Country life calling for BembokaSchool’s new teacher

Bemboka Public School’s principal Jan Rogers greets new teacher Chris Reeve. RELATED COVERAGE:Bemboka School’s new pupils are colourful learnersIT WAS a calling for life closer to the outdoors that led Bemboka Public School’s newest teacher to the Bega Valley.
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Chris Reeve started at the school this year, teaching Years 4, 5 and 6.

Originally from Melbourne, Mr Reeve moved to the Valley at the start of 2014 and has spent the time doing relief work at schools around the district.

“I hadn’t had any experience in a small school before, and I like the small school environment,” he said.

When asked why he chose to come to the Valley, he replied “I’ve got a boat, got a stand-up paddle board, love the outdoors, love fishing and I love the beach”.

Mr Reeve’s love of teaching began when he was working in the Whitsundays.

“I liked teaching people how to sail and build their knowledge, and I don’t like working in an office on a desk,” he said.

“I like people, getting to know the kids and building up relationships with the kids.”

Before moving to the Valley, Mr Reeve worked at Yarra Junction Primary School for three years.

He enjoyed how Bemboka Public had plenty of activities for children to do, such as woodwork and cooking.

Outside of school, Mr Reeve wants to play sport such as AFL and hopes to join a surf lifesaving club.

While Mr Reeve is currently working a part-time position, if the school receives one more enrolment he will be able to work full-time.

He said he will hopefully be in the Valley for a long time, as “it’s a lovely area”.

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$500,000 clubhouse dream to become a reality

YOU can’t wipe the smile off Singleton Netball Association president Kerri Koosmen’s face.
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The organisation is in celebration mode at the moment after Singleton Council signed a Voluntary Planning Agreement (VAP) with LiddellCoal Operations that will see $80,000 put towards construction of a newclubhouse at Rose Point Park.

The funds mean the associationcan proceed with construction of a $500,000 facility at the end of the2015 season with a developmentapplication for the project already approved.

The new clubhouse will featureadditional toilet and shower amenities, a larger canteen, and a meeting room big enough to conduct coaching and umpiring courses.

The association boasts some of the most highly-accredited officials in NSW.

“It’s fabulous news,” Mrs Koosmen said.

“I’ve been involved in Singletonnetball for a quarter of a century, but this fight [for a new clubhouse] has been going on for 10 to 15 years.

“Only in the past 18 months has it stepped up a notch.

“And, that’s mainly due to MarkRix and Di Sneddon, who jumped on board.

“They both played an important role and we wouldn’t be in this position without them.”

Mrs Koosmen admitted theassociation had been “ready to go” for some time butdidn’thave the necessary money – until now.

“We’ve applied for funding onnumerous occasions, only to be knocked back,” she said.

“However, we’ve received donations from community groups and residents and we appreciate every cent.

“We’re eternally grateful.

“Singleton Council has also beenfantastic; [general manager] Lindy Hyam and [acting manager parksand facilities] Richard Upston were wonderful.

“We’d love work to start now.

“But, it’s too late to begin.

“We’ll have to wait until September; when the winter competition finishes.”

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Chamberlain leads Bay to big total

Batemans Bay batsman Ryan Chamberlain celebrates reaching triples figures on Saturday on the way to an unbeaten 113 at stumps. Photo: GAVIN LADMOREA SUPERB century from Batemans Bay batsman Ryan Chamberlain has steered his side to a big first innings total on day one of their match against Ulladulla.
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The home side won the toss and elected to bat at Hanging Rock Oval on Saturday before getting off to a shaky start.

Scott King bowled opening batsman Gav Ladmore for two before Matt Sethi went for 10, to leave the Bay 2/31 early in their innings.

Gavin Hamil hit three boundaries in 21 before he was removed, which brought Ryan Chamberlain to the crease.

Opener Paul Gallen and Chamberlain combined for 63 before Gallen was caught off the bowling of Nathan Bell after hitting six boundaries and a six.

Chamberlain continued to be the mainstay in the Batemans Bay innings, hitting eight boundaries to remain unbeaten on 113 at stumps.

