newcastle Friday Chill at Pacific Park, 6.30pm–9pm. Classics at Civic Theatre. SATURDAY APRIL 3 Lake Mac Autumn Fair A brand new annual event at Speers Point Easter Fun Day Jumping castle, dip-netting, Easter craft, reptile Park, 9am–4pm. encounters at Hunter Wetlands, 9.30am to 2pm. Under The Southern Stars www.eventbrite.com.au TUESDAY APRIL 6 VALHALORE 'Intimate & Acoustic' at Hamilton Station Hotel. FRIDAY APRIL 9 Insight into Snakes Join reptile rescuer Teresa Purnell, for an SATURDAY APRIL 3 insightful discussion for kids (6+) on snakes, and what to do if you Olive Tree Market at Civic Park, Newcastle 9am–2pm. find one. 11am–12pm, at SEEN@Swansea. Register (free) on Pelican Foreshore Market at Pelican Foreshore, 9am–1pm. www.eventbrite.com.au SUNDAY APRIL 4 Paddington 2 at Rathmines Theatre 4pm, tickets on Eventbrite. Homegrown Easter Fun Day Market at Speers Point Park, SATURDAY APRIL 10 10am–2pm. JD's World of Magic Show Award-winning magician Joel Howlett. Newcastle City Farmers Market at Newcastle Showground Suitable for all ages, tickets ($10) at www.eventbrite.com.au EVERY Sunday, 7am–1pm. Ben Elton Live at Civic Theatre. Adamstown Lions Club Markets Cnr Brunker and Glebe Roads, Lifeline Hunter Bookfair 10+11 April at Newcastle Showground, EVERY Sunday 7am–12pm. 9am–4pm Saturday, 10am–4pm Sunday. SATURDAY APRIL 10 SUNDAY APRIL 11 Feast Fest Twilight Market at Swansea Belmont Surf Club, NewRun With a range of distances, there's something for all levels. 4pm–8pm. Visit www.newrun.com.au Newcastle Night Noodle Market at Newcastle Foreshore, Sunday Sessions at MAC Grab a wine or beer, enjoy some local 10+11 April 5pm–10pm. music and Gold Leaf Scratch Drawing. Tickets $20. SUNDAY APRIL 11 Pictures from the Past A special display showing Newcastle life in Lake Macquarie Finders & Keepers Markets at Quinn Park, the early 20th century as lived by the Porter family of King St. Miss Swansea, 8am–1pm. Porter’s House Museum, 434 King Street, Newcastle West. 1pm– Hunter Arts Network Art Bazaar at Speers Point Park, 4pm, adults $10, Concessions $8, Family $25, under 5's free. 10am–3pm. WEDNESDAY APRIL 14 Newcastle Vegan Market at The Station Newcastle, 9am–3pm. Live at Lunch: Viva Italia Life is Beautiful at City Hall. Tickets at FRIDAY APRIL 16 www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au Poppin' Tags at The Greenroof, from 6pm. THURSDAY APRIL 15 SATURDAY APRIL 17 The Witches by Roald Dahl Presented by Hunter Drama, at The Warners Bay Markets at Warners Bay Foreshore, 8am–2pm. Playhouse Newcastle 15–17 April. THURSDAY APRIL 22 Carole King's Tapestry – 50th Anniversary Concert at Civic Theatre. Belmont Country Women’s Association Markets at Lake FRIDAY APRIL 16 Macquarie Centre, Wilson's Road, Mount Hutton 8:30am–1pm. A Taste of Ireland at Civic Theatre. SATURDAY APRIL 24 SATURDAY APRIL 17 Homegrown Markets at The Station, 9am–2pm. Tastes of the Bush As part of Newcastle Food Month and in

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HUNTER Through the Ages McGuigan Wines are opening their reserved Show Stock just for you. Experience multiple vintages of their award winning Bin 9000 Semillon and Personal Reserve Shiraz as well as other premium cellar door wines. Relax in their newly renovated members room with a tasty cheese plate from their friends at the Hunter Valley Cheese Factory. Be the first to receive an exclusive special offer on their trophy winning wines, we’re sure you will fall in love with every drop you taste! (Cost – $25 per person.

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WHAT'S On?

Chilli Jam: Live @ The Lake � SCULPTURES PARK, MAC Live and local music for all ages will be happening on April 10 at the Museum of Art and Culture, bringing youth to the forefront of music in Lake Macquarie. Chilli Jam: Live @ The Lake brings young local musicians to the spotlight by creating a space for young people to experience local music in a live setting. This event runs from 2:30pm–5:30pm and features three 45 minute sets from young local bands Boycott, Lucid Lane and Sitting Down. Light snacks and soft drinks will be available. Tickets are free but you must register at www.eventbrite.com.au

WHAT'S ON IN

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ON THE SCENE NIGHT NOODLE MARKETS As part of Newcastle Food Month, this event looks too good not to mention. On April 9+10 head to Newcastle Foreshore from 5pm–10pm to discover cuisines from all over the globe. Don't forget to bring your appetite!

Flickerfest 30th International Short Film Festival � THE PLAYHOUSE, NEWCASTLE Australia’s largest Short Film Festival is coming to the Playhouse Theatre in Newcastle on Saturday April 10, showcasing the Best of Australian Shorts programme as part of the Flickerfest National Tour. The programme presents a selection of entertaining, inspiring and award-winning films hand-picked from the festival’s 2,700 entries, giving viewers a first-look into the the world's best short films. The film festival runs for 110 minutes, with each $26 ticket incl. a drink and popcorn – visit www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au ▼ AUTHOR OF 'EGGSHELL SKUL'L, BRI LEE

� AROUND LAKE MACQUARIE

Lake Macquarie’s Museum of Art and Culture Sunday Sessions kicked off last month to much success. The second instalment is being held Sunday 11 April, and this is your chance to have a drink, make some art and enjoy live local music right on the lake. Get your tickets via mac.lakemac.au for $20 per person. Then later in the month, keep the kids entertained with a bumper program of school holiday events from Lake Macquarie City Council, including arts and crafts, animal appreciation and everything in between. There are 15 activities planned, most of which are free or low-cost with various sessions available for booking. Finally, finish the holidays off with fishing fun for the whole family at the Let’s Fish Festival over 16–18 April. Browse the Festival Expo or indulge in a gourmet seafood long lunch. Head to lakemac.com.au to find out what else is happening around the lake this April.

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DINE & DISCOVER If you haven't downloaded your $25 vouchers don't worry, you have until the end of June to apply for and use them! There are loads of places around town that you can use these vouchers – to find out if your favourite takes them visit: mybusiness.service.nsw.gov.au/ dine-and-discover/business-finder.

Pork Ewe Deli Season Long Lunch Pork Ewe Deli are kicking off their seasonal long lunches just in time for Newcastle Food month! Their Autumn event on April 18th see's them teaming up with Carrington-based gin distillery Earp Distilling Co. for a 5-course experience. This food, gin and wine journey features Cochinillo (Spanish style suckling pig) with all the trimmings, aperitif, outstanding charcuterie, cheese and finally, a dessert curated by Chef Gareth Williams of Covered in Crumbs. Yum. Visit www.porkewe.com.au and grab your tickets quick!

>UNDER THE S O U T H E R N S TA R S

LOVETT GALLERY, NEWCASTLE CITY LIBRARY Newcastle Writers Festival has announced the Fresh Ink Emerging Writers Program in collaboration with Newcastle Libraries, providing a chance for emerging writers in the Hunter to gain practical guidance and inspiration. Open to anyone interested in writing, you can hear from leading publishing industry representitives, such as literary agent Jane Novak, on April 23 and 24 for free at Lovett Gallery. Bookings are essential – visit www.newcastlewritersfestival.org.au for more information.

� CAMP SHORTLAND Cheap Trick, Bush, Stone Temple Pilots and Electric Mary are all on the one line-up and performing together for the first time in Australia for Under The Southern Stars! After being rescheduled from 2020, UTSS is set to go ahead at Camp Shortland on Saturday May 1, in what will be a fully seated event. Tickets are $150 or $315 VIP. Visit www.underthesouthernstars.com.au

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WHAT’S ON

3-18 APRIL Keep the kids entertained these school holidays with fun activities across Lake Mac Libraries, the Museum of Art and Culture and more.

The HEART of Australian Music WORDS MEL MURRAY - PSM Publicity

16-18 APRIL We’re celebrating one of Lake Macquarie’s favourite pastimes with one big weekend full of fishing action!

25 APRIL Light up the dawn on Anzac Day to let Australia’s veterans know that their service will never be forgotten.

30 APRIL – 2 MAY Experience Australia’s most beloved celebration of writing right here in Lake Mac at our Sydney Writers Festival Livestream at Rathmines Theatre.

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SINCE THE LAST ISSUE, THE AUSTRALIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY LOST PART OF ITS HEART WITH THE DEATH OF MICHAEL GUDINSKI. THOUGH YOU MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN HIM, IF YOU PURCHASED A CONCERT TICKET, AN ALBUM, OR SANG ALONG LOUDLY TO SONGS ON THE AUSTRALIAN RADIO AIRWAVES ANYTIME IN THE LAST SEVERAL DECADES, MG WAS PART OF YOUR LIFE. There are people far more qualified to speak of his love of music and his enormous personality than I, and nothing sums it up better than the words below posted after his passing by the companies he founded, Mushroom Records and Frontier Touring. Companies that championed Australian music and made Australia an enjoyable and lucrative destination for international touring artists. “Michael Gudinski was a key figure in shaping the Australian music industry. He founded the Mushroom Group in 1972 at just 20 years old, which flourished into Australia’s largest independent entertainment group covering touring, record labels, publishing, merchandising, booking agencies, film and television production and creative services. Some of Australia’s most iconic albums have been released under one of his Mushroom Group record labels. His touring company Frontier Touring is Australia’s leading promoter, touring the biggest names in global music since its inception in 1979.” “A larger-than-life figure, Michael was widely respected for his unwavering passion for all music – in particular

FAMILY FUN AT THE LAKE MAC AUTUMN FAIR! The Lake Mac Autumn Fair is a brand new annual event to be held at Speers Point Park on Saturday, 1 May (9am until 4pm), presented by the combined Rotary clubs of Warners Bay, Cardiff and Toronto Sunrise and styled on the traditional British MayDay Spring Fair. With loads of traditional fair games like a coconut shy and quoits on offer and less conventional games (like a dunny roll toss!),

Australian music. Most recently, with the music industry severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Michael conceptualised and developed Music From The Home Front, The Sound and The State Of Music, platforms designed to showcase and support contemporary Australian music in an incredibly difficult time. It speaks to the man he was that of all his countless illustrious career achievements, these projects that supported the industry he loved were ones he was particularly proud of.” “Michael was renowned for his loyalty and dedication. His ability to achieve the unachievable against unsurmountable odds was proven time and again and spoke to his absolute passion for his career and life.” “Michael’s family loved him immensely, and Michael, in turn, adored his wife Sue, son Matt and partner Cara, daughter Kate and husband Andrew, and their children Nina-Rose and Lulu. They meant everything to him, and he was immensely proud of them. Michael often referred to his 200+ staff as the Mushroom Family, with many having clocked decades in his employment.” “Michael’s legacy will live on through his family and the enormously successful Mushroom Group – an enduring embodiment of decades of passion and determination from an incredible man.” There are the stories which are all public knowledge and the stories and memories some people only know because they were there for a particular tour or a particular moment. It’s the thing that makes this industry so special. On a personal note, there are so many shows I have had the chance to work on, artists I have been able to share time with, photos I have backstage with my daughter, special moments at A Day on the Green with my Mum, getting to introduce one of my best friends to the Foo Fighters, so much music that makes me smile, music that makes me cry. Moments and memories that would not exist without Michael. Ed Sheeran seemed to sum it up on stage at the State Memorial Service in front of a packed Rod Laver Arena when he said, “Michael was a tornado of joy. Everywhere he went, he lifted the room and then f***ed off”.” The fact that he is inspiring musicians even after his passing was apparent when Sheeran performed a song he had written in quarantine while waiting for his chance to say goodbye to his friend. The song Visiting Hours just opened the flood gates for so many who had managed to hold it together until that point. At that moment, I sat in the dark, with my daughter asleep on my lap and tears streaming down my face, feeling thankful for Michael Gudinski.

