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editor’s note Finally we’ve reached the end of Semester 1! This semester seems to have passed so quickly. it was only the first week of school, and then suddenly we had the first holidays of the year and we were back at school! Now here we are, at the end of Term 2 and beginning our second holiday period. With the arrival of the holidays, particularly the winter holidays, comes the arrival of increasingly warmer and comfier clothing. Who’s going to be snuggling up in some blankets and pillows and catching up with their favourite TV shows? Most of us, to be honest. if you’re fleeing to somewhere warmer (can you take all of us with you?), enjoy the sun away from chilly Canberran winters. These holidays would be the perfect time to start working on a new hobby - scrapbooking? Crochet? Making hand-warmers? After all, now you don’t have any assessment to keep up with, so what could you possibly be spending your time on? And, of course, you can take a bit of time to read this term’s edition of The Seeker. Revisit the joys of last term’s Swimming Carnival (congratulations again to Wibalu and japara), and see if you can spot yourself in the photos! Discover the ways to get the best sleep possible (another thing to do these holidays - catch up on all that missed sleep!), or contemplate your employment future by looking at some strange jobs or those designed particularly for animal lovers. Also featured this edition is a special interview with our very own Lucy Sugerman, who we wish the best luck on this season of The Voice. Hoping you find the comfiest spot on your couch these holidays,

Lizzie Editor 2017

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cover story Swimming Carnival 2017 St Clare’s descends on Tuggeranong Pool and the madnesss begins!

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science and sports The World of Tomorrow Learn about eco-friendly inventions!

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The Science of Sleep Struggling to get a good night’s sleep? Find out why that might be!

news and current affairs

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An illeist’s Dream What’s happened in the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency?

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Benefits of Nature Can you overcome your fear of bugs?

Lush Lavishing the Earth with Love 26

Learn all about Lush and their amazing products!

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Struggling with self-worth? Some 200-year-old ideas could help.

How to Save Money Four easy steps to increasing your savings.

arts and entertainment

culture and lifestyle

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A New Approach to Body image

Les Misérables: The Miserable Musical Suprise: it’s not about the French Revolution.

The Voice of St Clare’s College An interview with Lucy Sugerman, featuring questions asked by you!

5 Strange jobs You Never Knew Existed Professional cuddler? Who knew!

+ memes!

8 Weird and Wonderful jobs for Every Animal Lover Animal-crazy? We’ve got your future sorted.

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News and Current Affairs

Written by Rosemary Collins | Designed by Joey Lee It was a beautiful day on Friday March 24. Sure, it was a tad colder than we were used to, but a fantastic day of swimming, cheering and competitive spirit was ahead of us for the 2017 Swimming Carnival! It was an early start for some, with girls coming to set up their House areas, as well as for those who chose to compete in the competitive races in the hopes of making it onto SCC’s ASC team. Soon enough, the rest of the school made its way to the Lakeside Leisure Centre to compete and cheer their fellow House members on. Once everyone had arrived and roll call was done and dusted, the main program was well on its way. Starting with the youngest members of our student body, girls swam their hearts out as they made their way to the finish line. Times were called, places were awarded, and house points were given out. The relays were next (both competitive and fun), providing an opportunity for girls to earn extra points for their Houses. Those who didn’t compete in the relays cheered and supported their friends from the stands. Split between the Olympic and kid pools, the girls (in their PC groups) then participated in a variety of novelty events including noodle relays, allowing everyone to get involved in a fun yet competitive way to gain more House points. It was now time for the War Cries. Each House had their turn, cheering their hearts out for two minutes in a last ditch attempt to pull themselves over the line to win the Championship or Spirit Cup. Each House had done their best, but only two could be crowned champions. This year, the winners of each cup were announced a little differently. Rather than just being called out over the microphone, each of the House captains were pushed into the pool until one pair were left standing. Congratulations to Wibalu and Japara, who were crowned winners of the Championship and Spirit Cups, respectively. Congratulations are also in order for every House who competed with such a fantastic show of spirit, drive and sportsmanship, and to the girls who qualified (and competed) for ASC. For the year 12s, the day’s conclusion was bittersweet as it was our last SCC carnival, one of many ‘lasts’ to come. All in all, it was an amazing day, one which will certainly hold many wonderful memories for us all.

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Science and Sports

As we learn more about our impact on the Earth, inventors and engineers alike are constantly working on new inventions to create a greener and brighter tomorrow. Below are five unique, ecofriendly products. Designed for ordinary people to use, they may be a common sight in the future.

