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SSC Newspaper : June 2010
Strathfeld Scene 3 "I congratulate the council on this milestone and wish the communities of Strathfeld all the best as they celebrate both their heritage and their future together” – Kristina Keneally, Premier of NSW NEWS Flight Centre Strathfeld Plaza Shop 5 11 The Boulevarde Strathfeld NSW 2135 Phone: 02 8986 4600 Come in and see us for 10% OFF TRAVEL INSURANCE WHEN YOU PRESENT THIS AD •Flights •Travel Insurance •Accommodation •Car Hire •Cruising •Tours 한국인 근무 How Erin is creating a Ti Tree change Homebush school road-tests new curriculum AStrath eld primary school teacher has founded a scholarship program o ering Aboriginal students from the Northern Territory an urban education in some of the Inner West's best schools. Erin Greenhalgh, 27, a Year 3 teacher at Trinity College, came up with the idea for the Ngurra Jirrima project in 2007 a er a teaching stint in the remote Aboriginal community of Ti Tree, 200 kilometres from Alice Springs, on the edge of the Tanami Desert. "Some of my students had pen pals at Meriden College in Strath eld," Erin says. " We all took a trip to Sydney in 2007 and visited Meriden College and one of the Ti Tree girls said she wanted to go to school there. e idea developed from there." Now established, the education program covers tuition fees, living expenses and boarding for rural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. So far ve Aboriginal students from Ti Tree are living and learning in Sydney -- a far cry from their almost entirely Aboriginal home town of just under 1,000 people. "Two girls are studying at Meriden College in Strath eld and three boys are students at Trinity Grammar in Summer Hill," says Erin. THE new national curriculum, road-testing changes to English, maths, science and history, has been trialled by a local school. e four-month trial concluded in May and involved 150 selected schools, including Homebush West Public School. e trial results will allow the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority to directly assess the proposals. "We were briefed to provide ongoing feedback via an online discussion board as well as providing individual and group feedback," says Estelle Southall, principal of Homebush West Public School. " e feedback so far is positive." e dra curriculum can be found at www.australiancurriculum.edu.au. Teacher Erin Greenhalgh (inset), Anthea (fourth om le at back) and Shamayla (next to Anthea). Erin is guardian to the two indigenous girls, who live with her at her Strath eld home. "Life in Strath eld is the other extreme to life in Ti Tree, especially the pace," Erin says. "But we really enjoy living in Strath eld with the diversity it o ers. Living in a multicultural place and in the city gives these girls valuable skills for life." According to Erin's mother, Meriden School principal Dr Julie Greenhalgh, the girls, Shamayla Presley and Anthea Joe, both 13, are thriving in their new environment. "Both girls have shown enormous progress," she says. " ey are now quite uent in English, they are familiar with wearing a school uniform, including shoes; they are quite familiar with city living, have mastered our complex rail network, and are enjoying their time at Meriden." Erin, who earned her Bachelor of Education at the University of Sydney, hopes to expand the program in the coming years. "We get funding from Centrecorp in Alice Springs, some community help from the Strath eld Rotary and from the Meriden school community. "But the program needs a lot more support." Shamayla says: " e best thing I like about Meriden is all the sports that I can play." To discuss sponsorship send an email to Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org. By Jess Noble WORLD CUP SITE FOR S TRATHFIELD Korea and Socceroos supporters will be able to see some games at a special local live site. Strath eld councillors voted to nd a site for Korea v Greece on June 12, Korea v Argentina on June 17 and Australia v Ghana on June 20. Locations and times will be posted on the council's website at www.strath eld.nsw.gov.au. LOCAL RAIL CRIME RailCorp has responded to State Opposition claims that Strath eld station is a crime hotspot. "Contract security guards are used as an additional security resource to complement the regular patrols of transit o cers and NSW Police on our rail network," says RailCorp spokeswoman, Lauren Jones. ere are 8,600 CCTV cameras across the rail network, she said. BUDDHIST BOTANISTS e Hwa Tsang Buddhist Monastery in Homebush is running its monthly Botany, Bio-diversity and Bush regeneration project on June 5. A joint initiative with Strath eld Council, this program is run once a month. More information: www.hwatsangmonastery.org.au. In Brief www.ourstrathfeld.com.au