Vale Michael Solomon Gudinski 22 August 1952 – 02 March 2021

there will be plenty of prizes to be won. All the local services have agreed to participate, including the RFS, SES and Police, who will be running their own fun events. There will be a sea-plane offering trips over the lake, marine rescue will run boat trips on the lake, and a drone will show video views of the lake for those who can't afford the airfare! A range of other attractions include a BIG bouncy castle, a giant slide, mini-golf, bumper balls, a swing ride, mini-golf, train rides around the park, face painting, a petting zoo and pony rides, loads of food and drink, including a rotary run barbeque as well as several local mobile caterers. To top it all off, there will be a full program of entertainment throughout the day, and 2NURFM will broadcast from the park from 9am until midday. Don’t miss it!


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▼ PICTURED: PHILIPPA ANDERSON

“MEREWETHER IS A QUALITY HIGH-PERFORMANCE WAVE, AND NEWCASTLE IS A PLACE WITH SUCH AN INCREDIBLE PRO SURFING HISTORY. FROM THE LONG-RUNNING SURFEST AND MATTARA EVENTS TO BIRTHING LEGENDS LIKE MARK RICHARDS, NICKY WOOD AND LUKE EGAN, TO NAME A FEW, THE PLACE IS A SURF TOWN AND IS ALWAYS FRONT OF MIND WHEN IT COMES TO SURFING EVENTS.”

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NEWCASTLE HAS LONG BEEN SYNONYMOUS WITH WORLD-CLASS SURFING. FROM ITS 36-YEAR HISTORY AS THE HOME OF INTERNATIONAL SURF CONTESTS TO ITS LEGENDARY LINE-UP OF FORMER PROS INCLUDING LUKE EGAN, MATT HOY, NICKY WOODS AND FOUR-TIME WORLD CHAMP MARK RICHARDS, NEWCASTLE IS KNOWN AROUND THE WORLD FOR ITS IMPRESSIVE SURFING PEDIGREE. IT’S LITTLE WONDER THEN THAT NEWCASTLE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST DOORS THE WORLD SURFING LEAGUE (WSL) CAME KNOCKING ON WHEN COVID-19 FORCED A SHIFT FROM SOME OF THEIR TRADITIONAL AUSTRALIAN LOCATIONS THIS YEAR.

The Rip Curl Newcastle Cup will officially kick off the Australian leg of the 2021 Championship Tour on April 1, replacing the time-honoured Bells Beach event in a one-off detour to the renowned breaks of Merewether Beach. It will see 54 of the world’s best surfers take to the waves for their first competitive CT event since the final two American rounds of the tour were cancelled in January following a surge in coronavirus cases in the US. World Surf League Asia Pacific General Manager Andrew Stark said the return to competition was a long-time coming for the athletes, who were ready and raring to go after completing two weeks of quarantine in Sydney. “The WSL as a whole, staff and surfers, are extremely excited to be back doing what we do best – running worldclass events, not only for ourselves but for surf fans all around the world,” he said. “The pandemic has been really tough on international sports globally, including WSL, so it will be extremely rewarding to sound the siren for heat one and even better to present the trophies to the Rip Curl Newcastle Cup 2021 winners. “Merewether is a quality high-performance wave, and Newcastle is a place with such an incredible pro surfing history. From the long-running Surfest and Mattara events to birthing legends like Mark Richards, Nicky Wood and Luke Egan, to name a few, the place is a surf town and is always front of mind when it comes to surfing events.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the world’s best surfers back doing what they do best, in the competition jersey in one of the world’s most historical, iconic and passionate surf towns.” While the event will give Newcastle surf fans an unmissable opportunity to see the sport’s elite athletes in action, there will also be plenty of hometown pride on the line, with seeded Novocastrians Ryan Callinan and Morgan Cibilic lining up alongside adopted “local” Julian Wilson, who moved to the area three years ago. Rounding out the Merewether contingent will be Qualifying Series surfers Philippa Anderson and Jackson Baker, who have been granted wildcard status for the CT event. “The opportunity to see the world’s best surfers doing battle at your home break is something every surfer would be excited about. It’s not every day Gabriel Medina, Stephanie Gilmore, Carissa Moore and John John Florence surf at your local spot,” Mr Stark said. “The WSL offered a men’s and a women’s wildcard spot to the Merewether Boardriders Club, and they were able to award them to Philippa Anderson and Jackson Baker, two promising QS talents from Merewether. “It’s a massive opportunity for the two of them, and we’re all really excited to see them take on the world’s best at their home break. “Merewether handles all sorts of conditions and can offer up different challenges for competitors. From big, long righthanders in a south swell to peaky beach-break conditions in an east or north-east swell. “The best aspect will be that the competitors will be forced to adapt to a number of conditions, and fans will get to see all sorts of surfing. Autumn is prime time for waves here, so we should get some excellent surf in this timeframe.” (Continued next page) ► www.intouchmagazine.com.au | 11


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“I DEFINITELY FEEL CLOSE TO DAD WHEN I’M IN THE WATER, AND I KNOW HOW MUCH HE, AND MY MUM, WOULD HAVE LOVED TO WATCH ME IN A WORLD TOUR EVENT, ESPECIALLY HERE AT HOME, SO THAT WILL MAKE IT EXTRA SPECIAL.”

surfing and competing and had strong support around me that helped push me to achieve my goals. My biggest challenge so far has been falling off tour. There was a lot going on in my personal life that weighed a lot heavier on me than I realised, so dealing with everything at once made me re-evaluate a lot of things.

(Continued) While COVID-19 restrictions will limit the event's capacity to 3000 spectators each day, with free tickets available via Ticketek under a randomised ballot process, you can also catch all the action live at www.worldsurfleague.com, 7Plus, Fox Sports or Kayo. In the lead-up to the event, local contenders Ryan Callinan and Philippa Anderson took time out to take part in an exclusive Q&A with intouch Magazine, discussing their love of the sport, the highs and lows of their careers and their thoughts on taking part in the Rip Curl Newcastle Cup 2021. Check out the extracts below, or visit www.intouchmagazine.com.au to read the full interviews.

TALKING TUBES WITH Team-Merewether! RYAN CALLINAN You grew up a few streets back from Merewether Beach and have been surfing there all your life – how amazing will it be to see it host this year’s Australian CT opener? It will be a pretty incredible experience. I have surfed in the WQS 12 | www.intouchmagazine.com.au

event here a lot, and the hometown crowd and just being at home is always a good feeling, but to see it jump to a world tour event is just another level above and for it to be the first event in Australia will be great for the town and the tour getting back underway. What are your earliest memories of surfing, and how old were you when you began? I was about five-years-old when I started surfing, and I think my first memories were actually around the Rainbow Bay area on the Gold Coast, but then it moved naturally to home and just surfing the small bays around here. Your Dad was a keen surfer – how much of an impact did he have on your passion for surfing? He started everything for me; watching how much he loved being in the water and the things he would do each day to make sure he got a surf in really showed me the love he had for surfing. Which I feel, in turn, made me appreciate surfing as much as I do. What is your favourite memory of being out on the waves with him? Just his smile and enjoyment, every surf was a good one, and it was always just about having fun. At what point did you decide you wanted to become a pro surfer, and what has been the biggest challenge in your career to date? There were lots of little moments that made me think of wanting to become a pro, but I don’t think there was one singular big “this is it” moment. I was just happy

The past few years have been an emotional rollercoaster for you and your siblings, losing both of your parents in such a short span of time. How much did taking time away from surfing change you, and what was it that made you return? I don’t think I realised how much I needed the time off to process everything that had happened. It really made me re-evaluate everything and see what were the most important things in my life. I never stopped surfing because that was the one thing I love doing and can always connect to, but it made me start to appreciate why I loved it again for so many different reasons. We read in an interview that these days you feel closest to your Dad when you’re out in the surf – how much does it mean to you then to be able to surf in a CT tour event at your home break? I definitely feel close to Dad when I’m in the water, and I know how much he, and my Mum, would have loved to watch me in a World Tour event, especially here at home, so that will make it extra special. Even though they aren’t here, the community will be cheering for me - that’s just as nerve-wracking and exciting for me. Who do you think are the favourites for Merewether, and who do you think would be a dark horse? The top guys are always favourites anywhere, but I think it will suit some of the more powerful surfers on tour too. Jackson Baker, as a wildcard, will be great to watch. He knows the wave really well and is a very underrated and amazing surfer. He could be my dark horse. Newcastle surf fans have long had the joy of watching some of the best surfers in the world take part in the QS events


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at Surfest. How fantastic will it be for fans to be able to watch the absolute top echelon of surfers battle it out at Merewether? It's definitely another level up from the WQS to the World Tour, and I don’t think it will be an event that everyone will forget quickly. Everyone on this tour is so good to watch, and I think there will be some incredible surfing going down. What are your goals for this event and for the CT series as a whole in 2021? I always want to win, especially at home; that would be the dream of mine. And this year, I’m aiming for top five in the world. Finally, for your fellow surfers visiting Newcastle, what are your top three homegrown Newcastle experiences or places they should check out while they’re in town? I would say if they have time, drive out to the Hunter Valley to see our beautiful vineyards, dive into the Ocean Baths, and the food and drinks scene around town is just incredible.

“I’M GOING IN WITH THE PREPARATION THAT I’VE TICKED ALL THE BOXES, AND I THINK I'VE JUST GOT TO FOCUS ON MYSELF. I KNOW THAT THE GIRLS ON THE CT ARE THE BEST IN THE WORLD, AND I’M REALLY HOPING I GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOWCASE MY SURFING.”

PHILIPPA ANDERSON You were born in South Africa and grew up across the road from a beach – what are your first memories of the ocean, and when did you begin to surf? I was very blessed with the life that we had in South Africa, we literally lived 10 metres from the beach, and we could see the waves from the second floor of our house. The surf was hardly crowded as we grew up in a pretty small town. My first memories of the ocean were running across the road with my family and our dogs, swimming, bodyboarding and playing in the sand.

