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Derby delight By DAVID NAGEL Left: Cranbourne trainer Robbie Laing was all smiles after the win of Polanski in the $1.5million AAMI Victoria Derby at Flemington on Saturday. 109554 Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS

Below: The Robbie Laing trained Polanski, with Hugh Bowman aboard, scores a decisive win in the Victoria Derby at Flemington on Saturday. 109606 Picture: WWW.SLICKPIX. COM.AU up after winning a big one, they’d put me in a headlock. “I must have had that in the back of (my) mind, because I kept my composure well.” Laing said he was extremely confident heading into the big race and that confidence grew as the race unfolded. “The fact the horse had trained on so well from his win in the Norman Robinson and the fact we didn’t have to go interstate like the other contenders was a plus,” he said. “He’d won at Flemington, he drew barrier one, we had Hugh Bowman on board and his blood count was perfect, you could see your face in his skin he was so well.


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“He began slowly but half a mile later it was perfect because there was a lot of false pace in the race, my bloke was all by himself and there was a long way back to the favourites. They got within a length at the 400 but he hadn’t gone for my bloke yet, at the clock-tower he just gapped them.” And his plans for the future? “He’s a serious horse, it won’t stop here,” he said. “Hughie said he’ll measure up as a weight-forage horse in the autumn and he might win you a Caulfield Cup or a Cox Plate in the spring.” This is no one-trick pony. For more on Polanski’s big win, turn to Sport.


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CRANBOURNE trainer Robbie Laing was once considered the best jumps trainer in Australia. But don’t be fooled - he’s never been just a one-trick pony. Laing’s growing reputation as a big-race player was enhanced on Saturday, when his bargain buy stayer Polanski upstaged racing royalty with a runaway win in the time-honoured $1.5million Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington. It was the 54-year-old’s biggest win in racing and confirmed his switch in training philosophy ... from quantity to quality ... was indeed a masterstroke of a decision to make. It also solidified a long friendship with part-owners, Ken Coram from Berwick and Narre Warren-based Ross Warner. “I won every major jumping race in Australia, but I definitely sacrificed my own career to be the number one jumps trainer,” Laing said at trackwork on Wednesday. “Jumps racing was teetering when I came in-Jim Houlahan was 90 and Eric Musgrove was basically carrying the sport, I got behind it so the fields could stay up. “Horses like Sir Pentire, Mazzacano, Hasta Manana, Manzeal and Busby Glenn had success and were plastered all over the paper ... and I was dubbed a jumps trainer. I remember going to Warrnambool with 28 runners and I’d still have 10 at home.” Laing still has his hands full when he arrives at the track at 4am each morning, but the transformation of his team makes getting out of bed just that little bit easier. “Have a look at the autumn of last year, I had five horses to break in, Direct Charge, Lord of the Sky, Dark Thunder, New York Rain and of course Polanski, they’ve all won, they’re all city class, and when you add up their prize money they’ve won over $1.5 million,” Laing says with the hint of giggle and a cheeky grin ... but still no tears. “I surprised myself after the race,” he said. “My mates are all knock-about blokes and they’ve seen trainers like Peter Snowden, Chris Waller and even Mick Price, in tears after these big races, and they threatened that if I ever sooked


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The City of Casey and KFC T20 Big Bash League team, the Melbourne Stars are inviting you to meet your sporting heroes at a FREE family event. Enjoy live cricket matches, free rides, entertainment, activities and player signings with Captain Cameron White and the Stars.



TIME: 12 PM–4 PM WHERE: CASEY FIELDS Victorian Tree Climbing Championships

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Come along and enjoy the unique and professional sport of tree climbing at the 2013 Victorian Tree Climbing Championships in one of Casey’s most premier parks, Banjo Paterson Reserve on Paterson Drive, Lynbrook on Saturday 9 November 2013.

Make your event a standout success by using hints and tips gained at one of the two free Events Forums on Wednesday 13 November 2013 which will help participants learn everything they need to know about hosting an event in the City of Casey.

