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02 Dec 2008 Final Results
Following on from our last story about the success of Tjinatjunanyi students we are reporting even greater success. Teacher, Mr Walter Reyes reports: Term 4 was focussed on students finishing their SACE Australian Studies Stage 1 unit, Flexible Learning Plans and Integrated Studies at multi-levels. Also, the students followed up the goals already set by them in their Module 1 'Coaching Young People for Success' program.
The Results: 9 students completed one SACE Stage 1 Australian Studies unit, one student is also to claim SACE block status for Stage 1; another is entitled to transfer his traineeship hours into SACE units.
Perhaps more importantly we celebrated the students' progress in their wanting to learn, the increase in their resilience and their self determination to achieve their goals.

What an incredible achievement!

24 Nov 2008 Manse Fire
On Saturday, 8th November, the Port Augusta Congress manse burnt down. Fortunately no one was hurt, but the whole house and almost all of its contents were destroyed. At the time 13 people were living in the house, which was a large comfortable building designed for a large family. An electrical fault is the likely cause.

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Di and I visited the Matthews family this week. Hohaia has hurt his back and having difficulty walking. The family are sick of living in a motel. Cleaning up the site of the burnt out manse is well under way and it will be rebuilt. The family are looking forward to moving into accommodation in Stirling North, which although cramped, will be their own space. This should happen next week. The family has most of its immediate requirements. They need to be able to buy things as the need arises.

Please do not send household items up as these can best be sourced locally as required. Financial support is very welcome. Cheques may be made out to Hohaia Matthews and lodged through the Uniting Church Synod Office, GPO Box 2145, Adelaide, SA 5001.

Despite all of this normal Congress programs are still running: After School Activities; Basketball Teams; other Youth programs; Work for the Dole Programs; Correctional Services programs and Tjinatjunanyi. Currently Dawn and Hohaia are involved in running a Crime Prevention and Community Safety Camp at Melrose for the Tjinatjunanyi students and their families.

Please keep the family in your prayers.

story by Peter Russell


15 Jul 2008 Organisation of the Year 2008
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Port Augusta Congress was honoured for its work in the community by being awarded the NAIDOC Organisation of the Year award at this years NAIDOC celebrations in Port Augusta. Congress did its usual thing by running the mini-ball and providing other support for NAIDOC activities.

01 Jul 2008 First Steps in SACE
presentationSix Tjinatjunanyi students working at senior school level have achieved an outstanding success in their first steps towards gaining their South Australian Certificate of Education. All the students passed their first subject. For these students who have not had a good attendance record this is a major triumph. Pip Duigan, the state manager of ICAN (Innovative Community Action Networks) travelled to Port Augusta in the last week of school last term to present subject certificates to the students. Pictured Pip presents a certificate to one of the students. Teacher, Walter Reyes looks on.

25 Mar 2008 Easter at Camp Coorong
beachPort Augusta joined many other Congress people from across the state and travelled to Camp Coorong for Easter. It was a big convoy that moved us to our destination and then we tented. Meals were in the big tent with the usual great service from Auntie Eva and our many other helpers. Local Ngarrindjeri people welcomed us and taught us local crafts like weaving baskets and making flowers. Uncle Tom Trevorrow ferried us across the Coorong to the Ninety Mile beach where we were deafened by the thundering waves. singingAt night we sang praises to the Lord. Uncle Wali taught us some action songs. On Sunday some of us got up early for a dawn service, then later we had morning worship. Uncle Jo gave us a message after showing a clip from "Wild Hogs". Time went quickly, so sadly we packed and left for home.

02 Feb 2008 Port Hughes Camp 2008
winnersCongress in SA has got off to a good start this year with the Port Augusta crew attending a combined camp at Port Hughes. Uncle Joe led many of the sessions as Congress members worked on a combined vision for the Congress and each community developed needs and goal statements. Auntie Eva and the kitchen hands kept everyone fed and the young people enjoyed games and the beach. Saturday night was a great time with the Congress Idol acts being adjudicated by a celebrity panel. The camp concluded with worship on Sunday morning. It was exhausting but everyone is looking forward to the next one which will occur later this year. sista girls



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