Trinity: Ever wanted your own portable mini windmill? Because now you can get one, thanks to American company Janulus. Designed so that everyone can afford to generate their own clean, renewable energy, Trinity is essentially a transportable little wind turbine which comes in a variety of different sizes. This means that you can sustainably charge anything from your phone to your campervan on the go.

Pavegen There are smart phones, smart TV’s, smart cars and now, joining the smart revolution is smart flooring. Invented by Laurence Kemball-Cook, Pavegen is a form of smart flooring that produces electricity and collects data when walked on. First made in 2009, Pavegen is already producing electricity and collecting data in over 150 different public locations around the world, including airports, soccer fields and much more.

Hopefully these new products will encourage many

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Sprout Pencils are one of the most common stationery items, and have been filling landfills across the world for decades. To change this, three students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have designed Sprout, a brand of pencils different to all others. This cedar pencil is made unique with seeds and peat inside a decomposable capsule at the end of the pencil; so that when you can’t write with it anymore, you can plant it. With both lead and colour pencils, Sprout pencils contain many different seeds ranging from herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables.

Salt Lamp Powered by water and salt alone, SALt Lamps are a safe and affordable form of lighting for all. Invented by Aisa Mijeno, these lamps are primarily for people in developing countries who do not have access to electricity, and would otherwise be using kerosene lamps. These lamps would be perfect for camping trips, and new versions can also charge smartphones and other small electrical appliances.

Ecofont Although Ecofont is not exactly an invention, it’s still a very ecofriendly product. True to its name, Ecofont can help you to use up to 50% less ink. The secret is in its unique design, as the font is actually full of tiny holes. These holes are so small that they are unnoticeable unless you zoom in on your computer or make the text extremely large. For something so small, these holes make a huge difference.

to live sustainably and become more ecofriendly. Article by: Cristina Munoz Designed by: Aananya Jha

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Science and Sports

Most people I know are big fans of sleep. After all, it’s generally viewed as the most relaxing time of day; but, in reality, thinking that our brains switch off during sleep is as true as when some of us thought that 2012 was the end of the world. That’s because many studies have shown that our brains are actually hard at work in order for us to have a good night’s rest.

Sleep Shrinks Your Brain (But That’s A Good Thing)

Facts!

Big brains aren’t always better brains. Every moment of our waking lives, we’re exposed to new stimuli and our brain works hard to store new information. As our brains do this, the gaps between neurons become larger and stronger; which is all good and well…to a certain point. Think of a towel or sponge; it can only absorb so much water – or in this case, information. Once our brains have reached a point of total saturation, we can’t learn as effectively as we would want to. This is where sleep comes in handy. While we’re sleeping, our synapses are weakened. This might sound bad – after all, it means we’re forgetting things, but in reality, it can be very useful. This process means that we can remember what’s important and get rid of unnecessary details, allowing us to learn new things every day.

Sea otters hold hands while sleeping to avoid drifting apart

Almost 90% of high school students don’t get enough sleep on school nights (x)

The record for the longest period without sleep is 18 days, 21 hours and 40 minutes. The record holder reported hallucinations, paranoia, blurred vision, memory/ concentration lapses and slurred speech. (x)

Anything less than 5 minutes to fall asleep means you’re sleep deprived.

Today, 75% of us dream in colour. Before coloured television, that number was lower at 15%. (x)

Whales and dolphins literally fall half asleep. Since they are mammals that live in water, each half of their brain takes turns ensuring the body comes up to the surface to breathe.

Don’t snooze? You lose.

Is Counting Sheep Better Left to Shepherds? A study by Oxford University has shown that if you can’t sleep, you probably shouldn’t count sheep. Researchers found that volunteers who counted sheep took just as long as those who were not told do anything. The reason, they think, is that such a task is too boring to do for such a long time, which gives space for worries to creep into your mind. Instead, you should imagine a relaxing scene, eg. a beach or walking through the woods. But of course, if you find counting farm animals useful, by all means continue.

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Written by Wafa Rasheed Designed by Emily Kennedy-Hine