The marketplace atmosphere of the event will begin from 8.15 am as climbers from across Australia and New Zealand compete in races testing their tree climbing agility and speed with some competing for a chance to progress to the National Championships. For more information about the event visit

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Council is inviting stallholders and local entertainers to apply to be a part of the 2014 Casey Kids Carnival to be held at Akoonah Park in Berwick on Saturday 22 March 2014.

To book your place contact City of Casey Customer Service on 9705 5200 or email Bookings close Tuesday 12 November 2013.

City of Casey Mayor Cr Geoff Ablett said ‘In its 15th year, more than 10,000 people are expected to attend this great day out for Casey’s families. µ7KLVLVDJUHDWRSSRUWXQLW\IRUORFDOEXVLQHVVHVWRUDLVHWKHLUSUR¿OHLQ&DVH\ZKLOH getting out and having some fun in the community’. From Monday 11 November 2013, if you are interested in applying visit or email for an Expression of Interest form.

Council is encouraging all eligible young people with an interest in politics, law or a career in the public service to apply for an opportunity to join the 2014 Australia Day Study Tour. Each year the tour chaperones a group of young people aged 16 years to all three tiers of Australia’s government, local, state and federal, and gives them unique opportunities to learn more about each. ,QWHUHVWHGDSSOLFDQWVFDQ¿QGPRUHLQIRUPDWLRQRQWKHSURJUDPRUGRZQORDGDQ application form and apply by visiting

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Casey Cultural Precinct update Guy Sebastian will visit the City of Casey on 10 January 2014 to announce the winning design for the $125 million Casey Cultural Precinct and everyone is invited! Four shortlisted teams, Lyons and Ashton Raggatt McDougall (ARM), Denton Corker Marshall, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp and John Wardle Architects will submit concept designs for the precinct in late-2013. From the four concept designs, a winning design for the Casey Cultural Precinct will be selected to be progressed to the full design.

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Event secret’s out By BRIDGET COOK THE lid has been lifted on what has been dubbed Cranbourne’s best kept secret. After eight years in the making, the first Cranbourne Trackside Community Market and Fair will kick off at the racing centre on Saturday 23 November. The market will be a weekly affair which will not only include a huge range of stalls but also children’s activities, entertainment and harness racing. Markets to Market managing director Graham Jackman, who is bringing the event to Cranbourne, said it was great to finally get it off the ground. “Over eight years ago we approached the council to try and bring a market to Cranbourne but we never got it up and running,” he said. “The past two years we gave it another shot and have looked at a number of venues and ended up with this premium site that is family friendly. “It’s taken a long time and a lot of frustration to put an event of this size, scope and versatility together. “It’s been in the melting pot for a long time and the cat has nearly got out of the bag a few times. “It’s Cranbourne’s best kept secret and I’m glad we can now announce it.” Mr Jackman said it would be by far the biggest market he has managed and would have a number of great elements. “It will be ever changing, ever vibrant and community focussed,” he said. “We are putting on a market that’s really second to none. “Like a chameleon, we will be changing the flavour of the market from week to week. “One week the focus will be on a farmers’ market, then arts and crafts, then antique and even a technology focus.

From left, Cranbourne Harness chief executive David Scott, Graham and Allan Jackman from Markets to Market, Cranbourne Greyhound chief executive Tony Wright, Casey councillor Amanda Stapleton and mayor Geoff Ablett celebrate the Cranbourne Trackside Community Market and Fair coming to Casey. Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS “This will be supplemented with displays, demonstrations, car shows and entertainment for all ages. “Local charities will have the ability to become involved on a rotational basis to gain exposure and raise money. “Cranbourne has a large pensioner community so they will not be charged entry to the market. “We want to involve everyone in this and make it a real community asset. “We hope the Cranbourne and

wider Casey community embrace the event, get involved, enjoy it and use it as a way to promote themselves.” Mr Jackman said they would be embracing the venue and incorporating the racing side of things into the feel of the market. “Every second Saturday there will be harness racing trials on so that will add to the excitement,” he said. “We are encouraging people to bring a picnic rug, enjoy the market and harness racing.

“It will be a great cross synergy of people and families enjoying the market atmosphere, but also the colour, sounds and smells of harness racing.” The first market will be held on Saturday 23 November from 8am to 2pm at Cranbourne Racing Centre, Grant Street. For more information or to register to become a stall holder visit www.cranbournetracksidemarket. or call 9462 3515.

