Girls winners at maths

THIS week marks the end of the school year for students as they head off on summer holidays.
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It is also the time when HSC results are released, with NSW school leavers set to find out their marks tomorrow.

Four year 9 girls from St Paul’s College in Kempsey have already enjoyed academic success at a state level.

The girls were being listed among the winners of the 2014 NSW and ACT Maths via Digital Media competition which was organised by Wollongong University.

St Paul’s was the only rural regional high school to make the finals.

Rilee O’Loughlin, Tess Harwood, Abigael Baker and Claire Brennanused humour and special graphic techniques to develop a video illustrating the concept of Pythagoras’ theorem.

Under the guidance of teachers John Marks and James Westman, the girls were invited to make digital media video clips to present mathematics or applications of mathematics related to their syllabus.

The competition was in line with the new Australian mathematics curriculum that focuses on “developing increasingly sophisticated and refined mathematical understanding, fluency, logical reason, analytical thought and problem-solving skills”.

St Paul’s principal Kevin Lewis said it was a chance for the girls to reflect on what they had been taught through a digital medium.

“They had the chance to tap into their own unique creativity to a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts by employing several facets of learning,” he said.

“These included research, modelling, animations, drawing, acting, and communication via story-writing and-or narrating.

“An underlying premise is for the students to better understand how they personally connect with, engage with and learn mathematics.’”

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Leaguies break through for win

A grade winners Leaguies consisted of, from left – Ray James, Lee Davis, Justin Terrill, Rosie Drayton, and Aamon Delaney. subParkes Services Squash Centre’s summer volley squash competition for 2014 finished up last week.
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The A grade front draw couldn’t get much closer with 1300 Bugman going for their third title in a row.

They were up against Leaguies, who have been favourites for a number of seasons but have not managed to win.

Leaguies came out firing, taking the first two games 22-20 and 21-8.

1300 Bugman found form to take games three and four, 21-18 and 21-16 respectively.

The final game was a marathon, with Leaguies eventually able to get the two point margin to win, 25-23.

The A grade backdraw was taken out by Cougars over Moo Cows.

It was a fitting way for Cougars to end a long and successful run in the volley squash competition. They took the game 21-15, 21-3, 17-21, 12-21, 21-14.

The B grade front draw saw Oon Saah and Autobots clash.

Autobots got the early edge by winning the first game 26-24 before Oon Saah hit back in the second game 21-8.

After winning the third, 21-17, Autobots looked like causing an upset.

However, Oon Saah rallied to take the match 21-17 and 21-14.

The back draw for B grade was taken out by Ruff Nuts over Coachy in another five game match – 21-19, 16-21, 26-24, 21-18, 21-18.

The C grade front draw was between Inflammable Monkeys and Ray White Allsorts.

Ray White started slowly, only scoring 12 points in the first game before settling in to take the following three games 21-12, 21-18 and 21-9 to take the C grade trophy.

C grade back draw final was between The A Team and RC Ones.

RC Ones looked sharp in the first game, edging out the opposition 21-19, before The A Team found form to win the next three, 21-19, 21-19 and 21-17.

The D Grade front draw was a five game effort, with Parkes Pandas taking the first two games (21-17, 22-20) over the Ray White Goodsorts.

Ray White found form to even games at 2-all, 21-16 and 21-19.

Pandas proved too strong though and took the fifth 21-15.

The D grade back draw saw the only three game match of the night with Senseful getting a good win over Knock Knock 21-14, 21-17 and 21-16.

The comp for 2015 kicks off on January 29 and is already full.

However, a new business house volley squash competition is scheduled to start mid-January and will run for around 14 weeks.

Contact the centre on 6862 4555 for more information.

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Finally published

Terry Richardson with his recently published novel, Justice for Constable Cook.Terry Richardson from Henty has fulfilled one of his lifetime goals by having his novel, Justice for Constable Cook, published after years of writing and years of contacting literary agents.
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Mr Richardson attempted to go the traditional route to get his book onto shelves but literary agents in Australia weren’t interested.

He then sent it to America and got the offer to have his book published by ‘Rosedog’ who print it on a demand basis.

“I am very proud and very happy,” Mr Richardson said.

“I would love to bring it to Australia (to be published) if I got the chance.”

