Many people hard of hearing say that in conversations it sounds like people aremumbling and won’t speak up but what are the characteristics of clear speech?
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Speaking with someone with hearing loss does not require a major adjustment, justa few minor changes to how you speak.

Speaking slightlyslower, with moreprecise pronunciation, a little more volume and – most importantly –frequent pausesbetween phrases will improve the communication experience.

These pauses allow the listener to process what has been spokenbefore moreis said. They do not have to be overly long but by using pauses it also brings clarity tothe speech patterns, hence helping improve the hearing of what is said in theconversation.

This is especially true in noisy situations.

So if you are hard of hearing, how can you help your loved ones learn to speak moreclearly?

Simply ask them to do five things when communicating with you:

Face youSlow down a bitSpeak a tiny bit louderSay things as clearly as possible without exaggerating mouth movementsPause at the end of phrases.You may find that most family and friends will be able to produce clear speechbecause it not only helps you but benefits them.

They won’t have to repeat things asoften.

But be forewarned; most people will probably only be able speak clearly for a fewminutes before they fall back into old ways.

It may help to work out a reminder system with your frequent communicationpartners.

You could agree, for example, to have a sign such as tapping your chin that is areminder to “slow down” or “speak more clearly”.

If you have grandchildren, you could even make it a game of sorts with a secret codejust for them to speak slower or clearer. Get them to practise their “Show and Tell”voice with you.

It is bound to be fun for them and a big help to you.

Here is a little poem you may want to send to your closest family and friends:

If you were to say it slowly and clear,

I’d understand you much better, my dear

If you speak louder and take time to pause,

I will shower you with my applause.

Thank you for using your best clear voice with me.

Hearing loss can resultfrom a number of differentcauses, many of which arepreventable.

However, loud noiseis the most commoncause of hearingdamage.

You can improve yourhearing health by makingsure youavoid loud noise;remove the source of noise;remove yourself from thenoise; or reduce the volume.

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THERE was something familiar about Ashmont man Papa Morris to the Wagga police officers who approached his car in Mortimer Place about 2am on May 22.
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They quickly realised he was the man who had been charged less than an hour before with driving with a blood-alcohol reading of .212 – more than four times the legal limit –onFitzhardinge Street.

The Guinea national and now Australian resident, driving with a licence issued in his homeland, had his driving privileges withdrawn by police after this first arrest.

Despite being warned not to drive after being charged, the 23-year-old cleaner got behind the steering wheel again.

He soon came to police attentionfor speeding on Dobney Avenue –his unregistered Volkswagen Jetta clocked at 77 kilometres an hour in a 50km/h zone.

According to police facts tendered to Wagga Local Court, Morris turned left off Dobney Avenue into Chaston Street and then quickly into the dead end Mortimer Place.

“He was immediately recognised by the police as having been released from custody at Wagga police station at 1.30am,” the facts said

This time, Morrisblew .182, still more than three times the legal limit of .05, and was judged by police to be moderately affected by alcohol.

“I am so sorry,” Morris told police.

But Morriswas not so sorry that he stopped thumbing his nose at the law.

Less than three weeks later, on June 10, police saw Morris’car weaving on Colin Knott Drive near the Gobba Bridge about 12.10am.

After being stopped, Morrisreturned a low range reading of .065.

Morris on Monday was fined $1000, disqualified from driving for 18 months and placed on a two-year good behaviour bond for his first high range drink-driving offence.

He was given an eight-month intensive correction order, which includes 256 hours of community service and an alcohol ban, and disqualified from driving for three years for the second high range offence.

And he was fined another $1000 and disqualified from driving for six months for the third, low range, drink-driving offence.

Morris was fined $1274 on two counts of driving an unregistered vehicle.

He was convicted but given no further penalty for exceeding the speed limit by more than 20km/h and two counts of driving after his visiting privileges had been withdrawn.

