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The Southern Cross : December 2011
www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross December 2011 Page 17 schools | Art of giving Lia Pipicella from St Francis Xavier's Regional Catholic School (Wynn Vale) has won one of the two State prizes in the 2011 Kmart Art of Giving competition from a field of more than 7000 primary school students from across Australia. Now in its third year, the competition has provided students with a fun and creative way to think about how they help others. Lia (pictured) won $2500 for St Francis Xavier's Regional Catholic and a Sony Cybershot digital camera for herself. Principal Joe De Tullio said he was thrilled with the recognition that his student received and said the competition was a great way to encourage discussion in the classroom about helping others. "I'm so proud of Lia. Her artwork (pictured below) really demonstrates the importance for caring for and looking out for others," he said. "In fact, the competition got all the kids thinking about the little things they do, or can do, each day around the school and around the house to help out." NO SMALL FRY: Adelaide Catholic school students (from left) Chandler, Miraede and Steven were among the top 10 junior master chefs of Australia. Photo: Christian Le Ray Catholic school student Miraede Bhatia plans to travel to Australia's indigenous communities in a Jamie Oliver-inspired cooking quest to improve health and wellbeing. She's 10 years old. Saint David's Parish School's Chandler May started his catering business Food Heaven last year. He's 11. And 12-year-old Steven Tsoukatos, from Christian Brother's College in the city, has perfected making gnocchi -- an Italian delicacy requiring great skill and practice. These three Adelaide Catholic students were among 10 of the nation's best cooking prodigies in the recently aired television series Junior Masterchef. Miraede, from St John the Baptist Catholic School at Plympton, and Steven made it to the November 11 episode, while Chandler stayed on for another two episodes. Junior chef Greta from Western Australia took out the title on November 23. Although the talented Adelaide trio missed most of Term Three filming the 24-series program, they all say the experience was worth the sometimes stressful cook-offs in front of a national audience. "I was a little bit scared at times; sometimes overwhelmed, but the judges are really good and (celebrity chef and judge) Matt Moran is a softie," says Miraede. She is focussed on one day travelling across Australia visiting indigenous communities and sharing her love of good food. Miraede's Mum Mary-Anne works with the Aboriginal Health Council and says her daughter has loved the kitchen from an early age. Chandler, who has steered clear of packet-mix cakes for as long as he can remember, says the life of a pastry chef is his hope for the future. Chandler is no novice in the kitchen. In the past year he has catered six three- course menus for friends and family as part of his catering business Food Heaven. Steven's been rolling gnocchi with his Italian-born Nonna since he was four-years-old. His tip to perfect potato dumplings is getting the flour to potato ratio just right. "I think that if you're small, you can still do anything," he says of the common adult reaction to his culinary expertise. Recipes by all three junior chefs can be viewed by clicking here Rebecca DiGirolamo Cooking up a storm This year Foodbank will create 10,000 hampers for some of South Australia s neediest families. 25,000 disadvantaged South Australian children and youth will not miss out this festive season as a result of Foodbank s Christmas Hamper program. The 2011 hamper has a large range of festive products and important everyday grocery items valued at almost $100. Festive foods include canned leg ham, Christmas cake, mince pies, pudding and custard. We couldn t help people in those numbers without the support of our hundreds of food industry donors. But with the current economic climate, and increased cost of living, the demand is so great that food companies simply can t donate the quantities needed. So we greatly appreciate donations to buy food direct from manufacturers at low cost. HELP THE HUNGRY THIS CHRISTMAS If your organisation or family would like to help other families in need this Christmas, you can donate at our safe and secure website www.fbsa.com.au or contact Dot or Miranda at the Foodbank SA Head Office on (08) 8351 1136. HOW TO DONATE