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LISTENING TO THE PAST: Music in Historic Places
Sat 28 Nov
Hear from ANU School of Music Visiting Fellow, Jennifer Gall,
as she shares the stories about music and dance at Lanyon.
Cost: $10 (ACT M&G members free) payment by Tue 24 November
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Session 1: 11.30am-12:30pm
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Preschool stays true after 112 years
Proud Tharwa preschool students
in front of their school.
Photos: Jay Cronan
P&C president Myles Gostelow and son Will, 5, with fellow preschool
parent Lisa Hogan with her children Ayla, 4, Evie, 3 and Archie, 1.
The tight-knit Tharwa community
mourned the closure of their primary
school in 2006 but the township's
preschool is carrying on a 112-year
educational legacy with pride.
Created in an era before synthetic
grass and soft-fall surfacing, Tharwa
Preschool's 1912 weatherboard
classroom, expansive playground and
lush kitchen garden have plenty of
bush capital charm.
Head teacher Anita Bunt said while
hers may be the oldest operating ACT
preschool, a recent National Quality
Standard assessment demonstrated it
was providing education that exceeded
the national standard across all seven
"We couldn't have asked for a better
rating -- it's the best you can get," she
"I think it reflects the level of
personalised education Tharwa can
provide with small numbers and being
a well-resourced school."
Losing the primary school from the
area made many assume the preschool
had gone with it, she said.
"The preschool has been going
strong since then but we just want
people to know about us," she said.
Charles Conder Primary was now
managing the preschool and principal
Jason Walmsely said while
geographical challenges and low
enrolment numbers were major factors
contributing to the Tharwa Primary
School closure, he had no concerns
about the preschool's enrolment levels.
It's a small school setting but there
are no concerns at the moment," he
"The capacity here is approximately
20 and this year there was around 9 or
10 enrolled I think."
He said the bush setting was
something really unique.
Children learn about Wombie'' the
resident Wombat, take seeds and
produce home from the site to their
families and spend time on the lawn
watching native birds feed their young.
Lisa Hogan, whose children would
be the fifth generation of her husband's
family to attend the preschool said it
was a privilege to know Ayla, 4,
Evie, 3 and Archie, 17 months would
get the same start as their dad Tim,
grandmother Carmel and great
"It has this beautiful setting and the
rural feel of a school which not many
people get to experience now-a-days,"
"It feels a world away but really it's
just 5 minutes up the road to Banks,
Condor or Gordon."
The October annual general meeting
elected the following executive team:
Mike Hettinger (chairman), Greg
Zwajgenberg (deputy chairman), Leon
Arundell (secretary) and Bruce Smith
(treasurer). Committee members are
Marcus Hipkins, Geoff Davidson,
Marianne Albury-Colless and Denis
Marcus Hipkins led a discussion on
developing an NCCC transport policy.
This was prompted by Inner North
residents dealing with heavy traffic
rat-running'' on roads not designed
for the volume.
Inner North residents who would
like to contribute should contact the
NCCC via northcanberra.org.au.
The NCCC has since written to
Roads ACT about the classification of
Inner North roads, requesting
assistance to address substantial
The final general meeting of 2015
will be held on Tuesday, November 17,
at 7.30pm at the Majura Function
Room in the Majura Community
Centre, 2 Rosevear Place, Dickson. It
will feature a presentation from Giulia
Jones MLA. .
Canberra Town Planning will
provide a presentation on the Midtown
Precinct Development Proposal.
This will be followed by discussions
on a draft NCCC transport policy,
Dickson Section 72 Parklands'', and
the Coles-Doma development in
Mike Hettinger, chair, NCCC
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