In the Papers this Week October 22nd 2012

Host Exchange Students

Student Exchange Australia New Zealand (SEANZ) is seeking expressions of interest from Aussie families who want to play host to exchange students. In January 2013, SEANZ will be welcoming a new batch of overseas students to Australia. If your family can offer a supportive, caring and friendly home atmosphere or you think that you might be interested in hosting one of these students, please visit the SEANZ site: studentexchange.org.au/ho­st-a-student/.

Say Thank You To Fireys

A morning tea event entitled “Thank the Firefighters” will be held at Greek Orthodox Chapel in Prevelly on Sat, November 24th. The event, observing the anniversary of last year’s bushfires, will start with a 15-minute service performed by chapel priests, followed by morning tea. Everyone is invited to attend this free event, including kids. For information on Thank the Firefighters call Gordon Temby at 0419 954 658.

Margs Teacher Receives Honour

Kerry Hastie, a teacher at Margaret River Senior High School, has been named as a finalist of the WA Premier’s Secondary Teacher of the Year. The state finalists for the 2012 WA Education Awards were announced during last week. Designated by a parent, Hastie teaches and coordinates the Senior School Engagement Program. A board of judges will pay a visit to the school and talk with students and staff before final judging. Winners and finalists will be awarded cash prizes. The awards giving presentation will be held in Perth on December 03rd.

AHA Finalists Announced

Sea Gardens Café Restaurant and Settlers Tavern are among the finalists for the AHA-Aon Hotel & Hospitality Awards for Excellence 2012. Sea Gardens is competing in the category of Casual Family Dining. Settlers Tavern is competing in the categories of Bistro, Live Entertainment Venue and Aon Risk Services Community Services. There are a total of 44 categories. The winners will be announced in Perth on Mon, November 12th.

Illuminated Lighthouses

The windy and wild weather couldn’t prevent people from visiting Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse for Illuminate last Saturday. Visitors enjoyed an afternoon filled with music and amusement, including a sausage sizzle, bouncy castle, treasure hunts and performer Johnno B Biscuit’s antics. The Geographe Bay and Augusta Margaret River Tourism Associations joined forces so both Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin lighthouses participated in the fundraiser for Princess Margaret Hospital, raising over $2000.

Skate & Musical Festival

Locals are invited to demonstrate their support for local talent by attending the Margaret River Skate & Musical Festival. To be held at Margaret River Zone Room on Sun, December 16th, the inaugural event will feature the talents of youth through youth bands, photo displays and a skate contest organised by Skateboarding Australia. For details contact senior community development officer Gene Hardy at 9780 5256 or ghardy@amrshire.wa. gov.au.

About Benji

I am married and live on a farm near Margaret River with my wife, daughter and son. I set up The Margaret River Guide to assist people coming to Margaret River Western Australia to easily find what they are looking for. I also wanted to allow people to find activities they did not know about and to be able to openly comment on/ review businesses.

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