HSC exams done and dusted

Year 12 students have walked out of their school gates for the last time following the completion of the Higher School Certificate examinations last Wednesday, November 5.
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School’s out: Lorann McCann, Hannah Wood, Will Thomson and Josh Monteforte sat the last HSC exam of 2014. Picture: Jonathan Ng.

Will Thomson, Hannah Wood, Lorann McCann and Josh Monteforte sat the last HSC exams of 2014. Picture: Jonathan Ng.

The culmination of 13 years of schooling came down to just three and a half weeks of examinations.

While most students finished their final exam before last Wednesday, those unlucky enough to study information and digital technology as well as entertainment industry had to wait out the entire three and a half weeks.

Among those students was Picton High School’s Josh Monteforte, 16, Lorann McCann, 17, Hannah Wood, 18 and Will Thomson, 18.

It was a case of mixed emotions for Hannah.

‘‘I’m happy about it but it hasn’t really sunk in,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m excited too because it feels like it’s been a long time coming.’’

For 17-year-old Lorann it was time to hit the pub — but only for a meal for the under-aged local.

‘‘I’m glad it’s over to be honest,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m really relaxed and calm now.’’

The next challenge for Lorann will be deciding whether to pursue a career in the arts or teaching.

‘‘I always wanted to be a teacher but I have an interview with NIDA [the National Institute of Dramatic Art] for stage management,’’ she said.

‘‘Now I have all these options to choose.’’

For Josh, there is still one year left of schooling at least.

The 16-year-old, year 11 student sat his information and digital technology a year early.

He saw both the positive and negatives of one more year at high school.

‘‘It’s a bit annoying because I can’t do anything till next year but when you think about it, it’s one down,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ll have less of a load [next year].’’

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Grenfell Kart Club News

Brent Logan with his first place trophy after winning the Southern Star series in Clubman Light.The weekend of October 25th and 26th saw Grenfell members travel to Dubbo for the final round of the Southern Star Series. Tom Sargent had another great weekend winning Rookies with Josh Sargent coming second in Cadets. Brent Logan came 4th in Clubman Light.
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The Series which was run over 5 rounds in Canberra, Griffith, Wagga, Grenfell and Dubbo saw Grenfell members have a great result with Tom Sargent winning the series in Rookies. Josh Sargent came second in Cadets and Brent Logan came first in the series in Clubman Light.

Overall a great effort from the Grenfell boys. Our next race meeting is on Sunday December 7 with our Christmas party on Saturday night at the track.

The AGM will be held on Tuesday November 11 at 7pm at the Grenfell Bowling Club.

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2014 Remembrance Day commemorations

The Grenfell RSL will be commemorating Remembrance Day with a Service at Memorial Park on Tuesday the 11th of November 2014 at 11am. Members of the public are of course welcome to join us as we come together to remember the sacrifice of those who have died for Australia in wars and conflicts.
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At 11am on the 11 November 1918 the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. After the end of World War 11, the Australian and British governments changed the name to Remembrance Day, a title that is more appropriate for a day when we commemorate all war dead.

The Service will involve the Army Cadets, the Town Band Buglers and students from local schools. The Service will take approximately 30 minutes.

Poppies, pens and brooches will be available at the RSL street stall on Friday and Saturday morning and at Memorial Park prior to the Service.

The RSL will be having a Remembrance Day Dinner at the Bowling Club on Tuesday the 11th of November, commencing at 7pm. There will be guest speakers and Grenfell Cadet Platoon, Cadet of the Year.

Bookings are essential for catering purposes and can be made by telephoning before Sunday the 9th at the latest.

DON FORSYTH ON 63432374 OR RON HUCKLE ON 63432662.

All veterans, ex-serviceman and women, their relatives and friends, as well as relatives and friends of deceased veterans are welcome.



The RSL is now seeking the names of personnel from within the Shire who have qualified for

Inclusion on the Roll of Honour at Memorial Park.

Names already gathered are Sheree Bateman, Maurice Reynolds, K Rolls and James Forsyth.

For further information or inquiries contact Don Forsyth on 63432374.