After starting the book in 1987 it has been a long working progress. In that time he gave the book to friends and strangers to get their feedback.

The book follows the story of two men, undercover detective Al Carmody and his friend and ex-policeman, Ian, who are working to solve the murder of Constable Cook.

Drawing on his own past Mr Richardson is able to use real towns and areas along with invented ones to take the reader back in time to 1970.

Characters in the book are either invented or based loosely on people he has worked with or knows well.

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Court rules Bloomfield Hospital not to blame for man’s suicide in 2013

LARGE AS LIFE: Phillip Ronald Hohnberg showed no signs of depression before 2012.Photo: contributed
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A 67-YEAR-OLD-MAN who hung himself at Bloomfield hospitalwould have found a way regardless of whether he had access to a belt, according to the magistrate Terry Lucas.

Following a three-day coronial inquiry in September, Mr Lucas handed down his findings on Tuesday into the death of Phillip Ronald Hohnbergin Orange in May 2013.

He said a staff member of the Western Local Area Health Districtmay have strayed from usual proceedings in Mr Hohnberg’s treatment but that “did not amount to the actions Mr Hohnberg took”.

Mr Lucas said the court was concerned about the Western Local Area Health District’s lack of communication with Mr Hohnberg’s wife, Shirley.

And he questioned why it was not clear how Mr Hohnberg came to be in possession of his belt.

“There is no evidence before me who gave the belt back,” Mr Lucas said.

“The inference is it was returned to him when he thought he was getting leave.

“Clearly a fault in record keeping.”

Prior to 2012, Mr Hohnberg had shown no signs of depression, but after it became clear he was having suicidal thoughts he was ordered by a court to be treated at a mental health clinic from September to January.

He then admitted himself to the clinic voluntarily in April 2013.

On May 28 a nurse checked on him at 1.30am and saw him in bed, however during subsequent checks nurses realised Mr Hohnberg was not in bed, rather he had piled clothing underneath the blankets to make it look as such.

He was then discovered in the bathroom and could not be resuscitated.

“Clearly psychiatry is not an exact science,” Mr Lucas said.

For help call Lifeline on 131114

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Bowlers celebrate another year on the green

THE year is drawing to a close and members are getting ready to host family and friends who visit the area over the holiday season.
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However, in perfect bowling weather we still managed to have 52 bowlers on the greens in 8 games of triples and 1 game of pairs.

Congratulations to Connie McDonald, Ted Scott, Verna Jeffrey, Keith Clayworth and Sue Gates celebrating their birthdays this week.

Also best wishes to Ted and Laura Scott who are celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary.

We had an early start at 3.30pm that took some players by surprise.

We managed to fit in 12 ends and the Christmas spirit was alive with the sight of all the red and green shirts with many Santa hats.

Winners of the fruit trays on Rink 1 were Shirley Overgaard and Ken Coull.

The runners up on Rink 4 were Edith Brooker, Geoff Hosking and Ann Steel.

The lucky losers were Archie McDonald, Stan Galbraith and Lil Allen.

The raffle winners were Tony Gates, Ken Coull, Alison Fancourt, Kay Bassett, Patti Kirkman X 2, Rosie Ansley and a visitor Pam, the sister of Shirley Overgaard.

We welcomed back Sue Gates and visiting bowler Len Birrel, all the way from Molong Pam and Ron Crocker.

Great food platters were served and then we settled into “sitting down while standing up slap stick comedy” with a very professional stage act. The entertainment was wonderful and well done to all players.

Santa and Mrs Clause arrived with a gift for all good bowlers.

Finally five lucky door tickets were draw for the lovely hampers that were put together by the committee and the winners were Shiela Rowley, Rosie Ansley, Ted Scott, John Morgan and Wendy Wallis.

The next bowling day will be December 29 and therefore no bowls on December 22, 2014.

Merry Christmas to all!

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The year that was in ArmidaleMEGA GALLERY

The year that was in Armidale | MEGA GALLERY Freya Smith and Paul Giddings enjoy A Day on the Green in March.
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Greg and Tracy Konig, of Brisbane, having fun at A Day on the Green in March.

Magistrate Karen Stafford, centre, at the new Armidale Courthouse that opened in January.

Max Model shows his best swing at a tennis tournament in January.

Ian Watson and Tess Southeron survey the dwindling feed at the Campdraft foodlots in January.