The Dark Side of Blue Light I don’t want to scare you…but blue light is everywhere and it’s almost impossible to escape, especially on a bright and beautiful sunny day. See, that’s because the sun is the main producer of blue light. In fact, the blue light particles from this star collide with air molecules, causing the blue light particles to scatter. That, folks, is why the sky is blue. But wait. That doesn’t mean you should cancel your picnic or become a hermit. The human body can adapt amazingly to the environment around us. It usually takes a very long time – but since blue light has been around since, well, forever, our bodies are well suited to it. In fact, blue light is essential to us. It helps boost memory, mood and alertness. Additionally, like the other colours of visible light, our brain uses it to maintain our cardiac rhythm (sleep clock), with blue light having the strongest effect. In fact, during the day, blue light is actually a hero… …Until night-time. See, blue light is like a superhero with an identity crisis. Half of the time it’s good, the other half, it’s bad. At night, we don’t want to feel alert – we want to go to sleep, so being exposed to blue light can wreak havoc on our sleep rhythm. Extra exposure to blue light has never been a problem in history because our only source of it was through the sun. But now, we are surrounded by all sorts of screens: phones, TV’s, computers- you name it, and they all produce blue light. If we use these devices at night, falling asleep can become really hard. Additionally, because blue light has a shorter wave length, it flickers more easily. This means long periods of time in front of a digital screen can cause headaches and fatigue. So what can you do to defeat blue light? - Take a 20-20-20 break. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away (approx.. 6 meters) for 20 seconds. - Clean your screen often; dust and smudges can increase glare. - If you can, increase text size - Turn the brightness down as far as what is suitable - Try to limit time on devices to 6 hours (I bet you’ve heard that one at least 100 times) - And of course, avoid screen time before bed; do assignments that need devices first and then move on to bookwork later.

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News and Current Affairs

Written by Sophie Wink | Designed by Elizabeth Crane

As the 100 day milestone passed for the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald Trump naturally claims that the media has “fake news” and that everything was coming up trumps, albeit a little controversial in the media. How exactly he is ‘Making America Great Again?’ First on the agenda is Trump and Syria. What exactly triggered Trump’s sudden interest in launching that missile attack? Well, according to him, it was the deplorable chemical attack on innocent civilian children that led to his counterstrike on the terrorist forces. He did this to lessen the threat of chemical weapons to human lives. During his 100th day celebrations, protests against Trump, his policies and climate change were held across the US. This was because Trump wanted to pull out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, calling it a hoax by scientists. Scepticism around his validity as President of the United States has only increased as time goes on. Now, what exactly has Trump been doing in his 100 days of power? The President started up by accusing China of currency manipulation and trusting Russia to help destroy ISIS once and for all. Already, he has not come through with some of his policies. Trump’s “wall” is simply a fence that was already there and he is putting money into repairing it. He also scrapped the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement. Additionally, he attempted to pass a travel ban on citizens from particular countries, which was denied by the courts due to its barbaric nature. Recently, he fired the Director of the FBI. This dismissal is being treated as highly suspicious as the director was investigating Trump’s relationship with Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin. The last president to fire an FBI director was Bill Clinton, however, this was over financial irregularities. Trump’s reason seems to be purely personal. Many consider that, of all the things Trump has done with his 100 days as the President of the US, the worst thing is anger North Korea onto the brink of nuclear war. The threat of this very powerful and highly armed rogue nation with a dictator at its head may be the butt of many jokes, but when it comes to their weapons capabilities they could cause a world-wide nuclear catastrophe. Now, you may have been reading this article wondering what exactly an illeist is, having never come across this term, and are confused as to what relation this word has to Trump. Illeism is the act of referring to yourself in the third person as opposed to in the first person. Illeism and narcissism are often thought to be closely related to each other and the practice of being an illeist is present in almost everything Trump does including his outrageous and bizarre tweets. However, whether or not Trump is also a narcissist is completely up to you. There’s no denying that he has done a lot in his short time as President. His achievements, although controversial, have all been in the name of “progress” and have the world watching in awe at his power and fear of his unpredictability as we prepare for what curveballs this president will throw at the world next. Everyone knows that the President’s next move will be just as unpredictable as the last one; the fate of many people rests upon the shoulders of this rich and powerful man.

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Read The Guardian’s 100-day breakdown here!

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Culture and Lifestyle Written and designed by Sophia Childs

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Work out Outdoors

A study by Glasgow University showed that people who walked, biked, or ran in nature had a lower risk of poor mental health than people who worked out indoors. I know it’s getting colder, but winter landscapes are beautiful! And the health benefits are worth the initial struggle of forcing yourself to go outside ;)

Strengthen Immunity

Researchers at Tokyo’s Nippon Medical School found that women who spent six hours in the woods over the course of two days had an increase in virus- and tumour-fighting white blood cells, and the boost lasted at least seven days afterwards.

Feel Happier

According to a study in the Korean Journal of Radiology, people who were shown pictures of scenic, natural landscapes had heightened activity in areas of the brain associated with recall of happy memories compared to people shown urban landscapes. Set your laptop/phone/whatever screen saver to one of nature! Put some photos of your favourite landscapes around your room.

