Family support STORMCO sports day

STORMCO aims to provide entertainement for  Condobolin’s youth over the school holidays. DG

Condobolin Family Support Services will host a youth sports day this Thursday July 14 from 10am until 4pm at its office on William Street.

The sports day is part of a STORMCO (Service To Others Really Matters) initiative which aims to help provide entertainment for Condobolin’s youth over the school holiday period.

Team Leader for STORMCO, Jesse Herford, said the group would be working with Condobolin youth throughout the week in the lead up to the sports day.

“In particular, we’ll be hanging out with the kids from Willow Bend because they’re the ones who invited us here,” he said.

“We’ve already received a lot of positive feedback.

“Throughout this week we’ll be running a kids club which will involve games, songs, crafts and just generally getting to know the kids and hanging out with them.

“On Thursday we’ll be having a bunch of sporting events including league tag as well as a sausage sizzle.

“It’s open to all kids and families who want to come along.”

STORMCO is run through the Southern NSW Seventh day Adventist Church.


St Joseph’s opens doors

Emily Thorpe, Bennett Patton, Jaci Nott and Jenna Patton.By Dominic Geiger

Parents of students at St Joseph’s Condobolin recently had the chance to sit in on classroom lessons with their children as part of Catholic Schools Week celebrations.
Principal Paula Leadbitter said both the students and parents seemed to really enjoy the experience.
“The parents are always interested to watch and engage in the learning activities,” she said.
“They really like interacting with their child in the classroom.
“In the same way, the kids really love having their parents come in and see what they’ve learnt.”
Paula said the day also helped parents become acquainted with new staff at the school.
“Parents are always really interested to see the teaching methods staff are using and to celebrate their child’s learning,” she said.
“We’ve also had a morning tea so staff could spend time with the parents.”
Long time parent of multiple St Joseph students, Allison Manwaring, said she found it really interesting to watch the different ways various children learn.
“I’m loving it,” she said.
“You can especially notice how the boys learn differently to the girls.
“For example in maths, the girls just couldn’t get it when they started subtracting in twos, whereas the boys got it straight away, and the girls could get other concepts the boys just missed.
“I’ve really enjoyed today.”


May 9, 2011 marks the start of National Volunteer Week, however for the volunteers at St Vincent de Paul, Condobolin, it is just another day. The Bathurst Street centre has approximately 45 volunteers giving their time on a roster system.
The St Vincent de Paul Society’s 40,000 members and volunteers work hard to assist people in need and combat social injustice across Australia. Internationally, the Society operates in 130 countries and has over 950,000 members.
The Condobolin Vinnies Centre volunteers are assigned various tasks, including collecting donations of unwanted clothing, sorting out donated items and working behind the counter.
The organisation also has a number of ‘conference members’ who interview clients and decide on the most effective method of support.  People who are being assisted by conference members are often provided with food, clothing and household items as well as assistance with bills.
The Vinnies Centre is also a valuable resource for people on low incomes, enabling them to buy quality clothing and other household items at an affordable price. Centre customers also include people looking for fashionable items and all bargain hunters looking to make their dollar go a little further. The profit from the sale of stock from the Vinnies Centre is used to provide the resources and support to people in need.
The Condobolin Vinnies volunteers are always looking for more volunteers to assist them in this work. Even just a couple of hours a week is a great help. They point out that volunteerism is a mutually beneficial experience and there is a special sense of satisfaction you get from helping others and learning new skills.  If you are interested in volunteering please call 6895 3027.

