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Kerrie Whitby, a Mum’s Journey

Kerrie Whitby
Kerrie Whitby’s life changed forever in 2019 when her son Harrison tragically lost his life in a motor vehicle accident. Harrison was only 17 and just 10 days shy of collecting his HSC. Instead, his 14-year old sister Arabela bravely stood beside his Hawkesbury High School classmates and collected Harrison’s…

New Dog Parks

The Hills Shire Council will create two new dog off-leash areas for residents and their pet pooches to enjoy. One of the new off-leash areas will be located at Indwarra Avenue Reserve in North Kellyville and the other at Colbarra Reserve, in West Pennant Hills. Hills Shire Mayor Michelle Byrne…

Save The Date: 2021 Census August 10

By BEV JORDAN Look out for your 2021 Census in your letter box. The Australian Bureau of Statistics will be sending out the Census form and instructions over the next few days. Australia’s 18th Statistics, on Tuesday, August 10, is one of the largest and most important statistical collections undertaken…

Hills Grammar teacher Creative Thinking

Hills Grammar teacher
Hills Grammar teacher Sarah-Jayne Dooner keeps thinking of new ways to engage positively with her students in online lessons, including her Year 12 Ancient History class. Her efforts do not go unnoticed, as shown in this papyrus for the modern age (pictured) by student Josh Granger which features the teacher…

Orchid: Plant of the Month

Gardening, News
By LACHLAN TURNER Orchid Common name: Trim Greenhood Orchid Botanical name: Pterostylis concinna Family: Orchidaceae Orchid Pterostylis: From the Greek words pteron and stylos meaning winged style, referring to the winged column of the flower. concinna: From Latin, meaning trim or neat, referring to the plant‘shabit. Usually grows on mossy…

Bromeliad Day

Gardening, News
The next meeting of the Bromeliad Society of Australia is due to be held on Saturday, August 14 at the Federation Pavilion at Castle Hill Showground. The guest speakers will be Jan Townsend, Bonville Bromeliads, Bonville NSW not far from Coffs Harbour. Jan will be making a special trip to…

Join the SF3 Smart Set

By BEV JORDAN Filming is a team sport between sisters Jaime and Sonya Clarke from Beaumont Hills according to their mum Amanda. The William Clarke College students have both submitted entries in this year’s SmartFone Flick Fest (SF3). Waste Wisely at School is the title of 14-yearold Jaime’s entry while…

The Show Will Go On (Eventually)

By ANNETTE SNARSshow It’s during tough times such as COVID restrictions, health concerns and job security worries, that we would like to draw on our entertainment venues to help us through, but sadly, with lockdown, theatres are amongst the hardest hit with immediate closure and no clear indication of reopening.…
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