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OPPORTUNITY: Susanna Royal attends one of the popular JuMP classes and has been enjoying learning more about the cello.
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Are there children in the Shoalhaven wanting to add another string to theirbow?

The Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra (SYO) has being busy over the last three yearsdeveloping not only the orchestra and junior string group, Shoalhaven Junior Strings, but other classes for children as well.

In 2013 planning began on a music education program for children from 2 to 7 yearscalled Tuning In.

The program was taken up with great enthusiasm by local familiesand has been expanded further in 2016 to include a class called JuMP, the JuniorMusicians Program.

JuMP is a one-year program of classes for primary schoolchildren from Year 2 to experience a range of ten different musical instruments todetermine which instrument they are most suited to taking up.

These classes havebeen taken up with great enthusiasm and will continue to be offered in 2017.

SYO is now keen to offer group string classes for children who would like to learn theviolin or cello.

In Term 4 they will be running a pilot class for children from Year 3 to5 with no previous musical training.

The pilot will consist ofnine group lessonswith six places available in the class.

The cost of the classes will include instrumenthire and music.

Two experienced and accomplished music teachers will teach in theprogram: Jo Landstra, a primary music teacher who is also a fine violinist and violistand Jenny Cork, a music teacher with extensive experience in running beginner stringprograms.

So if you have a child who has been pestering you to learn the violin or cello, but theidea of purchasing an instrument and committing to long-term music lessons with theprospect of your child discovering it isn’t for them, this might be the solution.

Thisclass will provide a great tasterof string playing in a relaxed and engaging setting,at a very reasonable cost.

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The SYO was established in 2000 as an orchestra of youngstring and woodwind players.

Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra rehearses on Tuesdays during school terms at Nowra School of Arts from 4.45-6.30 pm.

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HOME STRETCH: Inverell’s Tom McGregor and New England Nomads’ Tom Hunt and Callum Maljors fight for the ball in Saturday’s match. NEW England Nomads have one game left in the Tamworth AFLbefore they head into the finals series to defend their title.
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The Nomads hosted Inverell at Bellevue Oval on Saturday and pushed the Saints further down the ladder with a 189 to 15 point thumping.

The local side looked to put together a full-game performanceand have done that in their last two matches with447 scoredto only 25 points conceded.

“They had a few players out but from our point of view, you can only beat who is out in front of you and we couldn’t have done much better,” coach Jed Ellis-Cluff said.

“The week before against Moree we played really well skills-wise and just really perfected everything we were working on and thankfully it carried over into Saturday’s game.

“The voice and the intensity was right up and the skills followed for most the game.

“We are just aiming to keep building on what we have done.

“The last two weeks [was] defintely the best footy we have played all year and we are definitely trying to build on something.”

The Tamworth AFL season heads into its final competition round this weekend with the Nomads versing the fourth-placed Bulldogs.

With the minor premiership and a spot in the major semi-final already guaranteed, theNomads will rest key players to have them fit and firing for the upcoming finals series.

“The last couple of weeks have been really good but we might have a little bit of a down week this week because of uni holidays and we picked up a few little injuries on the weekend and we will put them on ice,” Ellis-Cluff said.

“It isn’t worth risking them before the first final.

“We will keep working on our structures this weekend.

“We will be missing a few blokes so we just hope to get away with the win but it is not be all and end all.”

The Nomads are likely to face last year’s grand finalists Tamworth Roos in the first semi-final to secure the a grand final spot.

The Roos were due to play Narrabri in Saturday’s game but an Eaglesplayer shortage saw the match cancelled.

Heading into the finals Ellis-Cluff expects the Roos to be the toughest competition for his side.

“They haven’t played much footy of the last couple of months,” he said.

“They knocked Inverell off up there by two points a few weeks ago.

“They are always thereabouts.

“They have a really good squad.

“The last time we played them they had a few players out so we didn’t really get a good look at them but the first time we played them earlier in the year it was a 10 point match and I think that was pretty reflective of where the teams were at.”