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Wagga photos of the weekNovember 1-7

Wagga photos of the week | November 1-7 Jason Mara gets out of Golden Ghost’s way at the PBR at Equex. Picture: Michael Frogley
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Turvey Park recruits (from left) Chad Gibson, Ash Moloney and Dan Ryall get a feel for Maher Oval. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Wagga City Club Championships, round one. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Junior tennis. Sarvesh Parthiban. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Junior softball. Turvey Park v Blue-Js. Lachlan Chyb. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Kieren Sargent ponders his shot in miserable conditions during the first round of the Wagga City Golf Club championships. Picture: Laura Hardwick

First grade cricket. Kooringal Colts v St Michaels. St Michaels’ keeper Jarrod Koetz removes the bails but Kooringal’s Jeremy Bunn is safely in his crease. Picture: Michael Frogley

A grade softball. Lake Albert v South Wagga. South Wagga’s Sarah Shaw. Picture: Michael Frogley

2015 Miss Wagga Wagga Adriana Lions and 22015 Miss Wagga Wagga Adriana Lions and 2015 Community Princess Sarah Moon. Picture: Michael Frogley015 Community Princess Sarah Moon. Picture: Michael Frogley

Guy Ford gets airborne from Bardo at the PBR event at Equex. Picture: Michael Frogley

Guy Forn from Capella, Queensland holds on at the PBR event at Equex. Picture: Michael Frogley

Wagga mum Kristin-Lee Campbell makes sure her fridge is free of foods that could kill her children. Mrs Campbell featured on SBS’s Insight this week. Picture: Michael Frogley

Wagga Asthma Swimming Club members (back) Liz, 17, and Gabe Shaw, 12, and (front) Gabby Byrnes, 17, and Olivia Shaw, 15, have been treating their asthma through regular swimming. Picture: Michael Frogley

Mayor Rod Kendall flags out the Aussie Muscle Car run heading off from Tarcutta Street. Picture: Les Smith

Kevin May prior to the Aussie Muscle Car run heading off from Tarcutta Street. Picture: Les Smith

Austin Cornell, 9, Tom Prescott, 9, Emma Mundy, 7 and Myles Cornell, 6, (back) Ned Prescott, 12, Isaac Cornell, 12 and Meg Mundy, 10, prepare for Friday night’s annual South Wagga Public School’s fete. Picture: Les Smith

Wagga man Andrew Harper, who runs the second-biggest refugee camp in the world, has been back home for a break. Mr Harper, who leads the UN refugeee camp of 620,000 in the Jordanian desert, says the conflicts in Iraq and Syria are getting worse. Picture: Les Smith

Bidgee School student Jamie Power, 13, is looking forward the student run family fun day on Friday, where school learning support officer Wendy Murdoch will have her head shaved. All funds will go to the Starlight Foundation. Picture: Michael Frogley

Anna Keough, Amanda Parker, Tammy Heffernan and Lisa Trinder attend a Melbourne Cup luncheon at The Pavillion. Picture: Michael Frogley

Terry Finn, Rhys Greentree, Ethan Andrews and Myles Carroll at the Melbourne Cup race day at the MTC. Picture: Michael Frogley

Jayne Smith, Mikala Hall and Rachel Latimer at the Melbourne Cup race meet at the MTC. Picture: Michael Frogley

Kildare Catholic College year 12 students Jacob O’Hara and Jack Squires throw their papers in celebration after completing the final HSC exam, information and digital technology. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Graham Harris gets a cool-down during the Kooringal Public School annual fun run. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Ben Steele as John, Elizabeth Clarke as Wendy, Jacinta Steele as Michael, Charlotte Robson as Tinkerbell and Michael Ireland as Peter Pan. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Murrumbidgee Turf Club chief executive Scott Sanbrook has acknowledged the risks of horse racing, but views Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup tragedy as unavoidable. Picture: Michael Frogley

Riverina Equine Vet Service vet Andy Lamont weighed in on the Melbourne Cup horse deaths, saying conditions in racing thoroughbreds are an uncommon event. Picture: Michael Frogley

