Culture day celebrated at Willsden

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CULTURE WEEK: Students at Willsden PrimarySchool enjoyed dot painting as part of their CultureWeek activities last week. Pictured is – StayceeStroyan, Sarah Williams, Chloe Cox, Emma Newbery.(inset) while students and teachers participated in footycolours day where they wore tops representing theirfavourite team, and also supported the Fight CancerFoundation. PHOTOS: SuppliedWILLSDEN Primary School celebrated Culture Week and Footy Colours Day last week.

Students wore colours representing their favourite football and soccer sides and also participated in cultural activities.

Acting Aboriginal Education Coordinator Kaitlin Taylor said the students joined in on a few different sessions throughout the day, including cultural games.

“Flinders block classes discussed what Culture means to them and made badges representing their ideas,” Ms Taylor said.

“They also made beaded jewellery which, in many cultures, is made to celebrate special occasions and there were sessions about Dreaming Stories held in the Library.

“The Spencer block students created dot painting, damper on the fire.

“We were very fortunate that Rahnee from Communities for Children and her team of helpers came in to work with our Spencer Block classes.”

Ms Taylor said there were many benefits in participating in the day for the students.

“Community is very important to Willsden Primary, the main benefit from celebrations like Culture Week is that students get to experience and discuss different aspects of their cultures and the cultures of others,” Ms Taylor said.

“All families were invited along to join in and celebrate the day with us.

“We had an opening ceremony/assembly where students received awards for the hard work they have been doing at school, and Miss Jess’s class shared their learning about Dreaming Stories and the school choir performed several songs.”

While the students and teachers were enjoying cultural activities they supported a good cause by wearing their footy tops.

Ms Taylor said gold coin donations were given by those wearing a top, with the money going towards the Fight Cancer Foundation.

“In total the Willsden School community raised $237, which is a fantastic effort.”

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HOT FLICKS: NWA emerges from mean streets of LA

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Straight Outta Compton in cinemas now.YOU don’t have to be an NWA fan to like Straight Outta Compton.

You don’t even have to follow rap or hip-hop, though it will mean more to you if you do.

It’s a well-made, well-acted movie that chronicles the historic rise and fall of late 1980s “reality rappers” NWA – Ice Cube, Dr Dre, Eazy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella – from the mean streets of south Los Angeles to the top of the music world.

Directed by F Gary Gray, who directed Ice Cube in Friday, Straight Outta Compton is so much more than the hip-hop group’s history, tackling race issues, hatred of the police system and using music to make a political point.

The film’s final act is emotional, honest and raw.

It begins by introducing the three main players, Eric “Eazy-E” Wright (Jason Mitchell), a small-time drug-dealer; Andre “Dr Dre” Young (Corey Hawkins), an unemployed young father with a talent for spinning discs; and O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson (played by his real-life lookalike son O’Shea Jackson Jr), teenage lyricist.

The group, funded by Eazy-E, decides to start their own label Ruthless Records, puts out an EP with their “gangsta rap” sound, making an impact on youth dealing with the same daily problems and general poor standard of living conditions which the artists are very familiar with.

They catch the eye of manager Jerry Heller (Paul Giamatti), who promises to open doors and make their product “legit” in the music industry.

With costuming, fantastic casting and an incredible attention to detail, Straight Outta Compton has faithfully recreated a period of change in musical history.

Hawkins delivers a stand-out performance as Dr Dre, a character that doesn’t have the best lines or the verbal stoushes, but tells the story through his observation of those around him.

Dre’s eventual partnership with the volatile and downright unhinged Suge Knight – who in reality ran over a crew member during filming – brings a whole new level to Hawkins’ performance, and makes for the most suspenseful and unbelievable moments in the film.

Mitchell was the only member of the principal cast whose character is no longer alive and, as such, had the most pressure in accurately portraying Eazy-E – a task that he definitely met.

But it is watching Jackson portraying his own father that is the real highlight of Straight Outta Compton.

The young actor is the spitting image of Ice Cube and it is easy to forget that you’re not watching the man himself.

Straight Outta Compton is rated MA15+ and is in Hoyts cinemas now.

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Years of work, service rewarded

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ACHIEVE: Leeton’s Peter Middleton (right) accepts the life membership honour from RFSA past president Tim Arnott.

AFTER many years of hard work and service Leeton resident Peter Middleton has been named as a life member of the NSW Rural Fire Service Association (RFSA).

Being inducted as a life member is the highest award the association can bestow.

Mr Middleton was honoured for his more than 15 years of representation at both RFSA branch and state council level.

Mr Middleton is amember of Yanco Wamoon Rural Fire Servicebrigade and he alsohelped with the formation of the Leeton RFSA branch in 1998.

He held the position of branch secretary for 10years and chairmanfor four years.Mr Middleton also represented RFSA Division 16 on the state council for several years.

Adding to the long list of achievements, he waswas actively involved in opening the mid-west branch in the Carrathool and Hay areas, as well asopening a branch and division in the MIA Zone.

