The Southern Cross : June 2010
The Southern Cross June 2010 Page 3 www.adelaide.catholic.org.au news By Jenny Brinkworth The Nazareth Catholic Community has been described as a "fantastic model" by the Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Julia Gillard. During a visit to the Community's Primar y Campus, which includes an Early Childhood Centre and a range of community ser vices, Ms Gillard said one of the aims of the Federal Government's Social Inclusion program was to connect ser vices and make sure families could access them close to home. "They've got that happening here at Nazareth and it's working really well," Ms Gillard told The Southern Cross. "A whole range of ser vices for families are joined up; they come here for ever ything from parenting classes through to suppor t groups for older members of the community." After a presentation by school representatives, including a discussion on funding, Ms Gillard said: "I've got to go and do a bit of homework now". Nazareth Catholic Community Director Michael Dahl said the "vision" was working and had proven that it was transferable but sustainability of the model was the key issue with a need for suppor t in terms of funding flows. Adelaide Archdiocese Vicar General Monsignor David Cappo explained the thinking behind the development of Nazareth. "We have shifted the paradigm from school to community," he said. "We said let's mix it up, let's find a way of transferring this school into an education community that connects with the needs of these kids and their families. "The head of the school is not the principal, he is in charge of the whole school community." State Education Minister Jay Weatherill said the Catholic sector should be encouraged to replicate the Nazareth model. "We are cer tainly going down that path with our own children's centres, so it was a valuable experience to see it in action (at Nazareth)." Nazareth Community Development Co-ordinator Jan Bate outlined the key relationships with funding providers and the many dif ferent ser vices provided including playgroups, suppor t ser vices for mums, a homework club, the Wise Owls seniors group, African refugee suppor t, a community garden, health promotion and a community cafe. She said there had been a 100 per cent increase in par ticipation rates for playgroups with 152 families now involved. About 60 seniors were regularly par ticipating in activities aimed at maximising physical, social and mental wellbeing and the community suppor ted 43 refugee families, including 77 children. Finda Moyima, from Sierra Leone, said Nazareth was an "amazing, amazing school" and had given her an oppor tunity to help her children gain a good education. "I came with no education, so I am ver y happy to have my boys in school," she said. As for meeting the Deputy Prime Minister, she said: "It's a dream come true. I see her on TV all the time and to see her in person, oh my God!" VIP VISIT: Finda Moyima and her son Felix at the Nazareth playgroup. High praise for Nazareth Authorised by CSF Pty Limited ABN 30 006 169 286, Trustee of Catholic Super ABN 50 237 896 957. Information is about the Fund and is not intended as financial advice. It does not take into account specific needs, so members should consider their personal position, objectives and requirements before taking any action. Catholic Super and National Catholic Superannuation Fund merged into one fund on March 31 2010. The merged fund will continue its dedication to the Australian Catholic community with strong investments and personal attentive service. The new fund will continue to be a low-fee, not-for-profit industry super fund, that does not pay commissions, invests responsibly and provides unbiased financial advice to its members. For more information about the merger of Catholic Super and National Catholic Superannuation Fund go to www.merger.ncsf.csf.com.au. If you would prefer to telephone us call 1300 550 273 or 1300 655 002. Your Life, Our Community AS NE ON TOUR: Nazareth students Sara Ucci and Valentino Esposito discuss the school's community gardening project with Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard, the Federal Member for Port Adelaide Mark Butler and Co-Principal Pauline Murphy.