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A lover of history, Year 11 Loreto College student
Charlotte Matthias made history herself when she was
announced the State winner of the prestigious national
history competition, the Simpson Prize.
Charlotte is the only student in the State to have won
all three major history competitions – the Premier’s
Anzac Spirit School Prize and South Australian Young
Historian of the Year in 2016, and now the Simpson
She received the Premier’s Anzac Spirit award
last year for her research on Private Miller Mack, a
Ngarrindjeri man whose remains were recently taken
from West Terrace Cemetery and buried with full
military honours in his home town of Raukkan (see
story Page 3). In a tribute to Charlotte’s research, the
family of Pte Mack invited her to attend this service.
For her Simpson Prize entry, Charlotte submitted an
essay examining the significance of the Western Front
battles in helping to shape the Anzac story.
As part of her prize, Charlotte spent two days at
national institutions in Canberra as well as joining the
seven other winners from each state and territory for the
two-week Simpson Prize study tour to London, France
Accompanied by the two successful teacher
chaperones and Dr Lachlan Grant, the Australian War
Memorial historian, the group visited the Western Front
and attended Anzac Day commemorative services in
France and Belgium. A highlight of the tour was being
present at the powerful and moving Anzac Day dawn
service at Villers-Bretonneux.
Charlotte was joined on the tour by the New South
Wales Simpson Prize winner, Lucinda Hogan, from
REMEMBERING THE FALLEN: Charlotte
Matthias receives the Simpson Prize from the
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs the Hon Dan Tehan
at Parliament House in Canberra.
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Some of the Adelaide Crows’ biggest names visited Marymount
College last month, hosting a football clinic and speaking at an
assembly for the all-girls school at Hove.
Eddie Betts, Sam Jacobs, Rory Atkins, Mitch McGovern,
Dean Gore and Ben Jarman ran a session for the up-and-coming
footballers before answering questions from an enthusiastic crowd.
Marymount College is recognised as one of the leading schools for
girls’ football in SA, winning the Statewide Knock Out Competition
for Year 6/7 and Year 8/9 in 2016. The school has a long history of
Knock Out girls football success and with the rise of girls’ football
through the AFL Women’s League, many of the students now play
at club level.
The players ran the girls through a series of football drills, focusing
on kicking, tackling and bumping. Marymount College has a strong
Crows supporter base and the high profile players were swarmed by
students eager for an autograph and a selfie.
Eddie Betts left the girls with some important advice after sharing
stories from his childhood and his limited schooling: “School is the
most important thing; stay in school and listen to the teachers,” he
Crows fly high at Marymount
Crows star Eddie
plenty of attention
Mia Rienets, Coby
Arabella Day, Skye
St Aloysius College students are
currently developing their very own
cookbook, A Taste of Harmony, enriched
by the flavours of multiculturalism and
community spirit, with all proceeds to
benefit the Mercy House of Welcome.
The idea was inspired by the
college’s participation in Harmony Day
celebrations, which are held every year in
March to promote cultural diversity and
The school’s English as an Additional
Language (EAL) faculty developed
the project alongside students who
expressed a desire to share their favourite
dishes, with the aim of encouraging
members of the community to connect
with loved ones and learn about the
significance of a variety of foods to
EAL teacher Mary Kotsionis said the
cookbook highlighted the way food
brought people together.
“A lot of our families who have come
from overseas have opened eateries
selling food from their own cultures,” she
“My parents arrived in Adelaide from
Greece and their way of communication
with neighbours and building
relationships was through sharing food.
“Food has the ability to stir up many
emotions, take you back to your
childhood or even remind you of a place
you once visited.
“Cooking with my parents over the
years was all about connecting, sharing,
talking and expressing ourselves.
Memories of picking fresh herbs and
vegetables straight from my father’s
garden to make tomato sauce, usually
involved all our relatives working together
for a whole day.”
Similarly, students involved in the
project said they were excited to share
their cultural heritage with others through
Fariba Sahel is originally from
Afghanistan and said sharing her recipes
helped her engage with her cultural
“When my mum and I cook this recipe,
we feel that we are back in Afghanistan
and the memories become alive,” she
said. “It means a lot to myself when my
family gather and eat this food.”
A Taste of Harmony will be on sale for
$10 and all proceeds are being donated
to Mercy House of Welcome in Kilburn.
The House of Welcome is a ministry
of Mercy Works Australia and supports
asylum seeker and refugee families in
Online order forms will be available at
www.sac.sa.edu.au, or the books may
be purchased directly from the SAC
A taste of
HANDS UP: St Aloysius College students celebrating Harmony Day.
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