“When my name was read out as the recipient of the life membership I was unsure I had heard correctly,” Mr Middleton said.

“I feel very honoured that my colleagues feel I have done anything beyond the ordinary.”

Mr Middleton saidhis proudest moments hadcome from working withbrigades from across the region throughout the years.

“Over the years volunteer fire fighters have given a huge amount of time with little recognition,” he said.

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Fantastic sprinter chasing Topgun start

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HIGH HOPES: Appin trainer Jason Fletcher plans to target more group 1 glory with exciting sprinter Fantastic Spiral following his Dapto win. Picture: thedogs苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛JASON Fletcher has a date with the Group 1 Topgun at the top of his wishlist for Dapto Megastar (520m) victor Fantastic Spiral.

Just days after securing his first major, the Appin-based trainer is already setting his sights on another Group 1 for his exciting son of Light Fantastic.

The Topgun is an invitation onlyevent held at The Meadows and is worth $150,000-to-the-winner.

Fantastic Spiral will be in consideration for the featureafter a sensational performance in South Coast greyhound racing’s biggest event last Friday night.

The rising star led all the way in a dominant performance, scoringin 29.51secs ahead of multiple Group 1 winnerKeybow and his more fancied kennelmateFantastic Dotty –the Dapto 520m record holder.

Fletcher admitted the thrill of his first Group 1 win was still present.

‘‘We are still enjoying ourselves,” he said.

“It has been a sensational couple of days so hopefully we can do it again.”

The victory boosted Fantastic Spiral’s already impressiverecord to 16 wins and 10 placingsfrom 29 starts.

Fletcher is now tentatively plotting his next move with well-related speedster.

‘‘He [Fantastic Spiral] has come through it with a bit of a strained hip support muscle …so he won’t be able to race for about 14 days,” Fletcher said.

‘‘We are hoping to get an invitation to the Topgun which is run on October 24.

‘‘We will just be plotting a path towards that race once he overcomes this injury.’’

Fantastic Dotty headsto the Nowra Puppy Classic.

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Dead women should not be political pawns

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PAWN: Tony Abbott used domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty to boost his flagging image, while still cutting vital women’s services, according to Jenna Price.It’s January 2015. Tony Abbott is in deep hot water.This time it’s about announcing Prince Philip – that renowned old bigot – as a knight. The pushback from ordinary Australians is huge.

It even surprised me. I assumed it was only me furious with a scion of privilege for reintroducing these honours. Turns out it was everyone, even in Abbott’s own party.He turned to the one person he thought could redeem him. He turned to Rosie Batty.

A few days earlier, Batty had been named Australian of the Year. No one had heard of this Victorian mother until her son Luke was murdered in February 2013. Her extreme poise and resilience blew Australians away. For eight months, she campaigned hard on family violence and, for once, Australia seemed to be sitting up and taking notice.

The then prime minister had a meeting with Batty on Christmas Eve 2014. Peta Credlin, his chief of staff, was also there. He asked Batty what she thought might be a solution to the poisonous problem of violence against women and children.From that moment, there was little contact. Until Abbott was in deep trouble with the electorate. His decision to turn the focus away from his grovelling desire to suck up to royalty was done at the last possible minute.

Some have even described what happened in those few days as an ambush.The prime minister’s office rang Batty at the height of the public relations disaster that was the garlanding of the Duke of Edinburgh; and sources say she was summoned to a press conference possibly even as late as the morning of his announcement about the advisory panel on violence against women.He used Batty to deflect attention from his own incompetence.

Since that moment, Abbottoversawthe deepest cuts to essential legal services for women trying to escape family violence. He oversawobscene cuts to Indigenous funding. Heglibly responded to each and every discussion about the rate of family violence in Australia by suggesting real men don’t hit.

Just to make this very clear to all politicians across all parties, Australians are devastated by the level of violence directed towards women. This year alone, Destroy The Joint’s campaign Counting Dead Women counts the toll at 62 – and in the vast majority of those deaths, the woman knew her accused killer. Last week alone, three women were killed in 24 hours.

Abbott wasthe one who was weak and gutless, allowing his ministers to slice, slice, slice from services that protect those women he pretends to want to protect.

Last week, Our Watch, funded by the federal government and some state and territory governmentsto drive cultural change in the behaviours and attitudes that lead to violence against women and children, handed out inaugural awards on exemplary reporting covering those issues.

I’m proud to say that Counting Dead Women and Fairfax’s Shine A Light campaign were both given awards – and I’m honoured to be part of both of those teams. But I was utterly appalled at Senator Michaelia Cash’s speech beforehand where she said that Australia had turned a corner on the issue of domestic violence.

She said that at the end of 24 hours during which three women had lost their lives to violence. She said the media had a responsibility when it came to reporting on violence against women.

Yes, Senator Cash, we do. But governments have the money and the power.Don’t use dead women and children as a pawn in your bid to hold power.

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