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Students unite to paint mural

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Visual artist Jasmin Carter (blue top) with students from the Warrawong Intensive English Centre who helped create this mural. Picture: GREG TOTMAN


Communication was difficult at times but visual artist Jasmin Carter took great delight in creating a unified piece with students from the Warrawong Intensive English Centre.

Their mural, commemorating World AIDS Day, depicts “the rollercoaster of life” and the importance of healthy friendships and relationships.

Taking pride of place on a wall at the sexual health clinic at Port Kembla Hospital, the mural project was a collaboration between the 2014 WIES students at Warrawong High School, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra Inc.

“Following the brief I was given, we decided to go with an idea of more like a theme park, so to have an emotional rollercoaster, highlighting the highs and lows and feature people and friendships, to show that healthy relationships and people are vital to sexual health,” Carter said.

“It was a lot of fun to play around with the theme park imagery … talking about making that journey through life and how it is nothing to be ashamed about and it is all just part of the path that we all take and it can be fun and it is like a playground.

“It ended up being fairly bright and colourful and hopefully the students had as much fun making it as I did.”

Carter was proud of the students’ efforts.

“Their willingness to learn and communicate was impressive. These are students who come from so many different backgrounds and don’t even speak the same language but they came together to create this one unified piece.”

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Welsh singing at best

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Charlotte Rhiane will be one of the soloists performing at Wollongong Welsh Choir’s Concert & Carols event. Picture: GREG TOTMANSTUNNING soloists Charlotte Rhiane and Anthony Rule will headline Wollongong Welsh Choir’s Concert & Carols event at Unanderra Community Hall this Sunday.

To rouse the Christmas spirit the choir will sing traditional Welsh hymns and Australian carols during the December 14 concert. Choir president John Jones encouraged one and all to attend.

“If last year is anything to go by, it will be another great concert,” he said.

“The two soloists Charlotte and Anthony are very good.

“The choir is also looking forward to putting on another great concert.”

Mr Jones and his wife have been part of the group since its beginnings in 1994.

“I’ve always been singing, because I was brought up in Wales,” he said.

“We wanted to keep the Welsh language alive in this area so we formed the Wollongong Welsh Choir.”

The choir meets every Tuesday night at the University of Wollongong. New members are welcome to join (and don’t have to be Welsh) by calling Mr Jones on 4297 7312, or visiting the Wollongong Welsh Choir website.

The choir will sing at 2.30pm at the Unanderra Community Hall on the Princes Highway. Admission at the door is $10.

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Clever kids’ creations

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Mount Brown Public School students Tyce Tehovnik (left), 6, Lachlan Smith, 7, Abbie Davies, 10, and Maree Lambert, 10, display their projects from the enrichment programs. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHANWOLLONGONG ADVERTISER

From a new chocolate bar to a self-watering pot for plants and a new USB for iPads, Mount Brown Public School students are proud of their creations.

Thirty-five students from kindy to year 6 were chosen to take part in the school’s first enrichment program and they got to show their completed projects to parents at the Dapto school on December 4.

Assistant principal and teacher in charge of the enrichment program, Shannon Rivers, said the pilot project provided challenging, extension-based learning outside the regular classroom over seven weeks.

“The students enjoyed it because they had ownership of their projects,” Ms Rivers said.

“They got to choose what they wanted to do, all the research behind the ideas for the inventions, how they would make it, the cost, where to buy supplies.”

Kindergarten and year 1 students learnt about the moon, including its phases and craters; year 2 and 3 students focused on animal classification – they had to classify a real animal or one they made up – and years 4 to 6 looked at inventions. Their inventions included a magnetic cup and desk and a concept for a USB that can transfer data from iPads to computers.

Year 4 students Maree Lambert and Abbie Davies created their own chocolate bar, Marbie Bears, based on their first names.

“It was fun,” the girls said.

Aboriginal students also described their trip to Killalea in October where they learnt about native birds and plants, fish traps, fire sticks and how to throw a boomerang.

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Sentry kept male eyes off ladies

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Australian professional swimmer and film star Annette Kellerman c1900, in her famous one-piece swimsuit. She performed at a swimming carnival in Wollongong in 1902.