At what point did you decide you wanted to carve out a career as a professional surfer? There were a few moments that shaped the thought of having a career path as a professional surfer. I was 17 when I went on my first trip overseas to the Philippines after moving to Australia. I was on that trip with Serena Brooke, an ex-CT surfer. I got to hang out with her and hear about her surfing career, share stories and being able to hear about her career sparked a little light bulb.

I started to have good results in the Australian competitions but constantly losing to Tyler Wright, Laura Enever and Sally Fitz (Fitzgibbon). When I got sponsored by Roxy and got to rub shoulders with Sally from the age of 18, and representing Australia at the ISA World Games on numerous occasions, I started getting really excited about a life as a professional surfer. During all this time, too, my brother was getting pretty big in the surfing scene. Seeing him travel all around the (Continued next page) ►

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(Continued) world, surfing these insane waves and hearing about all his travels definitely made me want to work hard and want to be a professional surfer and win WCT events. Who would you say has had the most significant impact on your career as a surfer? My family, hands down. They have been there from the beginning. My Dad and I have made a great team from the start. We definitely argue, disagree and get annoyed at each other because we are so similar, but my Dad, hands down, has been there for me through thick and thin. You’ve been so close to reaching the CT series so many times – have you ever come close to packing it in and walking away from competition? I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t have those thoughts. I said before I had those times where I wanted to quit. It hurt a lot, every year, every event, every wave, every training session to then 12 months later almost get there, it sucked. The financial side of things was pretty tight too, which adds extra pressure and the call to go get a job. But come every December, another sponsor would approach me and offer some financial support, which I would see as a sign from God to give it another go for the next year. And how did it feel to finally get the call-up as a wildcard for the Newcastle event? I was pretty darn excited. I got off the phone and was like trying to get the words out to my Mum in the kitchen! I’ve had two previous WCT appearances; I won the Roxy Pro Trials and got an injury replacement due to being two off from qualifying the year prior. Being rewarded

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with the wildcard is epic like all my hard work is being rewarded. You’ve had some decent lead-up results in the past couple of months in the QS competition – how much do you think that will help you in preparation for your CT debut? I think the consistency helps with the mental game going into the CT event and just the preparation of having surfed over ten heats in the last month getting back into that rhythm of surfing heats. I think the QS standard is high, but the CT is a whole other level. I’m going in with the preparation that I’ve ticked all the boxes, and I think I've just got to focus on myself. I know that the girls on the CT are the best in the world, and I’m really hoping I get the opportunity to showcase my surfing. Finally, for your fellow surfers visiting Newcastle, what are your top three homegrown Newcastle experiences or places they should check out while they’re in town? Newcastle is such a beautiful place. It’s big enough that it has everything, but it’s not so big that it’s a frustrating busy city with crowds. There’s so much on offer. I enjoy a late evening walk with the girls, and if you time it right, you can get to the top of the Anzac walk and watch the sunset over the whole of Newcastle. There are amazing cafés and restaurants all over Newcastle with tastes to suit everyone’s palates. My favourite is The Drop In Espresso Bar in Wallsend, only 10 minutes out of town. They have great coffee, incredibly delicious cookies and very healthy food bowls, vegan options too. If I don’t work and get a sleep-in, I’ll walk across the road to this little café

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HOSPITALITY WORK SKILLS – Non-accredited study skills – Non-accredited pathway planning – Non-accredited Introduction to barista – SITXCCS003 Interact with customers – SITHIND001 Use hygienic practice for hospitality service – SITHFAB002 Provide responsible service of alcohol – SITHGAM001 Provide responsible gambling services – SITXFIN001 Process financial transactions

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Various dates – contact us for details.

AGED CARE/DISABILITY SKILL SET – CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services – CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people – HLTAID003 Provide first aid – Non-accredited: Study skills – Non-accredited: Pathway planning

Flexible delivery options depending on numbers.

MEDICATION SKILL SET – HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems – HLTHPS006 Assist clients with medication

$595. Expressions of interest.

Develop the skills and knowledge required to provide medication assistance and complete medication documentation. This short course is recommended for workers in aged, home, community and disability care settings.

Various dates – contact us for details.

No fee if eligible for subsidy.*

2 days per week 6 weeks

Various dates – contact us for details.

COMMUNITY SERVICES SKILL SET – CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services – CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people – BSBWOR202 Organise and complete daily work activities – BSBWOR201 Manage personal stress in the workplace – Non-accredited: Study skills – Non-accredited: Pathway planning

Flexible delivery options depending on numbers.

COMMUNITY SERVICES CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

Study the Diploma of Community Services over 18 months online with monthly face to face or video link workshops.

Mon 19 Apr

Legal name: Workers Educational Association – Hunter. Registered business names. Atwea College I WEA Hunter I WEA Coast I Alesco Senior College I Forster Tuncurry Community College I Alesco Learning Centre I WEA Hunter Adult Education & Training. RTO code: 90020. Maximum tuition for this course is $9,990.

AGED CARE CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

2 days per week | 24 weeks 120hrs compulsory work placement. Support in securing work placement provvided.

Various dates – contact us for details.

CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

Study the Certificate IV in Ageing Support over 12 months. Blended delivery options.

Various dates – contact us for details.

CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

2 days per week | 24 weeks 120hrs compulsory work placement. Support in securing work placement provvided.

Various dates – contact us for details.

CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

Study the Certificate IV in Disability over 12 months online. Blended delivery options.

Various dates – contact us for details.

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

Study to become a youth leader. This qualification is also available as a traineeship.

Various dates – contact us for details.

DISABILITY

YOUTH WORK CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work

* ELIGIBLE

FOR JOB TR AINER

ATWEA COLLEGE

Term 2 Autumn 2021

AGED CARE/DISABILITY SKILL SET Are you interested in a caring profession and prefer work that is hands on? This skill set is ideal if you’re interested in learning about providing assistance to those in aged care or disability. Students are equipped with the relevant theoretical knowledge and practices necessary to provide person-centred support.


COURSES SKILLS TRAINING Complementary Health and Beauty COURSE NAME

Run in Newcastle COST

DETAILS

START

No fee if eligible for subsidy.*

1 day per week face to face Additional self-paced study required 12 weeks

Various dates

BEAUTY INDUSTRY SKILL SET – SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices – SHBBMUP002 Design and apply make-up – SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions – SHBBNLS004 Apply nail art – SHBBBFAS001 Provide lash and brow services – Non-accredited: Study skills – Non-accredited: Pathway planning

Flexible delivery options depending on numbers.

NAIL TECHNOLOGY SKILL SET – SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices – SHBBNLS003 Apply acrylic nail enhancements – SHBBNLS006 Apply advanced nail art – SHBBNLS005 Use electric file equipment for nail services – Non-accredited: Study skills – Non-accredited: Pathway planning

No fee if eligible for subsidy.*

1 day per week face to face Additional self-paced study required 10 weeks

Various dates

Flexible delivery options depending on numbers.

BEAUTY SERVICES SHB30115 Certificate III in Beauty Services

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

2 days per week 24 weeks

Various dates

SHB50115 Diploma of Beauty Therapy

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

3 days per week 12 month course

Mon 19 Apr

Legal name: Workers Educational Association – Hunter. Registered business names. Atwea College I WEA Hunter I WEA Coast I Alesco Senior College I Forster Tuncurry Community College I Alesco Learning Centre I WEA Hunter Adult Education & Training. RTO code: 90020. Maximum tuition for this course is $13,990.

MAKE-UP SHB30215 Certificate III in Make-up

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

2 days per week 24 weeks

Various dates

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

12-month course. Recognised by the Australian Natural Therapists Association and can provide you with health fund status.

Mon 19 April

MASSAGE HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage

BEAUTY SKILL SET

Legal name: Workers Educational Association – Hunter. Registered business names. Atwea College I WEA Hunter I WEA Coast I Alesco Senior College I Forster Tuncurry Community College I Alesco Learning Centre I WEA Hunter Adult Education & Training. RTO code: 90020. Maximum tuition for this course is $14,990.

Looking for a career in the Beauty Industry? Work in a salon or work for yourself! This is the skill set for you. Learn the basics of make-up, nail technology and lash and brow services. This course allows a pathway into a full qualification.

* ELIGIBLE

FOR JOB TR AINER

ATWEA COLLEGE

Term 2 Autumn 2021


To register call 02 4925 4200 or visit atwea.edu.au

Business

Courses are run in Newcastle, Cessnock, Raymond Terrace, Maitland, Lake Macquarie

COURSE NAME

COST

DETAILS

START

No fee if eligible for subsidy.*

2 days per week 8 weeks

Various dates – contact us for details.

BUSINESS SKILL SET – BSBCMM201 Communicate in the workplace – BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others – BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others – BSBITU213 Use digital technologies to communicate remotely – Non-accredited: Study skills – Non-accredited: Pathway planning

Flexible delivery options depending on numbers.

BUSINESS DIGITAL SKILL SET – BSBWOR204 Use business technology – BSBITU213 Use digital technologies to communicate remotely – BSBITU211 Produce digital text documents – Non-accredited: Computer skills – Non-accredited: Study skills – Non-accredited: Pathway planning

No fee if eligible for subsidy.*

2 days per week 6 weeks Flexible delivery options depending on numbers.

Various dates – contact us for details.

DIGITAL MARKETING How to Integrate Digital Platforms into Your Business

No fees apply (if eligible). This training may be subsidised by the NSW Government if your business has less than 20 employees or under $2M turnover. Contact us to check eligibility.

This course helps you and your team understand and market your business in the digital world. Includes a 1-day workshop with three worksite support visits to complete a marketing plan. This course has accredited and non-accredited components.

Dates determined by demand.

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

Self-paced online delivery. Choose your hours of study.

Enrolment available at any time.

BSB30115 Certificate III in Business

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

Self-paced online delivery. Choose your hours of study.

Enrolment available at any time.

BSB30415 Certificate III in Business Administration

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

Self-paced online delivery. Choose your hours of study.

Enrolment available at any time.

BSB40515 Certificate IV in Business Administration

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

Self-paced online delivery. Choose your hours of study.

Enrolment available at any time.

BSB42015 Certificate IV Leadership and Management

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

Self-paced online delivery. Choose your hours of study.

Enrolment available at any time.

BSB50215 Diploma of Business

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

Study the Diploma of Business over 12 months. Online delivery with monthly face-to-face workshops.

Mon 19 Apr

BUSINESS BSB20115 Certificate II in Business

Legal name: Workers Educational Association – Hunter. Registered business names. Atwea College I WEA Hunter I WEA Coast I Alesco Senior College I Forster Tuncurry Community College I Alesco Learning Centre I WEA Hunter Adult Education & Training. RTO code: 90020. Maximum tuition for this course is $5,990.

BSB51918 Diploma of Leadership and Management

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

Study the Diploma of Leadership and Management over 12 months. Online delivery with monthly face-to-face workshops.

Mon 19 Apr

Legal name: Workers Educational Association – Hunter. Registered business names. Atwea College I WEA Hunter I WEA Coast I Alesco Senior College I Forster Tuncurry Community College I Alesco Learning Centre I WEA Hunter Adult Education & Training. RTO code: 90020. Maximum tuition for this course is $5,990.

