Monday, 17 July 2017

Skillaroos - Team Australia

Very best wishes to all of those who will be participating in the International Skills Competition later this year. Best of luck with your fundraising efforts and your future careers. For more information you can click on this link.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Information & Opinions on Games

Information & Opinions on Games

There are many games out in the world and it never hurts to have more information and opinions on them. Games cost money and so you can find yourself struggling whether to get a well-known good game that costs a fair price or to go with 2, 3 or even 4 games that cost the same as the one. But you have no idea whether you spend on one thing that’s good or take a risk and go for multiple games that might not meet your expectations.  


There are many Different Types of Games 

Most types are as Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO), Simulations, Adventure, Real Time Strategy (RTS), Puzzle, Action, Stealth Shooter, Combat, First Person Shooter (FPS), Sports, Role Playing (RPG) and Educational. My personal favourites are MMOs, RTS, Action, Stealth Shooter, FPS, such as BattlefieldCall of Duty, Kill Zone, Ryse Son of Rome, Rainbow Six Siege, CSGO, Assassins Creed, Halo and Halo Wars, Star War, GTA, World of Tanks, War Frame.

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A good place to start looking for game reviews and information is the Good Game YouTube Channel.

Many gamers can be found at a website called EBWORLD this website contains information on games and prices you can shop online or go to the store. There are many EBWORLDs that the website shows and here are some in this area. 
Good Gaming to all - GG.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017



The Salvation Army is one of the world’s largest Christian social organisations with more than 1.6 million member working in over 120 counties.
The Salvation Army has been in Australia for over 130 years and has currently 8500 officers and staff.

Every year the Salvation Army help over 1 million people, which is one person every 30 seconds.


Many factors can cause people to become homeless. They can be cause by many reasons why people are homeless and even stay homeless, an example drug and alcohol abuse. Those two examples could be a result of domestic violence, mental illness, addictions and family instability. And many more:
·         Conflict or breakdown in family life.
·         Sexual, physical and emotional abuse in the home.
·         Lack of access to employment opportunities or.
·         Insufficient income to pay rent and living costs.
·         Rising housing costs and the unaffordability of the rental market.
·         Difficulties in accessing income support payments.
·         An absence of support when in, or moving from, State Care.
·         Drug and alcohol issues.
·         Mental health issues.
·         Overcrowded living conditions.
·         Death of a parent.

Youth Homelessness

Statistics show that 100,000 people will be homeless tonight, half under the age of 24. The Salvation Army offers many 
services for people in need such as provide a warm meal and a place they can sleep, you too can join the fight to help those with very little.

"To prevent more young people becoming homeless, we need to find lasting solutions, based on what works. This is not just a social concern, but also an economic one. When you are homeless, it's almost impossible to hold down a job or acquire new skills. 20,000 homeless youth means 20,000 pre-skilled workers going to waste. Can Australia really afford that?"
Major David Eldridge. 

For further information and images click here

Number of homeless youth and rate 




“Flores De Mayo” (Flowers of May)

A festival held in the Philippines in the Month of May. It is one of the May devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary and lasts for the entire month. The Santa Cruzan (From the Spanish Santa Cruz, “Holy Cross”), is the ritual pageant held on the last day of the “Flores De Mayo”.

“Blessed Virgin Mary

This custom and celebration started after the proclamation of the dogma of the immaculate conception in 1854 and after the publication circa 1867 of Mariano Sevilla’s translation of the devotional Flores De Maria or Flowers of Mary.
“The Queens”

“Tres Marias”
“Queen of Heaven” & “Queen of Flowers”

“Reyna Elena” (Queen Helena) with “Constantine the Great”

The festivity commemorates the search of the Holy Cross by Queen Helena and her son, the newly converted emperor Constantine the Great. After the Holy Cross was found in Jerusalem and brought back to Rome, there were joyful celebrations for Thanksgiving.

