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Short Takes Friday April 27: readers have their say on the day’s news

Short Takes Friday April 27: readers have their say on the day’s news

CARL Stevenson, being a fan of all sport I strongly believe that traditions should be respected therefore Olympic athletes should all compete naked. I just hope this doesn’t inspire a Matt Shirvington come back.
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Steve Barnett,Fingal BayTHE proposed development at the old Store building looks great. It will totally revitalise the west end. I just hope and pray the Awabakal land council doesn’t try to acquire the site.

Stephen Paynter,New LambtonAbsolutely disgusting!Not only does he dive, but it seems Billy Slatercan knock on and still be rewarded. In my eyes he is a disgrace to the wonderful game of rugby league. However, the bunker has a lot to answer too. Is it any wonder AFL is fast overtaking crowd and player numbers in our state? I for one turned to another channel last Friday night as I am sick to death of overpaid players and administrators.

Matt McAlary,WaratahTHERE werea couple of glaring issues while watching the Broncos vs. Storm game.A40/20 kick which was a bit dodgy, and then a kick through by Billy Slater that in the referee’s opinion was a drop kick and therefore awarded a try. The only time I’ve seen a drop kick to be deemed legal is an attempted field goal or a kick-off. Even Billy Slater indicated he dropped itin the process of kicking the ball through. While it appears to be a referring error, there needto be 40/20 posts to determine more accurate kicks in general play.

Neil Meyers,Warners BayIS THAT the same Michael Cotts that worked at Big Harry’s Place? Good to see you haven’t changed, still a character.

Darren Duffy,Bobs FarmANDREW Whitbread-Brown (Short Takes 24/4):global coal production was7200m tonnes in 2016, double what it was 40 years previously. It is estimated that coal production will continue to increase out to 2040 at least. Coal is so this century.

Peter Devey,MerewetherANDREW Constance has ruined Newcastle for the people in the Hunter.We did not want to get off the train at Wickham, like the Maitland people and go a very short trip to Newcastle on a Bus. Can not put bikes and others on a bus or one day a light Rail. The people that have shops in Hunter Street are suffering. The money should have been spent on the beach wall at Stockton, Hospitals & Schools. He knows how to waste money.

George Tattersell,New LambtonFANCY putting a main road in the middle of an industrial centre. Munibung Road will be a black spot for accidents with all the trucks and couriers in and out of business driveways. Wake up to yourself, Lake Macquarie Council, before someone gets hurt.

Ross Jurd,EdgeworthTHE Greens want to drop the voting age to 16. The reason is simple enough: only people with undeveloped, juvenile brains vote green, a quick fix to the downturn of green support.

Steve Barnett,Fingal Bay

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Angry Qld cop killed his baby with punch

Angry Qld cop killed his baby with punch

A Supreme Court judge said Senior Constable Colin Randall killed his baby in a “horrendous attack”.Senior Constable Colin David Randall was so frustrated a work transfer was refused that when he was left alone with his baby son for the first time, he punched him to death.
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Then 37, he struck his 10-week-old baby Kye in the stomach with such force it “pulped” his liver, ruptured organs and bruised the boy’s lower back.

For three-and-a-half years after killing his son he lied to his wife, medical staff and investigators, but his ruse came undone when he pleaded guilty to manslaughter last Friday.

After Kye died in hospital in June 2014, Randall pretended it was due to injuries caused when he had incorrectly performed CPR.

His story was that he had put Kye in a swing and set about vacuuming his home, only to find him limp and unresponsive.

And for a while Randall’s wife Debbra Chambers believed him.

“For 18 solid months after Kye died, I was lied to, manipulated, deceived by the man who I was married to, believing Kye’s death was a tragic accident somehow and all his father did was try and save him,” she told Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday.

“I believed everything you said. I trusted you being my husband, my closest partner, the father of my children and a serving police officer.”

What really happened between Randall and Kye was revealed in court as preparations were made to sentence him for manslaughter, following the plea that came one week before he was due to face trial charged with murder.

Crown prosecutor Phil McCarthy said the day had started much the same as any other.

The usual routines were undertaken until Ms Chambers popped out to nearby shops.

She left Randall alone with their boy for the first time, unaware of how frustrated he had become.

The court heard Randall, a former science teacher, had been having an affair with a police administrative worker from Hervey Bay and was fixated on moving his family there.

After making arrangements to relocate, his plans were dashed when police knocked back his transfer request.

This led to an act of extreme violence, in which he lashed out and killed his son.

“It’s just an horrendous attack on a 10-week-old baby,” Justice Peter Davis said.

It left the boy with severe internal injuries, from which he never recovered.

“The child went into cardiac arrest because of the trauma,” Mr McCarthy said.

He was taken to hospital and for two-and-a-half hours unsuccessful attempts were made to resuscitate him.

Mr McCarthy told the court Randall should be given a sentence comparable to Heidi Strbak.

She was jailed five months ago for a minimum four years for killing her four-year-old son.

Randall remains suspended from the police force and is expected to be dismissed after being sentenced in the coming weeks.

Australian Associated Press

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Bengalla and Mount Pleasant settle stoush

Bengalla and Mount Pleasant settle stoush

SPECIAL DELIVERY: Coal wagons being loaded for shipment to Newcastle before use by Aurizon to haul coal for mining company MACH EnergyNEIGHBOURING Hunter coal mines Bengalla and Mount Pleasant have ended a court dispute brought by Bengalla in April last year.
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Under the agreement, Mount Pleasant’s owner MACH Energy has agreed to remove infrastructure it had put up on land that Bengalla argued would hinder its future development.

MACH had disputed Bengalla’s assertion,but after settling their differences, MACH has until the end of October 2022 to pull down the disputed rail infrastructure and Bengalla will provide it with an alternative site.

Bengalla has also agreed to pay MACH $12 million in instalments.

The Mount Pleasant mine was proposed for many years by Coal & Allied, which sold it to MACH for $220 million in 2016.

MACH began building infrastructure soon after, and last month, theQueensland-based rail company Aurizon announced the arrival of 32 coal wagons in Newcastle it said weredestined for MACH Energy, as part of a larger consignment of 284 wagons.

“The new wagons will enter service for our newest customers, AGL Macquarie andMACHEnergy, demonstrating the strong growth we have seen in our New South Wales Coal haulage operations since we started in 2005,” Aurizon NSW manager Catherine Baxter said.

MACH energy criticised the Bengalla court action from the start, saying it was entitled to build the infrastructure where it had.

The Bengalla action was brought by shareholder New Hope Corporation, which said that under Mount Pleasant’s 1999 development approval, the mine owners were required toconsultwith Bengalla over access and coal-carrying infrastructure.

