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SSC Newspaper : February 2014
2 Strathfield Scene FEBRUARY 2014 WELCOME Big Splash Media Suite 2, Level 8, 50 Margaret St, Sydney 2000 +61 2 9299 8699 Strathfield Scene is published on behalf of Strathfield Council by Big Splash Media. Copyright Big Splash Media. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without permission is strictly prohibited. Opinions expressed are those of writers and advertisers, not necessarily those of the publisher or Strathfield Council. Information provided is believed correct at time of going to press. The publisher accepts no responsibility for unsolicited pictures or manuscripts. Publisher and editor Peter Lynch Associate editor Bernadette Chua Art director/production manager Catherine Martin Sub-editor Sheila Browne Photos Joe Larrarte (fotocam.com.au) Advertising Teresa Ooi 9299 8697 CONTACT US: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com NEWS How the NBN can create business and jobs 4 At last: Strathfield gets the Opal Card 5 WestConnex protests grow 6 New movers on Town Centre traffic 8 More arrests expected in doorstep shooting 12 STRATHFIELD LIFE Five kms from the Town Centre lies an oasis of wildlife and wilderness 13 EDUCATION Why our state schools are struggling 16 CALENDAR 18 SNAPARAZZI Chinese New Year and Australia Day 20 PEOPLE Our Citizens of the Year revealed 24 CONTENTS 13 11 18 Congratulations to our Class of 2013 on their outstanding hsC results The McDonald College was placed 86th in the Top 100 Schools in NSW in the 2013 HSC results We celebrate excellence in academic and performing arts pursuits. We are proud of our graduates and wish them well in their future endeavours in a variety of fields such as science, journalism, visual design, teaching, media, information technology, psychology, fine arts, biotechnology and of course the performing arts industry. This year 40 McDonald College students sat for the HSC, achieving a total of 28 Band 6 results. Sam Allen > 98.30 DUX and All Round Achiever Nominated for OnStage (HSC Drama) > Sam Allen, Madison Hodgkins, Damien Tran, Jack Mainsbridge, Isabella Calavassy, Yvette Bugeia, Tristyn Martens-Shaw, Tess O’Sullivan, Georgia-May Davis Nominated for encOre (HSC Music) > Hannah Caulfield, Jack Mainsbridge, Lane Pitcher Nominated for callback (HSC Dance) >Eliza Gray, Elena Salerno, Anneliese Kirk, Caitlin Stejskal, Georgia Wilson, Isabel Estrella, Anneliese Kirk, Caitlin Stejskal, Georgia Wilson Nominated for arteXPreSS > Alice Gordonwells, Daniel Hayek The McDonald College • 17 George street, Nor th strathfield NsW Phone 02 9752 0500 • www.mcdonald.nsw.edu.au 14/002 5 MINUTES WITH... STRATHFIELD SCULPTOR AND RECENT HSC COMPETITION JUDGE TEVITA HAVEA TELLS HOW WE CAN INSPIRE MORE YOUNG PEOPLE TO GET INTO THE ARTS. What do you sculpt? Abstract forms made from glass and organic materials. Who are your influences? Artists that influence me are David Nash, Anish Kapoor from England, Martin Puryear from America and David Jensz, an Australian sculptor. How do you make your artworks? I use molten glass, which I shape by hand, and once cooled I join together with wood using a Polynesian weaving technique. I prefer to show the natural colours of the materials. What’s the most interesting sculpture you’ve ever seen? Li Hongbo, a Chinese artist who makes figurative sculptures that resemble marble when in fact it’s made of paper. What do you think of local talent? There is always a wealth of creative talent in any community. What is lacking is the opportunity for these local talents to shine. I am happy that Strathfield Council is creating an annual Art Exhibition where the community can witness this. What did you think of the entrants at the HSC Art Exhibition? Most students are at the level where they are mimicking the famous artists that influence them. But also there are a handful of students who are pushing beyond that and developing their own creative and unique voice. That’s quite an amazing achievement for a secondary-level student. What can schools do to encourage them more? Exposure to sculpting at a young age (primary level) is important and local schools are already doing that through art classes where students learn about papier-mache, origami and clay modelling. Maybe more school excursions to art venues. Where can we see your work? At Glass Artists’ Gallery in Glebe, Kirra Galleries in Federation Square, Melbourne, and Pismo Fine Art Glass in the US. Also on my website www. tevitahavea.com Can you earn a living being an artist? Being an artist is what I do full-time and I love it! TEVITA HAVEA Sculptor