* ELIGIBLE

FOR JOB TR AINER

ATWEA COLLEGE

Term 2 Autumn 2021

HOW TO INTEGRATE DIGITAL PLATFORMS INTO YOUR BUSINESS This course helps you and your team understand and market your business in the digital world. Includes a 1-day workshop with three worksite support visits to complete a marketing plan.


COURSES LEARN FOR FUN Music Industry

Run at The Creative Arts Space in Hamilton, Newcastle

COURSE NAME

COST

DETAILS

START

– BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others – CUAMLT302 Apply knowledge of style and genre to music industry practice – CUAMCP302 Write song lyrics – Non-accredited: Study skills – Non-accredited: Pathway planning

No fee if eligible for subsidy.*

1 days per week 10 weeks

Various dates

CUA30213 Certificate III in Community Dance, Theatre and Events

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

An introduction into the performing arts industry with a focus on musical theatre. 2 days per week. 24 weeks.

Various dates

CUA30915 Certificate III in Music Industry

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

An introduction to the music industry with a focus on industry requirements . 2 days per week. 24 weeks.

Various dates

CUA50815 Diploma of Music Industry

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

12 month course. Elective streams: performance, sound production and business.

Mon 19 Apr

MUSIC INDUSTRY SKILL SET

Flexible delivery options depending on numbers.

Legal name: Workers Educational Association – Hunter. Registered business names. Atwea College I WEA Hunter I WEA Coast I Alesco Senior College I Forster Tuncurry Community College I Alesco Learning Centre I WEA Hunter Adult Education & Training. RTO code: 90020. Maximum tuition for this course is $13,990.

First Aid COURSE NAME

COST

DETAILS

START

HLTAID003 Provide First Aid• Includes HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation

$140

9am-4pm 1 day

Various dates – contact us for details.

MUSIC INDUSTRY SKILL SET Kick start your career in the music industry with this entry level skill set qualification. This short course will give you the general knowledge and foundation skills needed to operate industry standard equipment and software for you to record and mix music while working towards a Statement of Attainment.

ATWEA COLLEGE

Courses are run in Newcastle, Cessnock, Raymond Terrace, Maitland, Lake Macquarie

Term 2 Autumn 2021


To register call 02 4925 4200 visit atwea.edu.au

Food, Languages and Culture

TERM 2

SPANISH

COST

TIME

WKS

START DATE

Spanish Beginners

$280

6-8:30pm

8

Mon 19 Apr

Spanish Intermediate

$280

6-8:30pm

8

Tue 20 Apr

Spanish Conversational

$180

10-11:30am

8

Sat 24 Apr

$220

6-8pm

8

Mon 19 Apr

$280

6-8:30pm

8

Tue 20 Apr

French Beginners

$280

12:30-3pm or 6-8:30pm

8

Tue 27 Apr

French Intermediate

$280

12:30-3pm or 6-8:30pm

8

Wed 28 Apr

French Continuing

$200

12:30-3pm

6

Thu 13 May

$200

6-8:30pm

6

Mon 3 May

Italian Beginners

$280

2:30-5pm or 6-8:30pm

8

Wed 21 Apr

Italian Intermediate

$280

2:30-5pm or 6-8:30pm

8

Tue 20 Apr

Italian Continuing

$280

2:30-5pm or 6-8:30pm

8

Mon 19 Apr

Japanese Beginners

$280

9:30-12 noon

8

Mon 19 Apr

Japanese Intro

$280

6-8:30pm

8

Mon 19 Apr

Japanese Beginners

$280

6-8:30pm

8

Tue 20 Apr

$220

6-8pm

8

Tue 20 Apr

$280

12:30-3pm

8

Mon 19 Apr

$280

6-9pm

COURSE NAME

COST

TIME

WKS

START DATE

DETAILS

Italian Gnocchi

$89

6-9pm

1

Mon 19 Apr OR Mon 17 May

Learn how to cook and create authentic fresh Potato Gnocchi in a bed of bolognese sauce from scratch to take home and enjoy.

AUSLAN Auslan Beginners LATIN Latin Beginners FRENCH

ITALIAN

JAPANESE

CHINESE MANDARIN Chinese Mandarin Beginners German German Beginners

Wed 21 Apr

Italian Arancini

$89

6-9pm

1

Mon 3 May OR Mon 24 May

This hands-on cooking class shows you how to make delicious Italian Arancini!

Italian Lemon cake + Biscotti della Nonna (Nonna’s biscuits)

$89

6-9pm

1

Mon 10 May OR Mon 31 May

Join Elisabetta in this cooking class to learn how to make traditional lemon cake and authentic italian biscuits.

Torta della Nonna (Grandmother’s cake)

$89

6-9pm

1

Mon 26 Apr OR Mon 7 Jun

Join Elisabetta in this hand on cooking class and learn how to make one of the most authentic Italian cakes.

French Pastry – Éclairs and Profiteroles

$89

9am-12noon

1

Sat 19 June

Create choux pastry treats from scratch. All materials supplied.

ATWEA COLLEGE

Term 2 Autumn 2021

FRENCH PASTRY Learn this distintive French pastry technique used for profiteroles and eclairs. Choux pastry has a silky smooth batter which creates a light pastry shell with an inner open chamber (perfect for filling) and a thin crumb.


COURSES LEARN FOR FUN Hobbies, Home & Handicrafts

TERM 2

COURSE NAME

COST

TIME

WKS

START DATE

DETAIL

Arc Welding

$80

10am-12pm

2

Wed 12 May Wed 9 Jun Wed 7 Jul

Learn the basic welding skills and techniques to weld safely and correctly on small projects.

Soap Making Beginners

$89

5:30-8:30pm

1

Wed 28 Apr

Create and control the products you use on your own skin! In these hands-on workshops learn how to make soap from scratch.

Advanced Soap Making Soy Candles

$89

5:30-8:30pm 1

Wed 12 May

Must have completed Soap Making Beginners.

$100

9am-12pm

1

Sat 15 May

Make your own natural soy candles. You can choose from six different fragrances and colours to make your own candle to take home.

Basic Sewing

$280 5:30-8:30pm

6

Mon 10 May Wed 12 May

Learn how to use a sewing machine, read and understand patterns, basic sewing skills, simple garment construction, repair and alteration.

Puppy Obedience School

$99

6-7:30pm

4

Wed 21 Apr

Learn how to use your hands, body and voice to teach your puppy to sit, stand, drop, heel, retrieve and come to you. For puppies 9 to 16 weeks on collar and lead, must have current vaccination paper work. Come along for a fun, informative time to give you and your puppy the best start for the future.

Flower Arranging – Preserved/dried

$160

6-9pm

1

Mon 3 May or Mon 21 June

Create an arrangement, in floral foam in a ceramic pot, using a mix of preserved and dried materials. Learn the basic techniques to a centrepiece or sideboard design. All materials are supplied. Please bring along an apron and wear enclosed shoes.

Flower Arranging – Fresh flowers

$160

6-9pm

1

Mon 31 May

Create an arrangement, in floral foam in a ceramic pot, using a mix of fresh seasonal flowers and foliage materials. Learn the basic techniques to make a centrepiece design. All materials are supplied. Please bring along an apron and wear enclosed shoes.

Flower Arranging – Hand-tied bouquet

$145

6-9pm

1

Mon 19 Apr or Mon 17 May

Create a hand tied arrangement, using a mix of preserved and dried materials. Learn the basic techniques to make bouquets and presentation designs. All materials are supplied. Please bring along an apron and wear enclosed shoes.

Photography COURSE NAME

COST

TIME

WKS

START DATE

DETAIL

Beginners DLSR Photography

$170

6pm-8.30pm

3

Tues20 Apr or Wed 21 Apr or Tue 1 Jun

Learn the three basic elements of photography and learn how to confidently shoot in manual mode to create the shots you imagine!

Intermediate DLSR Photography

$170

6pm-8.30pm

3

Wed 2 Jun

Pre requisite: that you have completed the beginners DSLR course here with Atwea College. In this 3 week class we will build on the skills learned in Beginners class. Night one in the classroom, then the next 2 nights will be practical lessons out photographing in Newcastle (meet up at the classroom).

FLOWER ARRANGING – PRESERVED/DRIED An interior styling trend we are seeing a lot of lately, featuring dried or preserved blooms, grasses, stems, berries and seed pods. A stunning and long lasting way to bring texture and beauty into your home.

ATWEA COLLEGE

TERM 2

Term 2 Autumn 2021


To register call 02 4925 4200 or visit atwea.edu.au

Personal Development

TERM 2

COURSE NAME

COST

TIME

WKS

START DATE

DETAIL

Public Speaking

$200

6:30-9pm

8

Wed 5 May

Learn the techniques of public speaking and improve your confidence with experienced Toastmasters.

Hypnosis: Unravel the Mysteries

$79

9:30am4:30pm

1

Sat 15 May

Beginning with a short history, John will dispel the preconceptions of hypnosis and examine some of the uses and misuses. Come and discover this fascinating reality.

God: Different Paths of Understanding

$79

9:30am4:30pm

1

Sat 8 May

Explore how different traditions have understood faith and the divine. Reaching back to tribal understandings, we will look at some of the great faiths across history.

Fitness and Outdoors

TERM 2

COURSE NAME

COST

TIME

WKS

START DATE

DETAIL

Introduction to Outrigger Canoeing

$30

9am-12pm

1

Sat 8 May or Sat 29 May

Supervised practice in a six-person outrigger canoe and a rotating try out in a double outrigger canoe with a coach. After that enjoy a paddle around Throsby Creek and on harbour waters. Experience a view of the shipping areas and foreshore before returning to Carrington.

Cardio Tennis

$79

6-7:30pm

5

Thu 29 Apr

Fun, social group tennis – fitness program for people of all ages and abilities. The Cardio Tennis session of 60 minutes provides a time efficient way to improve your fitness, lose weight and meet new friends. Each session comprises a warm up and cool down component with a core of drill and play based activities for a high energy workout. Cardio Tennis is conducted to high tempo music for maximum energy levels with all participants monitoring their heart rate to workout in their optimal heart rate zones.

Tennis – Adult Clinic for Experienced and Competition Players

$99

6-7:30pm

5

Tue 27 Apr

An excellent opportunity to improve your tennis game. Playing drills, match play and court craft advice from experienced professionals. A fun workout and healthy exercise.

Tennis – Ladies Clinic for Experienced and Competition Players

$99

10:30am12pm

5

Tue 27 Apr

An excellent opportunity to improve your tennis game. Playing drills, match play and court craft advice from experienced professionals. A fun workout and healthy exercise.

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention – Newcastle

$80

1.45-3pm

6

Thu 22 Apr

The power of Tai Chi has been known in China for centuries. Its healing benefits have been proven by medical experts. Dr Lam has devised the step-wise teaching method. It is easy on the body and you can learn at your own pace. The program significantly improves pain, stiffness, mobility and general health. Supported by the Arthritis Foundation of Australia.

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention – Raymond Terrace

$80

11.1512.30pm

6

Thu 22 Apr

As above.