In a statement issued on Tuesday afternoon, the two parties said the proceedings wereto be discontinued, with each party bearing its own costs.

The statement said Bengalla wouldsupport the two applications lodged by MACH to modify the Mount Pleasant development consent, to extend the life of the Mount Pleasant Mine from 2020 to 2026 and to construct its long-term rail and associated infrastructure.

It said Bengalla would provide land to MACH to buildits long-term rail and associated infrastructure.

MACH had agreed to remove its existing, short-term rail and other infrastructure, which waslocated south of Wybong Road, Muswellbrook, by October 31, 2022, in order to make way for continuation of Bengalla’s mining operations south of Wybong Road.

MACH would transfer the contested land to Bengalla by the same date.

Bengalla would pay$12 million to MACH, by instalments.

“The relocation of MACH’s Infrastructure from Bengalla’s approved expansion area was always intended under each mine’s relevant approvals and will allow operations at both mines to continue unimpeded,” the joint statement said.

“The continued operation of both mines will generate significant employment opportunities and economic benefits for the local community and the state of NSW.”

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‘The fire has been lit’: Anzac Day tradition continues to grow

‘The fire has been lit’: Anzac Day tradition continues to grow

‘The fire has been lit’: Anzac Day tradition continues to grow Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

TweetFacebook Anzac Day at West Wallsend, 2018Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Pictures: Jonathan CarrollAs the centenary of World War Idraws to a close, organisers of West Wallsend’sAnzac Day service believe the milestone anniversary has lit a spark that will help keep commemorations strong in communities across the nation.

The town’s Anzac Day service has had a resurgence in the past six years, organisers say, after four decades without a commemorative event on April 25.

Read more:Digger’s ribbon bar lost at Merewether Anzac Day service

The area around West Wallsend’swar memorial –which features a statue of a Digger affectionately known as Old Snowy –was packed on Wednesday morning despite the rain, as people gathered to march, lay a wreath and pay their respect.

Bob Skelton–a bush poet known around town as The Minmi Magster–recited a piecehe had written as a nod to the iconic Australian Army slouch hat.

“They’ve been worn with passion and pride/ All over this troubled world/Wherever our Aussie flag/ Has proudly been unfurled,” he read.

Retired Army Reserve Major John Doigis the junior vice president of West Wallsend Workers Club, which organised and hosted the commemoration.

Read more:How the Hunter marked Anzac Day 2018

He said the Anzac Day service atWest Wallsend had grown in recent years, “resurrected after having ceased for some time”.

“Country-wide I think there’s been a big resurgence,” he said.

“I think the emphasis placed in the last four years has sowed the seed in the community and I think the fire has been lit.

“We do need to keep that going.”

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Thousands in Perth for Anzac dawn service

Thousands in Perth for Anzac dawn service

Thousands gathered at the Kings Park State War Memorial in Perth for the Anzac Day dawn service.Cath Burton has been coming to the Anzac Day dawn service at Perth’s Kings Park with her husband for about 40 years.
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This year, they were joined by their son and grandchildren.

Both of Ms Burton’s uncles, aged 21 and 25, were killed in World War II – one by a sniper in New Guinea while the other was shot down over the English channel.

“Imagine being in those trenches, up to your knees in mud,” Ms Burton told AAP on Wednesday.

“So we don’t complain about getting up early.”

Joe and Jamie McBain brought two-year-old Gordon to his first Anzac Day dawn service, dressed in a little warm suit with a poppy.

“We want him to uphold the honour, dignity and respect of those that lost their lives and we want him to know about it,” his mother said.

Crowd numbers were down slightly this year at the Kings Park State War Memorial service, with about 30,000 people in attendance.

Brigadier Peter Moore told the crowd that Anzac Day was about remembering and honouring those who have served their country.

“We are not here to glorify war,” he said.

“We are here to reflect on the almost incomprehensible sacrifice of so many young lives in so many conflicts that Australia has been involved in and recognise the service of all.”

“Little did the soldiers who landed on April 25, 1915 imagine what they were embarking on would become the thing of legend.”

Brigadier Moore also acknowledged those who continue to serve.

“Freedom only survives as long as there are people who are willing to defend it,” he said.

“This is the Anzac spirit handed down to us and is ours to pass on to future generations.”

Among the dignitaries at the dawn service who laid a wreath was West Australian Deputy Premier Roger Cook and WA Governor Kerry Sanderson.

Mr Cook said he was pleased to see so many young people at the ceremony.

“I think it’s an opportunity for all of us to think about individual sacrifice of the young men and women, but it’s also an opportunity for us to talk about our humanity and our expressions of freedom and the values that come with it,” he told reporters.

After the dawn service, there was an Aboriginal corroboree and Maori haka performance.

It was the first time such a tribute was held involving both cultures.

Australian Associated Press

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Newcastle-raised superstar sets the bar highPHOTOS, VIDEO

Newcastle-raised superstar sets the bar highPHOTOS, VIDEO

Newcastle-raised superstar sets the bar high | PHOTOS, VIDEO Making Headlines: Basketball star Ben Simmons on the cover of Men’s Health.
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Ben Simmons and dad Dave Simmons when Ben played for the Newcastle Hunters.

Ben Simmons with an old Newcastle Hunters jersey.

Ben Simmons in Newcastle in 2015 when he played a match for Louisiana State University at Newcastle Basketball Stadium at Broadmeadow. Picture: JONATHAN CARROLL

Dave Simmons in Newcastle in 2015.

Ben Simmons in 2014 with Box Hill Senior Secondary College head coach Kevin Goorjian. Photo:Eddie Jim

Ben Simmons playing for the Philadelphia 76ers.

TweetFacebookMen’s Health magazine.

Topics must admit that we hadn’t been paying too much attention to Simmons, who was raised in Newcastle and now plays for the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA.

But Newcastle Herald sports editor Robert Dillon grabbed our attention on Saturday when he wrote that Simmons was being compared to superstars like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and LeBron James.

Making Headlines: Basketball star Ben Simmons on the cover of Men’s Health.

Then in one of those meaningful coincidences, we noticed Simmons on the magazine cover.

The article touched on the 21-year-old’s determined personality and ambition towinan NBA championship.

“You’ve got to set the bar high,” Simmons told Men’s Health.

“If you don’t set it high, you’re not aiming high enough, honestly. That’s the way I’ve thought since I came over here for high school.”

The article documented what Simmons had achieved in his career.

