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SSC Newspaper : December 2013
By Bernadette Chua The Strathfield HSC Art Exhibition has been so popular it may be extended to other schools in surrounding local government areas. Although the exhibition is only in its second year, the council received 61 entries – 30 more than last year – from Strathfield high schools and schools outside the area, such as McDonald College and MLC Burwood. A council spokesperson said a larger venue could be needed next year to house all the artworks. Santa Sabina student Lauren Ha won this year’s Best in Exhibition for her intricate and delicate sculpture. “It took me three terms to complete and I have never sculpted anything this large before. The biggest thing I’ve sculpted before was a teapot. It weighs as much as a 10-year-old child,” she said. “It is amazing that it turned out in one piece because a lot can go wrong with a sculpture this size. I made 80 individual miniature replicas of Michelangelo’s David which I used to create the face and arms.” Her sculpture is so large that it only just fitted into her school kiln. “It cleared the top of the oven by only half a centimetre. It was pretty nerve-wracking because there was a chance the whole piece could explode,” she said. “My piece is about the repression women went through in the past and how they were not recognised. My figure is wearing a breastplate and helmet to symbolise the strength women have. “And the decoration of the breastplate is to symbolise femininity. It is a very intricate and delicate piece and all the feedback I have had has been positive. Everyone loves it.” Though Lauren hopes to study science at the University of Sydney, she said she will continue sculpting. “I’m the only artist in my family and when I was younger – mum and dad were at work and my brother was at school – I was enrolled into an art class. Since then, I’ve always had an interest,” she said. “I’ve applied for science-based courses but I want to continue sculpting. I was accepted into National Art School last year for claywork and during the holidays I plan to do a course. It is a great hobby and during the HSC, I did some pretty intense subjects. So visual arts was a great outlet for stress.” Strathfield Scene 5 NEWS www.ourstrathfield.com.au MY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION 2014: To buy a new car. I recently sold my car because it was getting old and it’s time for a new one. I have my eye on a BMW but either way I just want a better car — Jack Chae, 31 In Brief Art show entries double THE SPARKLE I WANT AT A PRICE I CAN AFFORD. Looking to add a little sparkle to your jewellery box but don’t want to pay top price? Then make sure you visit Cash Converters, where you’ll be spoilt for choice with a huge range of watches, rings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants and more, all at a price you’re sure to love. Find yourself some sparkle by visiting us in-store or online at cashconverters.com.au Burwood 138 Burwood Rd Burwood NSW 2134 Phone: (02) 9747 1166 BURWOODRDJOHNST VICTORIA ST E GEORGE ST DEANE ST Bankstown Shop 46 83-99 North Terrace Bankstown NSW 2200 Phone: (02) 9790 0500 THE MALL THEAPPIANWAYNO RT H TCE FETHERSTONEST SHDL #2PS10180 POPULAR PROGRAMS Children love council activities Strathfield Council has experienced a surge of enrolments in children’s activities. During 2013, Baby Bounce, which offers music, rhyme and song for newborns to three year olds, had 1718 parents, carers and children. The popular Story Time sessions had 2380 attendees. School holiday programs have also had a high take-up rate. WORKMANSHIP AWARDS Rotary commends local butcher The Strathfield Rotary feted employees from the area at the annual Pride of Workmanship Awards. This year’s w inner is Ron Chilcott who has owned his Majors Bay Road, Concord, butchery for 52 years. Mr Chilcott’s grandfather started the family business 80 years go. The Rotary club’s awards committee said Mr Chilcott, who was unable to attend the presentation evening, was selected for his enthusiastic customer service and for keeping his business alive in a supermarket era. Santa Sabina student Lauren Ha with her winning sculpture