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Teacher Louise Walsh of St Columba's
Adamstown welcomes Sidney Earp and
Sienna McCallum to Kindergarten. Louise
shares her experiences on page 10. Photo
courtesy of Priscilla Scanlon.
I love typewriters. I have fond memories
of 'play typing' in my grandfather's office,
and at my grandmother's home. I can't
remember a time when the qwer ty
keyboard wasn't familiar to me, although
I would never win any prizes for being a
professional typist. In the digital age, I freely
admit I couldn't manage without computers
and other digital devices, but I also trea sure
an Under wood typewriter picked up for
a song at an antique store. I wish I had
rescued the family heirlooms but I hadn't
begun my love affair with typewriter s
then ! Thanks to webmaster Liam Beckett,
this year's photo features a satisfyingly
heavy, although allegedly por table, Brother
Despite this nod to the past, Aurora is
embr acing the digital age with a Facebook
presence. You can search for, and 'like'
"Aurora Maga zine". I hope this will be an
effective str ategy to spread the Aurora
message, flagging stories and invitations .
Regular reader s will notice some changes
to keep Aurora fresh as we begin another
year. I am par ticularly delighted to introduce
a page called "The Catholic Thing". While
Aurora is for ever yone (catholic means
'univer sal'), I think it's helpful to present
clear, contemporary insights into what
it means to be Catholic, by writers with
par ticular exper tise. I really believe anyone
who reads this page will gain from the
experience -- whether they are into 'the
Catholic thing' or not.
The Profile has also been replaced by two
alter nating columns; "One by One" and
"Two by Two". We begin with Kindergar ten
teacher-extraordinaire Louise Walsh of
St Columba's Adamstown. Louise shares
something of what it is to be the 'Kindy
teacher' and in the following months, other
member s of the community will share their
stories, with "Two by Two" commencing
Louise Roach, Ministry Co- ordinator at
St Mar y's High School Gateshead, wrote
TRACEY EDSTEIN -- Editor
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"I wanted to make sure that people were
aware of the inter national day for people
with disability but was not quite sure how,
then I read Catherine Mahony's "Imagine"
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mor e than I did when I read her wonder ful
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