“The number one high school player in America – tick. The number one college player in America – tick. Selected number one in the 2016 NBA draft – tick. Now putting up historic rookie numbers to help propel the 76ers into the playoffs – tick.”

Simmons isthe son of former Newcastle Falcons forward and Hunter Pirates coach Dave Simmons.

The youngest of six kids, Ben Simmonswas born in Melbourne. Hisfamily moved to Newcastle when he was 18 months old.

Helearned to play basketball at Broadmeadow and becameaNewcastle Hunters junior,while his father coached the Pirates,former Herald journalistBrett Keeble wrote in 2014.

Simmons said at the time that he consideredNewcastle one of his homes.

“I’ve got a lot of homes now. I kind of look at Australia as home, not just Melbourne, because I lived in Newcastle for a lot of my life.

“I still keep in contact with a few people I went to school with and played basketball with, so I’m still good friends with them.

“That’s my earliest memories of basketball, playing in the Newcastle Hunters gym. I’d definitely love to come back when I have time, for sure.”

Simmons is 206cm (6’10) tall.Heearns about AU$8 million a season.

At age 19, he signed afive-yeardeal with Nike worth about US$20million.

Afterhe signed the deal, he appeared on The Tonight Show, where host Jimmy Fallon joked that he had “more millions than years ofyour life”.

USA Today reported thatSimmons was the number one target for Nike and Adidas.

“Final offers from both companies were higher than the original offers,” the article said.

“Adidas made a serious push and appealed to Simmons’ personality with personalised videos featuring DJ Khaled and Pusha T.

“Simmons was given the five-star treatment in a day-long session at Nike where he met with several people from multiple departments.”

He had previously signed deals with Foot Locker, Beats by Dre and Upper Deck, the story said.

On the web program, Kneading Dough, Simmons was asked when he realised hislife had changed financially.

His reply: Taxes.

He was also asked about the purchase he regretsmost since becoming a millionaire.

“There’s a few things,” he said, laughing.

“I had two savannah cats. It was a bad purchase,” he said, adding that they cost him $10,000.

Asked why he bought them, he said: “I just love animals”.

Simmonshas since taken steps to become smarter about managing his money.

He said the best business decision he’dmade was “firing my first financial advisor”.

Money aside, he saidhe wants tohelp use his profile to build basketballin Australia.

The Naming GameA high-profilesuperannuation fund for the mining sector, whichmanages $11 billion, has had another name change.

The Newcastle-based fund was previously known asAUSCOAL Super.

Then in 2015,tapping into the wellness trend, it changed its name toMine Wealth + Wellbeing.

Topics understands that miners were soon being spottedregularly at yoga studios, gyms andjuice bars.

Wordis, clean eating became a regular topicof conversation down the pit. Workers snacked on goji berries, kale chips and chia-seed pudding.

But, as everyone knows, trends change. Sometimes people get into something new, before returning to who they were originally.

Perhaps that’s what happened here because the super fund announced this weekthat it had changed its name toMine Super.

Now that’s a good-old, stock-standard name.

“Our transformation from Mine Wealth + Wellbeing into Mine Super reflects a renewed dedication to our heritage and our refreshed purpose and vision,” the fund said in a media release.

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Kotara High School continues to Aim High

Kotara High School continues to Aim High

TRIP THROUGH TIME: Top right, children enter school in 1969; clockwise right, an aerial shot of the school in 1988, courtesy of Ed Tonks; note the lack of multi-purpose facility which was opened in 1997 and visible in the aerial photo, left, of the school in 2018.Long-serving Kotara High School staff members Joanne Newton and Sharron Campbell reflect on their time at KHS. POPULAR FIGURES: Office member Sharron Campbell and English teach Joanne Newman.
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Joanne Newton has been a classroom teacher at KHS since 1976 teaching English, (at all levels), Ancient History and Modern History, and junior classes in these subjects.

“I have done two stints as a Year Adviser, (12 years),” she said.

“You meet the incoming students when they are in Year 6, introduce them to high school life, watch them grow and then see them leave, usually in Year 12, when they have completed their studies and are ready to move into a new phase of life.

“I have also spent quite a few years as the Girls’ Adviser. These latter roles allow you to see the individuals beyond the class situation.”

Jo’s first impressions of KHS back in 1976 were not misleading at all.

“I walked into a school I had never seen before but was impressed that it was near a large shopping precinct, a fact over which I and my close colleagues continue to be enthusiastic,” she quipped.

“Several students willingly escorted me to the main office. This helpfulness and friendliness has not changed.”

Jo says the school site was as it is now, apart from the construction of the Multi Purpose Centre and the new Administration Block, which borders Lexington Parade.

How long did she expect to stay?

“Well this has become a classic joke,” she said.“Ihoped to win Lotto, still do. Still waiting, therefore still teaching. I think all teachers have such dreams, and we are allowed to have them.”

When asked about major changes she has seen, Jo is quick to identify technology.

“Wi-Fi connectivity has been excellent,” she said.“Students and teachers have at their fingertips a wealth of ideas and information in real time.We can also inter-connect with each other, pose ideas, ask questions and stay in touch beyond school time. The installation of inter active white boards have been great too.

“School uniforms, have become far more comfortable and sensible.”

The building of the Multi-Purpose Centre was a real step forward.

“Try holding school dances and other special events and assemblies in the main quad or school canteen!!!” she declared.

She also mentions the erection of a fence around the school perimeter as marking a point in time when society changes and schools change with it.

Jo is proud of theacademic, creative and sporting successes of KHS students and the way parents and the local communities support the school, its achievements and needs.

“We have had ex students compete in both the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, professional sports, they have become musicians and composers in a wide range of genres, actors, artists, and a large number have also gone on to higher university studies: doctorates, honours, PHD’s, lecturing, teaching. she observed.

“All areas of the world have been infiltrated by KHS students.”

Looking back over the journey, Jo has enjoyed the ride and the experiences that have come with it.

“No two days are the same and all classes and the students have something to offer themselves, each other and the teacher,” she said.

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Weekend Planner: April 28-29, 2018

Weekend Planner: April 28-29, 2018

SATURDAYAustralian Beach Games + Free Food Truck Carnival Saturday and Sunday, Nobbys Beach, Newcastle. Register to take part in more than 15 sports played on and around the beach or just bringthefamily and enjoy the activities on offer. Beach party; food trucks; an outdoor movie; live music; beach bars; sports bars withpinball, table tennis, darts and more; carnival rides.
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Southern Cross Model Yacht Racing Day11.30am to 3pm,Walka Water Works,Scobies Lane, Oakhampton. Southern Cross Model Yacht Club Inc members race R10R radio-controlled yachts. All welcome.

