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School plans a serene spot for students
Year 5 student Sam Patron, 11, and year 4 students Lily Swan, 10, and Shannon Crome, 10, in Curtin Primary School's new peace garden.
Photo: Matt Bedford
Curtin Primary students requests for a
serene peace garden have come to
Topping the wish-list was a set of
swings similar to the National
Arboretum s Pod playground -- large,
round and fit for more than one.
However, with upgrades already in
store for their existing equipment the
children decided to focus on
The peace garden has recently been
planted out under an existing shady
tree behind the classrooms
overlooking the oval.
When the hedges grow, it will be
screened off from the play areas to
create a quiet space for children to read
The garden will be grown in
conjunction with other plantings
around the school to improve its
amenity and encourage healthy
Teacher and garden facilitator
Deborah Fitzgerald said the children
came up with the name and design of
"They said they would like to see
more plantings around the school, so
we thought we d start with the peace
garden," she said.
The space is also set to contribute to
healthier minds, with the children able
to relax in the space without the
distractions of loud noises or rough
Ms Fitzgerald said the children
would maintain the garden with mulch
"We value the ideas of all our
children and keeping their mental
health [sound] is a widespread issue.
We just like to ensure our children are
feeling safe and happy and have a true
sense of belonging at school."
Year 4 student Shannon Crome, 10,
said she was looking forward to being
able to use the space when it opens
"I plan to use the garden just to hang
out with my friends and talk to them,
maybe read books. I think it s a really
good idea," she said.
Come meet the
team at station
Behind the blue line
Canberrans will get a chance to chat to
a police officer on Saturday when the
Belconnen Police Station opens its
doors to the community.
Sergeant Ken Hedges said it was a
rare chance for the public to see inside
a state-of-the-art police station.
"We are really excited to be opening
our doors to the public, he said. We
hope everyone takes the opportunity to
come see the station, meet our team
and take home some products and
advice to protect your home and
property, especially in the lead up to
the Christmas holidays."
Meanwhile burglary reports have
been on a five-year downward trend
across Canberra. Sergeant Hedges said
police generally saw an increase in
burglaries during the Christmas
He said as part of the open day
police would provide practical do-it-
yourself home security advice to help
minimise the chance of Canberra
homes being targeted.
We ll also have information
specifically about preventing bicycle
theft; as the weather warms up and
more people are out and about on their
bikes," he said.
Neighbourhood Watch and Crime
Stoppers members will also attend to
provide information and advice about
what you can do to help keep your
The public open day will be held
Saturday, from 10am to 2pm, 100
Benjamin Way, (corner of Benjamin
Way and Market Street), Belconnen.
The public is asked to use the parking
available on Lathlain Street,
For more information, visit
Lindsay Dunstan and Kylie Caesar support Shannan Pye in raising money for Movember.
Mo Bro couldn't do it without his sistas -- razor or not
The first year Shannan Pye
participated in Movember his facial
hair growth "wasn t as dense" as it is
now. Five years on, he sports a healthy
beard, but that all changed on Friday.
"I ve been growing it since I
finished Movember last year," Mr Pye
"Here we are today to lose it again,
which is going to be hard because you
get so accustomed to it, but it s all for
The density of his mo is not all
that s changed in five years. Three
years ago the Mo-Idea team leader
welcomed Mo Sistas to the team -- and
it s the best fund-raising decision he s
"They re the encouraging ones,
Shannan Pye said.
They re the ones who remind us
two months out, it s like when you see
Christmas decorations in July. The
girls are that excited they re telling you
well in advance, getting you ready and
bouncing ideas off you for fund-
Fund-raising queen Kylie Caesar
brainstorms at least three new ideas
during our interview. Their first
success was the mo-muffin, followed
by mo-meat pie. This year, she is
considering a kissing booth, asking
does it tickle? .
Despite the fun and games, both
Shannan and Kylie have personal
reasons for why they want to support
Kylie lost her dad to heart disease in
2010. Before his death, she noticed his
mental health slipping as a result of the
medical procedures he had undergone.
"He just had me, she said.
He was such a quiet, non-taxing
person that he didn t tell me properly
things that were wrong with him . . .
that s why I m a passionate
Shannan ss family members have
also suffered mental health issues. He
said he was keen to support his family
and friends and help them live an all-
round healthy lifestyle.
"It s not all about the muffins, but
they re great to draw attention to it. It
gets us talking too though, and that s
the point behind the whole mental
health is to get people talking."
Join the team or donate at
movember.com.au. Canberra s biggest
Movember event is a gala party to be
held at King O Malleys pub in Civic
from 7pm on November 28.
SCHOOLGIRL IS HEALTH
AND SAFETY WHIZ KID
Caitlin Johnstone has won the
Hazardman School Competition with
her short film character Destruction.
The year 8 student from Canberra
High School won with her short film
about managing unstable surfaces and
structures. Caitlin scooped $1000
worth of prizes and $15,000 for her
school, which will be used for health
and safety. The competition ran for the
duration of term two and was open to
all students in years 8 to 12 in ACT
It involved researching health and
safety issues, common hazards and
risk mitigation techniques. Students
could create a new hazard-themed
villain character or a multimedia
project which demonstrated best-
practice hazard management.
FIRST FOUR SEASONS
The Australian National Botanic
Gardens has celebrated the first
anniversary of the Red Centre Garden.
Living Collections curator David
Taylor said the garden had now lived
through Canberra s four distinct
seasons and plants such as the rare
Acacia ammobia had thrived.
"This is the first time Acacia
ammobia has been cultivated in the
gardens and shows signs it may be a
species suitable for cultivating in dry
home gardens in Canberra, he said.
"Since the opening of the Red
Centre Garden, we have added new
species, including Quandong plants, a
rare plant in Central Australia.
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