Nature Soothes

In a study of patients who underwent gall bladder surgery, half had a view of trees and half had a view of a wall. According to the physician who conducted the study, Robert Ulrich, the patients with the view of trees tolerated pain better, appeared to nurses to have fewer negative effects, and spent less time in a hospital. More recent studies have shown similar results with scenes from nature and plants in hospital rooms.

Restores Mental Energy

One study found that people's mental energy bounced back even when they just looked at pictures of nature (pictures of city scenes had no such effect). Studies have also found that natural beauty can elicit feelings of awe, which results in a mental boost.

Improves Mental Health

A recent report from Natural England shows that taking part in nature-based activities helps people who are suffering from mental health problems and can contribute to reducing levels of anxiety, stress, and depression.

Local(ish) places to enjoy nature: Cotter Reserve, Tidbinbilla, Namadgi National Park , Mount Ainslie Lookout, Australian National Botanic Gardens and the South Coast

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Culture and Lifestyle In 2006, product packaging was responsible for 2% of greenhouse gases and the manufacture of plastic used 8% of the world’s oil resources. It’s these statistics that made Lush vow to use as little packaging as they could, thus introducing ‘naked’ packaging. “Lush saved 3 million plastic bottles from being made, transported and disposed of in 2006 because customers bought naked shampoo bars instead of liquid, packaged shampoo” (Lush, ‘Go Naked’). The thinking behind Lush’s packaging is perfectly encapsulated in their 2007 protest, where workers in Lush’s London stores wore nothing but aprons emblazoned with the slogan “ask me why I’m naked”. The employees shared Lush’s thoughts on waste and protecting the environment and definitely stood out! All of Lush’s products are handmade and they aim to give you the freshest cosmetics online. What does this actually mean? Lush. Even the word alone suggests extravagance, elegance and enjoyment. It’s all this and more that the products Lush sells you. But that’s not all you’re buying.

On the brand’s homepage, there are 6 descriptors of Lush products. These include being 100% vegetarian, ethical buying, fighting animal testing, having the freshest cosmetics online, being handmade and only having ‘naked’ packaging. But what does this actually mean?

From the start of Lush’s gorgeous products hitting our shelves, they have always maintained a strong love of animals. They find many alternatives to using animal fats in their products, and often use vegetable oils. All of their goods are made in an environment free from animal flesh and they claim to be in alignment with the values of the Vegetarian Society. When they do have to use products from animals (such as, eggs, yoghurt, honey, or lanolin) they try and use the most sustainable version they can. Lush also refuses to test their products on animals, and are working on finding other ways to safely test their products. Sounds good, but what else do they do?

Ethical buying is something that Lush prides itself on. Ethical buying, for Lush, is buying the ingredients of their products after looking at different factors that influence the ingredient, such as workers’ rights, transport (the distance the ingredient has to travel, packaging involved and the amount of freight), animal protection and the environment. If an ingredient doesn’t meet Lush’s requirements, they don’t buy it. It is because of this policy that Lush has helped protect the environment. They have stopped using roughly 250 tonnes of palm oil to try and save the orangutan. They use Fair Trade shea butter, supporting 400 women in Ghana. And it only gets better…

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In 2006, product packaging was responsible for 2% of greenhouse gases and the manufacture of plastic used 8% of the world’s oil resources. It’s these statistics that made Lush vow to use as little packaging as they could, thus introducing ‘naked’ packaging. “Lush saved 3 million plastic bottles from Bbeing made, transported and disposed of in 2006 because customers bought naked shampoo bars instead of liquid, packaged shampoo” IIn ‘Go 2006, product The packaging was behind responsible for packaging 2% of (Lush, Naked’). thinking Lush’s is perfectly encapsulated in their 2007 protest, greenhouse gases and the manufacture of plastic used 8%but aprons emblazoned with the slogan “ask me why where workers in Lush’s London stores wore nothing of the world’s oil resources. It’s these statistics that made I’m naked”. The employees shared Lush’s thoughts on waste and protecting the environment and definitely Lush vow to use as little packaging as they could, thus instood out! troducing ‘naked’ packaging. “Lush saved 3 million plastic All of Lush’s products are handmade they aimoftoingive you the freshest cosmetics online. What does this bottles from being made, transportedand and disposed 2006 because customers bought naked shampoo bars inactually mean? stead of liquid, packaged shampoo” (Lush, ‘Go Naked’). The thinking behind Lush’s packaging is perfectly encapsulated in their 2007 protest, where workers in Lush’s London stores wore nothing but aprons emblazoned with the slogan “ask me why I’m naked”. The employees shared Lush’s thoughts on waste and protecting the environment and definitely stood out! All of Lush’s products are handmade and they aim to give you the freshest cosmetics online. What does this actually mean?

