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LOCAL SHOWS BOWIE UNZIPPED 17 FEBRUARY BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE AND HUB Critically acclaimed Jeff Duff presents his unique interpretation of the songs of David Bowie. So much more than just a tribute show, fans return night after night. Featuring an all-star band with guitarist Jak Housden from The Whitlams, the brilliant keyboard player Glenn Rhodes and drummerpercussionist Jess Ciampa. bluemountainstheatreandhub.com.au
JOHNNY CASH THE CONCERT 3 MARCH THE JOAN Johnny Cash The Concert gives Australian fans the opportunity to relive the magic of The 45 minute live album in its entirety and some of Cash’s greatest hits. thejoan.com.au
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9 FEBRUARY THE JOAN The formidable talents of Vika Bull and Debra Byrne come together in celebration of Carole King’s chartbusting masterpieces.
18 FEBRUARY BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE AND HUB Magician, comedian, inventor, master of illusion, ventriloquist, shadow and mime artist – he’s a multifaceted Aussie genius.
24 FEBRUARY BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE AND HUB A celebration of Aussie showbiz icon Geraldine Turner and marks her first cabaret performance in more than 10 years.
3 MARCH PANTHERS PENRITH The most sought after girls night out on the entire planet that will leave you weak at the knees. The award-winning stage show direct from Las Vegas.
JOHN PAUL YOUNG, THE VANDA & YOUNG SONGBOOK
ADAM ECKERSLEY AND BROOKE MC CLYMONT – HIGHWAY SKY TOUR
23 FEBRUARY PANTHERS PENRITH John Paul Young and the Allstar Band The Vanda and Young Songbook is a concert celebrating this incredible song-writing duos creations. The songs that gave Australia its unique soundtrack during the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and still to this day. This show will have you up and dancing like it’s 1979.
9 FEBRUARY ROOTY HILL RSL Hot on the heels of the release of their acclaimed debut duo single “Train Wreck”, Adam Eckersley and Brooke McClymont hit the road to tour their self-titled Album “Adam & Brooke”. Hear songs from the album along with a selection of favourites from the extensive catalogue of both The McClymonts and Adam Eckersley Band.
SECRETS THROUGH A SOUNDGLASS 24 FEBRUARY THE JOAN Exploring texture in sound and silence. Hear never before performed music that dares to be different. Featuring the Sydney Art Quartet alongside some amazing composers. Written for violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano. thejoan.com.au
KINGS OF COUNTRY ROCK 9 FEBRUARY BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE AND HUB An epic musical salute to America’s #1 country rock legends: The Eagles and Credence Clearwater Revival. Part one takes the audience on a musical tour of The Eagles – the highest-selling band in American history. Part two kicks into overdrive, featuring the chart-topping sounds of San Francisco’s favourite sons – Creedence Clearwater Revival.
OH BOY! BUDDY’S BACK WITH FRIENDS 28 FEBRUARY THE JOAN Paul McCann and a six piece band pay tribute to Buddy Holly and rock-n-roll legends Bill Haley, Dion, Eddie Cochrane, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. thejoan.com.au
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THIS IS MY LIFE: SHIRLEY BASSEY 10 FEBRUARY PANTHERS PENRITH Brunie Riley salutes this mega star in concert performing the most immortalised songs ever recorded during dame Shirley Bassey’s career. penrith.panthers.com.au
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23 FEBRUARY BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE AND HUB Renowned leading Serbian Roma violinist – Branko Ristic and UK accordionist Faith Ristic perform with their extraordinarily talented international quintet in this special not-to-be-missed concert. Combining the accordion, violin, effects pedal and tabor pipe, taking the audience on a musical journey.
17 FEBRUARY PANTHERS STADIUM The traditional pre-season trial game between Parramatta and Penrith has been shelved as these two teams are scheduled to meet in the Round 1. Instead the Panthers welcome the Roosters to Panthers Stadium.
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THE NECKS 2 MARCH BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE AND HUB The Necks, one of the great cult bands of Australia and legendary artists-in-resonance, return to perform their new album which will be released later in the year. Featuring Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums) and Lloyd Swanton (bass). bluemountainstheatreandhub.com.au
SUPPORTING YOUR TEEN - HIGH SCHOOL 21 FEBRUARY RICHMOND NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE This group strengthens the confidence of parents to support their teens in this new stage of life. rcsi-neighbourhoodcentre.org
10 FEBRUARY BLUE MOUNTAINS BOTANIC GARDEN Let’s make and mix, build and test, investigate and experiment with super-cool science! Every month we’ll explore a new theme with a mini science show and lots of making and experimenting for everyone to get involved, with all the tools, equipment and ingredients provided. Eight years plus. 1pm-3pm. $20 per child. bluemountainsbotanicgarden.com.au
ALL ABOUT WOMEN LIVESTREAM 4 MARCH THE JOAN A festival aimed to invigorate discussion on important issues that matter to women today. Featuring innovators, culture -shakers, innovative thinkers and storytellers. thejoan.com.au
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BEST DISCO 24 FEBRUARY PANTHERS PENRITH Do you remember mirror balls, flashing lights, platform shoes and big hair? This is the show for you. The Best Disco in town brings you the best of the 70’s featuring all the great hits from all the big names. penrith.panthers.com.au
PENRITH’S OWN LOVE BOAT 14 FEBRUARY TENCH RESERVE Join us for a romantic evening cruise on board the Nepean Belle celebrating with your love this Valentine’s Day and a sumptuous 3-course dinner. nepeanbelle.com.au
CINEMA IN THE PARK 17 FEBRUARY VICTORIA PARK, ST MARYS Cinema in the Park is back in 2018, so bring the family and enjoy the great family movie, Moana together.
17 FEBRUARY JORDAN SPRINGS TOWN CENTRE AND LAKE Have an action-packed afternoon from 3.30pm-6pm with traditional Chinese Lion Dancers, Martial Arts Display, Traditional Dance and Fashion, Calligraphy and children’s face painting and craft activities. This is a fun afternoon to come, celebrate and learn more about Chinese Culture and Traditions. Children come dressed in traditional Chinese dress to win a prize!
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Local Markets WANDER AROUND YOUR LOCAL MARKET PENRITH REGION PENRITH SHOWGROUND MARKET EVERY WEDNESDAY Penrith’s only weekday market has approximately 250-300 stalls selling products ranging from plants, fruit and vegetables, clothing, lingerie, tools, craft supplies, car supplies, pets, bric a brac and much more.
AUSSIE NIGHT MARKETS 17-18 FEBRUARY LUDDENHAM SHOWGROUND, LUDDENHAM Luddenham Show is still very much a country show. Set in the beautiful historic town of Luddenham, on the outskirts of Penrith, the Luddenham Show has something for everyone, young and young at heart.
EVERY WEDNESDAY An international food market on the doorstep of the Panthers World of Entertainment. Bring your family and friends and give your taste buds an experience from around the world. aussienightmarkets.com.au
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THIRD SUNDAY A new community market set on the picturesque Jordan Springs lakeside pathway. Bring your family and pets for a look at this new local market. penrithaustralia.com.au
EVERY SATURDAY PENRITH LAKES & NEPEAN RIVER Participants all run for their own enjoyment. Anyone can join in whatever pace. Register online to be timed. Catch up with others after the run for a coffee. parkrun.com.au/penrithlakes
HAWKESBURY REGION RICHMOND GOOD FOOD MARKET EVERY SATURDAY Featuring local fresh produce and food in Richmond Park, corner March and Windsor Streets, Richmond. richmondmarket.com.au
WINDSOR MALL SUNDAY MARKETS EVERY SUNDAY Located in the George St Mall. Quality handmade homewares, arts, crafts, fashion and fresh produce. Local bands and buskers offer great entertainment. www.hawkesburyaustralia.com.au
BILPIN MARKETS EVERY SATURDAY Local market located at Bilpin District Hall featuring food, craft and local fruit and vegies. discoverthehawkesbury.com.au
After a sold out season at the Melbourne International Comedy festival, Ben McCarthy presents his brand new show!
BLUE MOUNTAINS REGION GLENBROOK ROTARY MARKETS
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FARMERS MARKET • FIRST SATURDAY Local shoppers stock up on organic fruit and veggies, sourdough bread, home-baked cakes and biscuits, pickles, jams and honey and lots of other goodies.