The first swimming carnival south of Sydney was held at Clarke’s Hole in 1896.


Wollongong Swim Club is one of the oldest swimming clubs in Australia.

Formed in 1894, the club has been campaigning for a 50-metre pool to be built at Beaton Park since 1954.

The club is seeking funds from the future lease of NSW’s electricity poles and wires to build the pool and to support the proposal president Col Bruton put together with a brief history of swimming in Wollongong.

Early records of swimming in Wollongong reflect the Victorian approach to dress and separation between males and females.

The first breakaway from the enforced modesty of private bathing structures (rather like a big backyard dunny), that were horse drawn and backed in to the water, came about in 1835. A ladies baths was established within a natural depression at Flagstaff Point, below the existing lighthouse, and a barrier of rocks at the mouth of the cove broke the wave action. Lady Jane Franklin visited the pool in 1839. The pool was once fitted with a series of chains on which rings were added for swimmers to grasp. The pool was quite an attraction in the 1840s, becoming known as the Nun’s Pool or Chain Baths. The cove can still be seen from Flagstaff Point.

As an alternative to the Nun’s Pool, a pool was blasted out of the rock shelf on the northern end of Wollongong’s City Beach. The pool is still there and at one stage was know as the Ladies Pool. For the whole of summer, ladies from the town of Wollongong were able to enjoy the “inestimable luxury of sea bathing”. A sentry was posted on the hill to ensure the prying eyes of blaggards did not watch the bathing ladies. The pool is still there.

Gentlemen of the day swam in bogey holes, known as Clarke’s Hole and Gibson’s Hole, north of the harbour. The sensitivities of refined young ladies were often shocked by the sight of semi-naked (bare from the waist up) and obviously shameless young men bathing and sunbaking on the rocks. There was at that time an ordinance prohibiting public bathing between 10am and 5pm.

In 1871, Michael O’Toole placed a tender to construct a bathing place at Clarke’s Hole. Thomas Ryan was contracted almost 20 years later to undertake blasting work to improve the gentlemen’s bathing area at Clarke’s Hole. Swimming was formally accepted as a recognised sport when the modern Olympic Games were proposed in 1890 and the NSW Swimming Association was formed in 1891. Not surprisingly, the Wollongong Swim Club was formed in 1894 with Mr J. P. Galvin elected as president. The new club was very active, with a men-only membership – women were not allowed to swim in the same pool as men. (Queen Victoria really ruled the roost – her comments on mixed bathing were law!) The men promptly went about enlarging a fissure in the rocks and built for themselves, with the help of Thomas Ryan’s blasting, a quaint (although modern for the times) 33-yard pool. Three laps of the pool was equal to almost 100 yards.

The first swimming carnival south of Sydney was held in broad daylight in 1896. The carnival became the new “age of reasoning” and included ladies and men’s events held between 10am and 5pm. Shame upon shame, in broad daylight, with men and women in the same pool! Fifteen-year-old famous swimming star Annette Kellerman performed and showed off as she swam at a well-attended swimming carnival conducted by Wollongong Swim Club in 1902. She never swam for Australia as shortly after she turned professional and joined a swimming circus in the US. In 1908 some 600 visitors were in attendance at a local carnival.

The club virtually wound down in 1916, due to young men enlisting in World War I and was not revived or officially re-established until 1926 when the Continental Pool was built with much help from the re-formed club. The term Continental indicated that there were facilities for both men and women at the same site and men and women could swim together – something that existed in Europe since the mid-1800s. The Old Men’s Pool still exists to this very day and is still called this by the many locals who choose to swim there.

Information courtesy of Wollongong Swim Club (1894) Inc president Col Bruton

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Christmas carols back in Berkeley

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Berkeley Life Centre minister Wayne Pickford (right), Berkeley Neighbourhood Centre manager Maria Di Carlo (alongside), and the Berkeley Songbirds get ready for the Berkeley Community Carols on December 13, with singer Jennifer Gray, and the Swingin’ Sista Ukulele Band. Picture: GREG TOTMANWOLLONGONG ADVERTISER

The inaugural Berkeley Community Carols and Family Fun Day in 2013 was great but organisers are confident things will be even better the second time around this Saturday.

