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Ihave been informed that when volunteers
were initially given District Council of
Loxton Waikerie (DCLW) safety 'induc-
tion' directions, that they left the Loxton
Pioneer Playground site ('Volunteering tape
explained', The Loxton News letters to the
editor, February 11).
The November, 2013, DCLW meeting
minutes record that volunteers "are to be
issued with the required personal protective
equipment (PPE) at council's cost".
Has DCLW provided the PPE, such as
required footwear, clothing, etcetera to the
Volunteering activity requiring photo-
copying was previously able to be accessed
free via DCLW facilities.
Now volunteers are required to pay full
commercial rates for photocopying.
DCLW mulches green waste and wood
cut-offs on-site and the material is used as
capping over closed landfill sites.
Salvageable wood, from the DCLW
Waikerie Transfer Station, was previous-
ly able to be accessed and wood cut-offs
deposited without cost to volunteers.
Now no salvaging is permitted and the full
disposal fee is payable for depositing wood
cut-offs. It appears DCLW media stated
purported support of volunteers may be at
variance to what which occurs. Tom Loffler
Value of volunteering
Ihave said before because I mean it and it
is true -- I am truly blessed, privileged and
any other superlative that a person can think
of to be a volunteer at St Albert's Catholic
At recess today (February 13) I was
provided with a beautiful big cake, made by
one of the wonderful mothers and her sister.
Mima: it was absolutely beautiful to see and
eat, and that everyone at the school was able
to try it too.
Each classroom of students made me
lovely big cards signed by all and included
a photo of each group.
Thank you wonderful little people. There
were also too many hugs than I could count
and handshakes as well, several individual
cards and some gifts.
Karen Cash, do you realise how jealous
I was last year when you skipped through
the school grounds with a number of small
students in tow singing The Grand Old Duke
Yet, you wrote in your card to me "who
would ever think that someone so fit and
agile as you would be turning '80'".
The cause of it all is Raelene Edwards.
How do I thank her?
Closing the Gap
Last week the Prime Minister released
his seventh annual report on progress
towards the 'Closing the Gap' targets.
It makes for sobering reading.
As has been widely reported, Australia is
struggling to close the gap between indig-
enous and non-indigenous Australians in
several areas including life expectancy and
education. Mental health is also an area of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peo-
ple remain twice as likely to die by suicide
as non-Indigenous Australians.
As pointed out by the recent Close the
Gap campaign's progress and priorities
report, prepared by numerous non-govern-
ment organisations including Beyondblue,
there is an entrenched mental health crisis
among indigenous Australians that may be
Indigenous Australians are almost three
times more likely to be psychologically
distressed than non-indigenous Australians,
while distress levels and hospitalisation
rates for intentional self-harm are growing.
The Close the Gap campaign steering
committee, of which Beyondblue is a mem-
ber, has recommended that mental health
and suicide prevention become a new prior-
ity focus. Australia will never be a place that
sufficiently protects all of its citizens from
depression, anxiety and the risk of suicide
until the gap is closed.
We must do everything we can to achieve
health equality by the 2030 deadline agreed
to by Australia's major political parties.
Chief executive officer
LOXTON HIGH SCHOOL NOTICEBOARD
FROM OUR FILES
50 years ago
Thursday, February 18, 1965
Audiences at functions in the Loxton Institute
will now be able to enjoy entertainment sitting
down, as the Loxton District Council have bought
the seating from the old Avon Star theatre.
40 years ago
Wednesday, February 19, 1975
Loxton Rifle Club member Kaye Draper has been
selected for the SA ladies team to take part in the
interstate shooting competition in Melbourne.
30 years ago
Wednesday, February 13, 1985
An on-farm training scheme, developed by the
Riverland Community College for Northern Mallee
dryland farmers, has began at Loxton.
20 years ago
Wednesday, February 15, 1995
A Loxton team skippered by Vic Pavia won
the South Australian Country Men's Bowls Fours
Championships in Adelaide.
10 years ago
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
It was announced that the Loxton Police Station
will be located in Drabsch Street by the end of
FROM THE BIBLE...
The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect
of righteousness will be quietness and confidence
-- Isaiah 32:17 (NIV Bible)
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the years go by...
by Peter and
'Flick' the old Peebinga EFS fire-truck warhorse, photographed in the late-1950s.
This ex-WWII, army Blitz truck, when fitted out for the Pinnaroo Fire Brigade in the
1950s, was said to be "the best-equipped country unit in South Australia". In 1968,
the community of Peebinga purchased the truck for $250. Although a little slow, the
unit had four-wheel drive and, with rugged construction, had the ability to go many
places where modern vehicles could not reach. Among the men who worked hard
to establish the Peebinga EFS (now CFS) were Ollie Lehmann and Jock Wall. Both
later served as fire control officers. On September 16, 1980, the Peebinga CFS
Brigade elected to close because, sadly, Old 'Flick' was no longer up to standard.
On March 1, 2015, the Mardi Gras Appreciation Service will honour the long-service
of former 'Peebinga-ites' and CFS volunteers Rob and Joy Ziersch, and all CFS
crews. This year's Mardi Gras parade coincides with National Red Balloon Day
when Australians honour and thank the CFS for their contribution to our safety. Why
not add a red-balloon to your float?