Wagga high school students Sam Bannister (Kooringal High School), Tomas Herrick (Kildare Catholic College) and Lily McKenzie (Wagga High School) are volunteering to help David Gardiner and the Wagga RSL sub-branch sell poppies for Legacy. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Caitlin Mcpherson, Stephanie Bredin, Louise Sloan, Aurora King, Haylee Hann, Lauren Exton, Brittany Brown and Sarah Hancock at the Coolamon Central School formal. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Wagga High School’s Isabella Ziff, 15, prepares for her game in the all schools water polo competition . Picture: Les Smith

Wagga High School’s Joel Crakanthorp moves quickly in the all schools water polo competition match against TRAC. Picture: Les Smith

Contractors seal off the Cross Street car park as Wagga City Council finally celebrate the $13 million gasworks remediation project. Picture: Michael Frogley

Wagga policeman Brayden Sharrock shows off his Australian Police jumper outside the Wagga police station. In a landslide result, the Australian Police team thrashed its New Zealand counterpart 70-34 at AAMI Stadium in Melbourne on Sunday. Picture: Michael Frogley

Charles Sturt University research fellow Belinda Hackney shows member for Riverina Michael McCormack and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce some seeded legumes during the pair’s visit to the university’s Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation on Thursday. Picture: Les Smith

A deliberately lit fire tore through part of Young Showground’s main pavilion on Sunday morning. Picture: The Young Witness

The Youngfella, pictured with Joel Maconachie, raced in the James Green Memorial Silver Spoon (1200m) at the MTC on Melbourne Cup Day. The eight-year-old has named after James and is trained by his father Russell. Picture: Michael Frogley

Megan Taylor is all grin after bringing Paleface Ready first past the post at the MTC Melbourne Cup race day. Picture: Michael Frogley

Megan Taylor brings Paleface Ready first past the post at the MTC Melbourne Cup race day. Picture: Michael Frogley

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Dob in a druggie anonymously

DRUG BUSTERS: Far South Coast Local Area Command’s senior constable David Bates and Inspector Mick MacPherson are preparing for Operation Bauds, which will give residents the opportunity to inform police about drug offenders.Ifyou are a user of illegal drugs, November might be a bad month.
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Far South Coast Local Area Command police will launch Operation Bauds, where Eurobodalla and Bega Valley residents can ‘dob in druggie, anonymously’ next Monday. The operation will run until the end of the month.

Acting FSC LAC Inspector and crime manager Mick MacPherson said the operation would target illicit drug offences, whether it be dealing, use, cultivation or manufacturing.

“Drugs have a massive ripple effect on the greater community,” he said.

“People with information can ring our special line on 4478 9937, and leave their report anonymously on an answering machine.

“Any information will be treated with the strictest confidence.”

A police spokesman said drug use caused trauma for families and financial hardship as well as health and social issues.

“There is the tying up of police, ambulance, hospitals and courts and the crimes that people are likely to commit to support their habit and because their behaviour is affected,” he said.

Mr MacPherson said the opportunity to report drug matters anonymously would appeal to many.

“Anonymity is always a good thing, and that is why Crime Stoppers has been so successful,” he said.

He said it did not matter how trivial something seemed; the police want to know about it.

“Anything can be of value, and significant in the long run,” he said.

Drug matters can still be reported directly to police officers and to Crime Stoppers.

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Film review: Interstellar

Trailers have given away little about this film, other than “Matthew McConaughey goes to space to save dusty world”.Interstellar
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(M) 3.5 out 5

Director: Christopher Nolan.

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain, John Lithgow.

FILM-MAKERS have long tried to predict the future.

One of the most intriguing of these sci-fi predictions is 2001: A Space Odyssey – a film that’s now confusingly set in the past -and it is the obvious reference point for Christopher Nolan’s own attempt at prophetic cinema.

Just as 2001 wanted to explore the possibilities of space and beyond, Interstellar aims to go to the final frontier and further, all the while exploring the nature of humanity and the unknowns of the universe.

Even the structures of the two films are similar, which makes it even harder to avoid these comparisons – it’s impossible not to think of Interstellar as Nolan’s Space Odyssey.