Adult $25 Concession $18 Group of 10 $150 BOOKINGS thejoan.com.au 4723 7600 597 High Street Penrith
GENERAL MARKET • THIRD SATURDAY Quality jewellery and crafts with plenty to spoil yourself. Gardeners can delight at the array of flowers and plants.
SPRINGWOOD GROWERS’ MARKET FOURTH SUNDAY Located at the Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub. Proudly hosting over 50 local growers and producers. Local, fresh food and products. blackcastleevents.com.au/markets
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We’re doing a jig because Penrith Festival is back! Bigger and better than before, the CBD Festival of Green is celebrating all things Penrith.
ith the Festival falling right on St Patrick’s Day, how could we do anything other than celebrate all things green?,” explains Gai Hawthorn, CEO of Penrith CBD Corporation. “All last year we were asked by the local community if Festival was coming back. It was nice to know it was missed from our community calendar.” Because it was in such high demand, Penrith CBD Corporation begun planning for the event towards the end of 2017. “Our staff had a planning day for Festival and we brainstormed some fantastic and crazy ideas, some of which will be making an appearance at the event!” It clearly is an event that has resonated with more than just the local community. The Penrith Festival was recognised as a finalist for the NSW Tourism Awards in 2015 which was great news for the 61 local businesses who were involved. “It was a great way to put the CBD on radar,” says Gai.
businesses and services. The heart of our town will be filled with food and market stalls, surprising and unique activities and all day entertainment including Celtic Fire to put an Irish flavour on the proceedings. Our amazing sponsors, including our major sponsor, Diesel Dirt and Turf, are helping us bring this free event to the community. There will be something for all, whether you’re sporty, love big boys toys, love a bit of upcycling, or are into fairies or dragons (little ones take note!). And our infamous street parade will bring colour and excitement to the streets. We can’t wait to see you all there! GET INVOLVED If you are interested in sponsorship or applying for a stall or showcasing your business, charity, school or group in the Street Parade please visit our website or contact our office: www.penrithcbdcorp.com.au/events/ firstname.lastname@example.org 4722 5556
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International Women’s Day THE JOAN C ELEBRATE S
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Next month sees the world celebrate International Women’s Day and The Joan joins the celebration with an exciting program to challenge and explore issues of importance to humanity that particularly affect the lives of women.
qual pay for equal work, food, nutrition, diet, war-on-obesity, body image, feminism, sexual harassment, domestic violence, body loathing, eating disorders, social media image, nothing is left uncovered in The Joan’s two main events, All About Women and Everything You Ever Wanted for March and in celebration of International Women’s Day.
ALL ABOUT WOMEN Hosted by Andrea Turner-Boys A festival and an opportunity to connect, engage and enjoy invigorating discussions on issues and ideas that matter to women today. For the third consecutive year, this event will be streamed live from the Sydney Opera House, right here in Penrith at The Joan Sunday, March 4, 1-3:30pm. Grabbing Back: Women in the Age of Trump, will stimulate a conversation on how the Trump administration is affecting women worldwide. Trump may think putting a wife to work is a dangerous thing, but resistance is springing up. Women are uniting. Trump has inspired conversations, marches, and many, many memes. In fact, he has delivered women a new challenge: how do we respond to the new world order? #METOO: The Making of a Movement, Tarana Burke, one of Time Magazine’s People of the Year and Tracey Spicer, two fierce and furious women will explore how the mass movement #MeToo – a campaign to amplify the voices of victims of sexual harassment – was built. Questioning the
consequences of calling out abusers, is this a turning point in the history of male power and protection? Asking the important questions: Why now, when it’s been going on for so long? Will there be a backlash? And most importantly, what’s going to change? All About Women - Sunday, March 4, 1-3:30pm. Be part of this lively symposium streamed live from the Sydney Opera House - no woman, aspiring feminist, jaded women’s libber, or man who, as Oprah reminded us at the Golden Globes, has chosen to listen, can afford to miss it. Food is problematic for many women, particularly those who have spent much of their lives on one diet or another. The dieting culture combined with the onslaught of “attractive” social media images is so pervasive it has become the method through which many have navigated their nutritional lives and assessed their personal attractiveness. This year alone, Australians are set to spend over seven billion dollars on the battle of the bulge (IBIS World 2013) as rates of body image dissatisfaction continue to rise.
So if you have ever worried that if you let yourself, you’d never stop eating or had that worry for a loved one, or been under pressure from social media to look a particular way don’t miss this Back To Back – Q Theatre production March 15 – 24. EVENT DETAILS All About Women 4 Mar 1pm - 3:30pm
EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED We’ve been fighting the “war on obesity” for years, and what have we learned? In Everything You Ever Wanted, one troubled eater places herself under the microscope to try to get to the bottom of her tumultuous relationship with food. There seem to be solutions everywhere - eat this, not that, follow this program - where do you turn once you’ve tried them all?
Everything You Ever Wanted
Everything You Ever Wanted – This new work by Australian theatre artist Rachel Roberts explores the science of dieting, weight and disordered eating. Rachel Roberts has been making irreverent performance work with Applespiel since 2009, and honing her skills as a systems-thinker and science communicator with Boho Interactive at international venues such as London Science Museum and Stockholm Resilience Centre. In this deeply personal exploration of diet culture and disordered eating, Everything You Ever Wanted asks the audience to rethink their relationship with food and body.
Check website for cost Everything You Ever Wanted 15–24 Mar 7.30pm | 17 Mar 2pm Standard $55 | Concession $50 BOOK NOW! 02 4723 7600 | thejoan.com.au
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International Comedy Night February 14, 7:00pm - 11:00pm $20 O’Donoghues Irish Pub 99 Great Western Highway Emu Plain, NSW 275 Australia 02 4735 5509 odonoghues.com.au
O’DONOGHUES O’Donoghues are inviting 10 of the brightest and best upcoming comics from around the world for a stellar night of guaranteed laughs.
ith doors opening at 7pm and the show kicking off at 8pm, there's plenty of time to get a feed and a few bevs in beforehand. Being Valentine’s Day we’re offering a very special offer to any lovers in the house. For $50 you get your own private reserved seating and a bottle of Sparkling to get the night started. Group ticketing available for groups of eight and the shuttle bus will be running all night from 6pm!
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EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED
JOIN BEN McCARTHY, COMEDIAN,
On the Road to Nevermind
Sure to intrigue anyone who’s ever thought about food and diet. Theatre artist Rachel Roberts places herself under the microscope as she explores diet culture and disordered eating.
After a sold out season at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Ben McCarthy is here in Penrith at The Joan with a brand new show, Ben McCarthy: Nevermind.
evermind sees Ben up the ante as he amalgamates wit, banter, seemingly honest and personal recital of absurd occurrences and dry sarcastic comedy. Impossible to list every topic, expect a bunch of everyday life experiences and jokes about meeting famous people, Australian accents, handling hecklers and naturally one of the most reliable comical topics - dating lives. As a performer, he is charming and garners the audience’s goodwill with a natural air of hilarity, light cynicism and a hint of self-deprecation. A down to earth affable bloke. – Beat.
thejoan.com.au/whats-on/nevermind or box ofﬁce for Saturday, February 17, 2018 and join him on the road to Nevermind. Duration 60 minutes. Warning: this show contains course language, sexual references and adult themes, recommended 15+. SHOW DETAILS Ben McCarthy: Nevermind
Everything You Ever Wanted is part of Back To Back – Q Theatre, a double-bill of short works by young Australian Theatre makers, Rachel Roberts and Nathan Harrison.
15-24 MAR 7.30PM | 17 MAR 2PM STANDARD $55 | CONCESSION $50 OR SUBSCRIBE & SAVE!
One of Australia’s youngest stand-up comedians, Ben has had sold out shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, a sold out theatre showcase season and sold out his ﬁrst ever Australian tour. This show has something to offer everyone.
Saturday, Feb 17, 2018 7:30pm
4723 7600 | www.thejoan.com.au
Adult $25, Concession $18, Group of 10 - $150
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EAT AND SUPPORT LOCAL THIS VALENTINE’S DAY! With so many great places to dine in our community, why go anywhere else? Below are our top four picks to take your loved one this Valentine’s Day. Don’t worry singles, we haven’t forgotten about you! Panthers Penrith are throwing a party in your honour!
Mr Watkins - Penrith’s Cocktail Connoisseurs Located on High St Penrith, Mr Watkins is a cafe by day and an old fashioned bar/restaurant by night. Mr Watkins interior pays tribute to Australia's colonial past, themed like the library of 17th century explorer Captain Watkin Tench. This Valentine’s Day Mr Watkins will be serving their full menu that way you have complete freedom with your selection. One menu you must look at is their cocktail menu! You have 16 to choose from. Delish!