-- Daph Wall photo
ROSEMARY'S DREAM REALISED
The Loxton community is truly lucky to have
such a tenacious resident in Rosemary French.
Having spoken with her for many articles
over the past four years of the project's prog-
ress, I have been constantly impressed with
her 'go get 'em' attitude and persistence.
It's this sheer determination which saw her
dream become a reality.
Despite set-backs and delays, her enthusi-
asm never waned, never once losing sight of
the end goal.
This playground has been at the forefront of
Rosemary's mind for years -- it has been her
She'll talk about holidays where she has
'road tested' playgrounds via her grandchildren
across the countryside; looking for fresh ideas
For Rosemary, it wasn't about getting just
any playground. It was about making it the
biggest and best it could possibly be.
Her 'baby' will be shared with the community
this Saturday as stage one is officially opened.
While Rosemary was backed with an amaz-
ing working group, and the playground is a
credit to community fundraising -- if it weren't
for her tenacity and drive in getting this project
up and running, Loxton wouldn't have this
Not that you'll ever hear Rosemary say that.
So as Loxton celebrates the opening of a
new playground, take the time to congratulate
this modest resident for her hard work.
Well done Rosemary!
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FROM THE PRINCIPAL
The focus of any school should
be quality student learning
outcomes achieved through quality
teaching, high performing school
processes and quality leadership.
Loxton High School has a great
reputation, achieving outstanding
results. Our challenge is to not just
accept being good, but to strive
to make Loxton High School one
of the best in the state, if not the
nation, and in doing so improve the
opportunities and outcomes for our
Key to our success will be
the relationships we foster with
students, families and staff.
School priorities for 2015
• Improve academic
performance for all students
-- director of learning Lorraine
• Have 'expert' teachers in front
of every class -- director of teaching
• Improve the quality of
engagement for all students
-- director of wellbeing Grant
SACE improvement program
We have been identified as a
high performing school to role
model our practices to other
Lorraine Dambergs was
successful in gaining a $20,000
grant for Loxton High School to
further develop our strategies
and practices to improve SACE
outcomes for all students.
John Tiver, principal
CAREER DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY
Over the last two years our
school has been involved in a
pilot project based on career
development. In 2014 we had a
strong focus on the implementation
and development of more career
orientated programs, which
included the redevelopment of our
home group programs to include
a career development focus for
In 2015 all home group
programs will be implemented
and students will have the
opportunity to develop and
explore career development within
these programs. The home group
programs have been developed
using the Australian Blueprint
for Career Development and the
employability skills (these are the
skills that employers are looking
for). Each home group program has
a different focus:
explore; year 10 -- I focus; year 11 --
I decide; year 12 -- I apply.
More information about
program specifics can be accessed
by speaking to your child's home
group teacher. Throughout 2015
we will be implementing and
reviewing these programs to ensure
they are successful in helping in
their own personal career journey.
We have also been successful in
winning another grant to continue
to expand our career development
strategy -- the development of
e-portfolios for our students. This
program will give our students the
opportunity to be more prepared
and competitive in the workforce.
Students will develop their own
electronic portfolio that they can
access and use anywhere and at
While this project is currently
only in the initial stages, as we plan,
develop and implement we will be
developing policies, examples and
seeking consultation before student
portfolios are developed. We have
also been invited to be involved
in a state-led group that critiques
electronic systems for managing
We are also looking to include a
series of articles in each newsletter
on career information for students
and their families. So please
watch this space as this exciting
opportunity unfolds. Tricia Yandell,
career development teacher
PREFECTS FOR 2015
We are pleased to announce our
prefects for 2015:
Wendy Matson (head girl
prefect), Codi Voumard (head boy
prefect), Jonty Inglis (deputy head
boy prefect), Ocea Altschwager
(deputy head girl prefect),
Brayden Bagley, Jonah Hansen,
Joel McDonough, Alex Seiboth,
Jesse Will, Joel Worsfold, Chelsea
Gutsche, Lewanna Hampel, Jamie
Jaensch, Annabel O'Malley, Emily
Ramos, Brianna Schaefer.
We congratulate these students
and wish them well for 2015.
HOUSE CAPTAINS FOR 2015
We congratulate the following
students on being voted house
captains in 2015:
Alpha -- Ocea Altschwager, Codi
Voumard, Annabel O'Dea, Will
Lehmann, Indigo Altschwager, Josh
Beta -- Shannon Falting, Charlie
Rogers, Pip Wright, Ben Butson,
Shyla Lange, Henry Rogers.
Gamma -- Chelsea Gutsche,
Joel Worsfold, Aimee Oxlade, Jack
Albrecht, Torni Hill, Will Gutsche,
Delta -- Wendy Matson, Jonty
Inglis, Elley-Bree Logos, Kane Gray,
Molly Walmesley-Cotham, Luke
Gray, Brooke Reichelt.
Grant Fisher, sports coordinator
EVENTS IN FEBRUARY
• 18: Teams triathlon.
• 20: Continental.
• 22: Athletics training at the oval
from 6.30pm; sports committee
oval marking at 6pm.
Loxton Legacy Widows
The next meeting of the Loxton Legacy
Widows will be held at the Loxton RSL Hall on
Monday, February 23, at 10.30am.
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