Andrew Malcolm (24) and Luke Condon provided valuable support (31) for Chamberlain as Batemans Bay made their way to 8/279 after 74.3 overs at the close of play.

Scott King finished with 3/32 from 9.3 overs while Nathan Bell bowled 29 overs and finished with 4/91.

With two wickets in hand, it is likely Batemans Bay will bat for a little while longer on day two and look to set themselves up for victory.

However they will need to ensure they have time to take 10 wickets on what looks to be good batting conditions at Hanging Rock Oval.

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Thomas More Montessori School welcomes new faces

Thomas More Christian Montessori School Cycle 1 pupils are (from left) Connor Sunderland, school co-principal Donna McCulloch, Daniel Plumb, Jayme Campbell, Brianna Douglas, teaching assistant Kirsty Wilton, Sophie Stroud, Edith Brooker, Monique Canavan, Abbey Collins, Cooper Dale, Angus Kidd and Braith Taylor. Absent is Asha Schulze.THE year has begun with new faces at the Thomas More Christian Montessori School.
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Last Tuesday, the well-behaved children in Cycle 1 played quietly after choosing which activity they wanted, while classical music played in the background.

There are 20 pupils enrolled in Cycle 1, which covers ages three to six, but different numbers are at the school each day as the pre-schoolers only attend occasionally.

Also at the Montessori school there is Cycle 2, which has ages six to nine, and Cycle 3, ages nine to 12.

The school’s co-principal Donna McCulloch said the total of enrolments at the school is usually between 30 and 50, but is down the lower end of the scale this year.

She said this was as they were “rebuilding” after the retirement of her husband, co-founder of the school Kevin, who left his classroom position last year.

However, Mr McCulloch is still involved in the admin side of the school as well as teaching music, which Ms McCulloch said was an important part of Montessori education.

Aside from her husband’s retirement, Ms McCulloch said there are some changes to the school this year.

“I think the biggest change is that we are installing Montessori at the Cycle 2 and 3 levels,” Ms McCulloch said.

Two new teachers have started at the school, Thilini Hapugoda who is from Sri Lanka and Symony Douglas who is from the Bega Valley.

Events coming up this year include the parent information nights, which for Cycle 2 and 3 will be tomorrow, as well as a book fair on March 11.

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Jones bowls Coly Nomads to victory

BOWLING: Nathan Jones played an integral role in Coleambally’s win over Diggers in B Grade.
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A four wicket haul from Nathan Jones has helped secure the points for Coleambally against Diggers on Saturday in Griffith DistrictCricket Association B Grade competition.

Diggers batted first,fielding only nine players.

Things started badly as they lost captain Mark Favell for a duckwith the scoreon one.

BrianCorner took his time on his way to 17andalong with Trevor Richards (25) came together andsteadiedthe ship for Diggers.

Brett Owen (22) then leanta hand, before the tail order was skittled.

Despite the understrength side, Diggers stillmanagedto put together a defendable total of 103.

Jones was the main destroyer for Coleambally, bagging 4-10 from his eight overs.

Colyonly had 10 players themselves and looked in trouble when they stumbled to be3-15 after five overs.

Richards (1-25) and Corner (2-20) backed up their batting performances,playing a big role with the ball as they took early wickets.

Simon Mackie (29) and Col Smith (20) put together a partnership of51 to set the wheels in motion for victory.

Number sixGraham O’Connell (24not out) stuck around until the end of the innings to watch from the middle as the winning runs were hit.

The Nomads reached the required runs in 22.2 overs with three wickets in hand.

Favell was the pick of the bowlers for Diggers. The captain lead from the front, troubling Coly’s middle order and gave Diggers a sniff of a victory late in the match.

The match was a good indication of where the team is at after several players have been called into Exies A Grade side.

The win sees Coleambally retain second spot on the B Grade ladder, just four points behind Coro Cougars.

The Nomads have given themselves every chance to make a run for the minor premiership, after defeating Coro two weeks ago and closing the gap between the two sides.

If they are to have any chance they will need to start stringing multiple wins together, something that they haven’t been able to do since December last year.

With four rounds left in the competition the race for the finals is starting toheat up.

