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SSC Newspaper : October 2013
PLC SYDNEY (02) 9704 5666 firstname.lastname@example.org www.plc.nsw.edu.au Boundary Street, Croydon IN ASSOCIATION WITH PLC ARMIDALE PLC Sydney is a school for girls from pre-Kindergarten to Year 12, offering boarding from Year 7. The College aims to educate young women from the basis of a Christian world view to make a difference in a rapidly changing global society. More than 50% of students achieved an ATAR over 90 in 2012. Extensive co-curricular programme including overseas exchange and international Service Learning opportunities. Exceptional facilities including an Aquatic Institute; Performing Arts Complex; Research Centre; Art, Design and Technology Studios; and a Centre for Public Speaking. We invite you to come along to an Information Session on Wednesday 6 November or visit us for a private tour of the College. Please call or see our website for further information. 14 Strathfield Scene OCTOBER 2013 By Nahrain John Vidhushan Paheerathan often saw school mates turn up hungry for classes in the morning. Some had families that couldn’t afford three meals a day. Others had parents too busy working to cook breakfast for their children. So when a teacher suggested Vidhushan could form a breakfast club at Homebush Boys High School to help out, he and former classmate Vincent Pike sat down to work out how they could raise the money to feed their fellow students. The enterprising pair sent out 20 proposals in a bid to get help from local businesses who might donate money or supplies. None replied. But 16-year-old Vidhushan was not to be beaten. With the backing of his principal, a $1000 grant from Ashfield Leagues Club and some money from a Strathfield Council grant, the breakfast club was launched last October as part of the school’s healthy eating program. Since then, it has fed hundreds of hungry boys with every thing from eggs and hash browns to fruit. Last month, Vidhushan’s work was recognised when Ian “Dicko” Dickson brought his 2UE breakfast show to the school playground for the morning. Vidhushan said: “Some parents leave early for work, some have early pick-ups and other families struggle financially and aren’t able to provide a good breakfast. “So we thought if we could offer free breakfast in the morning, then this will help students improve academically and help them focus more in class.” The boys submitted seven draft proposals to English teacher Gyan Sahay before approaching local food suppliers to start up the project. But Vidhushan said: “ We sent the proposals and nobody responded.” Now, all of the hard work is in danger of grinding to a halt. The Ashfield Leagues Club grant is running out, and there is no new funding to replace it. The group receives a box of fruit from the local Fruit Bowl and a few groceries from Foodworks, but supply isn’t enough to meet the demand of up to 50 hungry mouths each month. Teachers and students are making their own donations, bringing in milk, juice and eggs. But it just isn’t enough. School principal Timothy Jurd said: “ The entire breakfast club is run on goodwill. “I’d like to give this opportunity to any other local suppliers in the Homebush area to supply our breakfast club with food or funding and we promise that the it will be used for the benefit of the students.” Two pupils who appreciate the value of the breakfast club are Joshua Koliyakottu, 16, and Kevin Qin, 15. Both arrive at school at 8am so they can help out. “ We don’t have to come in that early; we want to. Especially on days when we can help volunteer at the breakfast club,” said Kevin. Meanwhile, Vidhushan is now school captain – the fourth in his family to hold the position – after taking over from his brother. Businesses can offer their assistance to the breakfast club by contacting principal Timothy Jurd on 9764 3611. Snaparazzi Page 17 EDUCATION Captain cooks up healthy start XXXX EXAMS Seniors head into HSC Year-12 students across Strathfield are preparing for their final showdown, with the Higher School Certificate exams starting on 14 October. This year 117 tests will be held over 18 days. They include a range of written and practical tests. The first exams are English and the last will be geography, heritage Korean and visual arts. IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH Conversation classes Free, easy English conversation classes for school students offer a chance to practise structured and unstructured conversation skills. Classes are held every Tuesday night of the school term from 7:30pm to 9pm at St Johns Anglican Church, 93 Newton Road, Strathfield West. For more information phone Shelly on 9763 1932 or Jenny on 9746 8777. DEBATE VICTORY Gamble pays off Meriden’s Year 9 debating team has won the prestigious Archdale Debating Competition. In the grand final last month, the team of Paige Katay, Emily Halloran, Elle Belekas and Zoe Whelan-Young (all aged 15 years) presented a strong case that “all forms of gambling should be banned”. The competition was established in the early 1970s. More than 20 independent girls’ schools competed. In Brief Vidhushan Paheerathan, right, serves breakfast to Year 7 student Po Lam “We thought that if we could offer free breakfast in the morning, then this will help students improve academically and help them focus more in class” – Homebush Boys captain Vidhushan Paheerathan