Catholic Schools’ week

Holly Armstrong and Jemima Donnelly sharing a book in the playground during  Catholic Schools Week.By Dominic Geiger

This Thursday Condobolin’s St Joseph’s Primary School will be celebrating ‘Catholic Schools Week’ with a series of activities which will give parents and grandparents the chance to sit in and take part in classroom learning.
‘Catholic Schools Week’ is an event which is held across NSW and ACT from May 1 to 7 and this year features the theme ‘A Learning Adventure, a Journey of faith.’
The day will feature presentations for outstanding St Joseph’s students, a morning tea for parents and an information session to inform parents about how they can support their child to become a better reader.
St Joseph’s Principal, Mrs Paula Leadbitter, said the event was a fantastic opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of those involved with the school.
“We want to celebrate with the members of our parish and the wider community,” she said.
“It’s an ideal opportunity to showcase the great things that take place in Catholic schools every day, and to celebrate the many achievements of our students.
“We’ll be sharing and celebrating the uniqueness of the St Joseph’s community as a faith based school.”
Paula said because St Joseph’s was connected to a Parish, she felt a strong connection to the community beyond the school walls.
“We’d like to welcome anyone who’s interested in the school to come along during the open classrooms day,” she said.

Wiradjuri Study Centre receives blessing

WCC CEO Percy Knight with Pastor Bob Brown with his slide guitar. DGBy Dominic Geiger

A ceremony was held last Friday at the newly constructed Wiradjuri Study Centre (WSC) to bless the building and bring together members of the Condobolin Wiradjuri community.
The blessing included a smoking ceremony and a sermon presented by former Condobolin Pastor Bob Brown.
Percy Knight, CEO of the Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation (WCC) said the blessing was important because it brought good luck to the centre and helped create the framework of a new beginning for the Condobolin Wiradjuri people.
“Many of the Wiradjuri people in Condobolin are made up of people from the old Aboriginal missions, based in Murie and Willow Bend, so we’re singing old hymns to show how important the building is to not only our people but to the wider community,” he said.
“We’re translating a lot of music to language; we have Stan Grant here today who is a prominent Wiradjuri speaker.
“The song ‘Amazing Grace’ will be sung in Wiradjuri.”
“It’s important the Wiradjuri community embraces and supports this centre so this ceremony is part of that process.
“Today is about remembering the past, but not dwelling on it, and looking towards the future.”
Pastor Bob Brown said the day was important because Condobolin has been a historical centre for Christianity in Aboriginal people.
“There were a number of other outreach centres established from Condobolin, such as Cowra, Griffith and many others.”

St Joseph’s welcomes new building

Officials at the opening of the St Joseph's multi-purpose centre: Mark Glendenning, Tim McCabe, Malcolm Goodwin, Principal Paula Leadbitter, Bishop Kevin Manning, Father Donald Gunn and Vince Connor. D.G.

By Dominic Geiger

The St Joseph’s community in Condobolin celebrated the addition of a new multi-purpose building to the school last Monday.
Bishop Kevin Manning of the Wilcannia-Forbes diocese blessed the building while Father Don Gunn of St Joseph’s Parish officially opened the building with the cutting of a blue ribbon which was draped across the entrance.
School Principal, Paula Leadbitter, said the school community was excited to be able to finally use the building after many months of hard work and construction.
“Today is a day of great pride and excitement as we officially open our new multi-purpose centre,” she said in an address to the audience.
“We (now) have a well planned building that has immediately met the needs of our school community and the education of our students.”
Paula said the building wouldn’t have been possible without the help of a number of different people during the preparation and construction process.
“From the moment our building project commenced a collaborative approach to planning was evident,” she said.
“I truly believe the building that we celebrate today is credit to the shared planning and development of all those involved.”
Paula said the $850,000 for the building, including the technology and furniture now inside it, came from the Federal Government’s Building the Education Revolution (BER) program.
“We as a school community recognise and express our heartfelt thanks to the Australian Government for the delivery of this project and allowing us the opportunity to enhance learning for our 21st century learners,” she said.

Free Expo in Condobolin

School Counsellor Katie Gander and Home School Liaison Officer Gary SmithThe Australian Government Mobile Office rolled into Condobolin last week to inform people about local employment, health, rural services and more.
The aim of the travelling Expo is to improve access to all the government services now available to rural communities. Services on show included: CentaCare, Centrelink, Medicare, Child Support, Central West Division of GP’s, Lachlan Catchment Management Authority, Youth Connections, Mission Australia, Family Support, CareWest, Richmond Fellowship … to name just a few.
The Expo was on display in the Family Support car park at the old Condobolin Bowling club.
People were able to speak to someone about the assistance available, including experts who know about working on the land, Rural Services officers and social workers, and everyone in between.

