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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 1st 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 2, 2009 19 NEWS Giving kids a kick Socceroo star Scott Chipperfield gets tied up with some Santa Sabina students last week. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP260374 SANTA Sabina College in Strathfield was alive with laughter, teamwork and tunnel ball games last week when the Qantas Socceroos visited kindergarten and year 4 students to support their Better Buddies program. Scott Chipperfield, Mile Sterjovski, Michael Beauchamp and Richard Garcia conducted Q&A sessions and games de- signed to create friendly, caring primary school com- munities and encourage in- clusion and teamwork. The Alannah and Madeline Foundation's Bet- ter Buddies program has been introduced in more than 400 primary schools Australia-wide and has been operating at Santa Sabina's Primary Campus since 2007. College principal Kate Clancy said the program's strategies and activities support the pastoral care values of the college such as support, acceptance of dif- ference and respect. ''It promotes children's sense of belonging and re- silience and nurtures a spirit of community,'' she said. Centre has reno party SHIREEN KHALIL The Ella Centre at Haberfield has reen renovated. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP260536 STAFF, volunteers and clients of Haberfield's Ella Centre are celebrating the centre's refurbishment. In the last 15 years the Ella Centre has expanded its services to inner-west residents who are frail, aged or have a disability. The all-new Ella Centre, which was opened last Thursday by Federal Grayndler Labor MP Anthony Albanese, has been designed to meet the needs of clients and carers. It includes lifts on both floors for people with access needs, a commercial kitchen, more office space, a new reception area and a new entrance. ''A large part of the success of The Ella Centre has been the volunteers and the refurbished centre is making the job of the volunteers easier and more enjoyable,'' an Ella Centre spokeswoman said. Funds for playground safety message STAFF at childcare centres and preschools across NSW will receive training in playground equipment safety to ensure children are protected. The State Government has announced $900,000 funding over three years to go towards the state's playground advisory service Kidsafe. ''It's important that parents can feel confident their child is safe when they are in a childcare centre or preschool,'' State Community Services Minister Linda Burney said. ''The playground advisory service will use the funding to provide children's services with technical, safety and de- sign information, resources and support on playground safety issues. ''For example, the service will train staff at childcare centres, preschools and other children's services in play- ground safety, inspection, maintenance and design. ''It will help ensure that children's services meet the Government's safety and licensing standards.'' Ms Burney said the government was also conducting a review of the Children's Services Regulation, which would determine the future of the childcare industry. ''We have about 140,000 children accessing childcare centres, long day care centres and preschools across the state,'' she said. ''We want to make sure that children have positive early experiences, which is important for healthy development. ''Most importantly, we want to make sure children are safe.'' The announcement coincided with In- ternational Playground Week, which runs until Saturday.
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