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ANGER: State National Party MP Adam Marshall (right) is angry with Deputy PM and federal National Party leader Barnaby Joyce NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has called for Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce to “butt out” of commentary on the greyhound racing ban and focus on “looking after his own turf”.
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Greyhound racing will be banned in New South Wales from July 1 next year.Mr Joyce has said that he did not agree with the state government’s ban and said there was a “better alternative”.

“I do not support a ban on greyhound racing, I don’t think you can solve problems by banning things, you should be able to manage the problem,” he said.

“I acknowledge that it is state government business but I am trying to work out how the federal government could intervene in this issue.

“I am sure we would be happy to help them with regulating the industry, I fought tooth and nail against the ban on the live cattle trade so I certainly am not going to support a ban on another industry.”

But, Mr Marshall took exception to Mr Joyce commenting on a State issue and said the decision was not asimple one andbears absolutely no resemblance to the live cattle trade or other food or fibre industries.

“Whether Barnaby likes it or not, there are areas of federal responsibility, there are yet other areas where there are shared responsibilities such as health and educationand then there are areas, like the racing codes, that are solely a state responsibility,” he said.“Nevertheless, if Barnaby is going to enter the debate on Greyhounds he should take the time to read the Special Commission of Inquiry report and the previous two NSW Parliamentary Inquiry reports into the greyhound industry. This would help Barnaby understand the difficult situation confronting the government.”

An angry Mr Marshall said Mr Joyce shouldput up or shut up.

“Shooting from the hip might sometimes be entertaining but in a matter as detailed, with a history as complex and issues so delicate as those currently confronting the Parliament, an emotive response is as unhelpful as it is unwarranted,” he said.

“Of course the federal government does have is its funding powersthat they have historically used to influence outcomes in areas controlled by the state governments.SoIchallenge Barnaby, if he is as concerned as he has suggested, he can put the money on the tableto supplement the financial assistance package the state government will be providing to participants exiting the code.”

Adam Marshall

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Garry Thomas Smith, of Meander, says the majority of Meander residents raise funds for the local hall as well as other community groups.Community dividedTHERE has been so much ado about the division of the Meander residents over the the proposed use of the Meander School site.
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Well I can tell you the division has been here long before the closing of the school I have lived in Meander for more than 40 years, back when everyone got on well with each other and you were always there to assist anyone anytime.

The majority of Meander residents still do this and raise funds for the local hall – country fire service the local church, the progress association and indoor bowls club.

We also raise funds for families who have fallen on hard times, plus we raise funds for sportspeople.

One only has to come to the working bees and the fundraisers to see who the genuine honest hard working people are and where the division lies.

The decision has been made by the Meander Valley Council to let Teen Challenge take over the school site so lets accept this decision and move on.

Garry Thomas Smith, Meander.Acquired brain injuryTHE second week in August each year has been set aside to draw attention to the repercussions, due to even, a slight hit to one’s head.

Your brain is anchored by prefrontal lobes, which keep the brain secured in a solution of cooling liquid.

I can only speak regarding my own experience.

Riding to work at Our Lady of Mercy College on September 24,1946, I collided with a heavily built car (as they were in those days).This crash happened right outside David Elmer’s place.

David was a small boy of about seven or eight years of age.

I’m sure he still remembers me laying on the side of the road being assessed by doctors and Catholic priest.I was given the last rites of the church as Father Murphy was told I would not survive.

I knew nothing about all of this as I was subjected to a very heavy, part brain injury and suffered a 10 day coma.I was told my right eye was out of the socket sitting on my cheek.

This smash to my brain caused not only the coma and smashed pelvis but the beginning of a terrible disgraceful behaviour, pain and imprisonment.

After 40 years or so I found a group of people who were able to help me.

The Acquired Brain Injury Association of Tasmania came to my aid.

Also a professional psychologist helped me greatly.

