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Newcastle City Farmers & Makers Market
• Hand-made craft artisans • Farmer direct produce • 140 Stalls per market • Organic Produce • Boutique Wineries • Bread, cheeses, meats
(BROADMEADOW - Griffiths Rd entry please)
WHEN... Most Sundays
TIME...8.00am till 1.00pm
$2 parking fee applies on the Showground
Phone: 4930 5156
Mob: 0427 630 144
www.newcastlecityfarmersmarket.com.au - for information & Market dates
MARKET DATES 2012: September 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th
Newcastle City Farmers and Makers
Market brings together local farmers and
producers just like markets of days gone
by. Our gourmet food producers have an
amazing tasty array of foods to sample
You get to chat to the farmer, find out where
your food is made, how to cook it and even
taste test while you shop in the pavilions
and around the village green atmosphere
of the showground.
Along with food you will find artisan stalls
selling the Hunter's best range of quality
goods, from clothing made from vintage
material to potters, jewellery makers and
painters. The Farmers Market also has
a resident chef on hand to demonstrate
a range of different meals all made with
ingredients sourced from our own farmers
Everything you need to feed, clothe or
surprise your family can be bought at the
Newcastle City Farmers and Makers Market
and you know it's all been made with care.
IN A WORLD where children are
constantly bombarded with television
and video games, it is no wonder that
youngsters are becoming more in tune
with the App Store, than with God.
The teachers of Saint Therese's Primary
School, New Lambton are addressing this
by teaching children to meditate, focusing
on searching for Christ within themselves
through Christian Meditation.
In 2010, the school organised an in-
service day where the staff were trained
in the meditation program by the Christian
Christian Meditation aims to teach
children to find God in the stillness, the
peace and the simplicity in a few moments
of silence. The program is derived from
scripture, "Be still and know that I am
God." (Psalm 46:10)
It has given the school an opportunity to
utilise a form of meditation that coincides
with the school's Catholic mission as well
as developing a platform for the children to
find God "in the here and now".
"It offers children an opportunity while
they're little, to build that sense of looking
for God within your own life," said principal,
"The hope is that when they get into their
teen years and become troubled with
pressure and stressors, they can hopefully
sit back a little, take some time and work
their way through."
Christian Meditation focuses on
developing a relationship with Christ
by clearing thoughts and emphasising
the word, Maranatha, which means
The simplicity of the program allows the
children to progress and develop at a time
that is suitable to their age group. It allows
the students to develop a relationship with
Christ but also benefits the teachers.
Kindergarten teacher, Kaylene Maretich,
says it really relaxes the children and
helps them to focus in the classroom,
especially after playtime.
By NATALEE MULTARI
"We started with a minute for Kindergarten,
but we've made it to five minutes."
The staff is already commending the
positive difference it has made in the
children's behaviour since the introduction
of the program and is witnessing the
effects it is having in the classroom.
"The idea is to get them to feel centred,
that God is with them all the time," said
Religion Co-ordinator, Vickie Pettit.
Principal Duilio, alongside his staff, is
seeing the benefits Christian Meditation
has had on the students and is looking to
revise the course again in the future so
as to keep the teachers up to date with
"Christian Meditation has a real place in
Catholic schools," he affirms.
The staff insist that Christian Meditation
has a place not only in the staff room, but
in the home with their families as well.
For opportunities to learn more about
Christian Meditation, see Living Waters
on page 21 and visit www.mn.catholic.
cominghome.org.au and www.wccm.org
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