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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 9 2008
22 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, July 10, 2008 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Prep teacher retires Christine Ballard says farewell to the senior boys and students at Trinity Grammar Preparatory School. LAUREN MURADA CHRISTINE Ballard has been working for the past three decades in what some mothers would con- sider a living nightmare -- teach- ing 5-year-old boys. The 59 year old has been teach- ing at Trinity Grammar Prepara- tory School, Strathfield, since 1977 and retired on June 20. Ms Ballard said despite what some people might think, boys were great to teach. ''I never got tired of teaching little boys,'' the Croydon Park resident said. ''I never noticed that I had all boys until someone would point it out.'' Her last day was celebrated with cake and she had visits from senior students who still hold her in high regard. Ms Ballard originally took the job so she could be close to her father, who lived in Strathfield, when he fell ill. Looking back, she said the school was different to the Trinity Grammar people know today. ''It was quite a bit smaller than it is today,'' she said. ''Now with working parents we have after and before school care, but back then they'd all be picked up in the afternoon.'' A few weeks after retiring, Ms Ballard said she hadn't had time to miss the boys -- yet. ''I'm about to go on holidays but when I come back I think that's when I'll notice it,'' she said. Dive in for a variety of family holiday activities Make a splash at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. ZILKA GROGAN PARENTS don't have to break the budget to keep their children entertained these holidays. Sydney Olympic Park is offering affordable programs. Visits to the Aquatic Centre cost just$5for4to15yearoldsor$20 for a family of five. Children can take part in the diving clinic to learn different positions on the 1m and 3m spring- boards. The Aquatic Centre is also offer- ing an intensive learn-to-swim program for stroke correction and a squad program to build endur- ance and stamina. The Holiday Recreation Program involves sporting and craft activities, as well as a leisure swim each day. This full-day program costs $47 per day or $225 per week. At the Archery Centre, children are taught the basics of archery for $15 through the Kids on Target program. Contact the Aquatic Centre on 9752 3666 or the Archery Centre on 9748 7313 for details. Local councils also offer a var- iety of free programs to keep the little ones entertained. Ashfield Council is organising a girls-only event on Monday involving make-up, movies, bead- ing and cooking waffles. Also in Ashfield, children can take part in a mystery bus trip next Wednesday. Contact Ashfield Council on 9799 2785 or 0419 402 991 for details. Questacon is coming to Strathfield Library on July 17, promising ''a morning of slime and messy things''. Contact Robyn Simms on 8762 0212 to make a booking. Canada Bay Council organ- ises workshops and activities every school holidays through the BayZone in Concord. Programs include film-making, landscape painting and yacht sail- ing for 12 to 18 year olds. Phone the Youth Activities Co- ordinator on 9911 6431 for more information.
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