Now for the last 20 odd years I have thankfully been able to control all my bad behaviour.

So please look after that head of yours.I must also inform the readers too much alcohol can also do damage to one’s behavior.

People with a brain injury should not drink alcohol or very little.I pray you will protect your head by driving and riding safely at all times.

Chas J. Canden, Westbury.Job providersTHERE is no need for job active providers.We did OK for thousands of years without them.

If we increase taxes so that everybody receives what unemployed people get.

Australians can go in and out of temporary jobs without having to contact Centrelink.

Leon Cooper, St Leonards.Xenophon politicsWHEN Nick Xenophon entered politics I thought he might bring some level thinking.

Now I wonder what “look at me policy” he is coming up with next.

He is fast becoming a look at me politician to gain notoriety and public recognition instead of looking after Australia.

He has lost me.

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ON Thursday August 11, the Ceduna Youth Hub crew loaded into the troop carrier vehiclefor a beach cleanup day at Decrees Bay near Ceduna.
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Participants included youth hub support workers AndersonWillis and Emmanuel Wilson and young leaders Michael Komai, Isaiah Fielding, Wilfred Edwards, Jesse Willis and Stanley Willis.

The group started at one end, armed with rubbish sacks whichCeduna District Council donated,and walked the entirety of the beach picking up all kinds of rubbish as they went.

Items collected included; general household rubbish, fishing gear, discarded sports equipment, drink containers, rope and lots of plastic from shopping bags and fishing-bait packaging.

The idea to clean up the beach came from discussions by youth leaders at the hub when looking at what kinds of activities they wanted to be a part of over the next 12 months.

“We just wanted to get the boys out and do our bit to help keep our community clean,” Ceduna Youth Hub support workerEmmanuel Wilson said.

“We all enjoy going to the beach so it was good to do our bit to help make Ceduna a cleaner place.

“We want to go to a different spot each week to help make our community a cleaner and more enjoyable place for everyone,”Mr Wilson said.

The youth hub workers and participants will work to continue cleaning up the community bit by bit.

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Wimmera Cancer Centre fundraising sub-committee members Jenny Clayton, Denise Leembruggen, Chris Smith, Richard Goudie, Rachael Littore, Don McRae and Amelia Crafter launch their campaign in 2015. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERWIMMERA Health Care Group has announced that theRachael’s Wish fundraising campaign for the Wimmera Cancer Centre project has reached its $1-million goal.
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Wimmera Cancer Centre project steering committee chairman Richard Goudie said theRachael’s Wishappeal had raised $1,012,202 since it waslaunched in June 2015.

“Thank you. To every single person or business who donated and held fundraisers,thank you,” Mr Goudie said.

“We had a goal of a minimum $1 million in community fundraising and to have reachedthat goal so quickly is evidence of how strongly our region supports this project.

“With the community funds and the funds received from both state and federal governments, this centre will now become a reality.”

Board of management chairman Angela Murphy said the Wimmera Cancer Centre wouldseean increase in the number of people able to receive cancer treatment locally, as wellas providing improvements in the services of dialysis and community-based palliativecare.

“The Wimmera Cancer Centre will enable more people to receive the treatment theyneed, close to their support networks and with less time spent travelling on the Western Highway,” Ms Murphy said.

“We would especially like to thank Dr Don Johns and the Wimmera Health Care Group Foundation for their early commitment and dedication to this project.”

Mr Goudie said that while the minimum target of $1 million had been reached,donations would still be welcomed.

“All funds raised above the targetwill be used toimprove the fit out and equipment at the Wimmera Cancer Centre,” he said.

The Wimmera Cancer Centre Fundraising Appeal was named ‘Rachael’s Wish’ afterWimmera woman Rachael Littore, who called for anew centre following acancer diagnosis and treatment in 2013.