Chair Yoga

$99

3.30-5pm or 10-11.30am

8

Tue 20 Apr

Would you like to reduce aches and pains? Chair Yoga is a wonderful way to receive Yoga’s wide range of health benefits for those who may have trouble standing for long periods or sitting on the floor. Using the chair allows students with less mobility to gently and safely practise Yoga. Chair Yoga is an excellent way to stretch tight muscles, relieve pain, reduce stress, and improve circulation. It aims to reduces anxiety, lower blood pressure, protect joints and build strength and balance.

Wed 21 Apr

Yoga, Breath & Movement for Longevity

$99

10-11.30am or 8-9.30am

8

Tue 20 Apr or Wed 21 Apr

Do you want to relax and reduce stress? Would you like to improve your balance, flexibility and strength? Come practice Yoga, movement and simple breathwork with Sara, a qualified, professional yoga instructor with more than 5 years teaching experience. Sara will guide you on your yoga journey, for students of every level. This class is perfect for those new to Yoga or would enjoy a slower paced class. All levels and abilities welcome. If you have trouble sitting or getting up and down from the floor, we would recommend starting with Sara’s Chair Yoga class.

Reiki Level 2

$99

10am-4pm

1

Sat 5 Jun

Take your reiki to the next level.

ATWEA COLLEGE

Term 2 Autumn 2021

TAI CHI Tai chi is a low intensity workout that provides endless health benefits for class participants. It is gentle and doesn’t leave you breathless, whilst addressing key aspects of fitness such as muscle strength, balance and flexibility.


COURSES LEARN FOR FUN Business and Money Matters

TERM 2

COURSE NAME

COST

TIME

WKS

START DATE

DETAIL

Understanding Investments

$49

6pm-9pm

1

Mon 3 May

Learn how investments work and how you can use them to turn a profit.

Wealth Creation and Accumulation

$49

6pm-9pm

1

Mon 10 May

Learn how you can create wealth and achieve financial independence.

Stock Market Investing

$49

6pm- 9pm

1

Mon 17 May

Gain a sound understanding of the issues involved in buying and selling shares, understanding financial pages, taxation aspects including negative gearing, dividend imputation and how you can lower your personal tax.

Successful Money Management

$49

6pm- 9pm

1

Mon 24 May

Learn about various investment strategies and how they are appropriate in differing stages of life.

Planning for Retirement

$49

6pm-9pm

1

Mon 31 May

Learn the importance of retirement planning and investment options such as cash, shares, super, property and self-managed funds.

Effective Time Management

$69

9-12noon

1

Sat 1 May

Every Australian today says they are “Time Poor”. This course will help anyone who would like to be more effective with their time. This workshop is ideal for those who struggle to be time effective and efficient in the workplace. This course will use Zoom, details will be emailed to you once course is confirmed.

$69

9-12noon

1

Sat 15 May

Employees are increasingly having to handle people who are difficult, aggressive and both verbally and physically threatening. This interactive and practical workshop is designed to assist staff to manage these situations in a way that ensures their safety and lessens their levels of stress. This course will use Zoom, details will be emailed to you once course is confirmed.

$69

9-12noon

1

Sat 29 May

This business communication course will teach you how to harness the power of a good story to influence colleagues, team members, clients and customers, stakeholders, sponsors and funders. Use stories to tap into their imagination and interest and translate facts and case studies into exciting concepts they can identify with. This intensive business communication course is packed with easy to apply techniques, how-to-steps, templates and examples. Discover why organisations across a variety of industries have embraced storytelling – why it works and what it can do for you. This course will use Zoom, details will be emailed to you once course is confirmed.

$69

9-12noon

1

Sat 19 June

Pack your passport and pen and come to along to this class, which is ideal for anyone who has ever wanted to turn their travel stories into saleable tales. The goal of this course is to reveal the varied possibilities available for the aspiring travel writer. Whether the journey is far or near, this workshop will enable you to travel. Where the journey takes you is up to you! This course will use Zoom, details will be emailed to you once course is confirmed.

Build an Online Store with Shopify

$159

9am-3pm

2

Sat 8 May

If you’re thinking of starting an eCommerce business, you need a website to support it. Shopify is one of the best eCommerce platform in terms of functionality and user friendliness. This course will show you step by step how to build, design, manage and market a Shopify store that both customers and search engines like Google will love! This will be run as a small class with plenty of time to discuss your needs, it is very practical and hands on. Please contact us for course requirements.

Computer Confidence

$280

9:30am12:45pm

6

Wed 28 April

Computers for absolute beginners to learn skills and build tech confidence. Our trainer will guide you through a range of programs including internet and email. You will also be able to create, edit and save documents in Microsoft programs and be able to create and use an electronic filing system.

Connect with Facebook

$60

9am-1pm

1

Sat 1 May

Learn to make the most of your new Facebook profile. Please bring your login details or your own device with Facebook access if you wish to use your own account. You can setup a Facebook account on the day or just use the course for your own information.

Buying and Selling Online

$80

9am-1pm

1

Sat 22 May

Cut the clutter and make some money to shop for great online deals!

ONLINE COURSE

Dealing with Difficult People at Work ONLINE COURSE

Business Storytelling ONLINE COURSE

Travel Writing ONLINE COURSE

TRAVEL WRITING Explore our beautiful country and learn how to journalise your travel experiences with this writing course. Perfect for any aspiring travel writer or blogger.

ATWEA COLLEGE

Term 2 Autumn 2021


To register call 02 4925 4200 or visit atwea.edu.au

Creative Arts

TERM 2

COURSE NAME

COST

TIME

WKS

START DATE

DETAIL

Flip Cup – A new style of art

$89

10am-4pm

1

Sat 24 Apr

Would you love to paint and have fun? Create abstract paintings with flip cup art, a technique where cups are flipped on canvas to create amazing pictures. Surprise yourself using different techniques with paint to design your masterpiece.*

Alcohol Ink

$89

10am-4pm

1

Sat 1 May

Have a day of using this versatile ink, the day will cover working on yupo plastic paper, glass and more.*

Resin Gem Jewellery and $89 Seascape on Acrylic

10am-4pm

1

Sat 8 May

Resin, inks, fine crystal glitter, moulds, a canvas and the easiest and best time you will have in this simple yet effective art! No artistic ability needed!*

Mosaic

$89

10am-4pm

1

Sat 15 May

Mosiac’s are perfect to place in your garden or home! This class will work on your chosen item, please advise (by phone to Atwea College) which wooden cut out you want to make so that it will be available on the day for purchase ready for you to mosaic and to hang or stake. The class will cover all you need to know to get a finished result!*

Traditional and Chinese Water Colour Painting

$89

10am-4pm

1

Sat 22 May

Learn graceful brushtrokes using chinese ink and watercolours. Creativity and chi will flow as we paint dragonflies, bamboo, flowers and more.*

Acrylic Maximilisation Painting

$89

10am-4pm

1

Sat 29 May

The direct opposite of minimalism. Large bright colourful designs and pattern played against each other will make a big statement. This is quite a new form of painting style only around 50 years and we will work on a large stretched canvas.*

Mature Make-Up

$79

5:30-8:30pm

1

Mon 3 May

Learn how to apply your makeup like a professional. Course overview Hooded eyes | Lift your eyes | Look younger | Clever tips | Perfecting pigmentation | Skincare products.*

Perfect base for your age $79 and skin type

5.30-8.30pm

1

Mon 17 May

By creating the perfect base, you will get a flawless finish. This couse wil show you how to do that making sure it is suitable for your age and skin type – bring your own makeup kit.*

Natural makeovers suitable for everyday

5.30-8.30pm

1

Mon 31 May

Have you ever wanted to look flawless everyday? Get the skills and tips to create a great makeup whilst maintaining the natural look and feel – bring your own makeup kit.

$79

Mental Health

TERM 2

COURSE NAME

COST

TIME

WKS

START DATE

DETAIL

Youth Mental Health First Aid

$250

6-8.30pm

4

Tue 27 Apr

The 14-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid Course is for adults who work, live or care for adolescents, such as school staff, parents, sports coaches, community group leaders and youth workers.

TRADITIONAL AND CHINESE WATERCOLOUR Learn graceful brushtrokes using chinese ink and watercolours. Creativity and chi will flow as we paint dragonflies, bamboo, flowers and more.

• DEPENDING

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ATWEA COLLEGE

Term 2 Autumn 2021

* SEE

WEBSITE FOR REQUIREMENTS


Atwea College has a long and proud history as the leading provider of community-based adult learning in the Hunter and Mid North Coast Regions.

Your journey starts here

TUNCURRY START

END

Term 1 2021

Wed 27 Jan

Thu 1 Apr

Term 2 2021

Mon 19 Apr

Fri 25 Jun

Term 3 2021

Mon 12 Jul

Fri 17 Sep

Term 4 2021

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CELEBRATING

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Growing older should be fun! To help inspire you, there is an exciting selection of events happening this month, ranging from chair yoga to propagating plants, which aim to celebrate Lake Mac’s over-55s as part of this year’s NSW Seniors Festival. While NSW Seniors Festival – the largest celebration of seniors in the southern hemisphere – officially runs from 13–24 April this year, Council is hosting its Let’s Celebrate Seniors program for the entire month of April. Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Community Partnerships Andrew Bryant said seniors were encouraged to participate in the Seniors Festival program. “We want to celebrate our over-55s community, so we are encouraging people to get out and enjoy new experiences, continue learning, stay active and connect to their communities,” Mr Bryant said. “Our older generations contribute so much to the community, but we need to

ensure they remain engaged and enriched, particularly while the effects of COVID-19 are still felt." Activities on offer include a gardening workshop at Speers Point Park, dance mobility classes at Rathmines Theatre, a birdwatching walk through Belmont Wetlands and a talk at Swansea Centre by reptile expert Teresa Purnell designed to reduce fear and increase awareness of snakes in our environment. Ageing and Disability Officer Peta McGrath said the event showcased the services and resources available for seniors in Lake Macquarie. “There’s something exciting on offer for everyone this month in a COVIDsafe environment,” Ms McGrath said. “We also have free tickets to selected Let’s Celebrate Seniors in Lake Mac events which are up for grabs for those who sign up to our monthly Over 55s program.”

Join in the festival fun and events or the Over 55s program by calling 4921 0333 or by booking online at www.lakemac.com. au/for-residents/community/over-55s/ seniors-festival-in-lake-mac

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Encouraging seniors to enjoy new experiences, continue learning, stay active and connect to their communities.

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AUSTRALIAN PARADISE WORDS KIM-CHERIE DAVIDSON With her mother enchanted by English and doing courses, Diana Paola McClelland was also charmed by the “pretty” language, especially through television shows like Friends. After many English courses and failures, Diana decided to study abroad for six months. She was tossing up between the United States or South Africa; however, her brother was in Australia and described it as “paradise.” On 5 May 2009, Diana left Bogota as an engineering university graduate bound for Sydney for a six-month English study course. “My study trip turned into a life decision - with Australian residency, husband, daughter and a career change. Although I miss parts of my Colombian life, I am happy to be here. What I like the most about Australia is I enjoy my life.” Moving to Australia was never her plan. Even though on leaving, her father, through tears, warned, “you will never come back.” “I was adamant that I would be returning home to Bogota. I had an engineering job, boyfriend and everything there – family, friends, volleyball and being a jet ski racing champion.” Diana admits she did not know much about Australia, except it was the land of kangaroos, koalas, English and Bondi Rescue. “As a family, we liked Australia because we loved tennis. My dad, brother and I would get up at 3am in the morning to watch the Australian Open.” Like any change, living in Sydney was not easy. For the first three months, she lived with her brother, and they fought, worked as a cleaner and was despondent as she wanted to be an engineer. Determined, pragmatic and optimistic, Diana moved into share accommodation, found a new job and started to settle into her new lifestyle. “As a nanny, I was able to practise my English with the kids by talking with them. They showed me things and were patient with me.”