Paddock Sessions WollombiTaer Angwidd Farm, 19 Narone Creek Road, Wollombi. Gates open 11am, music from 1pm. Shane Nicholson; This Way North; Tori Forsyth and more. Families welcome.

Street Feast Newcastle 4pm to 8pm, Foreshore Park, Newcastle East. Food; fire shows; live music.

Supercars Community Fun Day 10am to 2pm, Civic Park, Newcastle. Top drivers will be signing autographs; car displays; live entertainment; face painting and jumping castles; sausage sizzle.

Superhero Fest 10am to 2pm, Charlestown Square. Superhero face painting; craft; fun activities and sports.

Morpeth Market Day10am to 4pm, Swan Street Morpeth.Bargains;boutique shopping; unique gifts and food.

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 10am to 11am, Foreshore Park, 32 Wharf Road, Newcastle East. All welcome.

Coalfields American Motorcyle Club of Australia Dementia Run 9am, Griffith Park, Stockton Foreshore.Helping Dementia Australia.

SUNDAYHunter Animal Rescue Cat Adoption Day 10am to 2pm, The Cat Store, Shop 11/175 Swan Street, Morpeth. Meetkittens and cats seeking adoption; raffle prizes to be won. Proceeds to Hunter Animal Rescue.

A Day on the Lawn Mercy Style9am to 2pm, Mercy Services Nursing Home, 24 Combo Lane, Singleton. Market stalls; entertainment;food; raffles; ajumping castle; classic cars and more.

Walk With Us11am to3pm,The Heritage Shed, Speers Point Park.A walk from Speers Point Park towards Warners Bay andreturn to raise awareness of suicide in our community. Organised by Lake Macquarie Suicide Prevention & Support Network.

Caves Beach Ocean Swim 9am to 3pm, swimmers assemble at Caves Beach Surf Lifesaving Club for pre-race registration and instructions.

Heart Week Walk –Weston 9.45am to 11am,Chinamen’s Hollow and Peace Park, 135 Cessnock Road, Weston.

Newcastle Record & CD Fair 9am to 4pm,Uniting Church Hall, Beaumont Street, Hamilton.

Dog Day Afternoon 2.0 12.30pm to 2pm, The Family Hotel, Newcastle West. Meet dogs needing homes through Dog Rescue Newcastle.

The Poetry Bomb 3.30pm to 6pm, Hudson Street Hum, 7 Hudson Street, Newcastle.

Animals in Art & Music 10am to 4pm, Newcastle Museum. An afternoon of live performances by Newcastle Youth Orchestraplus works by natural history illustrators from the University of Newcastle. Live music from 2pm.

SAVE THE DATEFlickerfest 2018 –Best of Australian Shorts comes to Peter Drayton’s Ironbark Hill Brewhouse, Pokolbin, on May 5. Cost $55 (films, wine tasting and food) or $20 (films only). Tickets and information at aroundhermitage南京夜网.au or by phoning 4998 7781.

MARKETSTwilight Markets Saturday, 3pm to 7.30pm, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley,430 Wine Country Drive, Lovedale.

Lake Macquarie City Farmers Markets Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Speers Point Park.

Handmade in the Hunter MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin.

Hamilton Clocktower MarketsSaturday, 9am to 2pm, James Street Plaza, BeaumontStreet, Hamilton.

Hunter Wine Country MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.

Newcastle Flower MarketsSaturday, 9.30am to noon, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate.

Hunter Street MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.

Newcastle & Hunter Vietnam Veterans Inc. Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Wickham Park, Islington.

Adamstown LionsMarketsSunday, 7am to 12.30pm, corner Brunker and Glebe roads, Adamstown.

Newcastle City Farmers MarketSunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.

Nelson Bay Legacy Markets Sunday, 8am to 2pm, Neil Carrol Park, Shoal Bay Road, Nelson Bay.

ARTGrossmann House Treasures of the Hunter Exhibition. Until May 20.

Wollombi Cultural Centre’s The Fireshed GalleryStitches In Time, by 4 Directions. Until May 6.

Cessnock Regional Art GalleryNights Watch Parliament, byTherese Gabriel Wilkins. Until May 6.

Lake Macquarie City Art GalleryFirst Class: First Decade. Until May 20.

Gloucester Gallery Nu Feminin, by Christopher Steele. Until May 20.

The University GalleryFrom The Studio, byImants Tillers. Until May 26.

The Lock UpjusticeINjustice, by Corinne Brittain, Rob Cleworth, Blak Douglas, John A Douglas, Leah Emery, Lezlie Tilley and Richard Lewer. Until May 20.

Art Systems WickhamFarbenfreude, by Werner Neumann. Until May 6.

Watt Space Gallery Head On Students,curated by ClareWeeks and James Murphy. Until May 13.

Maitland Regional Art GalleryThe Enlightening Journey of Mr Hugo Ball, by Andrew Finnie; A Whisker of Light, by Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison; Lamentation, by Karike Ashworth.End Sunday. Sonant Bodies, by James Hazel and Victoria Pham. Until May 13.Maitland International Salon of Photography; The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2017.Until May 20. Luminous Maitland; Stuart Scott. Until August 12.

Cooks Hill GalleriesWaterline, by Phil Stallard. Until April 30.

Port Stephens Community Arts CentreNelson BayQuilters Exhibition. Until May 22.

Newcastle Art GalleryElisabeth Cummings: Interior Landscapes. Ends Sunday. IN-FORM: Sculpture from the collection. Until May 13.

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back To Back GalleriesIn Pursuit of Meaning, byHeather Campbell and Naomi Wild. Until May 6.

Timeless TextilesForever Now, byBarbara Schey. Until May 6.

Gallery 139What Remains, by Jo Shand, Niomi Sands, Clare Hodgins, Gina McDonald, Peter Read, Shelagh Lummis, Dino Consalvo.Ends Sunday.

Newcastle MuseumSpiders; Transformations: Art of the Scott Sisters. Ends Sunday.

THEATREChurch Street DramasShort plays by Frank Oakes based on real events in houses in the title Maitland street, with audiences meeting in the street’s Brough House and then moving to each house. Presented by The Friends of Grossmann House and Maitland Repertory Theatre. Sunday at 4.30pm.

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JrLively musical for young performers from Lewis Carroll’s novel. Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamilton theatre. Saturday at 2pm and 7pm.

The HollowA murder unexpectedly occurs when a woman invites eccentric people to visit her rural estate; thriller by Agatha Christie. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its theatre. Saturday at 8pm.