Nine days of prayer (a novena) in honour of the Holy Cross precedes the Santa Cruzan of Flores De Mayo. Introduced by the Spaniards, this festival has since become part of Filipino traditions identified with youth, love and romance.
 Selected beautiful maidens (known as Sagalas) dressed in gowns join the religious pageant. The stars are selected not for their looks alone, but for their embodiment of traditional feminine qualities. They are honoured with handsome escorts carrying a wooden or bamboo arch decorated with flowers.

“The Angels”

Santa Cruzan Pageant (Character Roles)
Ø  Reyna Bandera – A young lady dressed in a long red gown carrying a yellow triangular flag. she represents the coming of Christianity.
Ø  Reyna Mora – Represents the dominant religion of Christianity.
Ø  Reyna Fe – Symbolizes the virtue of faith. The first of the theological virtues. She carries a Cross.
Ø  Reyna Esperanza – Symbolizes the virtue of hope, the second theological virtue. She carries an anchor.
Ø  Reyna Caridad -  Symbolizes the virtue of charity, the third theological virtue. She carries a red heart.
Ø  Reyna Sentenciada - Has her slim hands bound by a rope. She is the symbol of the innocents who have been convicted. She is accompanied by two Roman Soldiers.
Ø  Reyna Justicia – A personification of the “Mirror of Justice”. She carries a weighing scale and a sword.
Ø  Tres Marias: Mary Magdala – She carries a bottle of perfume.
                      : Mary Mother of Christ – She carries a handkerchief.
                      : Mary Mother of James – She carries a bottle of oil.
Ø  A-V-E—M-A-R-I-A – Represented by eight girls all wearing white dresses with wings to make them look like Angels. Each one carries a letter to complete the word “AVE MARIA”.
Ø  Reyna Paz (Queen of Peace) – She carries the symbol of peace.
Ø  Reyna De Las Propetas – She carries an hourglass.
Ø  Reyna Del Cielo (Queen of Heaven) – She carries a flower, and she has two angels.
Ø  Reyna De las Flores (Queen of Flowers) – She carries a bouquet of flowers.
Ø  Reyna Elena (Queen Helena) – The legendary founder of the true cross, represented by the small cross. 
The carriage of the cross was usually decorated by different flowers by townsfolk. The Santa Cruzan does not end with the procession. Most of the time a street party were held to celebrate the successful and peaceful novena.

To check on the complete list of the Character Roles, just click the website below:

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Hospitality at SMTAFE - Student Video

Past SMTAFE student Benjamin Elijah Tan kindly put together this video to showcase why students should study a hospitality VETiS course.

The following high school students (former and current) chat about what they enjoyed most in these courses:
Shannon Currivan - Baldivis Secondary College
Lauren Hatton - Baldivis Secondary College
Caitlin Greaves - Kelmscott Senior High School
Sophie Mackay - Lumen Christi College
Katiana Ebin - Lynwood Senior High School

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

My Trip to Koh Tao

Koh Tao is an island off Thailand it is roughly 21 square kilometres so it is very small with a population of only 2240 people last being registered in 2016. It is mainly known for its amazing sea life being a major destination for people who want to scuba dive and snorkel.

I recently had the pleasure of visiting this most beautiful island I have ever seen and got there by departing Patong to Koh Samui by ferry, staying in Koh Samui a few days and then catching another ferry through to Koh Tao.
First thing I did was get myself to the hotel as it was a rough ride with a storm coming in. a lot of people were sick on the ferry but luckily I don’t really suffer from seasickness and slept the whole way.

I Get off the ferry and straight away even on a fairly isolated island the port was swarming with people trying to give me a lift whether it be by taxi or scooter, though you could ride your bike around the whole island very quickly, I opted for a taxi 200 Baht to get me to my hotel as I was tired and had large luggage. 

I pull up to my hotel the Koh Tao Regal resort and it was like something out of a magazine.


