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
Advertiser photographers make PANPA award finals
THE Advertiser has two finalists in the
2014 Pacific Area Newspaper
Publishers’ Association Advertising and
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.
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
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-
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