School’s in and so are the happy faces

THERE were lots of smiling faces at Northern Christian School in Bridgewater when first term began for 2012.

The kinder to year 6 school set among bushland on the top of Cobbs Hill was the perfect spot to enjoy Bridgewater’s sunshine and the happy faces of students as they returned to school.

Adam Johansen year 4, Calyani Smith year 4 and Sarah Johansen (year 6) enjoy their first day back
Adam Johansen year 4, Calyani Smith year 4 and Sarah Johansen (year 6) enjoy their first day back

Northern Christian School also runs Northern Buddies every Friday at 9.30 am which is an early years learning program for zero to five year olds and their parents. Everyone is welcome.

Organisers do it again with another great Brighton Show

By MICHELLE DILGER

THE 2011 annual Brighton Show held last month was again, another success for the Society.

The Society had great support provided by the Brighton Council, which ensured the grounds were presented in an immaculate condition.

Winner of the baby boy under 12 months was Angus Brumby
Winner of the baby boy under 12 months was Angus Brumby.

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Students heed ban at Green Point Plaza

GREEN Point Plaza is now off-limits to students during school hours, and the ban will soon be extended to the Cove Hill shopping precinct.

The Green Point ban came into effect on August 1 after meetings between shopkeepers, property developer Robert Rockefeller, Brighton Mayor Tony Foster and representatives from the new Jordan River Learning Federation – lead principal Steve Lewis and parents’ association chairperson Leanne Wakerell.

Shopkeepers get behind the initiative, from left, Leanne Wakerell (Bakery), Glen Smith (Woolworths),  Karen Shaw (Bakery) and Shirley Gill (Woolworths).
Shopkeepers get behind the initiative, from left, Leanne Wakerell (Bakery), Glen Smith (Woolworths), Karen Shaw (Bakery) and Shirley Gill (Woolworths).

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Online Access Centre marks 10 years of operations

THE Bridgewater Online Access Centre recently commemorated 10 years of community-based operations in the Brighton municipality.

The significant milestone was celebrated with a community event that featured eLearn and information technology presentations.

Among the invited guests were Brighton Council Mayor Cr Tony Foster and general manager Ron Sanderson, representatives from the Tasmanian Polytechnic, Sandra Laird and Cheryl Williams, past and present centre advisory committee members and volunteers, certificate representatives and centre patrons and friends. Continue reading “Online Access Centre marks 10 years of operations”

Students rewarded for positive behaviour

ST Paul’s Catholic School Bridgewater has embarked on a new program recognising the positive behaviour of children at the school.

School principal Cameron Brown said ‘Positive Behaviour Support’ (PBS) was a program that focused strongly on a whole-school approach to behaviour management. Continue reading “Students rewarded for positive behaviour”

Fire brigade members honoured

THE Old Beach Fire Brigade has recently honoured three of its members in its prestigious fire service award.

Graeme Gee, Peter Wylie and Phil Owen have been named the first recipients of the Tasmanian Fire Service volunteer medal. The TFS volunteer medal is awarded to operational brigade members following their completion of a pre requisite ten years of service. Through a ‘statement of support’, the award also recognises and honours years of diligent service and integrity to the operations of the fire brigade.

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Construction starts on Pontville detention centre

CONSTRUCTION work has begun at the site to be used for the Pontville Immigration Detention Centre (IDC), following the appointment of Tasmanian company Fairbrother as head contractor.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) had previously appointed Hobart architects Bush Parkes Shugg & Moon to design and manage the project. Tenders for some of the construction work have still to be decided. Continue reading “Construction starts on Pontville detention centre”

Families stick together in good and tough times

By SIMONE JOHNS

MORE than 25 local families from Bridgewater and Gagebrook gathered at St Paul’s Primary School, for a Pyjama Reading Party as part of the charity organisation Good Beginnings’ celebration of National Families Week 2011.

Mum Melita Maley and her son Joshua are all smiles playing on a bike on the bike track in the St Paul's new Early Years playground
Mum Melita Maley and her son Joshua are all smiles playing on a bike on the bike track in the St Paul's new Early Years' playground

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Knitting group spreads warmth and love in Nepal

THE Community Knitting Group in Bridgewater has been expanding its charitable efforts to reach out to children on the other side of the world.

Last year in July the women met Jo Ingram from Hobart who was a speaker at the knitting festival held at the Moonah Arts Centre.

 Jo Ingram with some her young charges in Nepal gratefully receiving the Community  Knitting Group’s contributions.
Jo Ingram with some her young charges in Nepal gratefully receiving the Community Knitting Group’s contributions.

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