March 2015

Aurora Magazine

Featured articles from the March Aurora

It's a kind of magic

It's a kind of magic

Article by Suzanne Fern

St Aloysius Primary School, Chisholm opened its doors Monday 2 February. As the Foundation Principal, it was be a very proud moment for me and the culmination of an extremely busy year, with so much more to come.

Giving up lunch could mean food for life

Giving up lunch could mean food for life

Article by Patricia Banister

Project Compassion 2015 was launched in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle on Shrove Tuesday at St Pius X High School, Adamstown. The event began with a welcoming earth, water and smoke blessing led by local Aboriginal elders and students.

Shakespeare tells us what it is to be human

Shakespeare tells us what it is to be human

Article by John Bell AO, OBE

Few contemporary Australians can look back on a longer or more successful theatre career than John Bell. Here he shares some initiatives of the company he founded, Bell Shakespeare, and acknowledges a great debt of gratitude to two teachers at Maitland Marist Brothers (now St Peter’s Campus, All Saints College).

From sadness came power to change a nation

From sadness came power to change a nation

Article by Emma Blackford

It’s a plain red shirt made recognisable for the saddest of reasons, yet one which is now worn to honour the life of a 13 year-old boy whose disappearance captured the attention of our nation.

Crafty ladies meet in Women's Shed

Crafty ladies meet in Women's Shed

Article by Rose Smith

Men’s Sheds have become familiar facilities and their members have contributed significantly to the life of their communities and to their own wellbeing. Rose Smith of Karuah recounts the origin of her local Women’s Shed.

The wisdom of a traveller

The wisdom of a traveller

Article by Diana Rah

Aurora invited Diana Rah, Vice-President of the Newcastle Muslim Association, to share something of her story.

Recognising Impact of Teachers

Recognising Impact of Teachers

Article by Ray Collins

The impact a good teacher can have on a student can be life-long. Even if it isn’t until later in life, when a teacher’s impact and value can truly be appreciated, many of us are able to reflect on our school days and recognise a teacher who has made a lasting impression on our life and choices.

Giving up Chocolate:  thoughts on ‘living Lent'

Giving up Chocolate: thoughts on ‘living Lent'

Article by Majella Dennis

When I was in primary school, I hated Lent. 

Superstar Rising

Superstar Rising

Article by Michael O’Connor

Talk about Jesus, or write about him, and you reveal much about yourself. I think this is the case for Tim Rice in the seventies with Jesus Christ Superstar. It reveals a lot about Rice and the times.

The CATHOLIC THING: A new era in Jewish-Christian Relations

The CATHOLIC THING: A new era in Jewish-Christian Relations

Article by Teresa Pirola

It is often said that the Second Vatican Council, the great Council of reform of the 1960s inaugurated by Pope John XXIII, was a watershed moment in the history of Jewish-Christian relations. Teresa Pirola asks, What did Vatican II say that was so groundbreaking?

Lent, an “affair of the heart”

Lent, an “affair of the heart”

Article by Phyllis Zagano

Yet even now, says the Lord,return to me with all your heart,Return to the Lord, your God.Joel 2:12, 13

Sport's a passport for integration

Sport's a passport for integration

Article by Helene O'Neill

Many doubted the reasons behind bringing the 2015 Asian Cup to Newcastle. “It’s rugby league heartland,” they cried, “no one will support the games.”

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