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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : January 7th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, January 8, 2009 15 NEWS Hardship in the spotlight Santa Sabina's Nathalie Jones has won a prestigious Young Playwrights Award. A SANTA Sabina student has proved she has a flair for the dramatic by winning a prestigious playwriting competition. Nathalie Jones won the junior category of the Sydney Theatre Company's Young Playwrights Award. The Year 10 student's play on hardships South African people faced during the apartheid era and the country's path to democ- racy will be professionally presented at the Sydney Theatre Company's studios. ''I was very shocked and excited,'' she said. ''The fact that I may choose the actors, work with a director and see my work being performed is unbelievable. ''I am looking forward to experiencing and gaining an understanding of the logistical aspects of how the entire production gels together.'' The distinguished judg- ing panel included Andrew Upton, the Sydney Theatre Company's co-artistic direc- tor (with wife Cate Blanchett), and award- winning playwright Hilary Bell. Nathalie has also been elected to UNICEF Aust- ralia's Youth Advisory Panel. Don't miss soccer training camp THE Inter Lions football club is holding a training camp from January 19. The camp runs from 9.30am to 1.30pm each day at Greenlees Park, Ian Parade, Concord until January 23. Participants will receive specialised coaching in the technical areas of football, tactical understanding, mental discipline, physical discipline and technique in ball skills. The coaching fee is $185 per person and includes a football, football T-shirt, drinks and barbecue on the last day of camp for participants and parents. Applications close Monday, January 19. For details or to secure a spot, phone coach Michael Urukalo on 0410 109 989. All roads lead to new playgroup Rhodes mums and children have formed a playgroup at Rhodes Community Centre. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP231301 MUMS and bubs have banded together to create the only community-based playgroup in the Rhodes Peninsula. Mother-of-three Katherine Fletcher said while the Rhodes area was one of Sydney's fastest growing regions, mums and carers had no outlet to meet with their children. To help create a sense of community for mothers, carers and children, Mrs Fletcher set up Kidspot Playgroup three months ago. ''I wanted to find a group where my kids and I could meet on a regular basis with other parents and their children, and I couldn't believe there weren't any playgroups in the area,'' Mrs Fletcher said. She believes playgroups play an import- ant role in a child's development and are a great outlet for mums to meet others and to play with their child in a safe environment. ''For parents, playgroup offers social support and reduces social isolation and we hope that Kidspot will create a sense of belonging among local mums and carers,'' she said. Kidspot visited the Rhodes Hostel, with the toddlers performing a few Christmas songs for residents, followed by morning tea. ''In areas such as Rhodes and Liberty Grove where the majority of residents are apartment dwellers it's important that people are involved in their community,'' she said. Activities include craft, painting, singing, dress-ups and story time. Kidspot invites carers and parents to take their children to the Waterfront Function Centre at Homebush Bay, every Thursday from February from 10.15am to noon. Membership costs $4 a week.
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