JobReadyComedy, based on real-life stories, looking at people forced by Australia’s welfare system to take jobs for which they have no skills. Big Muscles Sad Heart Theatre, at the Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 5pm.

Perfect WeddingA bridegroom wakes in a hotel room on his wedding morning to find a girl in bed beside him; lively comedy by Robin Hawdon. Theatre on Brunker, at St, Stephen’s Church Hall, Adamstown. Saturday, dinner and show at 7pm, show only at 8pm (final week).

Summer of the Seventeenth DollTwo Queensland cane-cutters meet Melbourne girlfriends on their summer break; classic play by Ray Lawler. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm.

Ugly Mugs People affected by unexpected violence, including a a female sex worker and a girl who is hit on a footy field and has her bag stolen, look at how their lives were affected; Australian drama by Peta Brady. GNaW Theatre, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Saturday, 2pm and 8pm.

MUSIC5 Sawyers Saturday, Devultra.Sunday, Prestige Inc.

Anna Bay TavernSaturday, Phonic Duo.Sunday, Mick Jones.

Australia Hotel CessnockSaturday, Sami Cooke.

Bar PetiteSaturday, Nano.

Battlesticks BarSaturday,Tim Rossington.Sunday, Little Cents.

Bay Hotel Bonnells BaySaturday, Rubber Bullet.

Beach HotelSaturday, Misbehave.

Bellbird HotelSaturday, Troy Kemp.

Belmont 16sSaturday, Anthology,Matt Gaudry,The Australian Bee Gees Show.Sunday, Rich & Famous.

Belmore HotelSaturday, Evergreen.

Beresfield Bowling ClubSaturday, Code Red. Sunday, Jumpin’ Jukebox.

The BradfordSaturday, Witchery.

Burwood InnSaturday,Nathan La Monaco.

Cambridge HotelSaturday, Rose Tattoo (main room),Lo!, Tired Minds, Burdened, Boudicca, Post Truth (side bar). Sunday, Skyepaint,Vast Hill,Foemen,Rachel Maria Cox.

Cardiff RSL ClubSaturday, The V Dubs.

Catho PubSaturday, Bob Allan.Sunday, Dirty Deeds – AC/DCShow.

Central Charlestown Leagues ClubSaturday, Anyerin.

Central HotelStroudSaturday, Ngariki.

Cessnock Leagues ClubSaturday, Solid Gold Party Night with Dave Cochrane.

Club CatalinaSunday, Cotton Sax and Strings.

Club LemonTreeSaturday, Barracuda.

Commercial Hotel MorpethSaturday, Acoustic Mayhem.

Criterion Hotel CarringtonSaturday, Robbie T. Sunday, Kim.

Crown & Anchor HotelSaturday, Emily Smith,DJ Z4KLND.

Customs HouseSaturday, Perry Carter. Sunday, Lauren Arms.

Cypress LakesSaturday, Hayden Johns.

D’Albora MarinaSunday, Mick Jones.

DashvilleSaturday-Sunday, The Gum Ball ft.Remi, Butterfingers, Rocket Science, The Aints, The Bamboos, Screamfeeder, Terra Lightfoot (CAN), Ben Salter, Dave Graney & The Coral Snakes, The Creepshow (US), Les Hotesses d’Hilaire (US), The Squirts (US), Hat Fritz & Cara.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Romney Watts.

Duke Of WellingtonSaturday, Prestige Inc.

East Cessnock Bowling ClubSaturday, Finnian.

East Maitland Bowling ClubSaturday,The Lamplighters.Sunday,Greg Bryce.

Edgeworth TavernSaturday. Zac and Ben.

FinnegansSaturday, Natalie Sax, Luke La Beat, Lionette.

Gallipoli Legion ClubSunday,Witchery.

Gateshead TavernSunday, Brazillian Brothers Duo.

George TavernSaturday, Shaka.

Grand Junction HotelSunday, Ben Salter.

​Hamilton Station HotelSunday,Hack The Mainframe, Nerdlinger, Them’s Fightin’ Words.

Harrigan’s PokolbinSaturday, Jim Neal, Project X. Sunday, Shaka.

Hexham Bowling ClubSaturday,The Snape Trilogy.

Honeysuckle HotelSaturday,The Search Party.Sunday, Mike Vee, Phonic Duo.

Iron Horse InnSaturday, Soundabout.

Jewells TavernSaturday, R And R.

Kent HotelSaturday, Purple Rain. Sunday, Thread Blues Band.

Lake Macquarie Yacht ClubSunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Lambton Park HotelSaturday, Compadre Diablo.

Lass O’GowrieSaturday,Red City,Widower.

Lizotte’sSaturday, Bob Starkie.

Lucky HotelSaturday, Cam Hives. Sunday, Brown Bear & Hooves.

Maitland ShowgroundSaturday, Groovin’ The Moo ft.Royal Blood (UK), Portugal. The Man (US), The Amity Affliction, Duke Dumont (UK),Ball Park Music, Paul Kelly, Grinspoon, Amine (US), Public Service Broadcasting (UK),Vera Blue, Flight Facilities, Dean Lewis, Confidence Man, Ocean Alley, Alex Lahey, Winston Surfshirt, Lady Leshurr (UK), Dean Lewis.

Mark HotelSaturday, Jackson Halliday.

Mary EllenSaturday, The Smarts. Sunday, Max Jackson.

Maryland TavernSaturday, Rock OZ.

Mavericks On The BaySaturday, Todd Schmoo. Sunday, Reg Sinclair.

Mavericks On DarbySaturday, The DuoTones.

Mayfield Ex-ServicesSaturday, The Leadbellies.

Metropolitan Hotel MaitlandSaturday, Glamstars.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend DiggersSaturday,Hurricane Fall.Sunday,Todd Schmoo.

Middle Rock Resort One Mile BeachSunday, Cathy Cannon.

Morisset Country ClubSunday, Layth Gunn.

Murray’s BrewerySunday, Holly Mae Wilson.

Nag’s Head HotelSaturday, Pap & That.

Nelson Bay DiggersSaturday,The Levymen. Sunday,Tim Harding.

Nelson Bay Golf ClubSaturday,Daniel Arvidson.

Newcastle Jockey ClubSaturday, Max Jackson.

Newcastle Leagues Club–The VaultSaturday,Once Remained,Heathen Spawn,Halcyon Reign,The Social Norm.

Northern Star HotelSaturday, Jack Evans.

Oaks Pacific Blue ResortSaturday, Jessica Cain.

Paxton Bowling ClubSaturday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Pelican RSL ClubSunday, Troy Kemp.