After finishing her English course, Diana studied a Diploma in Business Management and intended to go back to Bogota in April 2011. However, fate had another idea, and she met Daniel McClelland in March. By June, Diana was moving to Newcastle and applying for her residency. From there, the couple married in 2016 and their daughter Georgia was born in 2018. After several career changes, Diana is building two businesses – Toco Yoga specialising in movement for people in over 55s villages and aged care and Funwear quirky animal raincoats for toddlers. “I am very happy with my English, every day I learn more, and it is fun. I still make mistakes, but who cares.” She has seen koalas and kangaroos and loved Bondi Beach, especially its proximity, as the seaside was an 18-hour drive from Bogota. “I have been to the Australian Open three times. Each time was fantastic, the best thing ever.” There have been return trips to Colombia to visit family, friends and for Daniel and Georgia to understand the country and its culture. With her move to Australia, Diana accomplished several of her bucket list wishes - learn another language, move to another country and immerse herself into the culture. However, raising a daughter to be a good person to herself and others is Diana’s legacy and priority. With this in mind, Diana and Daniel are converting a bus into a motorhome so that the family can travel around Australia over the Christmas holidays. “What I have learnt in Australia is you can achieve anything you want. If you really want it, there is no limit. There is always something in you that says go there or there. You should not ever stop searching. If I had, I would be an engineer and not a yoga instructor, which I love! And especially the community and learning there is more out there than yourself.” www.intouchmagazine.com.au | 33


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The story of how a 69-year-old man inspired an entire gym WORDS GJENAE ROSEKELLY, PLANET FITNESS IF YOU’VE BEEN FEELING THE TURBULENT EMOTIONAL WAVES OF WANING MOTIVATION LATELY, FOLLOWED BY GUILT FOR NOT ATTENDING THE GYM, THEN THE STORY OF JIM FINNIE MAY BE JUST THE INSPIRATION YOU NEED TO GET STARTED. Jim is 69 years old, but the staff at Planet Fitness Charlestown think he may just be the fittest man in the gym (or at least in heart and spirit). Jim attended his 225th consecutive PowerCamp functional training class this week, having gone every day since the gym re-opened in June 2020 following the Covid-19 shutdown. Jim has said that organising his life to fit in the optimum amount of time he devotes to his fitness program was initially a challenge but something he eventually overcame. His story raises the importance of both consistency and the mental health benefits that come from social interactions

at the gym. You don’t need to be a superhero and go every day like Jim, but his encouraging words and inner strength is enough to get even the most difficultly motivated on their feet. Jim Finnie has been competing around the world in Cross-Country Ski Racing for several years, and in 2020 he was proudly the oldest Australian still competing on the international circuit. He has completed 18 marathons and three half marathon Cross-Country Ski races and would have expected this number to be higher if it wasn’t for injuries. Although Covid-19 slowed competition down, Jim has dedicated himself to attending Functional Training classes to maintain his fitness and has no plans to stop competing anytime soon. “The Worldloppet Series of International Races has existed for 45 years and now runs in 20 countries, and I've raced in 14. In that time, thousands of Australians have participated in at least some of the races. Only 79 Australians have been

awarded either a Gold or Silver Medal. I've been fortunate enough to be one of the only 17 Australians who have been awarded two or more Gold Medals,” said Jim. Jim has his fingers crossed on getting overseas to compete this year (if permitted), as he only needs to compete for one more full marathon overseas to be eligible for a third Gold Medal. And then he will join only four Australians to have ever achieved this. How did he get here? Jim jokes about how he didn’t perform well initially, but he was so dedicated to improving his fitness that he joined the gym. “Before I entered a gym, I was under the impression that it would be filled with young, fit people, unlike myself. It was refreshing to find in Planet Fitness people of all ages and fitness levels in a judgement-free environment,” said Jim. The entire community at Planet Fitness is behind Jim. It wouldn’t be the same without seeing his smiling face and hearing his incredible stories every day. He offers continuous support to those around him and loves dropping pieces of wisdom from his years of training.

JIM LEAVES US WITH THIS PEARL: “I've seen too many people who want 'instant results’ start at too high a level and quit as their muscles are sore or they don't get the results as soon as they expect. Getting expert advice, being realistic with your short-term aims and consistent with your approach can be very rewarding, as I have found with many years of association with Planet Fitness Charlestown and especially PowerCamp.”

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Lake Mac Libraries is hosting a series of digital literacy sessions as part of the Be Connected program for older citizens interested in gaining new skills. Mature Aged Services Officer Fiona Watson said the program paired local volunteers with participants to teach various topics, from how to identify online scams to creating social media accounts. Ms Watson said the program was an opportunity for different community members to collaborate in a fulfilling way for both participants and volunteers. “This past year has taught us how important it is to stay connected virtually,” Ms Watson said. “If we can help teach people how to video-call a grandchild or join a social group on Facebook, we are helping with enrichment and preventing social isolation.” “It can feel daunting trying to navigate the online world, but this program can help make it a little easier.” The initiative takes place at libraries across Lake Macquarie, with sessions currently available at Toronto, Charlestown, Morisset and Swansea. Once a participant has booked in, a volunteer will tailor the lesson to fit participants’ experience level and interests. “Each volunteer has been given digital mentor training, as well as site-specific inductions,” Ms Watson said. Program participant Carol McMurray said the digital literary sessions had helped her understand the technology and how to use it. “I’m really enjoying the program so far,” said Ms McMurray. “I’ve learnt how to send photos, search for information on the internet and print.” For all participants' safety and well-being, social-distancing and social gathering measures will be practised, and contact details will be kept for traceability. For more information or to register for a session, call 4921 0400 go to library.lakemac.com.au

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IN AUSTRALIA, WE ARE SURROUNDED BY BEAUTIFUL BEACHES AND WAVES WAITING TO BE SURFED. WHETHER ONE SURFS PROFESSIONALLY OR RECREATIONALLY, LOOKING AFTER THE BODY AND TREATING ANY INJURIES EFFECTIVELY WILL ALLOW SURFING LONGEVITY. With the World Surfing League CT event just around the corner, it seems timely to look at the benefits of Chiropractic care for surfers. The Art of Breathing Sounds simple in theory; breathing is on automatic pilot. You will breathe approximately 25,000 times per day. If your breathing strategy is optimal, it will provide the best platform for mental and physical training. The concept is, if one moves and breathes at a sustainable optimal rhythm, you will facilitate more effective fluid movement, balance and endurance. The ability to perform a task for a longer period of time with a minimal amount of load can be achieved. In top-performing athletes, it is essential to be able to access optimum body awareness, dynamic posture and respiration as it taps into the capacity for change and adaptability, which is essential on a moving wave. Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation (DNS) is a system that is designed to use breathing and developmental postures to evoke motor patterns in the brain in order to activate the human body’s stabilising system, facilitating more effective balanced movements. Using postural exercises with breath control is ideal for a surf warm up set.

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If the desire to hang onto the fear (which is an emotional drug, and as such has an addictive element to it) is greater than the desire to release it and experience change (change always has an aspect of emotional discomfort associated with it, simply because it is new and different), then dental phobia wins.

DENTAL PHOBIA

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WHAT ARE THE FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH DENTAL PHOBIA? One of the most common experiences that patients with dental phobia feel is similar to the feeling that they are “going to die”. This is a very common statement from dental phobics. Yet this statement – a highly charged feeling of impending doom – can easily be replicated in other ways. One of the easiest ways to replicate this is being held underwater. A lack of ability to breathe will result in a natural response of “fight and flight” – this is a replication of “I’m going to die!”. Breathing and oxygen levels are some of your brain’s highest order monitoring. Your brain monitors your breathing and oxygen levels on a second-by-second rolling basis. As soon as your breathing starts to slow in rate – alarm bells go off everywhere. This is why difficulty with breathing and lowered oxygen levels amplify stress responses quickly and severely (a breathing rate of 6 breaths per minute, long term, is incompatible with life). WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH DENTAL PHOBIA? Dentistry presents quite a unique problem. Because the treatment we are conducting is occurring in a patient’s mouth and the treatment often involves the use of water and water sprays, the patient’s brain is often tricked into thinking that because there is ‘something in their mouth and they can’t breathe. The natural response is to hold one’s breath –

DENTAL PHOBIA, LIKE ALL FEAR, HAS AN IRRATIONAL ELEMENT TO IT. THIS “MYSTERIOUS” ELEMENT – PRESENT WITH ALMOST ANY FEAR YOU WOULD LIKE TO NAME – IS THE KEY TO UNLOCKING AND OVERCOMING THE PHOBIA, BUT THERE ALSO NEEDS TO BE A DESIRE TO UNDERSTAND THE FEAR AND “LET IT GO”.

which has the natural effect of massively escalating anxiety – the patient is in effect drowning in a dental surgery! It is no surprise that these patients dread visiting the dentist. WHAT IS THE ONE THING A DENTAL PHOBIC CAN DO TO REDUCE THEIR ANXIETY? The answer is to learn how to breathe through their nose while holding water in their mouth. Weird, isn’t it? Dental phobics should regularly practice holding some water in their mouth – with their mouth wide open; head tilted back – while simultaneously breathing through their nose. This is precisely the situation they will encounter in a dental surgery. If any individual can hold water in their open mouth while breathing through their nose for a period of a number of minutes – breathing constantly and steadily – they will have made significant headway against their dental phobia. I also understand that breathing through your nose may initially feel as though you can’t get enough volume of air moving through. Try nasal decongestants and be persistent – your ability to breathe through your nose can be developed and can have other significant health benefits (such as improved sleep – try searching “mouth taping” for more information!) Sure, I’m willing to concede that what I have suggested is not the total solution by any stretch of the imagination. It does, however, provide a practical exercise to being able to breathe with relative ease in a dental treatment situation. And breathing is absolutely critical to managing anxiety and stress in any situation. Especially one involving foreign instruments in your mouth!

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AT THE MAYAH CLINIC, OUR PROFESSIONAL TEAM TREAT A WIDE VARIETY OF SKIN CONCERNS. OUR GOAL IS TO TEACH CLIENTS HOW TO UNDERSTAND AND LOOK AFTER THEIR SKIN - TO ACHIEVE “SKIN WELLNESS.” ACNE IS ONE OF THE PROBLEMS THAT REGULARLY PRESENTS TO THE CLINIC. It is important to start managing acne early. Leaving it untreated can result in permanent scars and marks on the skin. As well as that, acne is painful, making skin tender and more sensitive to the environment. It is something that can adversely affect mental health and self-confidence.