Top sports facility is underway CONSTRUCTION on the next stage of a $6.6 million sporting precinct at Marriott Waters estate is now underway. Works have kicked off on the sports pavilion at the Lyndhurst precinct, which is expected to be completed in March next year. The state-of-the-art pavilion will feature new change rooms for football, cricket and netball teams, a multi-purpose room, a kitchen, canteen, office space and storeroom. The pavilion will be situated between two ovals, elevated above the playing surface to give patrons a view of both grounds. City of Casey mayor Geoff Ablett said the new sporting facilities cemented Casey’s reputation as the sporting capital in Melbourne’s south east. “Whether football, cricket or netball, the Marriott Waters pavilion will offer a facility for members of the community to come together and take part in local sport,” he said. “Council is working to ensure that sport and recreation continue to grow and prosper at a local level.”

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The service - funded by South Eastern Melbourne Medicare Local - is expected to improve their medical treatment, as well as free up police and emergency department resources. The program is similar to a successful Police Ambulance Crisis Assessment Early Response model that has operated in other parts of Melbourne. It is also supported by Victoria Police and Monash Health. Inspector Wayne Viney of Casey police said the program would free

up police queuing for hours in emergency departments with distressed people picked up in the street. He said the nurse could also bring valuable advice to police in seige negotiations. Police, despite not being mental health experts, were often the firstpoint-of-call for a growing number of incidents involving mental health distress. Insp Viney said he had been “swamped” by police officers who wanted to join the team and who were keen to improve their dealing

with people with mental health conditions. South Eastern Melbourne Medicare Local chief executive Annie Peek said the aim of the program was to support “the person at home rather than within the emergency department”. “It is hoped that this initiative will have a significant overall impact on both police and emergency department utilisation and provide a much needed service throughout Melbourne’s south-east.”


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Cranbourne RSL sub-branch vice president Bill Sheppard lays a wreath at last year’s Remembrance Day service.

Services to remember SEVERAL Remembrance Day services will be held around Casey to give the community a chance to honour fallen service people. A service will be held in Endeavour Hills today (Thursday) and other services will be held on Monday at Cranbourne and Pearcedale. This year the Pearcedale service celebrates its 10th anniversary. Details for services in Casey are as follows: The Dandenong RSL sub-branch will hold a service at the Endeavour Hills War Memorial, on Heatherton Road on Thursday 7 November, assembling at 10.30am for an 11am start. The Cranbourne RSL sub-branch will hold a service on Monday 11 November from 10.30am for an 11am start. The service will be held at the Cranbourne Cenotaph site on High Street, Cranbourne. A service will be held at the Pearcedale Public Hall on Monday at 10am for a 10.15am start.

OzChild chief executive Tony Pitman and Victorian Children’s Commissioner Bernie Geary celebrated the launch of the Community VCAL campus at Cranbourne last month. need to find out who they are and what strengths they have. “VCAL teachers often find their students had trouble at school, so what is the difference here. “Firstly it is not a school, it is a house, so relationships are different and individualised and there are


beautiful relationships between students and teachers. “Curriculum is focused on transition into other traineeships and skills, on literacy and numeracy. “We have a good track record of students going into trades and other work areas.”

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OZCHILD celebrated the launch of its second Community VCAL (CVCAL) campus last month with the official opening of its new Cranbourne site. The campus was launched on Thursday 24 October, with students who had recently started at the program talking to the guests, providing catering and showcasing some of their artwork and musical performances. VCAL is designed for young people who, for one reason or another, do not necessarily fit into a traditional school system. The program offers a hands-on approach to learning for students in years 11 and 12. OzChild chief executive Tony Pitman said that now students had settled in, they were showcasing the wonderful progress they have made in the program at the opening. Mr Pitman outlined to the guests the importance of the program as a viable education alternative in the community. He said he trained as a teacher but was well aware that not all students were suited to traditional school system. “They had other skills and talents,” he said. “They came from all kinds of backgrounds. “To teach them effectively you