Mathematically there are fiveteams left that can take out on of the top four spots, with first and fifthbeing separated byseven points.

Hanwood are theteam sitting just outside the four, they will be looking to push into the finals and aresitting just one point behind Yenda and Exies and three behind Coleambally.

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Blacktown Council Chatter: Free fitness option

Cr Charlie Lowles with Fraida Pisani, Michael Patras, Sophine Young and her grandson Alexander Hefferman, walking along the walking track. Charlie is encouraging people to make use of “wellness parks” such as this one. 30 January, 2015. Picture: Gene RamirezCHARLIE Lowles is on track to get Blacktown City into shape.
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The Blacktown councillor is urging people to make more use of “wellness parks” with walking tracks and outdoor fitness stations.

He is often seen along the track at RAAF Memorial Park in Mount Druitt.

“We all lead busy lives but we need to make use of the wellness parks we have,” Cr Lowles said.

“Not every park should be a football field.

“People respect these parks because they’re a great place to be on a nice day.”

The council has a lift out guide of walking tracks while 19 parks across the LGA have outdoor fitness equipment.

A council spokeswoman said it continues to plan for a wide range of recreation facilities, including fitness stations.

“The council is working in collaboration with key stakeholders including community representatives, suppliers, the NSW Department of Planning and Environment and developers in providing additional fitness stations throughout Blacktown,” she said.

“Cost for each station ranges from $3000-$10,000 with overall provision (depending on number) at any one site costing between $30,000 to $100,000.”

Guns and gold allegedly stolen

File picFour people will face Port Macquarie Local Court on Wednesday after allegedly robbing a Deep Creek home of gold and other items last week.
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Nerise Oldfield, 45, is charged with receiving stolen property, participating in a criminal group to contribute to a criminal activity and being an accessory after the fact to the aggravated break and enter and committing a serious indictable offence in company.

Garry Christopher Kelly, 52, is charged with aggravated break and enter and committing a serious indictable offence in company, as well as contribute to a criminal activity.

Tasman Drew, 22, has the same charges as Mr Kelly, as well as receiving stolen property of thousands of dollars worth of fishing rods and reels.

Mr Drew is also charged with receiving stolen property of three firearms, and driving a motor vehicle on the road during a period of disqualification.

Brian Oldfield, 20, is charged with aggravated break and enter and committing a serious indictable offence in company, as well as contribute to a criminal activity for his alleged role at Deep Creek.

Mr Oldfield also allegedly received stolen property of 131 packets of cigarettes that were taken from a South West Rocks service station.

He has another break and enter and committing a serious indictable offence in company charge for an alleged incident at a Yarravel house in October, from which he is also accused of receiving stolen property of 15 firearms.

On Saturday the defence argued Mr Oldfield needed bail as his first child will be born in the next six weeks.

But the registrar did not accept that argument and the 20 year old, along with the other three people, was refused bail.

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Chamberlain leads Bay to big total

Batemans Bay batsman Ryan Chamberlain celebrates reaching triples figures on Saturday on the way to an unbeaten 113 at stumps. Photo: GAVIN LADMOREA SUPERB century from Batemans Bay batsman Ryan Chamberlain has steered his side to a big first innings total on day one of their match against Ulladulla.
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The home side won the toss and elected to bat at Hanging Rock Oval on Saturday before getting off to a shaky start.

Scott King bowled opening batsman Gav Ladmore for two before Matt Sethi went for 10, to leave the Bay 2/31 early in their innings.

Gavin Hamil hit three boundaries in 21 before he was removed, which brought Ryan Chamberlain to the crease.

Opener Paul Gallen and Chamberlain combined for 63 before Gallen was caught off the bowling of Nathan Bell after hitting six boundaries and a six.

Chamberlain continued to be the mainstay in the Batemans Bay innings, hitting eight boundaries to remain unbeaten on 113 at stumps.

Andrew Malcolm (24) and Luke Condon provided valuable support (31) for Chamberlain as Batemans Bay made their way to 8/279 after 74.3 overs at the close of play.