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Do many people suffer from acne? Acne is much more common than some people think! It affects 90% of teenagers, 50% of adult women and a smaller percentage of adult men. All our lives, skin goes through a process of shedding dead skin cells and producing oil. This shedding process is affected by our hormones, genetics, diet, types of skin bacteria and environmental factors. Clogged pores and pimples start when these elements come together in a particular way. Then pores get clogged, and specific skin bacteria can flourish, causing inflammation in the pore and the surrounding skin. Blackheads, pimples and cysts are all part of acne. Does dirt cause pimples? Not really. It’s dead cells and oils in the skin that are involved. In fact, if we over cleanse our skin or scrub it too hard with roughy scratchy scrubs, our oil-producing glands will be triggered to make more oil, which makes everything worse! Drying out the surface of the skin with alcoholic toners will cause this too. The result will be dry, flaky skin on the surface and loads of oil being produced from deeper down.

Is the sun good for acne? NO! UV light messes with the skin’s immune system and barrier function. Not only will it make acne worse, but it will also often darken scars and marks caused by acne. Finding a light textured sunscreen that will not block pores but is SPF 50+ should be a priority for acne sufferers. Can anything I eat affect my acne? There is now evidence that dairy products in the diet can trigger acne or make it worse. Remember, a lot of protein shakes can contain concentrated milk products. Also, foods that make our blood sugar spike can make acne worse. This means that high-fibre, whole-grain foods, nuts and pulses are best, instead of simple, refined sugar and white flour. For chocolate lovers, the good news is that there is generally no solid evidence that it affects acne. It would make sense that the spiking of the blood sugar would still be an issue, but dark chocolate is full of antioxidants that the skin loves. Greasy food like pizza and chips don’t directly create oil on the skin, but saturated dietary fat causes inflammatory proteins to be released from our gut. They can then affect all our body organs, including the skin. How is acne treated? Treatment plans will be different depending on skin type, age, and severity of the acne. There is a wide range of options, from active, effective home skincare, active facials, LED light, Broadband Light and Laser, Microneedling, and prescription medications. My advice would be not to waste money on products with a lot of marketing hype and little research backing up claims. See a professional you trust and who will listen to you, understand your needs and recommend a reliable solution. The Mayah Clinic offers personalised skin consultations, skin analysis and treatment plans to suit individual needs and budgets. The Clinic carries product ranges, including Rationale Skin Care, Calecim, Biretix, and Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup. You can visit The Mayah Clinic at 5/149 Ambleside Circuit, Lakelands or call us on 4954 5044.


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Fight be Over?

WORDS CHLOE O'SULLIVAN - ON TOUR WITH THE KID

The story that has unfolded in Canberra over the last few weeks has been horrific by anyone's standards. To date, four women have alleged sexual misconduct against the same liberal staffer who is alleged to have raped Brittany Higgins in the parliament house office of Linda Reynolds in March of 2019.

The women I know are angry. Not just about the current set of facts but that we are still having the same conversation. Every time a woman is raped and/or murdered in this country, there is a chorus of "what she might have done to bring this on herself." Some more subtle than others, but it's always there. It was announced there would be March4Justice protests all over the country, and although there was a rally being held closer to home, I felt this overwhelming urge to be there within shouting distance of the Prime Minister's office. I wanted to join my voice to the thousands of others to tell the current government that playing duck and cover is not good enough this time. A friend whose opinion I value (and who falls on the opposite side of the political spectrum to me) told me in no uncertain terms that the abuse of women - be it physical, mental or sexual - is unacceptable and needs to stop. But he doesn’t feel that it needs to be a political debate, as my side of politics has its own share of predators. A point I don’t disagree with - someone's sexual trauma is not a political football. As we stood on the grass in the shadow of parliament house, the human cost of that game was represented in a young, unscheduled speaker who took the stage in front of a sea of people to share her experience. Brittany Higgins explained how

things changed once she reported what had happened to her. “I wasn’t a person who had just gone through a life-changing traumatic event; I was a political problem.” She told of the pain of watching our current PM publicly apologise about how her complaint was handled while his team privately tried to discredit and undermine her loved ones. The aftermath of the alleged assault is now subject to a government inquiry, and the incident itself is the subject of a police investigation. As a mum, that day was a doubleedged sword. I wanted the Kid to see brave, amazing women step forward and fight. But she also saw that there is a need to fight and that it’s been ongoing for way too long. This was the Kid's first time in Canberra, so despite the reason for the visit, I still wanted her to see the sights, including Questacon and Parliament House. After the insurrection in Washington, I thought better of taking her straight from the protest to the tour, so the decision was made to do the tour the next day. On the second floor of this taxpayerfunded building is a giant Lego model of Parliament House. It is a work of art. Commissioned in 2018, it took 750 hours to build, and the attention to detail is sensational. Christopher Pyne can be seen running through the building with a toolbox because he was “the fixer”, someone throwing a democracy sausage from the balcony and protestors out the front (which made me smile). But then we noticed two offices in the model. One has two people kissing in the corner of the office and a tiny Lego staffer running away in horror. The other has someone sitting at their desk with a skeleton clearly visible in the closet. Everyone on the tour glanced sideways at each other and rolled their eyes. Given the recent revelations, I think that is what they call hiding in plain sight. www.intouchmagazine.com.au | 43


5 YEARS OF SUPPORT For 500 Women Local NFP, Got Your Back Sista offers benevolent relief and support to women and children escaping domestic violence, who are at risk of living below the poverty line. They lend the supporting hand up needed to women and children for them to begin again and live independently. Got Your Back Sista, commemorated five years of operation last month at a commemorative function for clients and supporters at Got Your Back Sista’s Village HQ. From humble beginnings back in 2016, Got Your Back Sista has gone on to support more than 500 women.

Horo Scope Astrologer TANYA OBREZA on what’s in the stars this month.

STAR OF THE MONTH

PICTURES TOP TO BOTTOM 1 – Janine Chandler, Peta WinneyBaartz, Michelle Faithfull 2 – Dylan Browning, Reece Browning, Max Carey 3 – Dave Lynch, Chris Sneddon, Frank Bynon, Craig Browning 4 – Melissa Histon, Belinda Smith, Chad Watson, Alexandra Joy 5 – Erika Nentwich, Anne Long, Rochelle Histon 6 – Chad Watson, Belinda Macdougall, Melissa Histon

ARIES 21 MARCH – 20 APRIL New birthday year, new you! Adventurous Jupiter sets a dynamic scene. Fortunately, this suits your Aries free-spirit sign just fine. Everything and anything – thoughtprovoking books, study, fascinating people, provocative conversations, even problems and disagreements – can be viewed through the lens of “discovery”. In the meantime, this month, a tetchy Mars stirs up communications. Watch what you say because blunt remarks could turn into memorable gaffes. Since Mars can also bring up the not-so-buried past, you could hear from an ex. If tempted by a carnal re-visit, stop, and consider how this will impact your “present”. Is it worth it?

TAURUS 21 APRIL – 20 MAY With the Sun squaring up to Mars in your romance sector this month, there’s not much happening here but, surprisingly, you shouldn’t feel lonely or unhappy. Instead, you can look forward to being sheltered from the daily grind, with plenty of elbow room for introspection. Don’t be surprised by sudden revelations - you live by your intuition, so use it to your advantage. GEMINI 21 MAY – 21 JUNE Last month’s uncertainty and chaos continue, thanks to Gemini’s nemesis – a meddling Mars – so steer clear of launching new projects until late April. On the plus side, the first few weeks are ideal times to reassess plans that didn’t work out the first time. Fine-tune your CV or add bells and whistles to the proposal you thought you had finished. You can always improve upon that initial flash of genius. CANCER 22 JUNE – 22 JULY Logic and instinct have had their differences lately, but they finally reach a truce, resulting in peace of mind. Many Cancerians find themselves in an emotional state of grace, bordering on spiritual ascendancy. Friends and family could have something special in store for you, so trust them. But, as old habits die hard, trusting someone else’s plans may take getting used to. Succumb and enjoy.

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LEO 23 JULY – 22 AUGUST This month’s full moon on the 27th has plenty of sway, meaning you’re likely to act without considering the consequences. If you suddenly start to recklessly spend money or fantasise about an off-limits new flame, blame it on lunar effects. Just don’t become too moonstruck. This phase is fleeting. When it’s passed – you may have regrettably burned a bridge or two. Professionally, you’re more in control.

VIRGO 23 AUGUST – 22 SEPTEMBER April presents a paradox. Even when work demands so much, maverick thoughts stray towards love and sensual satisfaction. Keep in mind that you don’t have to act on every fantasy. As much as you love carnal thrills, you might find yourself outside your comfort zone. Don’t worry; this is an out of the ordinary situation. Revel in it while it lasts. Be bold, Virgo. LIBRA 23 SEPTEMBER – 22 OCTOBER The Sun fires up your fitness sector, encouraging you to revisit the health regime you promised to start in early summer. If you failed the first time, try again. Even better news: a loving Venus stirs up romantic relationships. If single, you may not be for long. Even just a casual fling could help satiate desires. For coupled Librans, this ardent planet does its best to reignite cooling embers. SCORPIO 23 OCTOBER –21 NOVEMBER Just when you’re anticipating drama from one direction, it comes from another. Many meaningful conversations take place this month. The outcome depends on your reaction but think twice before laying the blame on others. Later in April, an inner need to restructure your life releases passions you thought had passed you by. Apparently, not so. You delight in treading the same path as in your younger days. SAGITTARIUS 22 NOVEMBER – 21 DECEMBER Who’d blame you for giving up on love? But let’s face it, sometimes you expect too much from relationships. Occasionally, our protective mechanisms hide vulnerabilities but can also shut out others in the process. Free up those emotional chains, and you have a chance of finding, or keeping, your soul mate. There’s no hurry to decide on matters of love, and the last week of April could surprise you. CAPRICORN 22 DECEMBER – 19 JANUARY Pluto continues to teach you life-changing lessons on how to use-or-lose your personal power. You can be generous to a fault but tend to give all your energy away – only to be left feeling depleted. Recently you’ve started to see how this undermines your energy. It's one thing to give but another to know when to hold something back. This is an invaluable lesson. April is your time to receive, Capricorn. AQUARIUS 20 JANUARY – 18 FEBRUARY Mercury misbehaves badly this month, bringing confusion to all. This planet rules communication, listening abilities, negotiations, buying, selling, travel, contracts and documents, etc. – all of which are affected when Mercury is a tad crazed. So, if possible, delay any important transactions. Also, make sure that all computer and phone files are backed up. Better safe than sorry. PISCES 19 FEBRUARY – 20 MARCH After March’s cosmic delights, you’re ready to buckle down and get back to business. The planets, however, have something else in mind. With nebulous Neptune creating a cluttered mind or uncertainty, you’ll be lucky if you can get to work on time. Progress will be slow – expect three steps forward and one step back. The good news? Your money arena is blessed but be conservative. TANYA OBREZA was born in Slovenija and emigrated to Australia with her parents as a young girl. It was during her first visit to England that Tanya was introduced to astrology, and in 1980 she gained her London Faculty of Astrological Studies qualifications. Over the years, Tanya has established an extensive and wide-ranging international following, mostly due to her reassuring, down to earth presence.


