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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 15th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 16, 2009 9 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au AMANDA HOH Students from Rosebank College in Five Dock dressed up as their favourite characters from literature recently. Book characters come to life COLOURFUL costumes filled the playgrounds and year 7 classrooms when Rosebank College in Five Dock celebrated their 2009 Character Day on Friday, April 3. The likes of Dorothy, the Joker, Mad Hatter and Stephanie Meyer's beautiful vampires from Twilight gave students and teachers the opportunity to share their favourite novels and stories with each other. ''Everyone loves to dress up and take on a character for a day and the fact that all the teachers got involved made it all the more enjoyable,'' said year 7 student Brendan Connaughton. Rosebank's Character Day was first devised in 2008 as part of the College's integrated learning program, ConnectED. The subject combines the skills and knowledge of English, history and geography and aims to ensure that students can make connections between their learning and the outside world. The school is using Character Day to encourage a love of reading in students whose preference is film. The year 7 students were given the opportunity to share their favourite novels, investigate new ones and even take part in an Easter egg hunt at a tea party inspired by Alice in Wonderland. ConnectED teacher and English co-ordinator Kate Tracy said the diversity of book characters and effort of the students were impressive. ''It is great to see that in an age where there is so much emphasis on technology, books continue to provide opportunities for people of all ages to engage their minds and fuel their imagination.'' With such a successful day filled with fun, creativity and learning, Rosebank College is set to continue the celebrations next year. REBECCA WOOLLEY No council mergers: O' Farrell STATE Opposition leader Barry O'Farrell has ruled out forced mergers of local councils any- where in NSW should the Co- alition win the next election. He said the Opposition had no plans to amalgamate any of the state's 152 councils and intended to give more decision-making powers back to the community. Inner West councils can heave a sigh of relief knowing the Co- alition -- should it win the 2011 election -- would not follow the lead of Victorian premier Jeff Kennett, who condensed the state's local government authorities after seizing power in 1992. While an unpopular decision, it was aimed at slashing administrat- ive costs after inheriting an ailing economy similar to that of NSW, which has a $1 billion deficit. ''We have no plans for council amalgamations,'' Mr O'Farrell (pictured) said. ''We have committed ourselves to establishing new relations with local governments -- we accept the importance of local democ- racy.'' He said the Coalition was about ''deliver- ing to local gov- ernment the sort of improvements to ensure the community gets the best of both worlds''. ''Our planning policy is about restoring powers back to the local councils,'' Mr O'Farrell added. Opposition planning spokesman Brad Hazzard said councils had ''lost their voice'' under State Labor, which had ''abused'' the planning process. ''Part 3A of the Planning Laws was introduced by Labor in 2005 allegedly to facilitate approvals for very large developments of state significance,'' he said. ''The government has abused that process and taken in for consideration many planning issues that should have been dealt with by local councils.'' Mr Hazzard said the Coalition's policy would see Part 3A of the Act repealed. SUMMARY OF TERM 1, 2009 FOR STUDENTS IN YEAR 9 AND 10 PRESENTED BY SCIENCE GURU: NICK BRIFFA When: Wednesday 22nd or Thursday 23rd April Time: 9:00am- 11:00am or 12:00pm- 2:00pm Where: Alpha Omega Education Centre Burwood: Ground floor, 3 Railway Parade Burwood, 2134 Cost: $30 per session* (you may choose more than one session) * Places are limited, registrations and payment to be made by Monday 20th April BURWOOD 22ND APRIL 23RD APRIL 9:00am - 11:00am Science Skills + Chemistry Science Skills + Cells, DNA & Evolution 12:00pm- 2:00pm Science Skills + Electricity , Waves and Light Science Skills + Motion, Ecol- ogy & Body Systems WORKSHOP TOPICS, DATES AND TIMES DON'T MISS OUT! For more information or to register call 9708 3666 or visit www.alpha-omega.org.au and follow the prompts from the "Science Workshops Banner" All Polos $69 Offer available for a limited time and only in Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Stores. Shop T51-T52 Direct Factory Outlets (DFO), 3-5 Underwood Road, Homebush -- Ph 9746 2441 POLO RALPH LAUREN FACTORY SALE All Shirts $79 PRL12139 IWW Making Sense of Life finding the life you've always wanted 18th April - 20th June 09 5:00pm - 6:30pm God Invented Sex Healthy Body - Healthy Spirit You're Valuable Why Am I On The Planet?
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