As such,this filmis incredibly ambitious,even for the director who took us into a dream inside a dream inside a dream with relative ease. However, this might bea starbridgetoo far.

As fascinating and scientifically intriguing as it is, Interstellar asks a lot of the viewer in terms of endurance (it’s almost three hours long) and whether you will buy into the plot twists that come with its cosmic destination. And after just one viewing it’snot immediately obvious how successful it is.

The film spends the first hour on Earth sometime in the possibly not-too-distant future, where climate change has wiped out billions of people and ruined most of the world’s crops, leaving the planet a dusty husk of its former self.

Among the farmers struggling to keep the world’s mouths fed is Cooper (McConaughey), a former test pilot who turns to corn farming after the government shuts down non-essential programs, and while he still secretly yearns for the adventures of his youth, Cooper is mostly content to raise his two kids.

That is until some weird happenings in the family home inadvertently lead him into space as part of a mission to find a new home on a new planet in order to save what remains of humanity.

Obviously there are some major plot points removed from this synopsis, but you’re better off not knowing them and just enjoying the surprises. Nolan’s typical secrecy meant the trailers gave away little about this film in the lead up other than “McConaughey goes to space to save dusty world” and that’s one thing of the key things Interstellar has going for it – it’s a journey into the unknown for the characters and audience alike.

But is it an enjoyable one? That’s the question you might find yourself asking as you walk out of the cinema after three bum-numbing hours.

Interstellar is definitely fascinating. It’s filled with amazing ideas, stunning visuals, great performances, and what is apparently a level of scientific theory that’s interesting if you’re so inclined.

But after all this brain fodder and some genuinely awe-inspiring moments we finally reach the third act – and it’s a long time coming – the story takes a turn that will either leave you tearing up your ticket or glued to your seat.

My initial reaction was the former but the more the film went on and the more I think about the film in the hours since watching it, the more I am willing to forgive it. Maybe. To be honest I’m still undecided.

And that’s the general feeling I’m left with after seeing Interstellar – a sensation of indecision.

Large parts of the film are stunning, such as the depictions of blackholes, wormholes and space travel, but other bits are not so great, such as some of the dialogue, the lack of characterisation, and that plot twist. There are questions unanswered – some deliberately so but some seemingly ignored – and while this does make me want to watch it again to dig a little deeper into the film, its length is kind of off-putting. At the same time, the fact that I’m still thinking about it so much is probably a positive.

Interstellar is ambitious, perhaps overly so, and it’s engaging and intriguing, perhaps at the expense of being truly entertaining. For now, the best I can say is that, yeah, it’s pretty cool and particularly impressive on the big screen but not quite the five-star classic that Inception or 2001: A Space Odyssey is.

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What’s On in Grenfell

Wednesday – November 5th
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Weddin Community Nursery (WCN) at Grenfell TAFE – all welcome – 9am

Martial Arts class – rear of IGA – 6.30pm

Playgroup – BLUE DAY – Grenfell Public School Hall Call Emma: 63431717

Royal Far West Meeting – 22 Rose Street 2pm

Local Health Meeting – 6pm Multi Purpose Service (MPS)

Thursday – November 6th

Leisure Group – Uniting Church Hall 10am – 12noon ALL WELCOME

Friday – November 7th

Indoor Bowls – Grenfell Bowling Club – 7pm

Swimming Club – 6pm Grenfell Swimming Pool

Twilight Golf – 5pm Country Club

Adult Survivors of Child Abuse – Cowra Local Support Group at 12:30pm. Open to all survivors in the community. If interested contact Pascale on 6342 1612.

Sunday -November 9th

Social Golf – Country Club – from 8am

Museum Open – Camp St – (between Fire Station and Council Chambers) – 2pm-4pm

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The Tremolos reunite for free concert

The Tremolos formed in 1964 and were a big hit amongst the Grenfell Community performing at many different functions and events over a period spanning approximately two years.
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The band members consisted of Ronnie Plant lead guitar, Noel Cartwright rhythm guitar, Andrea Ladlow (Virtue) piano and vocals, Robert Farrell bass guitar and Barry Virtue drums.

