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Former Loxton High School students Nathan Ramos (left), Hannah Vowles and Adam Proud accepted
a place in their chosen course, following the first round of university offers recently.
Next step for students
by Stephanie Gropler
The anxious wait for
many local students is now
over, with the first round
of university offers taking
Former Loxton High School
students Adam Proud, Nathan
Ramos and Hannah Vowles all
received their first preference into
their chosen university course and
said they were looking forward to
what the year had in store.
Adam Proud was accepted into
Bachelor of Education and Health
Science at Flinders University
and has deferred his course for
2015 to take a gap year.
"There is a fair few people
from our year having a gap year
and a few going straight down
to Adelaide as well, it is a good
mix," he said
"I have five or six friends that
are staying in Loxton, so I won't
be here on my own."
Adam plans to continue work-
ing at The Loxton Hotel and
playing football for the Loxton
Football Club before relocating to
Adelaide in 2016.
Meanwhile, Hannah and
Nathan only have a few more
weeks in the Riverland before
relocating to Adelaide.
"I got accepted into Bachelor of
Applied Science and that was my
first preference, so I was pretty
happy," she said.
Hannah will study at the
University of South Australia
and take up residence at Aquinas
College in North Adelaide.
"I am pretty excited to move
to Adelaide," she said. "I will
miss the river. We ski a lot and
change, but it should be good."
Nathan was also accepted
into his first preference at the
University of South Australia
and will study a Bachelor of
Journalism and Professional
Writing, Bachelor of Arts
"I was pretty confident I would
be accepted," he said.
"I had worked hard throughout
the year and kept my fingers
crossed. I was never too worried
that I wouldn't get into something
I didn't like."
Nathan said the move to
Adelaide was "daunting", but said
he was excited for the change.
"I will miss Loxton, but I guess
I will be able to come back a lot,"
While Nathan is looking for-
ward to the move next month,
he said there was plenty he
would miss about Loxton and the
"I will miss the things you can
do in Loxton that you can't nec-
essarily do in the city, like going
down the river and that sort of
thing," he said.
Nathan will be moving into a
house with three other people and
said it was "good to know" he had
somewhere to live.
"I knew part-way through last
year what I was going to do,
which made things a lot easier,"
Nathan's degree is a four year
course and said he was hoping to
make a career in political jour-
"I am really interested in pol-
itics and will see where it takes
me," he said.
The students said their gradu-
ating year had a "good mix" of
students gaining positions at uni-
versity and TAFE SA, as well as
many taking on apprenticeships
and job opportunities.
Play date set
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"The playground is exactly what
we imagined it to be," Mrs French
said. "From peoples' ideas and sug-
gestions, through to the final design
plans -- it's amazing to see how that
space has been transformed.
"I can't emphasise enough the
community support behind this
playground. That's been a real
boost for the working group, seeing
the enthusiasm from people in our
Since writing to The Loxton News
four years ago about the need for
a well-equipped town playground,
which "started the ball rolling",
Mrs French said the project has
She said the opening would be a
"bittersweet moment" for her.
"It is very exciting, but at the
same time I can't help but feel a
little sad that it's coming to an end,"
she said. "To think it all started
with a letter on August 25, 2010,
and here we are at the beginning of
2015 and about to realise that.
"Planning this playground has
been a huge part of my life for
over four years now. To have that
end, it will leave a hole, there's no
The fundraiser pavers will contin-
ue to be sold as an ongoing project,
while donations will still be accept-
ed for future works at the site.
"What people can see now at the
playground is essentially the com-
pletion of stage one of the project,"
Mrs French said.
"There will be a second stage
-- there's still room for more equip-
ment, while additional seating/
tables along with shading, toilets
and lighting will be installed.
"There are also plans to have QR
codes, which will provide a link to
information about the playground
and items of equipment."
The official opening will be held
on Saturday, February 21, from
10am. A sausage sizzle and a free
scooter raffle are among the cele-
Mrs French reminded families
that until then, the playground site
was still a restricted building zone.
"There is a safety issue. While it
is fenced, we ask that people please
stay out. It's a no-go zone" she said.
"It's very exciting for everyone,
but we remind people that they will
need to wait just a little bit longer
before they can use the equipment.
"Believe me, the wait will be
Vandals target town
A number of Loxton
buildings were targeted by
vandals last week.
Between 3pm on Wednesday,
January 21, and 1pm, Thursday,
January 22, St Albert's Catholic
School, the Loxton Police Station,
Loxton District Children's Centre
and the Loxton RSL Bowling Club
and a number of other local build-
ings were vandalised with the words
"axe" and "fear" with black texta.
Anyone with information relat-
ing to the attacks is urged to call
BankSA Crime Stoppers on 1800
333 000, or report on-line via the
GUEST SPEAKER: Professor Ross McKinnon (left) was guest
speaker at the recent Loxton Men's Probus Club meeting. He is
pictured with his father Alan McKinnon (centre) and Probus Club
president Warren Falting. Prof McKinnon is an eminent researcher
in pharmacology, pharmaceutical science and cancer. He is also the
foundation director of the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer and
dean of research at Flinders University's school of medicine.
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