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Cash slam-dunk By BRIDGET COOK CASEY has slam-dunked $730,000 in funding to improve two sporting facilities for basketballers, netballers and rugby players. Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty visited Casey Indoor Leisure Centre on Wednesday to announce that the centre had received $650,000 to expand the facility from a six to 10 court stadium, including a show court with a seating capacity of 1500. The funding will also be used towards new player and referee change rooms, new entrance, reception area, offices, meeting rooms, café, kitchen, function room and first aid area. Mr Delahunty also announced that the Casey Warriors Rugby League Club received $80,000 to install lighting at its Casey Fields venue. Mr Delahunty said the funding was part of the State Government’s commitment to grow the economy, build infrastructure and contribute to the health and wellbeing of Victorians. “The Casey Indoor Leisure Centre is home to a huge basketball and netball community headlined by the local Big V

Basketball League side the Casey Cavaliers,” he said. “There are also more than 360 junior and senior basketball teams signed up to play in the Casey Basketball Association and over 330 teams signed up to the Cranbourne South West Netball Association. “With these indoors sports more popular than ever, the additional courts will give local clubs the chance to accommodate players, volunteers and spectators keen to get involved and make the stadium a truly regional facility. “For the Warriors, the new training lights will enable the club to develop and train both day and night and cater for the growing demand for rugby league in the area.” Casey Basketball Association vicepresident and Casey Big V Basketball League president Simon Krug said the funding was a great win. “We are one of the fastest growing areas in the state and we have seen a lot of growth in the sport recently,” he said. “Since the Casey Basketball Association took over we have seen an increase in players by 25 per cent in just three and half months.

“This will definitely help cater to that growth.” Mr Krug said the show court and seating capacity would greatly benefit the Big V Basketball League. “We were finding with Big-V games, particularly finals, that we had to turn people away as there was not enough seating room. “Now we will be able to seat everyone and aim higher to attract the likes of NBA level games to Casey.” The City of Casey has contributed more than $9.5 million to these two projects. City of Casey mayor Geoff Ablett said both rounds of funding were desperately needed. “This was absolutely necessary because of the huge number of netballers and basketballers we have in the area,” he said. “This is another step to get people of all ages up and moving and enjoying sport. It will also create a pathway to allow big Melbourne clubs to come out to train and run clinics for the community,” he said.


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in Casey’s VicRoads Metropolitan South Eastern Region fell by $17 million in 2012-13 compared to the previous financial year. The statistics, obtained by the Opposition under Freedom of Information laws, indicate that all seven VicRoads regions have received less funding in 2012-13 than in 2011-12. A spokeswoman for VicRoads said it was difficult for her to comment on the Opposition’s figures because she did not know how they had

been compiled. However, she said the government had provided $630 million for capital spending on a number of vital new road projects, including in Casey. “Projects which will benefit the area include the $55 million upgrade of Clyde Road, while a further $5.4 million will be spent on road safety improvements over a 14km stretch of the South Gippsland Highway, from Lang Lang to Loch,” the spokesperson said.

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I FULLY endorse Keith Townsend’s (Junk the Junkets, Opinion, News 31 October) comments on councillors Berkelmans and Smith. I will add that I firmly believe all councillors of the City of Casey be sacked and replaced with an administrator. They have all demonstrated total contempt of the residents in so many ways and their endorsement of Mike Tyler as CEO has broken the camel’s back. I will be writing to the relevant Victorian state minister along these lines. Enough is enough. Arvo Talvik, Cranbourne.

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KEITH Townsend of Narre Warren is right (Junk the Junkets, Opinion, News 31 October). Casey ratepayers’ money is indeed being wasted on junkets. Ratepayers were told, during budget “consultations” this year, by all councillors, and CEO MikeTyler, that council had no other option than to increase our rates by 7 per cent. Where were these council travel expenditures shown in the 2013/14 budget plan? The trip to the Tamworth Music Festival is a non-essential (private) travel expense that should be funded by councillors Smith and Berkelmans, not ratepayers. Ratepayers were clearly not informed by council about how our rates would be spent in the 2013/14 budget papers. Sending councillors on a ratepayer funded $3700 junket shows that council is treating ratepayers with disrespect and that ratepayers were lied to about the need to increase our rates for the period 2013/14. Inappropriate use of ratepayers’ funds for private travel expenses by councillors strikes a blow at the integrity of council’s capacity for accountability. Not one Casey councillor is on public record for speaking out against the Tamworth Music Festival junket. All Casey councillors have shown a willingness to put silence and their own political loyalties before integrity and public accountability. John Glazebrook, Endeavour Hills.

