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SSC Newspaper : November 2010
By Bernadette Chua It is not o en that you come across a child who is a veteran television performer by the age of 10, but young Ash eld girl Madi is just that. e youngster has been appearing on a Channel Seven kids' show for the past ve years. Madi (her surname has been withheld on request) appears on All For Kids, a half an hour show designed to teach pre-schoolers about gardening, science, cooking, and other fun facts. She won an AST Award in 2007 for her hit show, Gardening for Kids with Madi, and has since appeared in a number of commercials and short lms. Oddly enough, Madi's television career began almost by accident. Her mother, Di, was worried about Madi's shyness and enrolled her in classes to help prepare for kindergarten -- the classes were linked to a talent agency. "Madi was a li le shy when she was younger," says Di. "So we thought we would enrol her into these classes to help boost her con dence." Now aged 11, Madi says she is extremely comfortable in front of the camera, something she has been doing since the age of six. "I like appearing on television and it's fun to play with the other kids and to make things and to see how they turn out," she says. "I like gardening in general and ge ing outside." e bubbly youngster rst discovered her own green thumb through her grandmother and would spend hours on end po ing and planting in the backyard. "My grandmother has a big garden out the front of the house and she taught me how to plant and to grow things," she says. A new series of All For Kids will be appearing on Channel Seven in late 2010. e program features another inner west young star, Lindsay, whose culinary prowess stunned producers. She loves cooking nachos and sharing her recipes with other kids. By Bernadette Chua STUDENTS from e McDonald College in North Strath eld joined e Imperial Russian Ballet Company on stage at the State eatre for their Sydney season of e Nutcracker. In October, 52 ballet protégés from the college danced with the world-famous Russian company as it performed ve spectacular shows in Sydney. e dance students were aged from seven to 12. Jacqui Dumont, a former ballet teacher of the Royal Ballet School in London, was approached by e Imperial Russian Ballet Company to ll the children's roles in e Nutcracker following a selection process. "It was an honour for our students to be invited to dance with this wonderful Russian ballet company," said Dumont, now the director of e Australian International Ballet Academy at the college. In other developments, Year 12 student James Malachowski has won a drumming scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Massachuse s -- one of the world's premier teaching institutions for contemporary music. James joins a celebrated list of former students from e McDonald College who have found success in the elds of TV, lm, musical theatre and dance. Former student Rhys Wake eld was cast by James Cameron to star in his next 3D movie Sanctum, being released in February 2011. 16 Strathfield Scene "I like appearing on television and it’s fun to play with the other kids and to make things and to see how they turn out.” – Madi november 2010 CHILDCARE Green nger Madi makes everything come up roses e McDonald excels in ballet, drumming and acting Twilight Open Evening Tuesday 16 November Creatively led academically driven Welcome Families and Friends ... Are you looking for a creative education? Are you looking for a unique school? The McDonald College will provide both the academic requirements and the creative and performing arts training in an integrated program from Pre-school to year 12. • Meet the Principal • Tour the College • Enjoy performances • Talk to staff and students • Experience the dynamics • See the difference Light refreshments ser ved and parking available . Phone 02 9752 0500 The McDonald College 17 George Street, North Strathfield www.mcdonald.nsw.edu.au 5.30 - 7.30pm Lindsay shows o one of her culinary creations Madi
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