The Tremolo Band played a good variety of music from The Beatles to Old Time Waltzes.

This November the band will reunite for a single event at the Grenfell Bowling Club on November 15, 2014, entry is free and there will be a Courtesy Bus running with other attractions such as Lucky Door prize and spot dancing, the night is designed to be a fun night for the whole family to enjoy.

There will be a smorgasbord meal with bookings essential by ringing the Club on 02 6343 1656 or you can order a Counter meal from the Rinks restaurant.

The music will kick off at around 8pm, so for a fun, night of music and memories make your booking today, entry to the Club is free and children are most welcome.

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Crusoe College students eye spot at national track and field titles

Matthew Higgs, Cooper Saunders and Ella Farnell, Picture: CONTRIBUTED
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THREE Crusoe College students will be competing at the All Schools State championships on Saturday.

Cooper Saunders, Ella Farnell and Keely Farnell will be competing in various track and field events.

The trio will be chasing a spot at the national titles, which will be held in Adelaide later this year.

Cooper, Ella and Keely as well as Maddison Hill and Matthew Higgs took part in the State Schools Athletics finals at Lakeside Stadium last month.

The students represented the Loddon Mallee region, with Cooper, Ella and Keely winning the right to compete at the All Schools final.

Crusoe Secondary College teacher Erin McGurk said it was great to have five students involved with such a high level competition.

She said regardless of their outcomes the students should be proud of what they have been able to achieve.

Cooper had a strong meet at the final, winning the under-13 boys triple jump.

He jumped 11.06m and bet the second placegetter Aitken College’s Nathan Andersonby just two centimeters.

Ella came second in the under-13 triple jump with a 10.11m jump.

She was just 12 centimeters short of winner Isabella Phanivong from Frankston High School.

Ellawas a consistent performer throughout the competition, managing to jump the same distance she qualified with.

Maddison came sixth in the 1500m race walk with a time of 8.30.61.

She was less than a minute behind the eventual winner.

Matthew was third in the under-16 javelin with a throw of 45.51m and was eighth in the 16-year-old discus throw.

Keely placed fifth in the under-16 girls triple jump with a jump of 9.21m and seventh in the long jump with a distance of 4.31m.

McGurk said she wished the trio headed to the All Schools finals the very best.

The championships will also be held at Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park.

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CWA day branch news

Our branch held our Annual meeting on October 23rd with a pleasing number of members present.
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President Sonia Groen welcomed the members with a special welcome to our Group President Mrs Jenny Thompson who chaired the meeting for the election of our office bearers for 2015.

Sonia opened the meeting with the Anthems and Motto before giving her report.

Reports were then given by Secretary Judy Mitton, Treasurer Robyn Logan and Mavis Drogemuller for the Craft Shop. The Craft Shop operated with 36 volunteers and is open from Monday till Friday and some weekends if the need arises.

Coral Mitton gave her publicity report and Sonia Groen gave the Agricultural and Environment report.

Kath Smith our cheer-up Secretary gave her report followed by cultural officers Sally Norrie and Edith Taylor’s report.

Mrs Jenny Thompson then chaired the election of office bearers. All of last years office bearers were re-elected unopposed.

Patrons – Kathleen Smith and Lola Madden

President – Sonia Groen

Secretary – Judy Mitton

Treasurer – Robyn Logan

Craft Shop Secretary – Mavis Drogemuller

Craft Shop President – Esma Baker

Craft Shop Treasurer – Robyn Logan

Vice Presidents – Ruth McKellar and Esma Baker

Group Councillors – Sonia Groen and Judy Mitton

Cheer – Up Secretary – Kath Smith

Publicity Officer – Coral Mitton

Agricultural and Environment – Sonia Groen

Cultural – Sally Norrie and Edith Taylor

Ruth McKellar gave a vote of thanks to Jenny and presented her with a lovely posie. Afternoon tea was then enjoyed.

Our next Meeting will be held at 1.30pm on Thursday November 6th at the Uniting Church Hall. All interested Women are Welcome

Coral Mitton

CWA Publicity Officer

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