All of the company’s products are taken off the factory shelves 21 days after manufacturing and transported to you. Just like food, Lush products also have a use-by date and Lush recommends chucking it out after that date has passed. Even more interesting, is that you can see when your product was made, and even who it was made by! “…a team of chefs blend, slice and juice live from Lush Kitchen giving you a window into the fresh, handmade manufacturing process.” (Lush, ‘Freshest Cosmetics Online’). Yep, when you buy Lush, you aren’t just buying the product- you’re buying a whole experience in one bath bomb.

So whatever your next Lush product is, relax and love it even more, knowing there are no nasty effects to the environment!

Written by Analise Greenhlagh Designed by Heather Byron

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Culture and Lifestyle

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In 2012, the International Watching Paint Dry Championships began – a competition which sees people from all over the world compete for the glory of the longest time watching paint dry. Prior to the competition, one must send in a picture of themselves staring at the paint along with the longest time they have done this for in order to be considered for the final rounds and a chance at $100,000 in prize money. A man in the UK also gets paid to watch paint dry all day, to see how long it takes and observe any changes in texture or colour.

Jen Glantz is a professional bridesmaid. She is paid to walk women down the aisle and to be a general companion and assistant in helping with a wedding. Jen was sick of all her friends getting married (she was often a bridesmaid) and not having many people to just hang out with, until: “Suddenly, it hit me: If weddings were going to be such a big part of my life, why not get paid for it? Why not become a professional bridesmaid?” So she entered into this untapped market by simply putting an ad on Craigslist and very quickly got many replies. In 2015 alone she wore over 30 bridesmaid dresses, clearly beating Jane’s 27.

Now who would have thought it possible for someone to be paid to look sad at a funeral? Surely this would never be needed. What’s the point? Rent a Mourner is a company based out of Essex in UK who lend out people for wakes and funerals. “We are typically invited to help increase visitors to funerals where there may be a low turnout expected. This can usually be a popularity issue or being new to an area, or indeed, the it’s not just in England – mourners can also be hired in places like rural China to ensure the “funeral is a spectacle of grief” (AFP, SBS).

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Written by Kathryn Liston Designed by Joey Lee

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Cuddling has actually become a profession for some people. Erin Menardi was a “cuddler”. She had been keen to earn some money and cuddling seemed as though it didn’t require much effort so she gave it a go. Cuddling agencies promote themselves as having benefits for the mind body and soul, and say that touch can be platonic (intimate and affectionate but not sexual, like friendship). However while this may be true Erin wasn’t entirely comfortable with this job and it definitely wasn’t all that pleasant: “his sticky breath hot in my ear. I cringe. My jaw clenches, and my defeated body sinks back into pillows” she said. According to SnuggleBuddies all you need to become a professional cuddler is to: • • • • • •

Have a photo to attach. Be affectionate to anyone. Be accepting of all races, ages, genders, and sexual orientations. Be reliable with strong interpersonal and communication skills. Ideally you should be a woman - the market for male cuddlers is very small. Understand and agree to the Cuddler Contract.

In Jakarta, Indonesia some people make money by catching a ride in a car. 24 years ago Jakarta introduced a lane in which only cars holding 3 or more people could travel during peak hours in an aim to reduce traffic congestion. However this has led to a whole new “black economy” where some of the city’s poorest catch a ride for some cash (usually roughly $2) so that drivers have enough passengers to travel in the faster lane. Jockeys are usually women travelling with babies because they count as another person. The biggest difference this job has from the rest, though, is that it isn’t legal and people do get caught for doing this. It has led to the change in the rules once again. “Personally, I want [it] gone because there’s no effect whatsoever [on traffic]. [Jockeys] with babies [can bypass the regulation] and to keep the babies from crying they are drugged. I would rather sit in traffic than endanger these children,” - Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama was quoted saying in the Jakarta Globe newspaper.

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Culture and Lifestyle

Do you have a passion for all animals great and small? Do you wish you could be paid to hang out with cute animals? Are you hoping for a job where every day is different? Then look no further! Below are eight jobs where you can put your passion of animals into action.

Study the breeding habits, behaviour and migration patterns of wolves.

Lights! Camera! Action! An animal wrangler trains and encourages animals to fill their specific roles.

If you are looking for a job that involves traveling, then this one is for you. However, there’s something a bit fishy about this job. An ichthyologist studies everything to know about fish and travels the globe searching for new species.