Looking for love? Grab your single friends and come down to Panthers Penrith on Valentine’s Day for the annual Meet & Mingle.
467 High Street,
Hosted in Dom’s Cocktail Lounge, this will be a night of fun, music and laidback atmosphere with a glass of sparkling wine, canapés and a cocktail on arrival.
This stand-up cocktail event is a great way to meet single like-minded people, have a few laughs, enjoy a drink and win some prizes.
Product of Italy - Fancy Authentic Italian? Product of Italy is offering an Italian three-set course meal, roses and entertainment throughout the night. What’s on the menu, you ask? Think Buffalo Mozzarella Pizza, Chilli Marinara Pasta and a shared dessert platter that includes Ricotta Cannolli and Nutella Kisses.
Panthers Penrith - For the Singles Out There
Cost $39pp } Two seatings
available: 5:30pm & 7:30pm (02) 4706 0979 4/76 Henry Street, Penrith
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The Bunker - All Day Celebration Can't make dinner? That's okay! Head to The Bunker in Springwood for a romantic breakfast or lunch. They will be serving their usual delicious menu during this time. Dinner service on the other hand will include a set menu, rose on arrival for all the ladies, drinks specials and live music! Customers have the choice of three entrees, three mains and three desserts.
BOOKING ESSENTIAL 2 courses: $60pp 3 courses: $75pp (02) 4751 6615 Shop 8&9 150 Macquarie Road, Springwood
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It all started by wanting to offer our community a quality product and service and advice you could trust and rely on. We decided to open S&L in 2006 and have being going strong ever since! 2 WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THIS INDUSTRY?
With 18 years’ experience, working with my hands is what I enjoy most. It’s a great feeling seeing my project ﬁnished but overall the best feeling would be when my client's happy with the end result.
3 WHAT SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE AT S&L AND WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM THE REST?
6 WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE ABOUT WORKING AND LIVING IN THE COMMUNITY?
We offer everything from a little shed slab, pool slabs to large industrial site slabs. Driveways would also be our specialty.
We appreciate the hospitality that we receive especially when working in the local area. It is nice to be able to work for people who, in so many ways, share similar values and goals.
At S&L, we try and make the whole experience a very easy and enjoyable one as all of us are very friendly family orientated people We strive to provide the best quality and service possible. 4 TELL US ABOUT YOUR TEAM, ARE YOU A
SMALL OR LARGE BUSINESS? We are a medium size family operated business. All of the S&L team are from the local area and we try to keep all the products and services that we use from other local businesses. 5 HOW HAS YOUR BUSINESS GROWN OR CHANGED OVER THE YEARS?
We started off with just myself and one subcontractor and over the past 12 years we have grown to a team of ﬁve plus using a team of quality subcontractors, as well as having our own machinery for the last few years to be able to do our own excavation.
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2019 Scholarships at St Paul’s PMS 294 C
PMS 362 C
PMS 3935 C
C100 M69 Y7 K30
C78 M0 Y100 K2
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Apply for a scholarship for your child. Each year, St Paul’s Grammar School offers a limited number of scholarships to students entering Years 5, 7, 9 and 11 levels, encouraging excellence and nurturing potential across the curriculum. Academic Scholarships
Performing Arts Scholarships
Are awarded to students on the basis of their ACER exam results and at the Principal’s discretion. All applicants must sit for the scholarship test in February.
Are available to students with signiﬁcant ability in areas such as Academic, Performing Arts, Debating and/or public speaking, Sport, and Leadership.
Are available to students of exceptional achievement in music, dance or drama as well as excellence in academic studies.
A PPL I CAT I O N F O R S CH O L A RS H I PS 2 0 1 9 CL O S I N G O N FEBRU A RY 2 8 , 2 0 1 8
Christian Congregational Scholarships Are offered to students with a developing understanding of the Christian faith and actively involved in a Christian Church.
The Don Harwin Scholarships Are offered to new students who are able to demonstrate outstanding service and citizenship in their current school, church and community.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE SEE OUR WEBSITE FOR FULL DETAILS & APPLICATION FORMS
St Paul’s 2017 Dux & High Achievers
Design & Colour The St Paul’s crest represents the centrality of the cross to the Christian faith and thus mission of our school; profiled by the rising sun symbolising our hope and future in Christ. The crest is made up of the central logo with the name and motto of the school around the diameter. The logo should not be redrawn, digitally manipulated or altered. No rescaling of the horizontal or vertical proportions should occur. Colours: Pantone, CMYK and RGB versions of the St Paul’s School crest have been created. The colour values are:
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IB SCORE: 45
IB SCORE: 44
IB SCORE: 44
Residence • Shantou, China
Residence • Glenbrook
Achievements at School • Victor Chang Award
Achievements at School • Captain of Sport
• High Distinction in Biology, Chemistry and Physics
• CIS Cross Country
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Mono / Mono Reverse To be used when appropriate for non colour reproduction (forms, reversed out of photographic background) or when colour isn’t
Highest possible ATAR
Maximum International Baccalaureate Diploma BRAND IDENTITY 2016 score ST PAUL’S GRAMMAR (IB) is 45 SCHOOL
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Residence • Mountain Lagoon
Achievements at School • Dux of Year 10, topping MYP and then BOSTES (now NESA) programmes • Meritorious Award
University Offer Accepted • Pembroke College to study Law. (Pembroke College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge, England)
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University Offer Accepted • University of Sydney to study a dual law degree, and take part in the Dalyell Scholars Program
Cathy, Josie, Sharon, Leslie, Kathleen at the first birthday of the kitchen at its very beginnings. Cathy made the cake herself
Serving Up Love FEEDING THE HEARTS AND BELLIES OF THOSE WHO NEED IT THE MOST.
HUMBLE BEGINNINGS The bustling location as it is today began as a soup kitchen at Scott’s Spare Parts (affectionately known as Old Scotties), where Centrelink is currently located. Originally an extension of Parramatta Mission Lifeline’s kitchen, the Penrith arm of it ran for 18 months. After closing its doors, the future of the kitchen was in limbo for a year until Penrith Uniting Church got involved. As there were little to no funds, the kitchen borrowed pots, pans and kitchen utensils to operate. Help came in the form of Reverend John Martin, from Penrith Uniting Church and Father Wim Hoekstra, from St Nicolas of Myra Catholic Church who contributed to the rent. It was slow beginnings at first as people were not aware that the kitchen was there to provide them a free meal. Very early on they had an elderly man pop in who explained he was not homeless but his wife had recently passed and he had no idea how to cook, but he would be glad to pay each day. Another man came a few months later in the same situation and both became very good friends. The volunteers at the kitchen saw a need and taught them what to buy at the grocery store and 22
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Written by Manisha Foley
The people who give you their food, give you their heart. These words ring true for the exceptionally dedicated volunteers at the Penrith Community Kitchen. The Penrith based stalwart is reaching its 20th year of feeding the homeless and underprivileged and has stood as a beacon of hope and nourishment to those that need it the most.