Locals make pilgrimmage to Rome

Principal Paula Leadbitter of Condobolin's St Joseph's Primary School in St Peter's Square, Rome last Sunday for the canonisation of Mary MacKillopBy Sally Willoughby
With Australia’s first saint Mary MacKillop canonised last Sunday 17 October, parishioners, priests and education personnel throughout the Catholic Church’s Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese made the pilgrimage to Rome to witness the momentous occasion first hand.
“One of Mary MacKillop’s prerogatives was to work with rural people, especially children….that was one of her focuses and why I would think so many people from this area would feel a strong connection to her,” said Father Brian Rowland from Trundle.
Born in 1842, Mary initiated the Josephite Order of Nuns with Reverend Julian Woods and committed her life to working tirelessly for the poor and was dedicated to bringing education to all children.
Condobolin’s educational background lays credence to Mary MacKillop with the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, or the ‘Brown Joeys’ as they were affectionately known, instigating the original St Joseph’s Nuns School House on Orange Lane.
Mary MacKillop’s canonisation in Rome by Pope Benedict XVI last Sunday proved a testament of her conviction to work with the poor and educate all children with her work continuing through the local diocese in her Josephite schools.

Youth serve community

Members of Catholic College of Wodonga's Jenga caravel at work in Condobolin.By Sally Willoughby
St Joseph’s Catholic school was visited by the Jenga caravel of the Remar youth ministry last week who provided services to the school community in reflection of expressing their faith in daily lives.
The Jenga caravel is made up of twelve students and four leaders from the Catholic College of Wodonga who were kept busy at the local school planting vegetable gardens, painting playground markings and developing a prayer garden for the school.
“We come here to help reinvigorate the school community and provide services that will enrich their lifestyle,” Team Leader, Lauren, said.
Representatives of the Remar ministry group from the Catholic College of Wodonga have visited Condobolin for the previous six years providing services across the community.
The Remar program is a worldwide organisation that originated in Columbia and looks to immerse its participants into new communities with a focus on faith development, personal development and leadership establishment and social justice, ministry and service to others.
The word Remar is Spanish for “to row” and the program uses nautical themes to provide focal points for students with groups called caravels, leaders are helmspeople and students involved at school level called rowers.

All Saints invites patrons ‘Back to Church’

All Saints Anglican Church of Condobolin is preparing for their ‘Back to Church’ Sunday on 12 September 2010.
Along with most Anglican churches throughout Australia, the congregation of All Saints are inviting members of the community to attend the service at 9am and join them for a brunch in the parish hall afterwards.
The Parish Priest of All Saints, Kaye Colwell, said the day would be an opportunity for people who might have lost contact with the church for any number of reasons to come along with a friend to join in the worship with no other expectations being placed on them.

Quiz Worx spread the message

Condobolin Public School and St Joseph’s Catholic School were visited by Quix Worx last week who were treated to a performance to reinforce the message of God and his love.
Using puppetry, music, storytelling and drama, Roslyn Hicks and Danny Cooke of Quix Worx attended the schools with furry friends Scruff and Blue Bottle to teach the students about God and enhance resources to promote Christianity in schools.
“Our aim is to travel through as many schools as we can telling children about God’s love,” said performer Roslyn.
The Sydney-based group was formed in 1998, with Roslyn and Danny spending the last few weeks in the Central West Region.
The group were sponsored to perform at the two local schools by the Christian Revival Church and Presbyterian Church of Condobolin.

Encouragement and support at Condobolin Mini Mission

Tegan, Jake and Paige perform at Condobolin Mini MissionCaptain Ray Flint of the Church Army visited Condobolin last week hosting a mini-mission at Condobolin Anglican Church Hall for all denominations.
The weekend, which focused on encouragement and support, included witness statements and testimonies on how God is working in their lives and a DVD on the importance of engaging with people in teachings about God.
The children also helped lead a worship service on Sunday in the Anglican Hall.

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