Has anyone seen Fido? Don’t stress, just call up a dog warden and they will return your lost dog. Dog wardens collect lost dogs from the streets and return them to their homes safe and sound.

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Unfortunately Veterinary Radiologists can’t read animals’ minds. They can, however, see inside their bodies using imaging technology. They use equipment such as x-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds and MRIs to see the animal’s organs to diagnose and treat diseases.

Are you looking for a job that will keep you bee-sy? What about an apiarist? This job involves caring for bees, harvesting honey and maintaining hives.

A zoologist is a permanent member of the animal kingdom. They study, conduct research and care for captive animals, as well as educating students and the general public and observing animals’ behavior.

Be amazed by the amazing capabilities of our four-legged canine friends as you train them to sniff out a child by the scent of an item of clothing or guide a blind person across a busy road. A dog handler trains and handles service dogs to perform various duties to help the community.

Written by Natasha Kelly Designed by Wafa Rasheed & Elizabeth Crane

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Ugh, body image. Everyone struggles – whatever clothes size, however tanned, however long our legs are, however straight our teeth are, whatever, we all at some point compare ourselves to others and feel that our bodies aren’t good enough. So that girl you see who manages to look perfect ALL THE TIME? She probably struggles with body image too. This seems depressing – if the most gorgeous people don’t feel good enough, how can anyone? Society has presented many ways to fix our body image problems. Some recommend eating well, exercising, meditating, focusing on your talents, being grateful for your blessings, ‘accepting’ yourself…people turn to all sorts of things to make themselves feel better. It occurred to me that right in the midst of all these things telling us how to feel good, there’s something that’s been around for thousands of years that might be able to answer what it means to be a fulfilled person…the Catholic faith. While the last church talk you heard probably wasn’t about how you as a teenage girl can fix your body image problems, the Catholic faith seems to have a fascinating approach – questions like who am I, what am I worth, am I loved and accepted are all answered abundantly by the Catholic faith. Jesus died on the cross. Surely he didn’t get crucified for nothing! What kind of person would do that? And why? The Catholic faith reckons he got crucified because he loves you so much that he couldn’t bear to be in heaven without you, and dying for your sins means you can be in heaven with him. Read that again, if you wouldn’t mind! What kind of love is that? What would it feel like to be loved that much? If Jesus really did this because he loves me, suddenly everything could change. If God thinks I’m good enough to die for, then maybe I am precious and special and worth more than I know. This is the deepest truth of the Catholic faith; that Jesus died because he’s in love with you. And what’s more, this doesn’t seem like a general ‘you’, like ‘I died for you people’. It’s more like, ‘I died for you, Laura, as if you were the only person alive – that’s how much I love you!’ If this is true, it could be a source of overwhelming joy! The creator of the universe loves me to the point of death? And he would die all over again just for me if he needed to? Whaaaaat?! This could blow apart all my worries about whether I am good enough. I wouldn’t need anything else but this knowledge; it would completely satisfy my heart to know God has told me that he created me with purpose and thinks I’m truly beautiful. Imagine knowing that no matter what, I’ll always be cherished and treasured! How incredible!! Who would have thought that a problem like body image could be blown apart by a religious truth? And yet it seems like the ancient, timeless Catholic faith has a legit answer to one of the toughest challenges of the 21st century. Millions have found their fulfilment in the Catholic spirituality; maybe this is why! This could give you the freedom to eat that lamington if you want it, or smile at the mirror instead of turning away. This could say; you are not a mistake; God lovingly formed you, calls you by name, and died for you. This might be all we need to live out a confident, joyful life, if we are all uniquely beautiful daughters of the King! Imagine what that would be like!

Written by Laura Van Der Linden Designed by Elena Catanzariti

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Culture and Lifestyle

Imagine this: it’s your first part-time job, and you are getting paid for the first time. The excitement is inevitable and the urge to spend that money straightaway is overwhelming. Then, you get paid for the second time and you want to spend that money. Soon, you’re creating reasons for why you are spending your money as soon as you get it. Then you see something that you really like, something you really want, only to discover that you don’t have any money to pay for it. After a bit of number crunching, you work out that you will have enough money in 3 months to buy this item, so you tell yourself you’ll save. You then receive your next pay check, and despite saying, ‘I will save’, repeatedly in your head, you find yourself walking over and buying something frivolous instead. You then realise that this plan is not going to work, and so you start looking for other options. There are ways to save money, and they are not as hard as you think.