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helped explain how to cook for themselves on the weekend. A concept for feeding those in need was born. Cathy Craig, the present day coordinator, was one of the first volunteers when it was a humble soup kitchen. "My friend June and I saw an ad in the paper requesting volunteers for a soup kitchen and decided to apply. We then got sent to Parramatta to learn the ropes and then I eventually got made a coordinator,” Cathy reminisces. “Once John Martin of the Penrith Uniting Church got involved along with Penrith City Council, it got us off to a great start." “The council gave us a donation of $5000 to get us up and running and we opened our doors as an official registered charity in Calokerinos Arcade on May 18, 1998. Our husbands fitted out the domestic kitchen and we were ready to go. We were there for 10 years," says Cathy. On that first day around 60 people walked through those doors and were fed a meal of sausages, potatoes and vegetables. Fast forward to Monday September 5, 2010 and the Kitchen made the move to PCYC Penrith. “All our original furniture moved over with us, the dining tables and chairs stayed the same but we got a brand new kitchen,” says Cathy. “We also had an official opening in February 2011 with Stuart Ayres MP and a hundred guests.” From then those doors have always been open to those who need it. “The main mission of the kitchen is to provide a warm, comfortable and friendly environment where those
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that are in need can enjoy a free nourishing meal and the lonely can enjoy the company of others,” explains Cathy. It’s these qualities that have kept people from all walks of life returning to the Kitchen. HOMELESS NOT HOPELESS According to Homelessness Australia, a national peak body that provides systemic advocacy for the homelessness sector, in 2016 there were 105,237 people that were recognised as homeless in Australia with 28,190 people in New South Wales alone. The notion of homelessness is difficult to pin down as there is no solid definition of the term but the Australian Bureau Of Statistics defines it as "adequacy of the dwelling, security of tenure in the dwelling and control of, and access to space for social relations". However, behind these definitions are human beings whose journey into homelessness is varied and unique. Organisation Heading Home, which is a collaboration of community organisations, businesses and individuals who are working towards ending homelessness in the Hawksbury, Blue Mountains and Nepean Communities, surveyed 78 individuals and families who were homeless or vulnerably accommodated to gain a deeper understanding on people doing it tough. They found that the average duration of homelessness was 2.2 years and the ages spanned from mid-20s to over 50s. Moreover a high proportion of
ROAMING FEATURE individuals had complex physical and mental health issues which required the aid of specialist health services. This clearly displays that homelessness does not discriminate and which is why a tenet of the Kitchen and Cathy’s is to never offer advice or judge. “We listen and refer with zero judgement,” she says. “We feed the homeless, substance abusers, the lonely. One blanket rule we have here in the kitchen is to not judge or ask questions. This is a safe space they can come and be nourished.” TWO DECADES OF DEDICATION Running for nearly two decades is no mean feat and the success of its longevity is down to the passion and dedication from kind hearted people. “The Kitchen wouldn’t be where it is without the commitment from volunteers and committee members. Currently we have 30 volunteers who cook, clean and serve. We take pride in the fact that we have high standards and stringent cleaning habits which keep the place running smoothly,” explains Cathy. “I also run the Kitchen like a family table, meaning there is nothing that I wouldn’t ask here that I wouldn’t ask of my family.” There is also a vast network of companies that provide the fresh produce on a weekly basis. OzHarvest delivers fruit and vegetables, Fresh World at Nepean Square donate produce once a week, Woolworths drop off bread and meat/ poultry get picked up by a volunteer and brought back to the Kitchen. And every Christmas the Penrith CBD Corporation calls upon all local community members and businesses to donate food and their time to put on the Community Kitchen Luncheon for the homeless and underprivileged. To ensure that all donations don’t go to waste, Cathy formulates a weekly meal plan and also cooks every Tuesday and Wednesday. She then freezes those meals so there will be food week after week. “It all depends on what is donated to us, but we can make anything from spaghetti bolognese, ham and vegetables, tuna bake, stews or soup. There is always bread on the tables for people to take with them and if I have extra of anything, like fruit and vegetables or tinned food, I give that out too,” says Cathy. Another main reason why the Kitchen has been so successfully run for so long is because of a great management committee and passionate individuals and local businesses who keep the doors open. “I think it’s important to get the
right group of people together, who have a fresh and forward way of thinking. We have had a strong board backing us from the beginning and I really want this to carry on for a very long time as I think it’s a worthy charity and a well-run place. We do fly under the flag a bit, and considering there has been little to no publicity, (though that is changing) we’ve been running for nearly 20 years! In fact, last year the Kitchen was privileged to receive a State grant presented by Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Stuart Ayres MP. This support on top of receiving the NSW Club Grants helps keep the doors open. “I ensure I keep the balance and relationships right to keep the kitchen running smoothly. Finding the right people to surround yourself with is important,” says Cathy. One of the notable and local businesses that recognised how valuable the Kitchen is within the Penrith Community is PAWS Studios. Principal Rebecca Liu-Brennan has had her dancers and singers performing for the Community Kitchen Luncheon for a few years. And from that moment on she knew she wanted to be involved with the Kitchen and help as much as she could.
Cathy also echoes Rebecca’s sentiments in regards to the importance of community support. “The Kitchen has solid foundations to continue as we have been doing for years. Our focus is providing a nutritious meal in a clean and friendly environment. I am so happy to know that there are other organisations providing the same services too, the more people we all help, the better. We may be low profile and I believe with the community’s support we will continue. I am passing on my knowledge so this can carry on.” The passion that Cathy and the team at the Penrith Community Kitchen is humbling and awe-inspiring. These women have the desire in giving their time to a cause which benefits from their generosity. Accepting a meal from the kitchen is more than just satisfying hunger, it fills each individual with hope, acceptance and comfort when they need it the most.
“In 2017 I was elected onto the Kitchen board as secretary so for about six months now I have been fully involved,” explains Rebecca. “I suggested to board member and Penrith CBD Corp CEO, Gai Hawthorn, that I wanted to do a fundraiser for someone deserving in the community with the local dance schools. I wanted to teach the kids that dance is not just about competitions but that the dance community can work together to create a better world. She suggested the Penrith Community Kitchen and the fact that their 20th Anniversary was approaching, which was perfect.” The Community Not Competition Fundraising Dance Spectacular at Evan Theatre Panthers is shaping up to be quite the event. “We’ve got seven dance schools from the area and Sydney all performing individual numbers. The talent at these schools is incredible so it will be an amazing show! We are also getting a very famous choreographer, Marko Panzic, who will be taking a workshop and selecting children from each school to perform a piece choreographed by him for the opening. We also have raffles, auctions and other things happening throughout the night to raise money,” says Rebecca. “I think it’s incredible the work these amazing ladies do to help the homeless and disadvantaged. I am truly in awe of their dedication and want to help them in any way I can.”
FUNDRAISING DANCE SPECTACULAR If you are a local business that would love to participate, donate and get involved, or purchase a ticket to the Fundraising Dance Spectacular please contact PAWS Studios on: 02 4721 3750 or 0422 617 953 email@example.com A plaque to commemorate the opening of the Kitchen at Calokerinos Arcade.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Stuart Ayres MP, members of the Kitchen Board and team.
Community not Competition Fundraising Dance Spectacular Sunday 25th Feb, 2018 - Doors open at 1pm E van Theatre, Panthers 123 Mulgoa Rd, Penrith NSW 2750 Tickets: $35 Adults I $25 Children PENRITH COMMUNITY KITCHEN 100 Station St, Penrith NSW 2750 02 4721 1444
The brand new kitchen installed at PCYC.
The dining room at the Kitchen, PCYC.
Kath, Maureen – volunteers currently still helping out today.
Open: Monday to Friday 11.30am – 1.30pm
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Summer Fit A L L Y EA R R O U ND
SALLY FITZGIBBONS SHARES SOME OF HER FAVOURITE WHOLEFOOD RECIPES THAT WILL NOURISH AND SUSTAIN YOU.
Creamy Chicken and Spinach Wrap OVER 100 FUN AND NUTRITIOUS RECIPES. Summer Fit All Year Round Sally Fitzgibbons RRP $34.99. Available in all good bookstores
ro-surfer Sally Fitzgibbons shares her 4-week food and fitness plan to keep you summer fit, all year round.
Summer Fit is bursting with practical tips to help you take care of yourself and live a healthy life no matter what the season. The comprehensive plan includes achievable workouts that can be done anywhere, anytime, plus a collection of Sally's favourite wholefood recipes that will nourish and sustain you. Sally is passionate about the power of good nutrition. As an elite athlete, she has learnt that the secret to continued wellbeing lies in a daily routine that embraces healthy food choices and a positive mindset.
Serves 2 Wraps are a great option for a weekend picnic as they can be made in advance: just roll them up in baking paper and secure with twine or a toothpick until you’re ready to eat. Shop smart when choosing your brand of wraps and look for a wholegrain option with minimal ingredients, and only ones that you recognise. INGREDIENTS 9 1 chicken breast (about 400g), sliced into quarters 9 ½ avocado 9 1 small handful of basil leaves 9 1 small handful of flat-leaf parsley leaves 9 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 9 Juice of ¼ lemon 9 Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 9 2 wholegrain wraps (20–25 cm) 9 2 handfuls of baby spinach 9 1 carrot, peeled and grated 9 ¼ small red onion, diced 9 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
METHOD 1 Bring a saucepan of water to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer, add the chicken and poach for 5 minutes or until cooked through. Remove the chicken from the saucepan and leave to cool slightly, then finely chop. 2
Meanwhile, place the avocado, basil, parsley, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a food processor and blitz until smooth (or chop the herbs very finely and mash all the ingredients in a small bowl).