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Socially speaking Tear off a strip IN relation to It’s a Washout (Star Community, Berwick, 31 October), as nature strips are not part of the property owners’ parcel of land, councils are therefore obliged to look after and maintain them. Sure, property owners can, if they so choose, mow the lawn to keep it neat and tidy, but that’s where their obligation stops. Councils plant the trees, maintain the curbing,

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the footpaths and allow utility companies to install their services along these strips of land. Property owners are allowed, with a permit, to install a driveway crossover, if they so wish, but that’s it. The nature strip belongs to the council and, guess what, they are therefore responsible for any maintenance on the said piece of land, not property owners who don’t own the land. Terry, Via web.



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CASEY’S two hospitals have treated more patients than ever, seeing to more than 10,000 patients in three months. The latest Victorian Health Services Performance data was released last week and revealed that both Casey Hospital and Cranbourne Integrated Care Centre were performing well under pressure. The Cranbourne centre admitted 3179 patients in the three months to the end of June, up from 2937 admissions in the previous three months. The centre also admitted 35 emergency patients in the three month period, up from 18 the previous term. Despite the increase in patient and emergency presentations, the centre managed to reduce the number of patients on the elective surgery waiting list from 1710 at the end of the March quarter to 1512 at the end of June. A total of 971 patients were treated from the elective surgery waiting list in the June quarter, up on the 775 waiting list. Casey Hospital has also improved its performance in a number of key areas including providing a total of 18,030 bed-days to patients in the latest three month term, up from 17,112 for the previous quarter. Casey Hospital admitted 7412 patients in the three months to the end of June and 2985 emergency patients. The hospital also saw to a total of 12,644 patients who




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FAITH EDUCATION & SERVICE Our College motto “Be Not Afraid” reminds us and empowers us to place our trust in God Fostering the educational development of your child’s academic and spiritual needs State-Of-The-Art facilities that provide a harmonious and progressive learning environment After our successful Open Days held earlier this month, St Peter’s College would like to thank all those Parents and Students who attended, and remind you that you need to complete applications forms now for 2014 and 2015 admissions.

ENROLMENTS: Enrolments for 2014. Being accepted NOW. Enrolments for 2015. Applications Open 1st October 2013 Back: Sam Time, assistant principal Annette Gardner, Jacob Samuela and middle subschool leader Anthony Brannan. Front: Raymond Sineva, student involvement leader Kelly Bendon and Ellie Smith. They are promoting the anti cyber-bullying campaign at Lyndhurst Secondary College. Pictures: BRIDGET COOK

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LYNDHURST Secondary College (LSC) is pushing the delete button on bullying. The school is currently running an initiative designed by staff and students to help stamp out bullying, particularly cyber bullying, among students. Wristbands which promote the message ‘LSC Pushing Delete on Bullying’ are being sold and worn by staff and students, and posters displaying the same message have been put up around the school. All money raised from the wristband sales will go towards The Reach Foundation. Assistant principal Annette Gardner said the initiative was an idea by some of the teachers but was being implemented by the students. “It came out of our leadership group,” she said. “Students these days have so much more access to social media so there’s more potential for cyber bullying. “Here at Lyndhurst, we wanted to come up

Students and teachers show off their new anti cyber-bullying wristbands. with a campaign directly connected to the school. “While the wrist bands were an idea of some of the staff, we have chosen students to promote the message and they have really taken it on board. “Some kids are wearing the wristbands and more and more are asking about where they can purchase them so the message is getting out there. “It’s been great to see the students so positive about the campaign.”