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Essential reading: Riverstone Public School students Jake Sawtell, Hayley Sawtell, Evie Zarka and Callum Zarka hope to crowd fund $10 000 to rejuvenate their school’s library. Riverstone Public School have launched a unique crowdfunding campaign to help rejuvenate their school’s library.
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Water and rodent damage has led to limited resources in the schools large and vibrant library.

The book shelves are mainly empty –with somesecond hand book donations.

With a goal of$10,000, the Dymocks Children’s Charities has committed to a Library Regeneration program at the primary school and will match the money raised, returning it to the school in the form of $20,000 worth ofbrand new books.

Dymocks Children’s Charities general managerPaul Swain said the charity’svision was to provide resources to kids whowill benefit the most.

“Our vision is to change kids lives one book at a time,” he said.

It’s hoped additional resources will allow pupils to participate in the Premier’s Reading Challenge.

The challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enablethem to experience quality literature.

“The school will choose the books they receive,” Mr Swain said.

“Every single one.

“Which means they can choose books on the list so students find it easier to complete the challenge.”

Dymocks Children’s Charities is the only charity in Australia that provides a free choice of books to schools.

In 2015 alone they worked with 86 schools, 16,500 children and donated 22,500 books.

Riverstone Public School is urging the community and local businesses to get behind their campaign and help create a learning centre for students where they are encouraged “toread, to read more and to read more widely”.

“We are encouraging the school to help themselves and then we will give them a leg up,” Mr Swain said. Deadline:Friday, September 2.

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Whenever the issueof speed cameras arises, you can be sure the mention of revenue will soon enter the conversation.
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The state government quietly added two Maitland area roads to its list of mobile speed camera locations recently –Raymond Terrace Road at Millers Forest and Lindesay Street in East Maitland.

It means mobile speed cameras –those mounted in vehicles –could be parked on these roads from August 1.

Labor Maitland MP Jenny Aitchisontook aim at the government for not making a public announcement and giving motorists fair warning.

She also criticised the government for reducing funding for road safety while increasing initiatives that generate revenue.

Millers Forest resident Selby Green (pictured) suggested the government should instead conduct a serious review of speed limits on Raymond Terrace Road, while East Maitland man Steve Bourke said speed humps could be a useful alternative to cameras.

The bottom line is the death toll on NSW roads has significantly risen in the past year and the Hunter features several times in that list of calamities.

Something needs to be done.

According NSW Centre for Road Safety data published on August 15, the state’s road toll had risen by 21 per cent so far this calendar year, compared with the same period last year.

That means 43 more people have died on NSW roads between January 1 and August 15 this year (252) than January 1 to August 15, 2015.

Clearly something has to be done to address the issue of road safety.

However, the question is whether continuing triedand apparently ineffectivemethods is worthwhile.

In the past couple of years, there has been a strong push to warn motorists of the dangers of driving using a mobile phone, or being otherwise distracted, and the impact of fatigue.

High ranking highway patrol officials have frequently pointed out the contribution that these, as well as drugs and alcohol, have made to the death toll.

A broader discussion about road safety in the Hunter needs to be ongoing.Ultimately, effective measures need to be taken to reduce all unnecessarily risky behaviour on the road–not just speeding.

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For a highly regarded roaster, don’t askJames Carter to describe what a coffee tastes like.He’s not interested.
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He just knows what tastes good.

“I know whether it’s good or not, but geez, don’t ask me to put it into words,”he says. “I wouldn’t know where to start.”

James is the owner and man behind River Roast Coffee, and Real Coffee Espresso Barin Lorn.River Roast Coffee is a multi award winning label and it’s fairto say itsits up with any coffee in the country –and Maitland is its home.

Consider this: one of the world’s most prestigious coffee competitions is the annual Sydney Royal Fine Food Show award.James had champion coffee in 2009 and the following year picked up a second gold medal.

That was for his Paterson Blend, a product that continues to marchout the door at his Real Coffee Espresso Bar. And the medals are still coming in too.Ask any of the country’s top coffee aficionados and they’ll know ofRiver Roast all right.