Spread some avocado dressing on each wrap and divide the spinach and carrot between the two wraps. Place the chicken in a bowl with the onion and walnuts and combine well.
Place the chicken mixture in the centre of each wrap with a little of the remaining avocado dressing. Fold over one end, roll up tightly and enjoy!
Mexican Beef with Salsa Serves 2
This dish is similar to a chilli con carne, but here we are serving it with a lively salsa instead of rice. The raw cacao powder is extremely high in antioxidants and is a great source of magnesium. It has a bitter chocolate taste, which works here to give a richer flavour to the mince.
9 ½ cup cherry tomatoes, quartered 9 1 handful of coriander leaves 9 ½ avocado, diced 9 Juice of ½ lime 9 Lime wedges, to serve
INGREDIENTS 9 2 tablespoons ghee or butter 9 ½ onion, diced 9 1 clove garlic, crushed 9 1 small red chilli, chopped and deseeded if you like 9 250g beef mince 9 2 teaspoons smoked paprika 9 1 teaspoon ground cumin 9 1 teaspoon ground coriander 9 2 teaspoons raw cacao powder 9 1 heaped tablespoon tomato paste 9 1 small sweet potato, peeled and grated 9 1 corn cob, husk removed and kernels sliced off 9 1 small red capsicum, deseeded and diced 9 1 small green capsicum, deseeded and diced
METHOD 1 Heat the ghee or butter in a frying pan over medium heat and saute the onion for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and chilli and saute for another minute, then add the mince. Brown for 2 minutes, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, then add the paprika, cumin, ground coriander and cacao powder. Stir for 10 seconds, then add the tomato paste, sweet potato, corn and 2 tablespoons of water and cook for 3–4 minutes, then remove from the heat. 2
Meanwhile, combine the capsicums, tomatoes, coriander leaves, avocado and lime juice and gently mix together.
Serve the Mexican beef with the salsa and lime wedges.
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Smoked Salmon and Corn Salsa O N SOUR D OUG H
Serves 2 Avocados are nutritional powerhouses, containing a range of different vitamins and minerals as well as providing us with a hit of healthy fats and fibre. While I love filling out my meals with veg, I believe there is always room for good-quality bread in a balanced diet! Slice the leftover sourdough loaf up and keep it in the freezer. INGREDIENTS 9 1 corn cob, husk removed 9 ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered 9 ½ avocado, diced 9 2 tablespoons chopped coriander, plus extra to serve
9 Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime 9 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 9 Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 9 2 slices of sourdough toast 200g smoked salmon
METHOD 1 Set a steamer over a saucepan of gently boiling water. Place the corn in the steamer and steam for 2–3 minutes until just tender. Rinse the corn under cold water, then cut off the kernels. 2
Combine the tomatoes, avocado, corn and coriander in a bowl and gently stir through the lime zest and juice, olive oil and a good pinch of salt and pepper.
Serve the corn salsa on top of the toast with the smoked salmon and extra coriander.
Serves 2 When I have to be on the road in the morning, I love preparing and freezing my smoothies the night before. The berries in this recipe give us a big dose of antioxidants, while the almond butter incorporates essential healthy fats. We’re also ticking off slow-releasing carbs with the oats, especially when combined with fibre-rich psyllium husk. INGREDIENTS 9 1 cup fresh or frozen mixed 9 Blueberries and blackberries, plus extra to serve (optional) 9 ½ cup rolled oats, plus extra to serve (optional) 9 2 tablespoons almond butter
9 2 tablespoons psyllium husk 9 2 teaspoons honey 9 2 cups almond milk (or milk of your choice) 9 Flaked coconut, to serve (optional)
METHOD 1 Combine all the ingredients and 1 cup of water in a high-speed blender and blend until you reach your desired consistency. Top with extra berries, oats and/or flaked coconut. MAKE YOUR OWN ALMOND BUTTER Simply whiz whole blanched almonds in a high-speed blender until the nuts release their oils and form a butter. You can add a touch of olive oil if needed, but the natural oils should be enough.
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Discover Salt Therapy
WHO CAN BENEFIT? Breathing Problems
THE HEALTH BENEFITS
Salt therapy is a natural and non-invasive therapy that can help relieve the symptoms of a wide range of respiratory and skin conditions.
alt is a natural anti-inﬂammatory, antibacterial and antihistamine, so people experiencing everything from asthma to eczema may experience signiﬁcant and lasting symptom relief following regular salt therapy. When you sit in a salt room (salt caves), a halogenerator grinds up pharmaceutical grade salt into minute particles that become airborne when dispersed into the room. The dry salt aerosol particles are then inhaled deep into the
People who suffer from Asthma, Hay Fever, Bronchitis, Cold and Flu, Croup, Cystic Fibrosis, Sinusitis, Pneumonia, Emphysema and COPD are known to experience great symptom relief from salt therapy. Sleep Problems lungs to help relieve inﬂammation and loosen congestion to allow easier and improved breathing. The salt particles can help to open up the airways, increase oxygen intake and cleanse the airways of smoke, dust, pollutants and other allergens. When the salt lands on the skin it can also help to relieve sore, ﬂakey, red and irritated skin.
Snoring, Croup and Cold and Flu related sleeplessness sufferers have experienced great symptom relief from salt therapy.
Consistency is key when it comes to salt therapy. After regular salt therapy, breathing can become easier and shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, congestion and irritated skin may gradually be alleviated.
If you suffer from Eczema, Dermatitis, Psoriasis and seasonal skin reactions and allergies, adding Salt rooms to your treatment plan can have great beneﬁts.
It is important to understand that salt therapy is not an alternative therapy, but a complementary one. It can help relieve the symptoms of a condition and work in conjunction with existing medication, resulting in even greater relief.*
Salt Therapy is great for individuals looking to recover from exercise, jet lag also the common Cold and Flu.
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Issue 13 February 2018
Keto Diet GOOD OR BAD? Written by F45 Training
Another diet receiving a lot of press recently is the ketogenic diet. This diet essentially replaces carbs with good fats, which puts the body in a metabolic state of ketosis.
his can be extremely effective for fat burning and produces sufficient energy for the brain by turning fat into ketones in the liver.
Sounds great, but is it great long term? Let’s take a look. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A KETOGENIC DIET? Many studies have proven keto diets to be highly effective in reducing insulin levels and blood sugar and reversing type 2 diabetes. It can also be a highly effective weight loss diet. This is generally because when the body goes into a state of ketosis, it can burn the most fat. Some studies have also
shown the diet can have benefits for a variety of different health conditions including heart disease, epilepsy, polycystic ovary syndrome and acne. WHAT DO YOU EAT? The diet is high in proteins and fats. These foods are supposed to effectively replace the body’s need for carbohydrates by providing the same energy and brain power without affecting insulin levels. The basis of the diet includes red meat, chicken, eggs, nuts, oily fish and avocados with the addition of vegetables and some low sugar fruit. Grains, sugars, processed foods and low fat foods are to be avoided.
SHOULD YOU TRY IT? While there are many proven benefits to this way of eating, majority of the positive effects have been found to be over a short period of time. A high fat, low carb diet can be a great way to reach your weight loss and fitness goals but it’s not necessarily the healthiest option over time. Once you have reached your goals, we suggest reintroducing some good carbs like oats and sweet potato and maintaining a balanced diet of fruit, vegetables, proteins, nuts and good fats. This is the most sustainable way to optimise overall health and help you maintain your weight and energy levels.
4 Reasons to Write a Love Letter
Local Expert Melissa Ferrari Psychotherapist & Relationship Expert
THIS VALENTINE'S DAY
Valentine’s Day has become quite a commercial enterprise in modern society but this doesn’t mean you should ignore it.
n the contrary, February 14 is a wonderful reminder of the important role that love plays in our lives. So whether you’re in a new relationship, long term partnership, dating or simply have your eyes on someone special, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to express yourself. Buying flowers, gifts, making a special meal or organising dates are all great ideas, but when it comes to romance nothing beats a good old fashioned love letter. Here are four reasons to write your loved one a letter (or post-it note!) this Valentine’s Day.
