Year in Review: Stories & pictures from September 2017

South Western Times

September featured one of the cutest stories of the year: the arrival of two dingo pups at the Bunbury Wildlife Park. Plus Elijah’s adorable face.

Dingo pups arrive at Bunbury Wildlife Park

City of Bunbury Acting tourism, events and wildlife park manager Isabel Evans gets up close with the parks new dingi pups.
Camera IconCity of Bunbury Acting tourism, events and wildlife park manager Isabel Evans gets up close with the parks new dingi pups. Credit: Jon Gellweiler

The community celebrated the arrival of the cutest new residents at the Bunbury Wildlife Park with a “Welcome the Dingoes” event.

The wildlife park recently became home to two pure-bred Alpine dingo pups – a brother and sister – and they embraced their new surroundings.

The official welcoming weekend included the opportunity to see the park’s latest additions in their purpose-built enclosure, free face painting, a sausage sizzle and also dingo merchandise at special prices.

Elijah shaves for charity

Seven-year-old Elijah Rowe had his head shaved by his aunty and hairdresser Christie Andreasen last week to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.
Camera IconSeven-year-old Elijah Rowe had his head shaved by his aunty and hairdresser Christie Andreasen last week to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

Maths teacher counts the ways to award

Tia Holt 13, Lynneya Coomer 13, Newton Moore head of Mathematics Ashley Stewart, Georgia Pepper 13, and Angel Anderson 14.
Camera IconTia Holt 13, Lynneya Coomer 13, Newton Moore head of Mathematics Ashley Stewart, Georgia Pepper 13, and Angel Anderson 14. Credit: South Western Times

Australind resident and Newton Moore Senior High School teacher Ashley Stewart was recognised for her work inspiring Aboriginal girls to enjoy maths classes.

The school’s maths department head received the top teaching prize awarded by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute for mentoring girls in maths.

Ms Stewart used hands-on projects, such as building a hand-cranked phone charger, to spark the interest of Year 8 Aboriginal girls in mathematical concepts.

Paddy’s leap onto the big stage

Paddy Farrant takes a screamer
Camera IconPaddy Farrant takes a screamer Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

Young Bunbury forward Patrick Farrant became a bolter in the AFL draft stakes.

The 17-year-old was selected as one of 20 West Australians to attend this year’s State AFL draft combine which was held at the State Netball Centre on October 15.

Farrant was a surprise selection because he has played just three games for Swan Districts colts.

His exceptional vertical leap, marking ability and tackling contributed to him being selected to represent the South West Football League at this year’s Landmark Country Championships.

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