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alike are sure to delight. Wander the gallery and discover incredible exhibitions, or book into one of the awesome workshops. For more details, visit www.nag.org.au. EXPERIENCE FORT SCRATCHLEY With spectacular vistas across Newcastle’s coastline, Fort Scratchley is not only home to one of the best views in Newcastle but a great place to discover more about the history of our city. Make the most of the grassy hills for a family picnic, or book in for a tunnel tour where you will learn about the history of this amazing site. Stick around for the daily gun firing at 1 pm, weather permitting! Eagle-eyed youngsters might even be lucky enough to spot dolphins from the headland. For more details, visit www.newcastle.nsw.gov. au/fort-scratchley/home.

ALL ABOARD the School Holiday Express! WORDS MIA KYRIKOS

IT ISN’T EASY TO BELIEVE THAT SUMMER HAS DRAWN TO A CLOSE. WE NOW FIND THE NIGHTS ARE BECOMING COOLER, THE LEAVES ARE CHANGING COLOUR, AND A NEW CHAPTER OF THE YEAR BEGINS, STARTING WITH THE AUTUMN SCHOOL HOLIDAYS. OUR MINDS JUMP BACK TO LAST YEAR’S EASTER PERIOD, WHERE WE BROUGHT YOU THE COVIDSAFE HOLIDAY GUIDE TO STAYING INDOORS. THANKFULLY, TIMES ARE CHANGING, AND THE CHANCE TO ENJOY A FUN-FILLED EASTER BREAK IS FINALLY HERE. BELOW WE HAVE ROUNDED UP THE BEST LOCAL SCHOOL HOLIDAY HITS TO KEEP BUSY AND ENJOY FAMILY TIME WITH THE KIDS.

NEWCASTLE REGION LIBRARIES It’s no secret; holidays are difficult. Luckily, that’s where Newcastle Region Libraries can lend you a helping hand. Newcastle and Wallsend Library branches will be a hive of activity with ‘how to’ workshops on just about everything. From exploring the world of VR, learning to create shadow puppets or discovering the inner artist at the cyanotype

printing workshop, there are loads of opportunities to unleash your imagination. Over on the digital library, there is plenty to keep little minds busy. Whether it’s dancing with Pepper the Robot, watching 3D printing or exploring space on the huge interactive screen, there is something for everyone. It’s also the best place to pick up new release books for both kids and adults! The library is always open and available via your fingertips on the Newcastle Libraries app. Be sure to visit www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/library/whats-on/events and book your spot! NEWCASTLE ART GALLERY Unleash the inner Van Gogh these school holidays and keep those creative minds buzzing when you head to Newcastle Art Gallery. Budding artists will love what’s on offer at Newcastle Art Gallery. Indulge your passion for art and food in the Illustrating Food Workshops, or get hands-on with the help of local Aboriginal artist Michelle Napanangka Earl who will guide bracelet weaving and dilly bag making workshops. Open throughout the school holidays, both kids and parents

Unleash your imagination these Autumn School Holidays Write yourself the adventure of a lifetime, inspire your passion for poetry, or join us for fascinating science experiments - there’s something to ignite the minds of curious kids of all ages! Start planning your holidays now with a range of free and bookable options from the City’s cultural attractions. newcastle.nsw.gov.au/school-holidays 46 | www.intouchmagazine.com.au

YOUNG PEOPLE’S THEATRE They're creepy, and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky; they're all together ooky, The Addams Family. And, they are coming to Young People's Theatre this April School Holidays! Got an aspiring actor on your hands? This is the perfect opportunity to get your dramatic little ones inspired. This comedic musical tells the story of Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley and even Uncle Fester and is the perfect school holiday entertainment for the whole family. Playing at YPT Theatre Hamilton from 7 April - 24 April 2021, get in quick to book your tickets! For more information, at www.ypt.org.au/bookings


caddy with the help of Port Stephens Woodworkers. There will be plenty more activities on offer! Be sure to visit www.library.lakemac. com.au or www.portstephens.nsw.gov. au/play/events/event-calendar for more information, prices and to book your place.

NEWCASTLE MUSEUM Every day is a new opportunity to learn, and school holidays are no exception! Head to the Museum and keep the little minds firing with a range of exciting exhibitions, shows, and workshops. At Newcastle Museum, kids can get inventive at our Science Busking workshops or let their imagination run wild in our beginner's Poetry Workshops, where attendees will use the Museum’s 1X4 exhibition as inspiration for writing. There is plenty more on offer for your mini scholar. To find out more and book your place, head to www.newcastlemuseum.com.au. BLACKBUTT RESERVE The mild autumn weather makes for an ideal time to explore Blackbutt Reserve as the leaves turn from green to red and the landscape changes. Make the most of your Autumn School Holidays by dropping in and getting to know the local residents. Get up close and personal feeding the emus with cones available from the kiosk, or grab an activity pack and follow the trail around the boardwalk to explore the animal exhibits. There are wombats, koalas, reptiles, and so much more. There’s also 10km of walking trails and plentiful picnic and playground facilities to enjoy. You can even let the kids blow off some steam at the adventure playground at Richley Reserve. For more details, visit www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/ Blackbutt-Reserve. PORT STEPHENS & LAKE MACQUARIE LIBRARIES Kids are sure to delight in a range of activities across the various Port Stephens & Lake Macquarie Council libraries! Budding writers, artists and musicians alike will love the pop-up workshops, like the ‘Paint Me a Story’ workshop at Belmont Library. This workshop is a wonderful guided experience featuring Chinese brush-stroke artist Stephen Cassettari. As Cassettari paints different animals, kids will enjoy a story with a visual difference. Across at Tomaree Library, kids can get hands-on by learning the art of wood-working. Here, kids can learn how to create a toolbox, craft or gardening

PORT STEPHENS KOALA SANCTUARY In partnership with Port Stephens Koalas, Port Stephens Council has created a Koala Sanctuary which ensures firstclass care to sick, injured and orphaned koalas. Now open daily, you can take the kids to visit the Koala Sanctuary to see koalas in their natural habitat. A visit to the Sanctuary also supports their long-term rehabilitation, preservation and conservation in the wild. A win for you and a win for the kids! For more information, visit www.portstephenskoalasanctuary. com.au. MUSEUM OF ART AND CULTURE LAKE MACQUARIE Over at MAC at Lake Macquarie, there is plenty in store to keep creative minds active. With a range of incredible workshops and exhibitions, your little one is sure to be an artist in the making. The youngsters will be sure to enjoy the ceramic workshop where they will learn to sculpture using air-dry clay. For the older teens (12-16 yrs), they can get hands-on at the tie-dye workshop, where they will create their own tie-dyed t-shirts. Head across to www.mac.lakemac.com.au to discover what is on these school holidays. OUT AND ABOUT Are the kids feeling a bit cooped up? Get them out of the house and burn off that energy! There is plenty more to see and do across Newcastle, Port Stephens and Lake Macquarie. Over at Swansea Swim Centre, school holiday celebrations will be kicking off with the Great Easter Egg Hunt. For animal lovers, be sure to head over to SEEN@Swansea and enjoy the workshop all about snakes, with stories and craft to follow. Or, would you like to spend some more time in the great outdoors? These school holidays are the perfect time to roam free and discover your local playground! Or, get out and about with the family these holidays and try paddleboarding at Wallsend or kayaking with the family at Cockle Creek. There are plenty of ways to stay active and enjoy the break these school holidays. For more information, visit your local council website.

THE SCHOOL HOLIDAY FORECAST FOR NEWCASTLE LOOKS TEE-RIFFIC! Australia’s most talked-about mini-golf sensation, Pixar Putt, is heading to Newcastle for the first time these April school holidays for a limited season (1 to 25 April) at Wheeler Place (directly adjacent to the Civic Theatre in Hunter Street), Newcastle. Tickets are now on sale at www.pixarputt.com.au Thousands of mini-golf enthusiasts across Australia have enjoyed the colourful open-air Pixar Putt experience. And this April – you can too! This could just be THE best School Holiday activity ever! The pop-up mini-golf experience features interactive holes inspired by the stories, characters and icons from some of Pixar’s most beloved films, including Toy Story, Onward, Soul, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Coco, Monsters, Inc., Wall-E, Inside Out and more. “We are thrilled to be bringing Pixar Putt to Newcastle in April,” said Tim McGregor, Managing Director of TEG Live. “The colourful course includes 18 unique, Selfie-worthy mini-golf holes for Novocastrians to enjoy right here in the heart of the city.” “Pixar Putt will be operating under a full COVIDSafe plan in consultation with the City of Newcastle and the NSW State Government. We are very proud that the event already has good COVIDSafe measures built into the course, as the safety of patrons and staff is both TEG Life Like Touring and the Walt Disney Company’s top priority.”

Pixar Putt’s COVIDSafe measures include capped player numbers on the course at all times, physical distancing measures in queues and on-course, sanitiser stations located onsite, plus sanitising of all golfing equipment between users for every session each day. Due to Pixar Putt’s overwhelming popularity around Australia in 2019 and 2020 and to ensure compliance with COVIDSafe protocols, booking online and in advance is strongly recommended to secure your preferred tee-off time. Door sales will be possible subject to session availability. And for this Newcastle season, there will also be extended putting hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, with Pixar Putt After Dark open until 9:30pm. Pixar Putt punters will also be able to take advantage of Ticketek’s worldleading partnership with Afterpay for this event (available via the Ticketek app or website). Afterpay offers fans greater flexibility to pay for tickets in four equal instalments and secure their tee-off with the first payment. Pixar Putt is Newcastle’s must-do attraction during the April school holidays, set to take kids (big and small) to infinity… and beyond!

WHAT Pixar Putt WHEN Thursday 1 April–Sunday 25 April 2021 WHERE Wheeler Place Precinct (adjacent to Civic Theatre), Hunter Street, Newcastle HOURS Sunday to Wednesday: 10am–8pm (last entry 6.45pm); Thursday to Saturday: 10am– 9:30pm: (last entry 8.30pm); Weekdays from Monday 19 April, open from 3pm; ‘Pixar Putt 18+ After Dark’ evening sessions, Thurs–Sat 7pm onwards TICKETS 18 holes – $39.90 Adult, $29.90 Child, $119.90 Family (2A/2C or 1A/3C); 9 holes – $29.90 Adult, $19.90 Child, $79.90 Family (2A/2C or 1A, 3C) WEBSITE www.pixarputt.com.au SOCIAL #PixarPutt

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teens (12-16 yrs old) where they will get to groom and feed horses, learn about looking after horses, saddlery, and of course ride! Other activities on offer include tractor hay rides to feed the animals, pedal go karts, farm animals, BBQ facilities and mountain bike trails (byo bike). If you feel like staying a little longer, we offer great guest house and semi self contained villa accommodation, where kids stay free during school holidays! (Villas only). Be quick to book, as we have limited spots available. DETAILS Open 7 days, 288 Talga Road, Lovedale. Bookings are required. PH Margaret on 4930 7111 or 0417 233 008, or visit www.huntervalleyhorseriding.com.au


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