Figure out how much you want to save, and how long it will take you to reach that goal based on your income. Let’s just say you want to buy something that costs $500, and you earn $8 an hour, and work 5 hours a week. This means you earn $40 a week, and $160 a month. Start by deciding when you need this money by; for example, let’s say you need it in 6 months. Divide your savings goal by your time goal, you would need to divide $500 by 6 months. This gives you a rough total of $84. What this equates to is saving $84 each month in order to reach your goal within six months. This may sound like a lot of money, but it is really only $21 a week, or 53% of your weekly earnings. The amount you need to save will depend in how much you earn, what your savings target is, and how long you want to save for. To make things easier, Commonwealth Bank has set up a savings calculator to automatically figure out how much you will need to save, depending on all the factors listed.

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Decide on a place to store the money you save. You could keep it in a container, a separate purse or a bank account. There are advantages and disadvantages to each location. The obvious benefit of a container or purse is that it is near you, so when you have saved enough you can go out straight away and buy what you want. The disadvantage is that you may be tempted to open the container and take the money out, defeating the entire purpose of saving. If you do decide to go this way, try sealing the container so it is really difficult to open, that way you won’t be bothered to open it until you are finished saving. The benefit of a bank account is that the money is safe from temptation. Additionally, you can put your money in a savings account and, providing it’s there for long enough, you will start earning interest!


Continue adding to your savings. Wherever you decide to store your money, it’s a good idea to keep a record of how much you save, so you are aware of where your money is. Also, the money you allocate for saving put away straight away – that way you won’t be tempted to spend it instead of saving. It is important to visualise your end goal – maybe put a picture if it on your computer screen so that you keep reminding yourself why you are saving.

When you have reached your goal it is time to spend that money the way you intended. Celebrate and congratulate yourself on a job well done.

It is quite simple to save. The general rule when it comes to saving is save about 50% of your earnings every month. It’s up to you if you want to save more or less. Don’t forget that just because you are saving doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Spend the money you have decided not to save how you want, anything left over you can always add to your savings. Just make sure you don’t spend more than you have allowed! Saving can be fun, and it’s a real accomplishment when you have reached your goal. It makes what you wanted to spend your money on worth it as you know you have worked hard for it. Good luck and happy saving!

Written by Megan White Designed by Elizabeth Crane

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Arts and Entertainment

So I’m sure many of you have heard of the musical, movie and novel Les Misérables. From Eddie Redmayne and Hugh Jackman in the 2012 movie adaption to Nick Jonas in the 25th Anniversary performance, it’s hard to miss this musical phenomenon. But just for those who haven’t, here’s a quick run down.

So a quick, and I mean quick, summary of the plot. Basically this musical is set in France during the early 19th-century, and is the story of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict, and his quest for redemption. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life after a kindly bishop inspires him through an act of mercy, but he is persistently tracked down by a police inspector named Javert. Along the way, Valjean and many other characters are swept into a revolutionary period in France (but not the French Revolution!), where we meet a group of young idealists and watch them make their last stand at a street barricade.

1. The musical is based off the novel by Victor Hugo (which is 1,900 pages in the original French and 1,400 in English, I might add). This makes the 2012 movie a movie based off a musical based off a book. 2. The musical has been translated into 22 different languages 3. There are approximately 101 cast and crew in every performance 4. Contrary to popular opinion, the musical is NOT set during the French Revolution of 1789. The action begins in 1815, and follows events over the next two decades including the Paris Uprising of 1832. 5. It is the third longest musical, after Phantom of the Opera and Cats, lasting 2 hours and 50 minutes (including interval) 6. The original French version of the show ran for 107 performances in 1980 at the Palais des Sports in Paris. 7. The first premiere of the English version, was on October 8th 1985 in London, making it more than 30 years old. It’s still running there today in the Queen’s Theatre. 8. Production has played over 53,000 professional performances.

Do you hear the people sing? Singing a song of angry men?It is the music of a people who will not be slaves again! – Do You Hear the People Sing? Tomorrow we'll discover what our God in Heaven has in store! One more dawn! One more day! One day more! –One Day More That those who falter and those who fall, must pay the price – Stars I dreamed a dream in time gone by when hope was high and life worth living. – I Dreamed A Dream I love him but every day I'm learning. All my life I've only been pretending. Without me his world will go on turning; a world that's full of happiness that I have never known. – On My Own Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise! – Do You Hear the People Sing?

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Written by Caitlin Davies Designed by Elizabeth Crane

Valjean is a paroled convict (prisoner 24601), imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a load of bread, who is failing to find work (convicts being poorly regarded) and is redeemed by the Bishop of Digne. He conceals his identity (under the alias "Monsieur Madeleine") in order to live his life again as an honest man. However, Javert constantly pursues him. Later, Valjean adopts Cosette, after witnessing the death of Fantine, her mother, and together they escape to Paris.