Families flocked to Dumaresdq Dam in January as record temperatures scorched the city.

A last-minute rescue package saved Armidale’s art gallery in the Beardy Street Mall from closing in February, allowing artists such as Terry Cooke to hang his works.

Children took to the Monckton Aquatic Centre in the summer school holidays to help cool off.

This year’s Armidale Show boasted the largest ferris wheel in regional Australia.

Children at Newling Public School got their hands dirty to create a wall with a message of reconiliation in March.

Uralla residents gather for a weekend lunch in March.

Armidale Dumaresq Mayor Laurie Bishop, left, with Poh Woodland and Doug Hewitt at the launch of Armidale’s sesquicentenary book.

When two tribes go to war … mock Medieval war games were held at the Pine Forest in April.

These Easter bunnies don hand-made hats for the festive season.

In April, The Express celebrated its 1000th “like” on Facebook. We’re way past that milestone and continue to grow.

Armidale Dumaresq Councillor Colin Gadd surveys Dumaresq Dam, where campers were banned, sparking a rise in vandalism there.

Cadet firefighters put in some practice at Armidale HQ.

New England Conservatorium of Music celebrated a Night of Music in June.

The Shakespeare Festival brought fun and frivolity to Armidale’s CBD for three days in June.

Armidale Dumaresq councillor Chris Halligan at the Allingham Street site where his vision of a youth centre would be built.

Work begins at the new college at the University of New England in July.

The success of Bernie Shakeshaft and his BackTrack team continues to grow throughout the year.

Moves were afoot in July to bring a Peter Allen festival to the streets of Armidale. The late entertainer was a student at Armidale High School.

After weeks of speculation, Professor Annabelle Duncan was confirmed as the incoming Vice-Chancellor at the University of New England.

The annual Relay for Life kicked off at Armidale Showground in September, raising funds for Cancer Council research.

Superair manager David Boundy celebrates his company being named Business of the Year at the annual Armidale Chamber Business awards.

The first pickings of the season at Puddledock.

It’s been a busy year for these members of Uralla’s Country Women’s Association.

The Armidale branch of the RSPCA’s Emma Clark with rescued rabbit Zuzu in October.

Businessman Rob Taber reflects on a tough year for cockies as the drought bites hard.

The Autumn Festival attracted more than 100 floats and thousands of residents who turned out to watch the spectacle.

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, left and Uralla Mayor Michael Pearce shake over a deal to provide more bins in Uralla.

Armidale’s social scene scored a new wine bar in November on the site of the old car yard in Marsh Street.

Walcha’s Cathy and Anna Lisle brought the My Kitchen Rules juggernaut to the district in February.

From left Holy Smoke’s Toby Partridge, Everett Marchant and Father Anthony Koppman prepare the fireworks to welcome in January 1, 2014. They’re expected to take out the gig again this year.

Former NSW governor Marie Bashir gave a rousing speech to the boys at TAS earlier this month.

Armidale off-duty nurse Darlene Saladine received a commendation for bravery from NSW Ambulance commissioner Ray Creen.

This year’s Swithcing on the Lights festival in Armidale Mall attracted more than 1000 people and was one of the most popular.

Storms rumbled across the Northern Tablelands and Armidale last in November, with hundreds of lightning strikes as captured in this photo looking out from North Hill.

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Big seas drive surfboats inland

Calm conditions: The ocean surf was too rough but the lake was smooth for the Pacific Palms Carnival.WAUCHOPE-Bonny Hills Surf Life Saving Club (WBHSLSC) boaties travelled to Pacific Palms last weekend to contest another two rounds of the North Coast Surfboat Series.
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Rounds five and six were set to be run at Elizabeth Beach in the Booti Booti National Park. Unfortunately wild weather conditions in the days leading up to the carnival meant that the surf was deemed too dangerous for all the crews to safely compete.

Saturday conditions saw a surf hazard rating of 26, which meant we moved from the beach to the lake. All the workers had us set up and running with minimum delays.

The lake rowing was a good opportunity for a pre-Christmas comparison as to where we all are with fitness and technique. A lot of close finishes kept everyone pushing hard to the end, which was healthy for the competitive spirit.

Several people commented on how fantastic it was to see the camaraderie shining through, with clubs assisting each other to get to and from boats. Everyone should be congratulated for once again showing why our series is so strong and loved.