Berkeley Life Centre Church minister Wayne Pickford said all the good things from the 2013 event would remain as well as new activities.

“Last year went really well considering we were a little bit rushed in terms of organising the event,” Mr Pickford said.

“This year we have had a lot more time to prepare and I’m sure people will really enjoy it.”

The carols and fun day on December 13 is at the park in Winnima Way with jumping castle, face painting, clowns, Santa, food and entertainment from 3pm and a puppet show and carols from 6pm.

Singer Jennifer Gray, the Swingin’ Sista Ukulele Band and Berkeley Songbirds will perform.

Mr Pickford said while individual groups hold their own carols in Berkeley, the Berkeley Community Carols brought the whole community together to celebrate Christmas.

The church is supported by Berkeley Neighbourhood Centre, Housing NSW, Care South and Wollongong City Council in organising the carols.

Police from Lake Illawarra Local Area Command are also backing the event and will display a crime prevention van.

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Festive frolics and fun

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Rebecca Archer and Oaks Hotel general manager Michael Bowden getting ready for their inaugural community Christmas festival, Rudolf’s Big Day Out on December 14. Picture: ELIZA WINKLERGET along to the Oaks Hotel on December 14 for their inaugural community Christmas festival, Rudolf’s Big Day Out.

The family festival will have Christmas market stalls with unique presents and the whole family can enjoy some of the kids’ activities which include games, rides, a reptile show, showbags and reindeer antlers on-sale.

The entertainment will continue all day with live music from 2pm and a visit from Santa and Rudolf.

The festival comes as part of the Oaks Hotel’s new schedule for 2015, which aims to support the local community.

It is a free event and starts from 10am on December 14 at the Oaks Hotel, 249 Princes Highway, Albion Park Rail.

To get involved or have a stall, phone 0415 967 953. For more information visit theoakshotel苏州美甲美睫培训学校.au.

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Parade of characters form challenging show

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Altogether Drama students Clare and Matt in I Helen, I Hercules …I HELEN, I Hercules … is a fun and imaginative new theatre show from The Disability Trust’s Altogether Drama Group, which challenges our perceptions of who inspires us … and why.

Presented by The Disability Trust at the Wollongong Town Hall from December 11-13, I Helen, I Hercules … is the work of 15 individual emerging artists with a disability whose ages range between 14 and 60.

The work has been developed during weekly Altogether Drama classes throughout 2014.

Under the guidance of tutor and director Anne-Louise Rentell, participants developed their various characters through a process of showing, not telling, and have created a parade of pop stars, comedians, wrestlers, scientists, historical figures and mythological beings, each with their individual qualities of courage, genius, leadership and determination.

The Disability Trust’s weekly Altogether Drama classes are supported by Merrigong Theatre Company and the professional drama tutelage of Merrigong’s artistic associate Anne-Louise Rentell.

“This end-of-year show has been an exercise in developing the broader performance skills of the participants, whilst also enabling them to be active creators of the work,” Rentell said.

“An important element in the creation of this work has been to ensure that the performers have agency in and ownership of the work they are creating.

“Much of what is being presented in the show is a direct result of an expression of their own personalities, if not their own ideas.”

Altogether Drama was formed in 1991. Performance times are Thursday, December 11 at 11am, Friday, December 12 at 7.30pm, and Saturday, December 13 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

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Salvos keep spirit of season

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Westfund Wollongong staff Katharyn Hadley, Janice Skillen, Erica Farrell and Lence Naumovski with The Salvation Army’s Karen Walker.WOLLONGONG ADVERTISER

Westfund Wollongong is once again throwing its support behind The Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal.

The private health insurer’s office at 95 Crown Street, Wollongong, will be be a drop-off point for non-perishable food, toys or money in December.

The annual Westfund Christmas appeal is now in its 29th year. All goods and money raised through the appeal are distributed to local charities.

The Wollongong branch has been collecting for The Salvation Army and kicked off their 2014 appeal on November 18 with a donation of $500.

