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The Southern Cross : April 2012
April 2012 Page 19 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross schools | While most teachers spent their summer holidays lazing about with family and friends, Nazareth Community's Rebecca Ewer headed to Nepal for a month, not for a trekking holiday but to teach and care for children in an orphanage. Rebecca searched the internet and discovered the RCDP Rampur Community Development Program in Rampur, Chitwan, about five hours from Kathmandu, in the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal. Rebecca said she wanted "to make a difference to some people in the world, to explore life outside teaching in Australia". Rebecca organised a variety of fundraising projects prior to her departure, and raised more than $4,000 by baking cakes, selling roses on Valentine's Day, barbecues and Quiz Night. She said she sincerely appreciated the generous support of her family and the Nazareth community. Proceeds were taken directly to the orphanage and went towards nutritional food, clothing and educational supplies. Rebecca said she would certainly recommend this particular program to others, however with a strong proviso that one needs to be resilient. "There are no western comforts, no hot water, no soft mattresses and water comes from a well," she said. "The people are subsistence farmers growing crops, and the nearest village is almost an hour's walk over rocky, hard terrain for provisions." Lana Mikarti -- At Easter I think that Jesus died. The solemnity of Easter is often hard to sell to young children bombarded by images of a bouncing, bubbly bunny carrying a basket laden with yummy chocolate. And while chocolate is never far from the mind of most five-year- olds (and adults too) around Easter time, it is refreshing to know that even the smallest members of our Catholic community are aware of the grand Easter message of Jesus' ultimate sacrifice for our redemption and the importance of appreciating our time with family. The Southern Cross recently asked Reception and Year One children from St Therese School, in Colonel Light Gardens, and Our Lady of Grace Primary School (OLOG), in Glengowrie, what they believe Easter means to them and their families. Lachlan, from OLOG, says Easter is all about hope. "It is a time when we remember Jesus died for us," he says. "He died so I can see Him in Heaven." Classmate Sophie says: "God loves us all that he died and went to the cross --that's how much he loved us and I really love him." Easter, for Jack, is a "time to spend with my family and pray to Jesus". Easter hope in their hands Abby Clark -- At Easter the Easter Bunny brings chocolate eggs. Angel Li -- At Easter you get Easter eggs from the Easter Bunny. Emile Saeki -- At Easter I think about my Mum's birthday because it's on Easter. Molly Kirchener -- At Easter I think about chocolate eggs I get from the Easter Bunny. Mia Tuhou-King -- At Easter I think about all the Easter eggs that I get. Nicholas Markou -- At Easter I think about getting Easter eggs and stuff. Jarrod Gray -- At Easter I think about forgiveness. Teaching in Nepal She's been described as "the next Myf Warhurst or Maz Compton" and is the new co-host of Life FM's popular Saturday night "Arch D" radio show... and she's only 17. Sarah Main, a Year 12 student at St Michael's College in Henley Beach, took over the microphone alongside the show's co-announcer and producer James Meston late last year. Since then, she has become a huge hit with the show's listeners. When asked how she got involved with the program, Sarah says, "It's actually a pretty funny story. I went into the studio to be interviewed about the upcoming Catholic Schools Music Festival, and little did I know at the time they were looking for a new co-host. I made a joke about a tomato sauce smoothie, and James cracked up laughing. I got a call a week later asking if I wanted to be a part of the show". Being on radio has become a big passion for Sarah. "I love it, it's the best.. it's amazing. I don't know anyone else my age that's had such a wonderful opportunity. I'm so thankful and fortunate". Sarah has also gained the ecstatic praises of her co-host. "She is one of the most natural people I've ever heard on radio", says James. "She has a great, quirky sense of humour and a real ease with the microphone; completely unfazed by the fact she's speaking to tens of thousands of people. I wouldn't be at all surprised if she got the attention of one of the major commercial stations sometime in the future". "Arch D" is a show produced by the Catholic Office for Youth and Young Adults and is aimed at 18-22 year olds. It features the latest music, interviews and events specifically for young people in the Archdiocese of Adelaide. It broadcasts every Saturday night from 10-11pm on 107.9 Life FM. The show's highlights are also available through its YouTube channel. More details are available at www.archdradio.com. Young radio host a hit St Pius X School is celebrating 50 years as a parish primary school this year and is commemorating the milestone with a back-to- school event on May 6 at the Windsor Gardens school. The 'Back To St Pius X Day' will be held from 2pm to 5pm, giving old scholars and past staff members a chance to catch up and reminisce the past. There will be memorabilia on display and school tours available. St Pius X School was founded in 1962 by the Sisters of St Brigid as part of the Missionary Oblate Parish of St Pius X in Dernancourt. The school would love to hear from any old scholars or staff interested in attending the event. For more contact the school on 8261 4466 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org . 50 years at St Pius X By James Meston