It was also good to see so many supporting the host club for the delicious seafood and the Christmas cheer. Our contribution to the club for the weekend has put them one big step closer to completing their goal in their campaign against alcohol related violence.

For a bit more detail, they are working with a local film-maker in producing a DVD which will be added to the curriculum of all local high schools. The script has been approved and they are also hoping to have it accepted state-wide.

A total of 41 crews took to the water. The Queensland clubs were missed and we hope they all did well at the Maroochydore carnival on the weekend.

WBHSLSC took the senior men, senior women, junior men and masters women’s crews and rowed hard in the flat water (and shallow, muddy conditions).

All divisions were close on points at the end of the day and several divisions were decided on countback – the closest of which was the open women, with the top three crews finishing the day on equal points.

Sunday saw the surf hazard rating again too high to compete in the ocean and the decision was made to postpone the round rather than return to the lake.

Our next carnival is not until the Australia Day long weekend in Sydney for the Manly-Freshwater carnival.

Our crews will continue to train and do beach patrols over Christmas and the New Year. Merry Christmas to all our boatie families and supporters!

This Friday we will be holding a Boaties Christmas party at the Wauchope-Bonny Hills Surf Club from 5pm. All boaties past, present and future are welcome. There will be a BBQ as well as fresh seafood and refreshments! See you on the beach!

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Local band ViperLove head overseas

ViperLove band members (LtoR) Rowan Christie, James McRorie, Daniel Hore-Smith, Tom Bennett and Christopher Stroh are looking forward to their upcoming tour of IndonesiaAll their Christmas wishes seem to have come at once for five young local musicians who have been invited to tour Indonesia this January.
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James McRorie and Tom Bennett from Yerong Creek, Daniel Hore-Smith and Christopher Stroh from Henty and Rowan Christie from Holbrook are all in their early twenties and are members of a Southern Rock/Hardcore band called ViperLove.

Daniel, James, Rowan and Chris all met in high school (Billabong High in Culcairn) and started jamming together in 2008.

Daniel and James are both on vocals with James also playing bass, Rowan plays guitar and Christopher is on drums.

They originally formed a band called The Warhorse. After getting a set together they gigged regularly in Wagga and Albury and earned a solid spot in the local scene as a fun and energetic band to watch.

They soon discovered that the band name had too much competition in web searches due to the movie, play and many other bands with the same name so decided to change it.

“We wanted a name that sounded right for the party/Southern Rock/gritty sound of the band,” said James.

“Viper just seemed to fit our sound to a tee but it was still missing something so we added the word Love to make it our own.

“ViperLove gave a kind of 80’s pub rock/dirty metal band feel – which we love.

“Also nobody else in the world is stupid enough (sic) to have a band, movie or play called ViperLove, so now when you search on Google or YouTube you find us straight up which makes life a lot easier for us gaining exposure” James added jokingly.

In 2012 the boys decided that they wanted to really make something out of the music they loved to play. Tom Bennett, another guitar player joined the band and the four-piece became five.

The band then started polishing original material ready for recording.

They released their first EP (extended play) with nine original songs in late 2013 and by mid- 2014, with the release of a new single, the band was playing shows around the country.

An old song off their 2013 EP can be found on YouTube – ViperLove – Callin’ the shots.

Recently ViperLove was approached by an Indonesian record company called First Blast Records who asked these five local lads to do an international tour of their country commencing in January 2015.

This was an offer they jumped on.

“We are all best friends who love playing music and travelling, so now we get to tour Indonesia playing shows and have a holiday as well,” said James.

“2015 is a big year for ViperLove.”

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Herald Breakfast – December 17

Instagram’s @daz219 caught this shot of waves crashing into the Bogey Hole.Weather: Wind easing but mostly sunny in Newcastle (24 degrees) while warm and sunny in Scone (37 degrees) and Maitland (29 degrees).
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Trains: No trackwork or delays on the Newcastle and Hunter lines.

Traffic: No incidents reported on Hunter roads.

Beachwatch:The wind will be from thenorth at first but will head south to south-east early. The swellis from the east around 1 to 1.3 metres with wave conditionsvarying with the wind.

Morning Shot: Instagram’s @daz219 caught this shot of waves crashing into the Bogey Hole.

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