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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : June 25 2008
32 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, June 26, 2008 EDUCATION www.innerwestweekly.com.au Two top awards for HSC achiever Melissa Gallace,18, with her itinerant teacher Anne McGrath. LAUREN MURADA HEARING-IMPAIRED HSC student Melissa Gallace won two prestigious awards for achieving a high UAI last year. The prizes were presented to her at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children's (RIDBC) annual general meet- ing recently. Ms Gallace graduated from Santa Sabina College in Strathfield with a UAI of 92.55. ''I've never seen my hearing impairment as a drawback and have always been lucky to have teachers, friends and family who have always believed in me and have always told me I can achieve whatever I set my mind to,'' Ms Gallace said. The 18-year-old was recog- nised for her efforts with the Printacall Prize, presented to the hearing-impaired student with the highest UAI, and the Garfield and Norma Barwick Medal, presented to the insti- tute student with the highest UAI. Ms Gallace was born with a bilateral, mild to moderate hearing impairment and re- ceived support from the Insti- tute's school support service from Year 7 onwards. The support service appoints an itinerant teacher to ensure that students are getting the same access to the curriculum as other students. ''They were very good at alert- ing my classroom teachers to my needs, such as the import- ance of facing my direction when speaking, and they were always there to encourage me,'' she said. The institute's Alissa Crawford said they couldn't be happier with Melissa's results. ''For any student achieving in the 90s is a notable achieve- ment, but it's especially notable for someone who has all the different obstacles to face,'' she said. Ms Gallace is studying for a Social Science degree at Sydney University. Schools on the agenda KIM SHAW state parliament THE Opposition has questioned the government over its invest- ment in public schools amid rapidly falling student num- bers. Liberal MLC Marie Ficarra quoted a recent Australian Edu- cation Union survey which showed that 125 students left the public school system each week. She asked the minister to explain why in 2005 the govern- ment spent only $426 per student on capital works in public schools while private schools spent $1500 per student. ''Government school enrol- ments declined by 13,261 students between 2002 and 2005,'' Ms Ficarra told parlia- ment. Acting education Minister John Hatzistergos said the re- cent budget had delivered re- cord spending on education. He said $648 million in capital works had been set aside and three new schools would be built via public private partner- ships. These schools were in Elderslie, Middleton Grange and Rouse Hill. '' This government has recog- nised the need to increase in- vestment in school education infrastructure,'' Mr Hatzis- tergos said. ''We are constructing 27 school halls, 17 multipurpose gyms and sixteen new major school building projects will begin in 2008-09.'' • Level 1, 138 Great North Rd • FIVE DOCK • 9712 5403 ENROLMENTS NOW BEING TAKEN • Piano • Guitar • Bass • Drums • Vocals • Violin • Flute • Clarinet • Saxophone • Trumpet • Trombone • Theory Individual tuition in a stimulating and fun environment! 2036441K Then we can help! Our centre is run by caring & qualified animal physiotherapists & we have Sydney's first underwater treadmill for dogs! Excellent for treating injuries, weight loss & general fitness. Does your animal suffer from • back or neck pain • arthritis • require post- op rehabilitation • or sports injuries? 56a Moore St LEICHHARDT 9560 9262 or 0408 229 341 www.sydneyanimalphysiotherapy.com 2023710i iww wk52 Would you like a rewarding job helping others? Do you have a couple hours to spare? Would you like to: • Learn new skills? • Meet new people? • Make a difference in the community? Rewarding positions available: • Drivers • Community visitors • Activities assistants BCS supports people to remain as independent as possible in their day to day lives by providing: • Home visiting • Assistance with activities and social outings • Assistance with postage, banking and bill paying • Assistance with shopping • Transport to appointments • Telephone support Volunteers wanted ANYONE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A VOLUNTEER Contact Rhonda Brown on 8741 5901 Our volunteers gain experience, help o make a difference and HAVE FUN!!! Volunteers are highly valued, trained and supported with all out of pocket expenses being reimbursed.
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