IT SHOWS HOW MUCH YOU CARE
You may think your affection is obvious but it’s easy to become complacent about your partner as you go about daily life; or for others to not realise how deep your love goes. Put pen to paper though and everything becomes clear. 2 YOU CEMENT YOUR FEELINGS
Physically writing things has been proven to have a higher level of personal engagement and retainment than text, email or other digital channels. So in committing your feelings the old-fashioned way you’re also more likely to carry these forward into the future. 3 IT OPENS COMMUNICATION
Some people find it hard to openly express their love for their partner, even when it’s how they feel. But with
love letters people are more inclined to say more than they might do verbally, which is great for opening more lines of communication (an essential part of any successful relationship). 4 SPARKS FLY
A love letter could be just the thing to bring back some much-needed oomph to your relationship, or ignite something promising that’s not yet begun. Where will your love letter take you this Valentine’s Day?!
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Issue 13 February 2018
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Let’s face it, you’re not fully dressed without a spray tan. Pale is not in my vocabulary and I’m not really a fan of 50 shades of white.
pray tanning is a form of sunless tanning where a mist is sprayed onto your body to give you that beautiful bronze colour.
It is a safer and quicker alternative than tanning in the sun and because it does not require any sun to achieve your desired colour, you are minimising the risk of free radical damages to the skin. Overexposure to UV rays can leave your skin more vulnerable to premature ageing, pigmentation and sun spots and it can also increase your risk of skin cancer. Not only are spray tans 100 per cent safe, the ingredients in most tans contain many water binding agents to help retain moisture. It is the main ingredient in all tans, DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) – derived from sugar cane, that when applied to the skin it chemically reacts with the amino acids in the epidermis (outer layer of the skin), resulting in a brown pigment. Tan colours will vary on each individual as we all have different skin chemistry and the colour will
differ depending on the time frame that the tan is left on for. It is strongly recommended to exfoliate prior to tanning to buff away dead skin cells to achieve an even coverage. Waxing is not recommended the same day as your tan as it can cause irritations and result in the tan being streaky/ blotchy and it is also advised to come to your tan appointment free of any moisture on the skin, including deodorants as this can also contribute to the tan becoming blotchy. Just remember that dark conceals, so a tan is a fantastic way to help minimise the appearance of any minor skin blemishes like spider veins and stretch marks.
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Directors, particularly those running small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs), are often not aware that they can be liable – personally - for their company’s tax debts.
the ATO had issued a DPN. These DPNs give directors 21 days to avoid personal liability if they have:
even if the company has subsequently placed itself into voluntary administration or voluntary liquidation.
• Appointed a voluntary administrator; • Appointed a voluntary liquidator; or • Arranged for payment of the liability.
This is known as the “lockdown rule” and has been put in place to ensure that directors are at least reporting their obligations so the ATO knows how the debt is accumulating.
On June 29, 2012 the ATO, concerned about employers not complying with their superannuation obligations, made changes to the DPN legislation.
his lack of awareness means that assets outside the company - including the family home owned by the director – can be vulnerable.
Some of these changes are still not understood by professionals and directors, including the fact that certain changes are retrospective.
In 1993 the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) introduced the Director Penalty Notice ruling (DPN) when it gave up its statutory priority for the then Group Tax, now pay-as-you-go (PAYG). When DPNs were introduced the Superannuation Guarantee Charge (SGC) was only three per cent – it is now 9.5 per cent.
The ATO can issue a DPN for unpaid SGC amounts after June 30, 2012 or for unpaid PAYG, and must wait for 21 days from the issue date before starting proceedings.
An employer should not use employee funds as working capital for the company and the ATO has been vigilant in its recovery actions if this happens. DPNs have always imposed a personal liability on directors for unpaid PAYG but this cannot start to be enforced unless
It is now more critical than ever that companies report their obligations on time, even if they are not able to pay the liability. Importantly, new directors being appointed to an SME should be aware that they can become liable under a DPN for unpaid liabilities which were due before their date of appointment.
The directors will not incur personal liability if they satisfy the three conditions outlined above within 21 days of the date of issue – not the date of receipt - of the DPN.
So make sure you understand what you are getting yourself into when you start running your own company or becoming a director of a business – you could end up losing your home.
But if three months or more have elapsed since the due date and the PAYG or SGC liability remains unreported and unpaid, then there is no relief from personal liability
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Hard Work Pays Off Meet Sarah Bakker, 2017’s equal top graduating Year 12 student in the world. Written by Cassandra Elliott
t Paul’s Grammar School, Penrith, is celebrating the achievement of the Class of 2017 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma students.
Sarah praises her French teacher Mrs King for going “above and beyond” in helping her study and get extra practice in.
Sarah Bakker is the Dux of the Class of 2017, achieving a perfect IB score of 45 out of a maximum possible 45. This equates to the top possible Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) equivalent of 99.95.
“My advice to future students sitting exams would be to do heaps of past papers, because some of the questions repeat themselves, and I found that in my exams and that really helped me.”
A total of 2,418 students in Australia and 338 in New Zealand sat for the IB examinations, including 547 in NSW.
St Paul’s principal Ian Wake congratulated the school’s IB students.
"I was really surprised," said Sarah. "I'm really excited and really happy" about the results.
“We are very proud of each and every one of our students and acknowledge their significant efforts over the course of their studies.”
“I think having these grades really opens up a lot of opportunities with what unis I can go to, which I’m really grateful for. I've been talking a lot with my family about it and I've had some offers. There are so many good universities with good programs, so it's just making the decision of what I'm going to do and where I’m going to study.” “I want to study law,” she says. “I really enjoyed studying economics at school, so that's why I’m hoping to go into corporate law.” The secret to achieving a perfect score like Sarah is to put in the hard work. “I was constantly studying throughout the year,” she says, “but coming up to exams I just started really doing a lot more past papers and practicing in exam conditions". Sarah lives about an hour away from St Paul's and says that in her final two years her parents drove her every day, which she’s very thankful for. She also says, “all the teachers were really helpful, they were there when you were struggling”. SARAH BAKKER ST PAUL'S GRAMMAR SCHOOL •A TAR: 99.95 Highest possible ATAR • IB SCORE: 45 Maximum International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) score is 45 • St Paul's Dux 2017 •A ccepted University offer to Pembroke College to study Law. (Pembroke College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge, England)
The IB Diploma is studied in more than 5,000 schools throughout the world. It is an increasingly popular alternative to the HSC. At St Paul’s, year 11 and 12 students choose between studying the HSC or the IB. “I think the IB's brilliant,” said Sarah. “It really gets you to question what you're learning, how you learn, and it's very internationally focused, which I really enjoyed." Students enrolled in the program must study English, Maths, Science, Humanities, a second language and a Theory of Knowledge subject. They complete a 4000-word essay of their choice, along with a community service, physical activity and creativity program, similar to the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. IB Diploma program coordinator Antony Mayrhofer said, “the academic achievement of our Year 12 Class of 2017 is one that reflects a deep culture of excellence in teaching and learning at the school”. Sarah has since accepted an offer to study Law at Cambridge University in England. In September 2018 she will be moving there, and Roaming would like to wish Sarah the best of luck for her bright future in Law.
I was constantly studying throughout the year, but coming up to exams I just started really doing a lot more past papers and practicing in exam conditions.
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There are many types of artificial sweeteners becoming more commonly used in human foods. The most concerning is Xylitol.
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toxic amount has been ingested it is important to know the concentration in the product and the weight of the dog. Decontamination may be indicated if ingestion is recent. There is no antidote to Xylitol so supportive therapy is required. Dogs can still die despite treatment, the prognosis is poor if seizures, coma or liver failure are seen. HOW DO I KNOW IF MY DOG HAS INGESTED XYLITOL? There is no test for Xylitol but low blood glucose is the main ﬁnding. There are other diseases that can cause low blood glucose that need to be investigated. HOW CAN WE PREVENT TOXICITY? The best means is for Xylitol containing products to not be present in pet owning households. As with most things prevention is far better than cure.
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New Year! New You!
Local Expert Peggy Willcox Property Expert Mooney Real Estate
BUT WHAT ABOUT YOUR HOME?
Here are 6 simple steps to revitalise your home in 2018. STEP 1 DECLUTTER Anything you don’t need or haven’t use in six months, bye bye! STEP 2
LESS IS MORE
When styling a room less is deﬁnitely more. It might be time to say good bye to some bigger things! The less furniture in a room the better.
MAKE SURE THINGS HAVE A HOME
This is stage two to decluttering. Generally things pile up because we are lazy and don’t put them away but sometimes it’s because we don’t actually have anywhere to put things. STEP 3
A FRESH COAT OF PAINT
They say you should paint your house every two to three years. Sometimes all you need is a fresh coat of paint, even the same colour can brighten up your room again.