Scott King finished with 3/32 from 9.3 overs while Nathan Bell bowled 29 overs and finished with 4/91.

With two wickets in hand, it is likely Batemans Bay will bat for a little while longer on day two and look to set themselves up for victory.

However they will need to ensure they have time to take 10 wickets on what looks to be good batting conditions at Hanging Rock Oval.

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Yanco Hotel gets the result

BATTLE: Yanco Cougars batsman Tolly Allen connects with the willow in Saturday’s loss to Yanco Hotel in C grade.
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YANCO Hotel’s C grade side came away with the win over Yanco Cougars on Saturday afternoon.

The Cougars batted first, managing a total of 66 runs.

Simon Barnhill(8)and RhettMcGregor (10) opened the batting for their side, adding some crucial runs.

Mathew Axtill also contributed 11, while Ben McDowell registered 10.

The main destroyers for Yanco Hotel were Andrew Burke and Cooper Sharman, both picking up two wickets apiece.

Tyh Evans, Ben Davis, Jameson Booth and Angus Boulton all managed one wicket.

Heading in to bat, Yanco Hotel opened its account quickly and easily.

Evans andJosh Lanham excelled, with the former making 32 runs and the latter 19.

Boulton was the only other batsman needed on the day, picking up five runs.

YancoHotel easily cruised past the Cougars total of 66, winning the game on 1/74.

The Cougars bowlers toiled hard in the field throughout the afternoon, but were unable to come away with the desired results.

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Lewis steps down from KCS governing council

Lewis Ling is stepping down as Kingston Community School s governing chair after eight years on the committee and five years as the chairperson.
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LEWIS Ling is stepping down from Kingston Community School’s governing council after eight years – five of which were as chairman.

Mr Ling said it was time to give someone else a go and he is encouraging new faces to attend the upcoming annual meeting at 7.30pm on March 2.

The chairman stressed the importance of the governing council, without which he said the school cannot function.

“(The chair’s job) is very satisfying,” Mr Ling said.

“I had a lot of achievements during my time on governing council, but now it is someone else’s chance to make a difference at the school.

“It was a very rewarding role which gave me the opportunity to make a contribution to the school and the community.”

Mr Ling is choosing to step down while the school is in a strong position, making it easier for someone else to come in as the new chair.

Among its functions, and in conjunction with the principal, the governing council:

– Sets broad direction for the school by identifying and incorporating, where possible, student, parent and community input and values. The principal brings the staff perspective to these meetings.

– Manages financial assets and budget costs for the year. It makes sure the budget is achievable and sustainable in both the short and longer term.

– Has several committees. Members can be on a committee without being on the governing council or can be on both.

“Being involved in the decision making at your child’s school is not only satisfying but it shows your child that you are interested in their education,” Mr Ling said.

“I came on board to make a difference and contribute, as well as make school a better place for my children then when I was there.”

Principal Martin Lippett said Mr Ling had been a valuable and important connection for the school.

“Lewis Ling has been a strong supporter of KCS and a most valuable and important connection between the school and its parent community,” Mr Lippett said.

“He has been passionate about increasing the role of parents in school governance. He has promoted many initiatives ensuring parents are well informed about aspects of school curriculum and management, as well as being very supportive of students at assemblies, sports and other special events.

“The role of chairperson is a most important one. Lewis’s diligence and enthusiasm have resulted in improvements in our school and that’s a great legacy.”

Mr Ling encourages those interested to take up any of the positions to feel free to contact him on 0428 686 230 for further information.

Nomination forms are available at the school.

Sub committees include the agriculture committee, which oversees the areas of cattle, sheep and chickens, according to the agriculture business plan.

The canteen committee reviews lines of food and drink offered, improvements to the canteen to meet health inspection guidelines, and deals with the roster of volunteers.

The curriculum committee oversees the range of subjects offered, reporting systems, homework issues, and the subject selection process.

The assets management committee oversees the state of the school grounds and buildings, making suggestions for improvement and maintenance.

The finance committee sets, monitors and reviews the budget. It meets twice a term.

And the pool committee monitors the pool and its use.

Help make a difference in your local school community by joining the governing council and committees.

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