Cosette is the daughter of Fantine and adoptive daughter of Valjean. As a small child, she is left with the Thénardiers who horribly abuse her. Cosette is then adopted by Valjean. She later marries Marius Pontmercy near the end of the story.

He is a student and revolutionary who is involved with Les Amis de L’ABC, a student activist group. He is close friends with Courfeyrac (although in the musical, closer to Enjolras) and Eponine, and joins them at the barricade. Although wounded there, he is saved by Jean Valjean. Prior to the night of the barricade, he meets and falls in love with Cosette, whom he later marries.

Enjolras is the leader of Les Amis de L’ABC, a group of students dedicated to making changes to France’s political situation. He has a close relationship with everyone in the group, especially with Courfeyrac, Combeferre and Grantaire. He is the brave leader of the barricade rebellion.

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Arts and Entertainment

When thinking of what article to write for this term, my mind turned to the name on everyone’s lips: Lucy Sugerman. As many of you know, Lucy is a Year 11 student here at St. Clare’s, plus an amazingly talented musician and contestant on the hit reality show ‘The Voice’. I asked all of you girls what you wanted me to ask Lucy and I can tell you now that she loved all of your questions and is so grateful for all the support and love you’ve shown her throughout her journey.

When did you start singing and why do you enjoy music? I’ve loved singing and music since I was really little, but started doing it properly when I was 9! I enjoy music because it is so versatile and there is no set way of doing it. You can make people feel a variety of emotions! Music can connect to every aspect of life and it brings people together. Music is like a universal language – and I love that.

How much practice do you put into it? I practice music pretty much every day, for at least an hour. Except for when I have exams (smh school).

Do you ever have stage fright and how do you get over nerves when performing? I get stage fright and nerves every time! Every time I get nervous I just tell myself (as funny as this sounds) that ‘I probably won’t die’ and life will go on no matter the outcome of the performance. The worst thing that can happen is people won’t like it.

Who is your biggest inspiration? My biggest influence and inspiration would have to be (drum roll) Taylor Swift. I love her and her music to bits and admire her intelligence in the music business, her ability to rise above stupid negativity in the media, write wonderful lyrics and carry herself so well, as well as her amazing song writing, production & performance skills!

What did it feel like to be on The Voice Australia stage for the very first time? It was absolutely terrifying but also extremely exciting! The whole audition went by in a blur – the one thing I remember clearly was how quiet it was walking on stage and only hearing my loud footsteps.

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What's your favourite song? My favourite song changes all the time – at the moment it would have to be ‘I’m A Fantastic Wreck’ by Montaigne!

How hard it was to choose the song you wanted to sing for your blind audition? Well, at the time I was obsessed with ‘Space Oddity’ and I thought my version was kinda cool, so I just went with it. The producers pretty much let me do what I wanted, which was awesome.

Was Seal your first pick or did you have someone else in mind?

I went into it planning to decide off how they pitch – if they even turned! I didn’t expect one, let alone three, coaches to turn so that was awesome – but it was also a very difficult decision. I think any coach would have been a good choice – but Seal seemed like the way to go!

If you win The Voice what will you name your friends/fans?

My friend suggested Sugerbabies. Sugermen? Sugerwomen? I don’t know, I feel funny naming people!

What’s the craziest thing that hashappened to you after being on The Voice?

I think in general it’s been crazy that people are now ‘recognising’ me in the street and wanting photos! It’s like, I go to school and I’m just a person like everyone else. To be honest it feels pretty cool but it’s also made me realise how awkward I am at talking to people.

What are your hopes and dreams for the future?

I’m hoping to be able to have the resources to make the music I want to make and maybe go on a national (or even international) tour one day! That would be amazing. I just hope I can make a career in music and be able to inspire people to do what they want in life & work hard as well as make them feel emotions and stuff through music. Collated by Clare Pinkerton Designed by Elizabeth Crane

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Brought to you by Isabel Beaumont, Kate Washington, Kyra Allan and Ellie Mahar!

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Your Team 2017

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Analise Greenhalgh Aananya Jha Caitlin Davies Clare Pinkerton Cristina Munoz Elena Catanzariti Elizabeth Crane Emily Kennedy-Hine Heather Byron Joey Lee Kathryn Liston Laura Van Der Linden Lourine D’Rozario Maryam Mansuri Megan Phipps Megan White Natasha Kelly Rosemary Collins Sophia Childs Sophie Wink Wafa Rasheed

The Seeker Term 2, 2017  
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