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News PANPA praise: Advertiser photographers Jonathan Ng and Simon Bennett have been named finalists in the 2014 Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers’ Association Advertising and Marketing Awards. Left to right: Jonathan Ng’s pictures of boxer Daniel Geale (sport) and former premier Barry O’Farrell (portrait) and Simon Bennett’s picture of The X-Factor contestant Jai Waetford (portrait). Advertiser photographers make PANPA award finals THE Advertiser has two finalists in the 2014 Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers’ Association Advertising and Marketing Awards. Photographers Jonathan Ng and Simon Bennett are both community finalists in the portrait photography category announced last week. There were more than 1000 entries from around Australian and New Zealand submitted to the industry awards, known as the PANPAs, which covers newspapers, digital publishing, print and production, marketing, advertising and executive excellence. Ng’s Double Barrel is of former premier Barry O’Farrell, a serendipitous picture taken months beforehand that rocketed to prominence on the front page of The Sydney Morning Herald with Mr O’Farrell’s shock resignation. Bennett’s picture is of The X-Factor finalist and Campbelltown local Jai Waetford. Ng is also a community finalist in the sport category for his picture of former world champion boxer and Harrington Park resident Daniel Geale. Michelle Burrell, editor of the Wollon- dilly Advertiser, said she was excited for the pair. ‘‘We’re very proud to have such quality photographers who contribute to the high standards of our newspapers,’’ she said. The winners will be announced on August 20. Public school suspensions on the rise By Iliana Stillitano THE number of students suspended from public schools across Macar- thur has risen in the past year. The most recent Department of Education figures show there were 181 long suspensions in Macarthur in 2012 — 72 more than in 2011. And in Campbelltown, there were 384 long suspensions in 2012 — six more than the previous year and the highest number of all areas in south-western Sydney. The depart- ment’s figures separate Campbell- town from the rest of Macarthur. Long suspensions are for periods up to 20 schools days but in 2012 the average length of exclusion from school was 11.8 days. Of the 1997 students in south- western Sydney in 2012 that received long suspensions, almost half were for persistent misbeha- viour and 39 per cent for physical violence. ent and persistent and it gives time for parents and the student to seek other avenues of support.’’ Ms Fawcett, who is also an executive member of the NSW Secondary Prin- cipals’ Council, said she expected the 2013 figures would show a decrease in the number of suspensions. ‘‘The 2012 data would have been impacted by an increase in student enrolments of two years prior when there was a change to the school leav- ing age,’’ she said. OUR NUMBERS 2012 long suspensions Macarthur – 181; Campbelltown – 384 2011 long suspensions Macarthur – 109; Campbelltown – 378 2010 long suspensions Macarthur – 134; Campbelltown – 388 2009 long suspensions Macarthur – 132; Campbelltown – 308 FR EE k i DS with Elderslie High School principal Meredith Fawcett said the decision to suspend a student was only made after other options were exhausted. ‘‘Schools implement a range of strategies before suspension is even considered,’’ she said. ‘‘There are interventions at a class- room level sometimes by a counsel- lor or outside agencies and discussions with the parents. ‘‘Suspension is only considered if the disruptive behaviour is consist- B i G ideas DAY ! join us FOR SUSTAINABILITY FUN SUN 27 JULY @ 11 AM – 2 PM in the BIG IDEAS GARDEN THE AUSTRALIAN BOTANIC GARDEN, MOUNT ANNAN make your • Learn how to sustainable! home and garden more • Tours and talks • M EET D IRTGIRL shops • Worm farming and composting workshops • Face painting • Roaming entertainment • Big Ideas Discovery trail • Interlink Roads Recycled Art competition Enter a recycled art masterpiece before or on the day of the event. The winning masterpiece in each age category will receive a prize pack to the value of $50. Elvis sighted at Minto Market Place H W ATCH TH IS SPACE! you’ll love it! OVER 40 SPECIALTY STORES! proudly sponsored by MINTO MARKETPLACE 10 BROOKFIELD RD MINTO, OFF PEMBROKE RD © 2009 dirtgirlworld productions PTY LTD and DECODE Entertainment Inc. dirtgirlworld™ 6 - Camden-Narellan CDA 0006 Advertiser, Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Call 13 24 25 . . . That's Fairfax Community Classifieds