Westfund regional manager Lence Naumovski said the charity drive was a reminder of the importance of giving generously to less fortunate families.

“Every contribution will help people have a happier and less stressful Christmas this year,” Ms Naumovski said.

Salvation Army Illawarra appeals co-ordinator Karen Walker said the money would make a big difference.

Ms Walker said they hoped to help 400 Illawarra families through the Salvos Christmas Appeal.

“We give out vouchers for foods and toys through the Wishing Tree at Kmart Figtree and Shellharbour,” Ms Walker said.

“There’s also a giving tree at the Shellharbour Club and the Illawarra Credit Union in Young Street, Wollongong.”

Ms Walker said cost of living increases meant need had increased – a survey of 2485 Salvation Army clients nationwide in 2014 showed that 55 per cent could not afford to buy gifts for family and friends and 26 per cent said they didn’t have a good meal at least once a day.

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Gail Burgin Shield a big success

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Gerringong Golf Club president Geoff Manning, pennants team members Nathan Tiyce, Cameron Miller, Sam Matters, Manning Berry, junior co-ordinator Dean Matters, Member for Kiama Gareth Ward (front) players Luke Taylor, Perry Matters and Matt Luke at the presentation of the boy?s caps and shirts on Friday. Picture: DAVID HALLGong pennants.jpg Gerringong Golf Club Junior co-ordinator and president Geoff Manning with Gail Burgin Memorial Shield winner Matt Luke, Member for Kiama Gareth Ward and shield runner-up Luke Taylor. Picture: DAVID HALLJunior champ.jpg

LAST Friday was a special one for Gerringong Golf Club as they announced the winner of the inaugural Gail Burgin Memorial Shield, and presented their junior pennant team with their playing shirts and caps.

The shield was initiated this year in the memory of Mrs Burgin, who was instrumental in the development of junior golf at the club.

The competition was designed to encourage junior membership and was played over six holes.

It could be played midweek to allow the players (and their parents/drivers) to fit it in with their busy weekday schedule.

“The competition was run over 38 weeks, with more than 20 players taking part at some stage,” Gerringong Golf Club junior development chief Dean Matters said.

“While the numbers dropped off slightly in the latter stages, it was definitely a big success.”

Winner of the inaugural shield, 15-year-old Matt Luke, said he was delighted to win.

“I have been playing golf for around three years and absolutely love it,” Luke said.

“To be the winner of the first shield was a big thrill and something I will always remember.”

It was also a special day for Matters as he was assisted by Kiama MP Gareth Ward and club president Geoff Manning in presenting the new junior pennant team with their playing gear.

“It has been eight years since we have had a junior pennant team and it is very special for our club,” Matters said.

“The team is Manning Berry, Nathan Tiyce, Sam Matters, Matt Luke, Luke Taylor, Cameron Miller and Perry Matters – most of the boys haven’t played pennants before, but they are practising hard and are really looking forward to the challenge.

“Not only is it competition format, but the players also gain the experience of playing on different courses.”

Matt Luke said he was looking forward to playing pennants. “It’s exciting to play in any team event, but to be part of such a young team will be a good challenge.

“But hopefully we will get better each game and develop into a good team as we get more experience.”

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GALLERY: MADD night an outstanding success

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GALLERY: MADD night an outstanding success Finn Bennett, Grace Dawson and Grace Quigley were excited to meet Celia Pavey (second from right) and hear her perform. 1214madd(13)

Georgie, Peita and Ruby Cooke with Tami, Hannah and James Stewart looking over some of the student artwork on display as part of the MADD night. 1214madd(3)

Jake Ellison, Quintin Hapgood and Jacob Beard performing. 1214madd(17)

At the back are Tylee Cobb and Isiaha Ramsey, and in front are Cooper Drayfer, Jackson Ferguson and William Webb.

Andrew Swan and Nic Mulligan.

Imogen McClenhan, Bailey Hector, Tiarna Sloane, Celia Pavey, LaTonya-Jane Mciles and Mikayla Gillard.

Claire Wilson, Christopher Moore and Fran Emmett.

Brooklyn Vinecombe and Yolanda Sloane at the MADD night.

Pat and June Reedy.

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