The Southern Cross : April 2010
Page 6 April 2010 The Southern Cross www.adelaide.catholic.org.au news Privacy and peace in a new premium burial courtyard. Port Road, Cheltenham 5014 www.aca.sa.gov.au 1800 738 339 TRANQUILLITY CORNER Six Catholic schools in South Australia are trialing a new curriculum expected to be implemented across all schools in Australia by 2013. The trial has been running since March at Caritas College (R-12) in Por t Augusta, Holy Family Catholic School (R-7) in Parafield Gardens, Loreto College (R-12) in Marr yatville, St Joseph's School (R-7) in Barmera, St Joseph's School in Ottoway (Pre-7) and Star of the Sea School (R-7) in Henley Beach. They are among about 150 schools across Australia trialing the draft national curriculum, which aims to provide common core subjects including science, mathematics, histor y and English from Reception to Year 10. The trial ends in May. The Catholic Education Office in South Australia and some of the trial schools have said the draft Australian Curriculum was not dissimilar to current teaching programs. The main dif ference will be the compulsor y introduction of histor y as a stand- alone core subject in primar y school years. Catholic educators have said histor y was taught in some capacity as par t of other subjects. Religious Education will not be changed or compromised by the new curriculum. "While there is a great measure of work to be done on this..., it is not a blank canvas we are working on either," said Catholic Education South Australia assistant director Helen O'Brien. She said there were "real similarities" between the existing and the new curriculum, with few resource additions to classrooms required and no expectations of increasing staff numbers. Ms O'Brien said CEO had begun and would continue to suppor t principals and staf f involved in curriculum to better lead teachers during the roll-out of the new subject formats. Caritas College has 13 teachers involved in trialing par ts of the Australian Curriculum's core subjects of mathematics, histor y, science and English in 14 classes from Reception to Year 9. "So far it's going well," said deputy principal Nichii Mardon. "We are really positive about it all and ver y pleased to be a part of the trial." Mrs Mardon said one of the advantages of the national curriculum trial for Caritas College was its consistency across state borders and the potential for increased equity and fairness for all children. She said Por t Augusta, where the college is located, was considered the cross roads of the South Australian outback and by its nature was a transitor y town. By Rebecca DiGirolamo A chance meeting with Angelina Jolie was the per fect oppor tunity for Jesuit priest Enrique "Kike" Figaredo to enlist the help of the Hollywood superstar to raise global awareness of the growing needs of child landmine sur vivors and polio victims in Cambodia. After filming Tomb Raider in Cambodia, Jolie fell in love with the countr y and its people and adopted her first son Maddox from Battambang province in nor th- west Cambodia where Fr Figaredo is the Apostolic Prefect and from where he co-ordinates most of his humanitarian work for the nation so disfigured by landmines. Jolie and Fr Figaredo discussed the resilience of landmine victims over a meal at a restaurant in 2001 and since then she has gone on to become one of the most recognised advocates for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Fr Figaredo is the official head of the Catholic Church in Cambodia and chairman of Caritas Cambodia. He was in Adelaide and Por t Pirie last month visiting diocesan and Catholic Education leaders, parishes and schools as one of six Lenten visitors for Caritas Australia. It is his second visit to Adelaide. "It is ver y impor tant," says Fr Figaredo of Australia's donation to Caritas-funded projects in Cambodia. "I think it creates friendship and solidarity and it reminds us that we are one world." Australians have so far donated more than $1 million to Caritas Australia's Project Compassion, with one week left for donations in the annual aid and development fundraiser. Par t of this year's Project Compassion donations will help Cambodian villagers receive clean water, education and loans for sustainable agricultural development. Fr Figaredo said: "There are many, many disabled people in Cambodia without any attention." He said most of today's landmine victims in Cambodia were young villagers, tending to wandering cows in fields or unsuspectingly playing in remote areas littered with four decades of landmines. Also, of major impor tance, was the large number of child victims of polio. "We still have one (landmine) accident each day," said Fr Figaredo. "I now have 60 children at our centres." The Arrupe Centre, named after the Jesuit priest who first posted Fr Figaredo to Cambodia in 1985 as par t of the Jesuit Refugee Ser vice, is an outreach centre for child landmine sur vivors and polio suf ferers in Battambang. It follows "The Dove House", founded by Fr Figaredo in 1991, where children maimed by landmines are educated and training programs are run for people with disabilities. Fr Figaredo said the child amputees and those disfigured by polio and landmines were the "welcoming face of the church in Cambodia". He said their resilience and warmth made his life and work in Cambodia a gift. Inspired by the children and his own love of dance, Fr Figaredo began the "Dancing Together for Peace" dance group, which toured Australia during World Youth Day in 2008. "They dance with wheelchairs," he said of the disabled and able-bodied dance troupe. "It's so beautiful to see. When you see them dancing, you forget they are disabled. You see so much beauty that you see no disability." ❏ Caritas Australia's Project Compassion ends on April 4. Donations can be made by phoning 1800 024 413 or online at www. caritas.org.au Catholic schools test new curriculum Jolie and the father of wheelchairs RAISING AWARENESS: Father Kike Figaredo with children disfigured from landmines and polio at one of his two outreach centres in Cambodia.