Pippis At The PointSaturday, Dos Eager. Sunday, Bonny Rai.

Potters BrewerySaturday, Pistol Pete.

Premier HotelSaturday, Tre Soul.Sunday,Melbourne Street.

Prince of Wales HotelSaturday, Bobby C.

Queens Wharf HotelSaturday,The Rumour Trio,Tom Christie.Sunday, Trancemission,Wharf Life.

Raymond Terrace Bowling ClubSunday, Zane Penn.

Royal Federal HotelBranxtonSaturday, Loko.

Royal Hotel SingletonSunday, 2 To The Floor.

Royal Motor Yacht Club TorontoSunday, Nick Read.

Seabreeze HotelSunday, Tim Rossington.

Shenanigans at the ImperialSaturday, Counterpart.

Shoal Bay Country ClubSaturday,Then Jolene,Mental As Anything.Sunday,Hermana,Nicko Solo.

Shortland HotelSaturday, Tim Harding.

South Newcastle Leagues ClubSaturday, Arley Black.

Stag and Hunter HotelSaturday, Josh Needs. Wednesday, The Scullion Sessions withAllan Caswell, Andrew Swift.

Stockton Bowling ClubSaturday, DJ Symon. Sunday, Jim Overend.

Swansea HotelSunday, The Search Party.

Swansea RSLClubSaturday, Whiskey Business Duo.

Swansea Workers ClubSaturday, Moondogs.Sunday, Peter Stefanson.

Tea Gardens HotelSaturday, Bonny Rai.

Tilligerry RSLSaturday, Bernie.

Toronto HotelSunday, Dean Kyrwood.

Toronto WorkersSaturday, Adam Brand, Mardmax.

Victoria Hotel HintonSaturday, Mick Jones. Sunday, Arley Black.

Wangi HotelSunday, Steve Gilmore.

Warners At The BaySaturday, The Years.

Warners Bay HotelSaturday, Big Night Out.

Westfield KotaraSaturday, Just Jade.

Weston WorkersSaturday, All Access 80s.

Wests CardiffSaturday, Cruzers.

Wests New LambtonSaturday,The Rattle.

Wickham Park HotelSaturday, Kim.Sunday, Murph.

Windsor Castle HotelSaturday, Gareth Hudson.

WollombiSaturday, Paddock Sessions ft. Shane Nicholson, This Way North, Joe Mungoven, Vanishing Shapes, Tori Forysth.

MOVIESAvengers: Infinity War(M)The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

A Quiet Place(PG) A family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival.

A Wrinkle In Time(PG)Through one girl’sjourney led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes fromindividuality.

Blockers(MA)Three parents try to stop their daughters from having sex on prom night.

Early Man(PG) Dug and Hognob unite theirtribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home.

I Feel Pretty(M) Renee desperately wants to be one of the “pretty” girls. After a freak accident during spin class, her dream comes true when she wakes up to a completely new reflection, believing she is now the most beautiful woman in the world.

Peter Rabbit(PG) A rebellious rabbit tries to sneak into a farmer’sgarden.

Phantom Thread(M)Set in 1950s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover. (Lake Cinema)

Rampage(M)Based on the1980s video game featuring apes and monsters destroying cities.

Ready Player One(M)When the creator of an MMO called the Oasis dies, he releases a video where he challenges users to find his Easter Egg.

Sherlock Gnomes(G)When Gnomeo and Juliet first arrive in the city, their biggest concern is getting their new garden ready for spring.

Super Troopers 2(MA) When an international border dispute arises between the USand Canada, the Super Troopers are called in to set up a new highway patrol station in the disputed area.

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society(M)A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.

The Mercy(M)The incredible story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and his solo attempt to circumnavigate the globe. (Lake Cinema)

The Shape Of Water(MA)At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity. (Lake Cinema)

Truth Or Dare(M)Agame of Truth or Dare among friends turns deadly when someone – or something – begins to punish those wholie or refuse the dare.

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Time to save Anzac Day from cheap war of words

Time to save Anzac Day from cheap war of words

ON GUARD: An Anzacs don’t deserve to become pawns in a “deeply demeaning annual political battle”, the author says.Another Anzac Day. Another battle in the culture wars.
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Last year Yassmin Abdel-Magied was at the eye of the storm.

I wrote a column standing up for her freedom of speech in the face of an extraordinary and unrelenting attack about her supposed lack of respect for Anzac Day.

This year, sadly, but rather predictably, there were new battlefields and more confected scandals.

Last week, Steve Price and Karl Stefanovic condemned a cinema chain for the “grubby cash grab” of releasing the movieAvengers: Infinity Waron ANZAC Day.

Read more: How we marked Anzac Day in Newcastle and around the Hunter region

Stefanovic thundered that to watch a movie was to neglect the significance of the great sacrifices of the Diggers, a point of view that didn’t get much traction as, among many other things, every pub is open on Anzac Day for hours of drinking and two-up, punctuated by the footy.

Now incoming Defence Chief Angus Campbell has come under fire from a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and by the usual conservative commentators because he has banned Australian soldiers from using death-style iconography including the grim reaper and the skull and cross bones.

Former sergeant Justin Huggett attacked the directive on Facebook and then with shock-jock Ray Hadley proclaiming it as “political correctness gone mad”.

The death imagery is grotesque, straight out of a violent video game or a bikie gang and reflects a one-dimensional idea of what a soldier should be – an unfeeling, defiantly-masculine, brutal killing machine.

Huggett has talked about this ban going against the pride and history of the Australian military. Which is funny because there are no reports of the Anzac troops landing at Gallipoli proudly flying the skull and cross bones of the Jolly Roger.

Read more: The 50 finest photos from Anzac Day 2018

While it is true that George Orwell, who fought in the Spanish Civil War, did famously say that wars are won by fighting, no army in history has ever been focussed on indiscriminate killing. Indeed over the centuries there have been developed strict and sophisticated laws relating to war and the use of armed force.

My father, who is 91, saw action in Europe at the end of the Second World War. He has never talked about his experience of war, nor has he ever marched on Anzac Day. I suspect many are like him.

But having seen the face of battle he is deeply suspicious of politicians and commentators who demand that there is a right and wrong way to honour those who served in war. After all, to dictate that there is only one way to love one’s country and to be a patriot is to act exactly like the people that we all fought against in the two great wars of the last century.

Or to quote Orwell again, “All the war-propaganda … invariably comes from people who are not fighting.”

We honour and respect the Anzacs not by wrapping ourselves in the flag or displaying death insignia but by understanding that our soldiers, sailors and nurses who have served in war have in the words of Paul Keating, “taught us to endure hardship, to show courage, to be bold as well as resilient, to believe in ourselves, to stick together”.