If you have a bare wall, adding a large canvas or some small ones can be very affective. If your room still feels bare try adding a rug before adding more furniture. Tip: If you want something homelier and less show homey, having family photos in different size frames makes a really nice feature.
Time for my favourite part, home decor! Let’s use a lounge room for example. Pick a theme or colour palate to work with. Place a few cushions neatly on the lounge, matching throw rug over the arm of the lounge, possible plant/ lamp in the corner. If your TV is mounted to the wall have some simple ornaments on the TV unit (otherwise the TV is enough) and that is all you need.
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ring your organisational A-game in 2018 with Kmart’s easy decluttering tips and tricks. From your pantry to the bathroom and wardrobe, Kmart have everything you need to maximise your storage space on a small budget.
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Feeling the Festive Pinch?
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Did you load up your credit card throughout the festive period? If the answer is yes, you are not alone.
ccording to data from Mortgage Choice, more than 50% of Australians will pay for items using their credit card during the festive period.
And while credit cards can be very helpful in allowing you to cover the extra expenses associated with this time of the year, they can also become a debt trap if you don’t pay the card off in full each month. Data from Mortgage Choice’s annual Money Survey found one in 10 Australians with a credit card only make the minimum monthly repayment. The problem with making just the minimum repayment each month is that it can take years to pay off the credit card bill. Let’s use an example: Say you owe $5,000 on your credit card which has an interest rate of 14%. If you made the ‘minimum repayment’ each month, it will take you 21 years and 11 months to pay off your credit card! Further, you will have spent almost $11,000 paying off your original $5,000 debt. Thankfully, there are a few steps you can take to help pay down your credit card debt faster. 1
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will be in the long run. If you are struggling to ﬁnd additional cash to put towards your credit card, draft yourself a budget. This will highlight all your incomings and outgoings and show you where you may be able to cut back. 2 CONSIDER DEBT CONSOLIDATION
If you have a mortgage, you may want to consider consolidating your credit card debt into your home loan. If you consolidate your credit card debt into your mortgage, the debt will take on your home loan interest rate – which will be a signiﬁcantly lower rate. As a result, you effectively reduce the amount of interest you are paying and make your entire ﬁnancial situation more manageable – saving you time and money. Of course, before you head down this path, it is critical that you talk with a ﬁnance professional. 3 CANCEL YOUR CARDS
If you constantly struggle to pay off your credit card debt, one of the best things you can do is cancel your card. Thankfully, most transactional cards can be used in the same way as credit cards and you only spend money you have. If you would like more debt control tips, give your local mortgage broker a call.
If you have a mortgage, you may want to consider consolidating your credit card debt into your home loan.
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Break up with Money
Money & Business Strategy Expert Accounting & Taxation Advantage
I’m not sure about you, but a lot of people I know don’t have a great relationship with money. If anything, it’s a toxic relationship and if money was a bad boyfriend (or girlfriend) then we would quickly kick it to the curb!
he problem is, money is something we’re stuck with. And instead of working out how to have a better relationship with money I think many of us need to break up with it. Now I appreciate that’s easier said than done. After all, you can spend a lifetime having a better relationship with food and money can have an even bigger emotional pull. The thing is, you can’t have a relationship with money. It’s an inanimate object and should simply be a helpful tool to help us live the life we want. But most of us don’t see it that way and they’ve developed an unhealthy relationship
that’s turning, if they’re completely honest, a little bit toxic. That’s why I think we need to break up with money. It’s not easy but here are ﬁve ways to help you do just that.
DO A FINANCIAL DETOX
If you’re going to break up with someone you need space. You need to unfollow them on social media and separate from each other’s lives. It’s no different with money. Which is why the ﬁrst step to breaking up is 30 days of not buying anything new. 2
UNDERSTAND HOW YOU’RE SPENDING
If you’re in a bad relationship you need to face what’s going on. During and after your ﬁnancial detox, track your spending using one of the many free cloud based solutions available so you can start facing where your money is going. Then spend time each month analysing and working out what you should do differently. 3
WORK OUT YOUR GOALS
At some point, a couple will work out together where their relationship is heading. In order to start viewing money as
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WORK OUT A PLAN
Sometimes goals and values can seem so far removed from our current day that it’s easier to just buy a cocktail and continue as you are. Instead, work out how much money it would take to reach that plan and how long it would take. So if your goal means you need $10,000 in 12 months’ time that means you need to save $200 per week. Now you’re turning money into a ‘pool boy’ and realising it’s simply hired help rather than something you should be having a relationship with. 5 SEEK HELP FROM A RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLOR (AKA MONEY EXPERT)
Sometimes relationships just end up toxic and messy and we can’t extract ourselves. It can be the same with money. You might have a go at all of the above and it just doesn’t work for you or you might know yourself enough to know you need help from the start. So seek out great advisers that can help you break up with money and who will stay in your corner as your cheerleader and coach until you do.
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Trying to think of somewhere for your next holiday that really is in a class of its own? One of our local travel experts, Jenny Thomas, tells us about her amazing adventure travelling in Egypt. THE QUESTION ON EVERYONE’S MIND IS “IS IT SAFE?”
gypt is probably as safe as any country in the world and safer than many. A tour in Egypt is really the way to go. Being on a tour, we were met and guided effortlessly to the visa counter, through immigration to the luggage carousel and then onto our bus for transfer to the hotel. Nothing could have been easier. Our Egyptologist guide just made the trip come alive with his excitement. His knowledge and passion were amazing. We visited all the highlights and more. He knew when a place would be busy so if we needed to change our schedule around he did so with ease to ensure we saw
Egypt at its best. We saw all the places I had read about and studied at school. We visited the world famous Cairo Museum and the treasures of Tutankhamun. An added bonus was the mummy room. While you cannot take photos inside these rooms, the opulence and gold will stay with me as a reminder of how these Pharaohs lived centuries ago. The Great Pyramids are a sight to behold. Standing on my hotel balcony after breakfast taking photos of the Great Pyramids and being able to experience this magical place makes me feel like one of the luckiest people in the world.
her sitting at her desk looking out to the Nile and writing “Death On The Nile”, which was made into one of my favourite movies. Those in the know are predicting that Egypt is going to get very busy. My advice is to go now while the crowds are low and you will have a much better Egyptian experience. Don’t know which tour or when to go? Give us a call or email as we would love to help you to make this dream destination become a reality in 2018.
I saw the stunning temples of Abu Simbel, Karnak and Luxor. A Nile cruise is always on everyone’s bucket list, wonderful sites and excursions. We even had a galabia party on board one evening. As we waited to pass through the lock at Esna, a great shopping opportunity presented itself. Goods were thrown from small boats and the shore onto the deck of our ship and money was thrown down to the traders. One of the highlights for me was high tea at the Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan. We even got to see the room where Agatha Christie stayed and I could just imagine
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Issue 13 February 2018
Shining Star Sienna! NAME | SIENNA MURPHY
TALENT | DANCE
By Vanessa Sullivan – Southlands Shopping Centre
Congratulations to our next ‘All Star’ Sienna Murphy.
South Penrith local, Sienna has been a member of Dance Avenue in Penrith for the past 10 years. Sienna is a talented and extremely dedicated young lady, training over 16 hours a week at the studio. We were thrilled to meet Sienna and our Southlands Ambassador Jess Fox loved chatting with Sienna about her dancing and training schedule. Sienna had an extremely successful 2017 winning many regional titles! At just 12, Sienna has her sights set on one day becoming a professional dancer. A dream that might just become a reality. Recently Sienna was chosen to compete in the Dancer of the Year ﬁnals at the prestigious Hollywood Bound National Dance competition, she also placed ﬁfth nationally in the elite title category. Fantastic results for someone so young. Sienna plans to use her prize money to help her towards purchasing some new costumes for the 2018 season. Sienna you are a very worthy ‘All Star’ and we have no doubt we will see your name in lights one day.