“I producelocally roasted, small batch coffeeand craftit into the best possible coffee blends I can,” he explains. “You drink my coffee and you’re tasting my passion.

“I don’t mind if someone tastes one of my blendsand doesn’t really like it -that’s personal taste. Ijust want to put a coffee in front of them that is made fresh, that isprepared correctly and that gives the coffee beans every chance to shine.”

James fell into coffee –he was originally in the catering industry –but these days he’s happy to call himself a coffee tragic.

“You see that 500 gram packet there,” he says, pointing to ground coffee on a shelf in his Lorn store. “That’s probably an entire year’s work for a single plant. It’s precious stuff, you don’t want to waste it.”

James’ introduction to coffee roasting came at just the right time –when Australia was starting to take its coffee seriously.Now it has one of the most serious coffee cultures in the world, no doubt.

“It’s a world away from when I started 20 years ago,” James recalled. “Back then if you wanted top coffee you probably had to go to LygonStreet in Melbourne.Nowadays coffee places are popping up everywhere, and Maitland is no different.”

The River Roast coffee beans are an exotic lot …at any moment you’re likely to be tasting coffee from Central America, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Sumatra, Kenya, Peru or Mexico –and that’s just off the top of his head.

“The young kids who work here, I don’t let them near the machine to start with,” James says. “They have to learn. I’d rather they have no training so I can teach them my way. Teach them to love what we’re doing.”

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Truck work: Riverstone residents are concerned over trucks dumping soil on land near the old meat works, creating an increasing flood risk. Picture: Andrew BrownMore than 50 Riverstone residents met with representatives from Blacktown Council to voice their concerns over illegal land work carried out on the site of the old meat works.
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It comes as development company Sakkara Capital Management was fined a further $16,000 for noise pollution and failing to keep the road clean.

The company was fined $30,000 earlier this month over illegal land filling.It was estimated up to 400 trucks per day were dumping soil on the site.

Senior Environmental Health Officers from Blacktown Council as well as Riverstone MP Kevin Connolly met with residents, who are worried the dumping of soil on the site will increase the likelihood of flooding in the area.

Riverstone resident Diane Baldwin said the meeting was a step in the right direction.

“It was a great outcome. We were told the trucks aren’t allowed to start work before 7am and have to finish by 6pm,” she said.“I’m not against development, but they had to do the work legally.”

A spokesman for Blacktown Council said further fines will be issued if noise complaints are not addressed.

The NSW Environmental Protection Agency is also investigating the illegal activity.

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Science week activities fizz and pop across the region | photos St Patrick’s Primary School’s Eliza Lane and Nic Paturzo with Laura Noonan from Victoria Police who talked about how officers use robots in their work.
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Molly Carey, Layla Thom and Maddy Turner create an explosive volcanic reaction in Koroit.

Campbell Holmes and Connor McDonald (front) race their droids in the playground as part of the organised activities at Koroit

St Patrick’s Primary School’s Luke Turner watches Jordan Lathwell cause a chemical reaction using household items.

Bree Holscher sets her droid up in the playground. This year’s National Science Week theme is Drones, Droids and Robots.

St Patrick’s Primary School, Koroit student Estelle Evans with her group’s droid entry.

St Patrick’s Primary School students (l-r) Amelia Bell, Tahlia McLaren April King, Lily Carey and Josie Collins set up their experiments which they performed for kinder children.

Koroit’s Max Phillips and Riley Brown create butter from milk in their experiment.

Family groups combine to make droids at St Patrick’s Primary School, Koroit. Pictured: Molly McLaren, Connor McDonald, Tahlia McLaren, Lucy McLaren and Ella McLaren

St Patrick’s Primary School Koroit student Noah Pigdon was awarded the drone with the biggest personality for his team.

Woodford Primary School science teacher Dave Atkinson and student Kyle Gleeson launch a rocket while classmates watch on.

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