 When I get to my room I decide to lie down and have a nap, when I wake up to hear very loud jack-hammering and work being done on one of the outside pools. I was absolutely devastated that this would ruin my peace and tranquility for one and that I was not advised when booking that there would be maintenance going on. Absolutely fuming from being woken up I race down to the front reception and demand I be moved as it was very misleading having not been told about the maintenance, if I knew I surely would not have stayed there. Straight away the upgrade me to the Deluxe King room ocean view with balcony.

So I was pretty happy, I had a Jacuzzi spa in my room and then had a long awaited nap.

The next morning I wake up and look walk around asking for information on the best place to go snorkeling when by myself, most shops there are catered to diving and snorkeling so you can pretty much pick up a map and get help anywhere.

First Option was Saree Beach as it was in walking distance I stopped at a beautiful restraint paid them to hold my stuff whilst I went snorkeling alone. As soon as I swam about 15 meters out there were fish everywhere, so beautiful….though I could not help notice all the rubbish floating in the water as I was snorkeling, which kind of made me feel sad when I should have been at my happiest.

The Next day I paid for a scooter to take me out to Janson Bay which was a place I had been told to by someone at my hotel. I walked into the main strip for breakfast and ordered a scooter taxi for 100 Baht. When he picked me up we drove through thick forest until he dropped me off at this cliff edge and told me to walk down, said he would pick me up in 2 hours. Looking back it probably was not the smartest thing to do as a woman travelling alone but there were a lot of people at the restraint that knew where I was going.

I get there after trudging down stairs for a long time fighting off lots of mosquitoes and reluctantly put my stuff on the beach as I was by myself no one would watch it and make sure it was safe for me, so I hide it in a rock and off I go.

As soon as I step into the water fish were absolutely everywhere with the most amazing colour.


It was an amazing day! But again I did see a lot of pollution in the water and once I got picked up I drove past a lot of sites that did not seem to manage their waste correctly. I think the fact that it is such a small island though so many people visit a year does affect their efficiency in disposing of waste, saying that I could not recommend it more.

As I packed up to leave I could not stop thinking how much more there was to do on the beautiful island and how 3 days was not enough for me, as I left on the ferry and sat down for my ride home I looked up the dates for my next trip.

Author: Jenna Morley

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Scuba Diving in Rockingham

 There are many different types of sea life in the ocean at the  Rockingham Wreck Trail which goes down to around about 24 metres in depth so you can see a variety of sea life such as:
·         Crabs
·         Octopi
·         Seahorses
·         Starfish
·         Salmon
·         Jellyfish
·         Dolphins
·         Flathead fish
All different types of fish I could go on forever, there could also even be sharks I`ve never seen one myself but I`ve been told by other divers they have seen them.


Rockingham Wreck Trail

There are many things to see in the ocean at Rockingham. There are many different types of sea life. There are different wrecks such as planes that are called (King Beech) which is the bigger plane and (Cessna) which is the smaller plane, boats (Old Timer) and (Bony).  A cage which everyone calls the (chicken coop), also is a tyre reef which isn’t much to look at but lots of different types of fish swim around it.
(This photo is all correct just the metres on the photo are out of proportion).


Where to get a Diving Ticket

You can get your Diving Ticket from a Scuba Diving shop that advertises that they do the course that you have to take to get it. The course itself doesn’t take too long as I did it in two days for two weeks but that was only because I worked and didn’t have time to do it in the four days straight. There are four different test you need to do such as:

·         Fitness & treading water for a certain amount of minutes.
·         Breathing and swimming around in a pool for 30-40 minutes.
·          How to get yourself ready and do a buddy check.
·         A little book work, nothing hard just how to work out how long you should wait to fly or go back down into the depth of the ocean after you dive.

At the end of all that they take you out on a boat and take you to Rottnest on a boat and you get to do a boat dive. If that’s provided in the course, as it was for mine, then you go diving and exploring the reef. It’s a whole day event and really amazing what you see and at the end of all that you go back to the Dive Shop and you get your Diving Licence.