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Maloney’s BIG MOVE WEST Written by Cassandra Elliott
James Maloney recently joined the Penrith Panthers for the 2018 season in a swap with Matt Moylan. He’s signed a three-year contract with the club and us Westies are almost as excited as he is about the move.
aloney said the “great facilities, great coaches, and great players” made him want to make the move. “The playing group at Panthers is full of talent but what’s more exciting is how much potential the club has to improve even further,” he said. The move is nothing new for Maloney, with this move to the west being his sixth NRL club since his 2009 debut. “Throughout my career moving around has been good for me. It’s giving me a fresh challenge and new motivation and all that sort of stuff. I think everyone’s different, but it seems to work for me.” His recent clubs have been near beaches, so the move to the foot of the mountains could be a big lifestyle change for the Rugby League Five-eighth. “It’s a bit of a different lifestyle, but I’m excited about it. There’s plenty to do out here, so we’ll be right,” he said. Having the support of his family made this change even easier. “I have a fantastic family who give me all the support in the world and allow me to do what I do,” he said.
The NRL star’s move to the Panthers is really big news for the Penrith community. When he started training with the club in January, Maloney was commuting from Maroubra with some of the boys, but he said, “I’ll definitely be a local by the time the season kicks off”. “I know the Penrith community really gets behind their team and I’m already looking forward to playing in front of the members and fans at Panthers Stadium.” Once he’s settled in he hopes to get out into the community a bit more, starting with some of the local coffee spots. “So far, I’ve spent most of my time training at the Academy,” he said, but “the other players have promised to give me a tour of the best coffee spots in Penrith, so that’s a good starting point”. Maloney said he’s excited to play for the Panthers because they have some “really skillful players”. He also said, “the opportunity to play alongside Nathan Cleary is one that I think will benefit both of us moving forward”. Being one of the more experienced players coming to the Panthers, the Rugby League star said he noticed
The playing group at Panthers is full of talent but what’s more exciting is how much potential the club has to improve even further. the age of the other players quite early on in training. “Everyone’s pretty young. That’s the first thing you notice, you feel pretty old, there’s not many old boys out here,” he laughed. “I think there’s some real potential here on this side and I suppose I’m here to try and help make that potential turn into something pretty special. It’s a good opportunity. I think it’s gonna be a real leadership role for me so that’s exciting and hopefully I bring something to help the boys here.” He said, having Peter Wallace leading the club in 2018 is “perfect”. “I’m looking forward to playing with Wal,” he said. “I’ve a lot of respect for him, playing against him, and yeah, looking forward to partnering up with him.” As Captain “he’s a pretty logical pick”. “He’s the senior player here, he’s done a lot, and he’s obviously very well respected, that’s something you can quite easily tell.” He said getting back to Origin will be his focus, but right now it’s about getting settled and getting back to playing well. “It always happens early, the Origin talk,” he said. “But that’s the beauty of NSW at the moment, there’s so many good players coming through, there’s so much competition for all spots, so we’ll wait and see in another 13 weeks or whatever it is and then we’ll see how it’s all going,” he laughs. Issue 13 February 2018
Horoscopes By Sherrynne Dalby
(21 JAN – 19 FEB)
Pisces (20 FEB – 20 MAR) February can see you with a lot on your mind. You tend to be introverted with your thoughts and to mull things perhaps a little too long. This month can see that go into overload. If this happens, it is important to talk to somebody. Getting things out of your head is the first step in clearing. Once you begin to speak your thoughts you are able to see them more clearly and stop the roundabout. If you aren’t comfortable talking, then write then down. Relationship takes centre stage late month and someone may sweep you off your feet.
Taurus (21 APR - 20 MAY)
Ruling Planet: Saturn / Uranus Sign:
The Water Bearer
Aquamarine, Turquoise, Electric Blue
This is your annual time for renewal. Happy Solar return Aquarius. The saying ‘Many Happy Returns’ is a reference to the sun returning each year to the same area in the sky that it was at the time of birth. For Aquarius this year, that is from 20 January until 19 February and covers all those born under the sign of the Water bearer. The coming month will give you a snapshot of the year ahead. Pay attention to what is going on around your birthday for clues. The year ahead will be very significant for you. Your birth sign experiences two eclipses this year, making it a very important birthday. A great time for starting new projects or taking new directions in life. There is a lunar eclipse affecting birthdays around the first, this eclipse shines the light on others, giving an opportunity to re-evaluate how you do relationships, all sorts of relationships. Birthdays mid sign 4-11 have a more career oriented year while those born in the latter third will be expanding horizons and redefining the self. Eclipses occur in the same area 19 years apart, the majority of people will never experience one, so when you do, know what an important year awaits you.
Scorpio (23 OCT – 22 NOV) You seem to regularly find yourself juggling work with home and family at this time of year. This is especially so during the first half of this month. You can really feel at odds with yourself, as between everything and everyone there is little time for you. Although you may not be able to eliminate all the calls on your time, you can organise a space or two in your diary for yourself. “Me” time doesn’t need to be expensive or lengthy. A simple walk, bubble bath or similar activity that gives you time alone with your thoughts is all you need.
With two eclipses spanning the sectors governing career and family, February can be a busy month. This is especially so for early May birthdays. Juggling career and family may be something you are experienced at but even the best balancing act can occasionally come a cropper when something new is thrown into the mix. You can find yourself shouldering extra responsibility from early in the month through to mid month. Keeping a cool head and a good planner will help you to regain your equilibrium quite quickly. As always, communication is the key, so keep the channels open.
Cancer (21 JUN – 22 JUL) Finances come under scrutiny in February. Perhaps the Christmas hit to the credit cards is now calling for action? Whatever the cause it is important to address the issue before it escalates. This is a time for adjustment, a realigning of thought and action. Something is getting under your skin, the proverbial stone in the shoe and now is the time to do something about it. If you are unable to change the situation causing the irritation, you need to change your attitude to the irritant. Whichever way you choose, you need to realign.
Virgo (23 AUG -22 SEP) You may be feeling overwhelmed by the little things, the day to day humdrum routine. Don’t get caught by thought loops. Simple things can set the mind on a path that is not only unhelpful but can be downright obstructive. Expand your gaze and you will likewise expand your vision and your thought patterns. Look outside, look up at the sky, look around you and look outside yourself. When you do this you can begin the process of getting off the mouse wheel. This is a positive step for both physical and mental well being.
Sagittarius (23 NOV – 22 DEC) You may have been feeling less than 100 per cent of late but your energy levels should now be on the rise. This improvement will continue as the month progresses, although you can be feeling a little low around the 17th, especially early December birthdays. This will only be a brief setback and it will pass. As you begin to feel more energetic you can start getting out and about again. There will be no shortage of places to go and you can find yourself quite in demand. Biggest thing to watch for is double booking yourself.
Aries (21 MAR -20 APR) January’s new moon in your career sector has set the tone for a busy year ahead in this area. You can find you literally lose yourself in pursuing career matters, unless you are careful. It is possible to conform or fit in while still retaining your individuality. This is something you need to keep in mind. You can find pleasure and satisfaction pursuing your dreams but keep a hold on your budget. You may be worrying, even to the point of losing sleep but worry and insomnia won’t solve your problem. You need action, so stop the worry and make a move.
Gemini (21 MAY – 20 JUNE) Plenty of action around relationships for you right now. For some this can be heating up where a special person is concerned but at the moment it is important to not let things get too hot unless it has been a slow burn. You need to keep a clear head to avoid self delusion or being deluded by someone else. Don’t rush into anything, whether it be business deals or those of a romantic nature. Day dreaming of distant lands is not such a bad use of time at the moment but better still would be making concrete plans.
Leo (23 JUL – 22 AUG) This month gives you two eclipses smack bang on your relationship sector. Eclipses give a super charge to whichever area of life they fall on, and that is what is happening for you right now and for the next few months. All relationships can be affected, intimate, business basically anyone you have contact with. Think of it as a very bright spotlight on your relating skills. A chance for you to examine closely not only those around you but more importantly how you deal with them. What can you do to improve the way you relate to others?
Libra (23 SEP – 22 OCT) Sometimes doing what seems to be the right thing is not. One of the problems with trying to please everybody is that you end up pleasing nobody, especially yourself. Balance may be what you seek but if you are putting in too much effort you are already out of balance. For now try instead to connect with your inner self. You need to rekindle the creative part of your self, the playful side. There is good reason for the “inner child”. Reconnecting with that part of ourselves goes a long way in learning to relax, accept and love our self.
Capricorn (23 DEC – 20 JAN) Now is a good time for sorting your finances. There may be opportunities heading your way mid month. It is always a good idea to check the fine print, no matter who you are dealing with. Do your homework and if you are sure the numbers add up, then this could be exactly what you are looking for. Networking plays an important role in you finding the right investment both time and money. Not everyone is a guru and very few ’gurus’ are able to deliver. Keep your mind open but also keep your eyes open.
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