In other words, the deep patriotism of every Anzac soldier has to be rescued from a kind of tawdry chest-beating nationalism. They served because they loved their country and their fellow citizen.

They certainly don’t deserve to become a pawn in a deeply demeaning annual political battle.

Duncan Fine is a lawyer and Fairfaxcolumnist.

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Hunter Hurricanes claim last-ditch victory over UNSW Wests Magpies

Hunter Hurricanes claim last-ditch victory over UNSW Wests Magpies

SAVES: Hunter Hurricanes goalkeeper Aleksander Ruzic (red cap). Picture: SImone De PeakThe Hunter Hurricanes will take renewed confidence into this weekend’s final Australian Water Polo League round following a last-ditch 7-6 victory at Lambton Poolon Tuesday night led by goalkeeperAleksander Ruzic.
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Hurricanes men’s coach Dan Robinson said Ruzic was responsible for up to 15 saves before Mitch Robinson slotted home the winner for the second-placed team with just one minute remaining against fellow title contenders UNSW Wests Magpies.

“Alek Ruzic was phenomenal,” coach Robinson said.

“I can’t tell you exactly how many stops he made, but it would have to be 12 or 15 easily. He kept us in the game.”

The finals-bound Hurricanes led 4-1 at half-time but the visitors fought back, featuring a 5-1 run, to lead by one in the fourth and final quarter.

Hunter managed to stem the flow and equalise with the Magpies at 6-all before key player Robinson stepped up to convertin the closing stages.

“I was from the bad side of the pool [his weak side] and he managed to score a cross-cage goal with one minute to go,” coach Robinson said.

“It was a pretty good effort.”

Robinson declared it “one of our best performances this year” and despite difficult road trips on Saturday and Sundayto facefourth-placed Cronulla Sharks and minor premiers Sydney University Lions respectively he feels confident of holding onto a top-two spot ahead of finals from May 4.

“We have two tough games this weekend, but we want to finish top two,” he said.

“We have put ourselves in the best possible position to do that now. The boys are pretty excited about it all.”

The Hurricanes gotthrough the catch-up fixture, postponed from April 14 because of lighting,without any injuries.

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Cenotaph steward steps down after 78 years

Cenotaph steward steps down after 78 years

Dignitaries, including Julie Bishop, congratulated retiring cenotaph custodian Wally Scott-Smith.After 78 years as chief attendant of the Cenotaph in Sydney’s Martin Place, Wally Scott-Smith has watched the sun rise on the monument for the last time in his official capacity during the Anzac Day dawn service.
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The 96-year-old is retiring as the monument’s chief attendant after nearly eight decades of unwavering commitment.

“He’s escaped from hospital twice, with morphine drips no less, just to get here and do his job,” thousands gathered in the pre-dawn chill were told in a tribute to the retiring figure on Wednesday.

Mr Scott-Smith had once desperately wanted to join the army, following in the footsteps of his father.

He enlisted in 1937, but was unable to take his place after having surgery to remove about 30 centimetres of his bowel due to cancer.

It was a few years later in 1940, as a Rovers Scouts leader, that Mr Scott-Smith first came to clean the Cenotaph.

By 1946, he was asked if he would like to be its caretaker, a posting he’s held ever since.

Despite his long tenure, Mr Scott-Smith said he hadn’t expected to receive a tribute at his final dawn service.

“I was surprised. I just said that I was going to retire, but I didn’t expect it to happen the way it did,” he told reporters beside the monument.

He said he’s taken joy in the job, which has been his way of serving those who have lost loved ones in war.

But it won’t he his last Anzac Day at Martin Place.

“Next year I’ll come, sit in the chair over there and point at the fellas doing it here and if they’re not doing it I’ll go crook,” he said.

Australian Associated Press

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Reflections on 50 years

Reflections on 50 years

CURRENT SCHOOL LEADERS: From left to right, Kotara High School principal Mark Snedden, girl captain Hannah Short, boy captain Ben Frohlich, and inset, the school emblem, designed in 1967.Brief historyKotara High School celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018 and is proud to reflect on the milestone.
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KHS opened it’s doors to students on February 1, 1968, with an intake of 212 first form students and 10 teachers. William McCulloch was the first principal.

The school was the culmination of years of work beginning in November 1963 with the formation of a provisional P&C Association to advise the Minister for Education on possible sites and enrolments.

The rapid population expansion in the area bounded by Kotara, Adamstown Heights and Highfields and the implementation of co-educational schooling had prompted the need for a new high school.

Each successive year after 1968 the school was expanded by the addition of an extra form, accompanied by additions to both teaching and ancilliary staff.

On the day of opening, A and B blocks and the canteen were completed but it would be another six years until C (1971) and D (1973) blocks were done. Classes continued to operate throughout. 1974 was the first year the school consisted of all six forms.

The lack of a school hall proved to be a continual problem in the early history of the facility, exposing everyday operations like school assemblies, presentation days, school dances, school musicals, student exhibitions andvisiting performances to the weather, heat, rain and wind.

This was alleviated with the opening of a Multi-Purpose Centre in 1997. A number of additional buildings have been added since andthe libraryextended.

Today Kotara High School is aa comprehensive co-educational high school with about 1000 students and approximately 100 staff including teachers and support staff.

The school prides itself on teamwork between staff, students, parents and members of the community and has a strong SRC and a very active P&C.

Mark Snedden2018 PrincipalI am delighted to be writing within Kotara High School’s 50th Anniversary Herald supplement. As the current Principal of the school it is an honour to invite our community to attend some of the events outlined later in the feature.

Kotara High School is a fantastic public school that has a strong commitment to Public Education and a celebrated academic, cultural and sporting history.

Our school has been instrumental in the development of our wider community, in the citizens that we have produced over fifty years, and the accolades we have brought to our town.

I look forward to our celebrations, and sharing our rich history with all of Newcastle.

Hannah Short2018 Girls School CaptainKotara High School’s motto is “We Aim High” and has been for 50 years now.

It has been a place of learning, friendship and opportunity for half a century, providing students with the skills they need in order to thrive within society.

Words cannot accurately describe how honoured I feel to be in this leadership position at the time of this milestone.

I first noticed the ‘EST 1968’ sign the moment I began my first day at Kotara High in Year 7.

Never could I have imagined that six years later I would be one of the leaders who has the pleasure of celebrating it’s 50th year.

I see my role within the school as being a role model for my peers, someone to talk to, and a representative of our school to the wider community.