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Kym Bridgford Abbie and Ainsley pushing Maddie and Teghan in the Wheelathon. Pictures: DONNA OATES

Kooweerup Secondary College is an inspiring and vibrant learning centre with a very strong community behind it. I am always impressed with the strong support for the college from local groups in the community. Students and staff are constantly working hard to improve the school and this is proving to work with excellent results for example in the VCE. The college has grown in the past six years but we are stabilising to around 980 students. During this growth we have maintained a strong sense of tradition and respect. The college values this positive school climate and works hard to extend the students through performing arts and sport in particular. We support this with excursions, a strong camps program and much more. I strongly support students having a wide range of experiences during their schooling. The college has a strong transition program and works successfully with a number of local primary schools to ensure a smooth start to secondary college life for our new students. There is also a SEAL (Select Entry Accelerated Learning) program running at the college. At Kooweerup Secondary College, everyone is encouraged to achieve their personal best. In 2014, over 800 students at our college have iPads or netbooks as part of our one to one program and we intend to continually expand ICT learning by the students providing devices. We are also undergoing a significant building program, using funds from a $7 million dollar government grant, to implement not only new buildings but a new way of developing and delivering curriculum to our students.

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Hampton Park Secondary College in 2013, celebrates 27 years of providing dedicated educational services to our local community. This time in our history affords an opportunity to reflect upon our vision for the future and the goals that will take us there. We, at Hampton Park Secondary, remain very much committed to ensuring that our community have the best educational opportunities the College is able to provide. We remain a College that is very much in touch with our community and we see our students and their achievement as the core business that drives the College to consolidate our efforts and to continuously strive to improve our performance. Our connections in the local community are reflected by our college core values of Respect, Learning and Working Together. It is these values that motivate us to ensure that our curriculum offerings, classroom practice, the educational and career pathways on offer to our students are second to none. Indeed, our primary focus is on creating the environment, resources and subject offering that provide all students with an effective pathway in life on completing their schooling. We pride ourselves on being able to offer the broadest possible range of programs and experiences for our students, whether that be through sport, music, our broadly based VCE offerings, VCAL our extensive VET programs. Over the course of the last 12 months in particular, staff have worked on developing learning sequences that provide access to the curriculum for every student in every classroom in a supportive and safe classroom environment. I continue to be immensely proud of our students and of their achievements academically, in their sporting endeavors and in their commitment and contributions in community. Our College seeks to nurture and support our future community leaders as they grow, encouraging them to take on increasing responsibility at the College and in the wider community. We celebrate their achievements and successes with them, in the positions of leadership they hold on local council committees and state leadership bodies as well as their ability and talent evidenced in the Arts, including music and dance, as seen in our regular and successful participation in events such as the College’s ‘State of the Arts’ performance. As leaders of tomorrow, the spirit, commitment and talent of our students at Hampton Park Secondary College fill me with great hope for the future.


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Fordholm Road HAMPTON PARK 3976 Phone 8795 9400

Rossiter Road Koo Wee Rup 3981 Phone 5997 1444

STUDENTS at Tooradin Primary School had a wheely good time recently at an event to raise money and promote physical activity. The school held its biannual Wheelathon event on Friday 25 October where the whole school completed as many laps as they could on their set of wheels to raise money for new maths resources for the school. A parade was held at the start of the day where students showcased their decorated bikes, scooters, billy carts and even a few wheelbarrows. It was down to business after that as students set off on their laps. Teacher Stacey Parsons said the event, which was run by the students of the junior school council, was a great success. “The Wheelathon is a great way to raise money, keep fit and healthy and have lots of fun all at the same time,” she said. “Overall, it was a terrific event with over 5000 laps completed. That’s an average of 25 laps per student.”

Chairo Hogat

It has been my privilege to lead Chairo’s Pakenham campus since it began and to see it develop over fifteen years into a vibrant community of more than 500 students from pre-Kinder to Year 11, with Year 12 classes commencing in 2014. Students are now able to start as three-year olds and transition smoothly through the various sections of the campus without needing to leave the school or travel to Drouin to complete their VCE. Recent developments have included the construction of a sports complex, food technology centre, purpose-built Middle School classrooms and an administration centre.

