Taking a risk with play:  building resilience in children IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Taking a risk with play: building resilience in children

February 03, 2015 Comments Paul Tranter

As a new school year begins, Associate Professor Paul Tranter counters some prevailing wisdom around risk aversion. Parents and school principals take note!

The Church and The Herald IMAGE Aurora Magazine

The Church and The Herald

February 03, 2015 Comments Bishop Bill Wright

Relatively early in my time here, I met with the editor of the Newcastle Herald and journalist Joanne McCarthy. They were at pains to let me know that, despite what I might have heard, they are not anti-church but pro- the victims of child sexual abuse.

Music teaching spans Hunter and Manning IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Music teaching spans Hunter and Manning

February 03, 2015 Melissa Wattus

Melissa Wattus of St Francis Xavier’s College reports on an exciting initiative making advanced music studies accessible to secondary students across the diocese.

Putting Compassion Into Action IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Putting Compassion Into Action

February 03, 2015 Comments Kate Bennett

“Without food, the rest of life is impossible to contemplate. How can you plan for the future or educate your children when you fear you will be hungry?”

It's going to sound phenomenal IMAGE Aurora Magazine

It's going to sound phenomenal

February 03, 2015 Comments Siobhan McAlary

Regular contributor Siobhan McAlary reports on a Lochinvar teacher who’s won a coveted theatrical role.

‘Schoolies’ alternative leads to new lessons IMAGE Aurora Magazine

‘Schoolies’ alternative leads to new lessons

February 03, 2015 Matthew Giakoumatos, Rebecca Treloar

After the 2014 HSC, St Mary’s Campus, All Saints College, Maitland, sent a group of 10 students and three teachers to Cambodia in the Cambodia Alternate to Schoolies Program (CASP). Two participants share an experience that was confronting and eye-opening.

TWO BY TWO: It’s all about ‘we time’ IMAGE Aurora Magazine

TWO BY TWO: It’s all about ‘we time’

February 03, 2015 Comments Tracey Edstein

Couples that have been happily married for many years are often described as ‘finishing each other’s sentences’. Ron and Mavis Pirola, both 78, don’t do this. They probably could, but they are careful to preserve the space belonging to the other, while happily admitting they remain very much in love after 55 years of marriage.

Take the leap of faith and say Geronimo! IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Take the leap of faith and say Geronimo!

February 03, 2015 Comments Tracey Edstein

When I lost it,
Yeah you held my hand,
But I tossed it,
Didn't understand...

L'Arche: Come as you are IMAGE Aurora Magazine

L'Arche: Come as you are

February 03, 2015 Comments Kumar Rasiah

Kumar Rasiah is Chairperson of the Board of L’Arche, Sydney. The community is about to launch a unique Fellowship program and is seeking interested applicants.

CARE TALK: Tell me about your friend IMAGE Aurora Magazine

CARE TALK: Tell me about your friend

February 03, 2015 Comments Tanya Russell

CARE TALK is a monthly advice column in Aurora Magazine where a registered psychologist offers answers to common questions around mental health and counselling.

Why Not Speak Up? IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Why Not Speak Up?

February 03, 2015 Greg Struck

What are you really scared of?

Bringing light to the darkness IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Bringing light to the darkness

February 03, 2015 Comments Anna Hill

The Taizé style of prayer is often promoted in Aurora. Organiser Anna Hill explains her commitment to this practice.

Honouring your life by committing it to paper IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Honouring your life by committing it to paper

February 03, 2015 Comments Kate Scholl

Kate Scholl shares her appreciation of the value of keeping a journal.

The CATHOLIC THING: What ‘on earth’ are Catholics doing at Sunday Mass? IMAGE Aurora Magazine

The CATHOLIC THING: What ‘on earth’ are Catholics doing at Sunday Mass?

February 03, 2015 Comments Louise Gannon rsj

I am what people call a ‘cradle Catholic’.  Twelve days after I was born, my parents took me to St Columba’s, Adamstown, where I was baptised by Fr Doran.  Since then, Sunday Mass has been a regular part of my life.

OPINION: Hooked on a feeling? IMAGE Aurora Magazine

OPINION: Hooked on a feeling?

February 03, 2015 Comments Michael O’Connor

Regular contributor Michael O’Connor offers a richer understanding of ‘true love’ than that provoked by the heart-fest that is St Valentine’s Day.

Newcastle lights up for a good cause IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Newcastle lights up for a good cause

February 03, 2015 Comments Liam Beckett

An initiative by Newcastle Rotary Clubs will celebrate Chinese New Year and benefit the ecumenical Mission to Seafarers.

Five Generations at St Brigid's IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Five Generations at St Brigid's

January 28, 2015 Anna Hughes

This year is a special one for the parish of St Brigid's as it celebrates 165 years of education in Raymond Terrace. For the extended Hughes family, it’s extra special as Zac Hughes begins his schooling at St Brigid’s Primary, the fifth generation to be educated there.

BISHOP BILL: Le temps perdu or 'the lost time' IMAGE Opinion & Comment

BISHOP BILL: Le temps perdu or 'the lost time'

February 03, 2015 Comments Bishop Bill Wright

Something about New Year encourages nostalgia, or perhaps it was just driving past St Michael’s recently on my way to a funeral. Either way, I’ve been reminiscing about my first appointment as a priest, 37 years ago, and the way a priest’s life has changed in that time.

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