Our leadership executive and SRC work very close with both students and staff to ensure the best experiences and opportunities are being offered to the students at all levels.

The values of Kotara High are expressed thoroughly, such as respect and responsibility, and it is vital that all students uphold these values.

Students should feel proud to attend Kotara High School, as it is a wonderful place that allows students to express our individuality and prepares them for the outside world.

I’m excited for this school’s future, as I see new and innovating ideas being developed to further create an exceptional learning space.

In another 50 years time, I plan to revisit Kotara High that has no doubt shaped myself and many others into the young adults we are today, and the future leaders of tomorrow.

Ben Frolich2018 Boys School CaptainAs I reflect on Kotara High School I am overwhelmingly pleased that I have the privilege of leading our school for its 50th year. The opportunity to record my feelings at this important moment in the school’s history gives me immense pride.

This is a school that has allowed me, and so many others great opportunities.

Looking back on my years at Kotara High Schools I see a proud history that reflects a strong community and a cohesive school population. I also see an even stronger future.

The commitment I have as School Captain to perform my duties to the highest standard is part of an ongoing tradition of strong student leadership.

I carry on a legacy from previous captains that ensures all pupils are represented with enthusiasm and inclusion. I felt this when I was a junior student and the school continues to build student programs that reflect the genuine needs of all students.

During this year of celebration I have realised that where visions for the future are essential, so is strength drawn from the past.

As past students and staff return to Kotara High I hope they see a school that still reflects the vision they had of it as well as a school that is moving forward to a successful future.

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Sabre Norris becomes a brand ambassador

Sabre Norris becomes a brand ambassador

Sabre Norris becomes a brand ambassador All Smiles: Sabre Norris at the Bowl-A-Rama skateboard competition in February. She aims to skate at the Olympics. Picture: Katherine Griffiths
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Sabre Norris at the Bowl-A-Rama skateboard competition in February. Picture: Katherine Griffiths

Sabre Norris at the Bowl-A-Rama skateboard competition in February. Picture: Katherine Griffiths

Sabre Norris at the Bowl-A-Rama skateboard competition in February. Picture: Katherine Griffiths

Sabre Norris at the Bowl-A-Rama skateboard competition in February. Picture: Katherine Griffiths

Sabre Norris at the Bowl-A-Rama skateboard competition in February. Picture: Katherine Griffiths

Sabre Norris at the Bowl-A-Rama skateboard competition in February. Picture: Katherine Griffiths

Sabre Norris at the Bowl-A-Rama skateboard competition in February. Picture: Katherine Griffiths

Sabre Norris at the Bowl-A-Rama skateboard competition in February. Picture: Katherine Griffiths

Sabre Norris at the Bowl-A-Rama skateboard competition in February. Picture: Katherine Griffiths

Sabre Norris and Tony Hawk.

Sabre Norris on The Ellen Show.

Sabre Norris.

Bigge, Naz, Sockie and Sabre Norris.

Sabre takes on trolls.

Biggie, Sabre and Sockie.

Sabre Norris surfing.

TweetFacebookShe’s bubbly, brightand marketable.

So it can’t come as a complete surprise that Newcastle’s Sabre Norris has become a brand ambassador at age 13.

She’s long been known as a skilled skateboarder and talented surfer.

But her talents extend beyond boardriding.

Videos on her YouTube channel, Sabre Norris and the Norris Nuts, can attract more than a million hits.

They detail the capers of Sabre and her three siblings, brother Biggy and sisters Sockie and Naz.

It’s these things, along with her confidence at handling media interviews, that attracted the attention of sponsors.

On Sunday, though, she’ll put media and commercial commitments to one side to focus solely on competing in a female open skateboarding competition at Five Dock Skatepark in Sydney.

“It’s the biggest comp in skateboarding at the moment,” Sabre said, of the Vans Park Series Oceania Continental Championships.

At the event, she’ll be attempting to qualify for the World Championshipsin Chinain October.

This would be another big step towards reaching her dream of competing at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. She has been making progress.

In February, she won the female event at Bowl-A-Rama in Bondi, beating girls aged 19, 17 and 23.

“I like to go well in the comps because I like to win, but it’s always good when you’re having fun,” she said.

Usually, she’s “just skating with my brothers and sisters”.

“That’s kind of all that matters,” she said.

This kid may have her feet on the ground, but she’s also known for her sense of humour.

She became a household name after joking on The Today Show in 2016 that her dad, Olympic swimmer and bronze medalist Justin Norris, had a taste for ice cream and “had to suck his gut in for photos”.

Karl Stefanovic was in stitches. Before she knew it, she was whisked off to the US to appear on The Ellen Show.

She stirred her dad up again on the talk show, telling Ellen DeGeneres that “swimming sucks”.

“It’s just really boring, you just watch a line, it’s like … not fun,” she said.

Sabre’s rise in the sport and media worlds has inevitably led to commercial opportunities.

Skateboarding is renowned for its sponsorships. A skateboarder with a sponsor is a skateboarder with credibility.

But Sabre’s recent moves suggest she may be selective with her choices in the commercial arena.

Sheshowedshe hada social conscience when she appeared in a recent anti-bullying campaign on Channel 10’s The Project.

“To be honest there are twoSabres –a computer one where people think I’m popular, then the other real-life one which is the opposite of popular,” Sabre wrote on Instagram at the time.

“The place I fit in the least is at the skate park and the surf, which hurts because this is the place I want to fit in the most.”

Then earlier this week, she joined with Specsavers to promote the value of children getting their eyes tested.

With Sabre and her sisters all needing glasses, it seemed like a good fit.

“Children don’t know their eyesight is suffering and because it can be something that’s not physical or painful, it’s hard for us as parents to see it too,” Sabre’s mum, Brooke Norris said.

Sabre added: “I didn’t even know there was a problem with my eyes until I tried on Sockie’s glasses and everything looked so much better.”

Good vision is, of course, important for education and sport.

Good vision of another kind will also be needed as Sabre navigates the world of top-level sport,mass media and endorsements.

Just like when she surfs, she’ll be around friendlydolphins – but also the odd shark.

But this brave and smart girl is no stranger to challenges.

As reported in January, she was diagnosed with the condition Chiari malformation, which causes her brain tissue to extend into her spinal canal.

It’s thought that her condition may be affecting her pituitary gland because she hasn’t been growing.

“I’ve been OK, but I’ve got to get an MRI scan every six months to see if it’s getting worse or staying the same,” she said.

In the meantime, she’s “trying to be a good person”.

She’s also trying hard not to let herself get carried away with negative thoughts.

“That’s my plan,” she said.