Our mission is “to provide excellence in Christ-centred education in partnership with families within a caring Christian community.” An education at Chairo is therefore founded upon a partnership between family and school, and we encourage our families to be active participants in the educational process. For further information you can visit us at au or contact our Enrolment Coordinator, Fiona Clacy, on 5942 5632 or at Fiona will be happy to answer questions and arrange a tour of the campus.


Our goal is to give students every opportunity to learn, excel and grow in an environment that is both nurturing and challenging. We seek to provide a range of experiences and opportunities as part of a diverse and rigorous education. We value and affirm that each individual possesses God-given gifts and talents, and we desire that our students will mature into strong Christian leaders who are responsible and active within the wider community.

Parents who are currently grappling with the important decision of Secondary Education for their children are encouraged to undertake a tour of either the St Peter’s College West or East campuses. Both Campuses have quality facilities in the areas of Science, Technology, Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Physical Education, as well as in delivering an exceptional learning environment of core subject classes. Information technology is used extensively and 2014 will see the introduction of the student tablet program. We at St Peter’s College believe that although resources and facilities are vital in the provision of a high-quality education, it is the importance of the relationship between the teacher and the child that we place the greatest value on. St Peter’s College pastoral care system provides a supportive structure where each student is known by name. Each student is encouraged to value great effort, strive for excellence and challenge to be the best they can be. This system also deliverers a very strong support system between all of our students no matter what their age. As a Catholic college, we pride ourselves on our ability to educate the whole child. This supports our belief that all are made in the image of God, therefore, we not only look to develop in our students their academic, physical and social potential but also nurture their awakening spirituality. For a tour please contact the College on 5990 7777 or

Jade helps Brylee to take part in the Wheelathon.


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Best from Botanic A HALLAM-based business took out three gongs recently for its craftsmanship and design of display homes. Botanic Homes won three categories at the Master Builders Excellence in Housing Awards, held at Crown Palladium last month. The business won the Best Display Home $250,000 - $300,000 for its Bale 4 design in Officer, the Best Display Home $300,000 - $350,000 for its Abode 4s in Cranbourne West and the Best Display Home $350,000 - $500,000 for its Atlantis 4s, also in Officer. Pictured right is Botanic Homesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sales and marketing director Craig Garvey with two of the awards.

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Journalist Negus speaks out for breakfast JOURNALIST, television presenter and author George Negus is coming to Pakenham as a guest speaker at the final Casey-Cardinia business breakfast for 2013. The event will take place on Wednesday 20 November, from 7am to 9am, with a full cooked breakfast, tea and coffee served at the Cardinia Cultural Centre. Cardinia Shire mayor Brett Owen said the event promised to be informative and entertaining.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;These breakfasts are a fantastic networking opportunity for businesses in the Casey-Cardinia region, and are always very well attended,â&#x20AC;? he said. Mr Negus has been active in Australian media since 1975, and has worked in a variety of roles in Australian television including commercial and public television affairs, with his specialisation being international affairs. In 2004, Mr Negus published

his book The World from Islam, which tells of his experiences in the Middle East and discusses issues between Islamic and non-Islamic territories. Now director of his own company, Negus Media International, Mr Negus has been in the industry for over 20 years and has seen him work in roles as a television presenter, reporter and interviewer for programs such as 60 Minutes, Foreign Correspon-

dent and Dateline. Bookings are essential and registration is required by Monday 18 November. Tickets are $45 per person or $600 for businesses to sponsor a table of 10. Visit www.trybooking. com/52316 to purchase tickets and for more information contact 1300 787 624 or ecodev@cardinia.vic.

LIPSTICKS, blush and eyeshadows - Glenda Senior knows it all. The long-time beauty advisor at Berwick Pharmacy has been honoured for her hardwork by being named Estee Lauder Pharmacy Beauty Advisor of the Year for Victoria. Ms Senior was surprised with the award at Victorian State Awards recently. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an honour to achieve and award like that,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone works so hard. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always nice to get something like that.â&#x20AC;? The award recognises outstanding performance, connection with customers, service and other criteria. She received a Tiffancy necklace as a gift. Ms Senior has worked for the Berwick Pharmacy for over six years, with Estee Lauder for nearly 20 years and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.

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