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(generated from captions) That's ABC News. Chris Kim ball coming up next. us now for 'Stateline' with

Have a great weekend, goodnight.

It's a whole social

community up here in the

morning at this time. It's just

a beautiful place to be. This Program is Captioned

Live.

Hello and welcome to

Stateline. I'm Chris Kimball .

Coming durn Hughes Music

Festival, classical sounds at

the suburban shops. Also,

another in our young writers

series. A celebration for Woden

Youth Choir and a dawn - the

dawn walkers above the capital.

First, Canberra's Islamic

primary school has generated

considerable media attention in

recent times. The school wants

a new home. Its present site at

Watson is cramped and struggles

to attract teach relevance.

With 120 students and more

wanting to enrol, they're look

at the CIT site in Weston, a move opposed by some in the

community, including the Save

our Schools group. On the

grounds that public education

facility s should not be made

available to private

schools. Elsewhere in the

country, the very idea of

Islamic schools has generated

some vicious debate with claims

of racism and ignorance. So

what does go on in Canberra's

Islamic school? We asked if we

could spend a day there and

were welcomed warmly and patriotically.

(Sings) # Australians all let us rejoice

# For we are young and free.

# We've golden soil and wealth

for toil

# Our land is girt by sea.

# Whae wha we are trying to do

here is nature the young muse

limbs here in Canberra to

become the good Australian sit

snence a very School of Plant

Science environment under the

auspices of the ACT Education Department. The teachers are

very dedicated and the children

enjoy learning from them. The

teachers are also very nice.

And they teach us and we learn

how to be mature. We would be

very welcoming of children from

any faith out there. In our

schoolings, prince, in Sydney and Brisbane, et cetera, we

have Hindu, we have Sheikhs and

Christians in our school as

well. The majority of our

teachers are not Muslims. The

principal in our Perth school

is a practice Catholic. This

school is different. The

education is better. We have

all the stud studies here that

other school s have but in

addition we have Islamic

studies as well to make us good

Muslims. Aalia Akbar, Aalia

Akbar. Our school is no

different to any other school

out there in the wider

community, whether it's

Canberra Grammar or Marist. We

are doing nothing different

here in the school except of

course it's an Islamache school

and therefore we teach Islamic

studies an Arabic as the second

language. They follow the

prescribed government education

curriculum, coupled with those

religious studies in a moderate

and controlled setting. We

don't want our Canberran Muslim

s to be taught by the likes of

Mohammed Omran or Nasser

Benbrika in Melbourne who are

languishing in jail right now

for all sortings of warped

views. We want those children

to be taught in an environment,

a in a school environment which

is controlled, it is open, we

can have the Education

Department walking in any time

in the school and coming and

sitting in the room and seeing

what they're teaching. Are

there misconceptions in the

Canberra community about this

school and this school's education practice and its

intentions? I would like to

think - certainly over the last

five years the information has

shown that generally the

Canberra community is very

mature. The community is very

accepting of the Islamic school

nits presentation. But on the

other hand, though, there is

this - maybe the fear of the

unknown. Maybe as Muslims we

have not opened ourselves as much to the wider community as

we should have.

I am the principal of the

Islamic school of Canberra. I

my name is Imam Ali. Welcome to

the school. We are now at the

main entrance. I will take you

around and though you the

facilities and other thing s

that we have in the school.

Please come along with me. Sh

This is the main

administration area. And this

is where the office

administrator sits and does her

work. This is the our member of

the board who comes in and

helps us most of the time. This

is the computer room. And on

that side is the library. These

are all projects of the school

which has been completed

through the government

funding. This is our prayer

hall and this is where we fit

in about 120 children and a few teachers during our afternoon prayers. And also on Friday

prayers. We are using modern

technology in our teaching. In

all the classrooms they have

Smart Boards. This is year 3-4

Classroom. This is a composite

class and we have around 25, 26

students in this class. The

teacher over there, her name is

Victoria. She's started

teaching here this year too. Who nose anything about pirate and there's a hint in

this picture what they might

have used? This is years 5 and

6 classroom. These are the

senior-most students in the

school. We have somewhere

around 25 to 26 children in

this particular class. As you

can see, this classroom is reasonably small and pretty

well congested. This is one

of the issues we're facing over

here at the moment. These

cramped classrooms and other

site issues such as limited

office space, security concerns

and no dedicated play areas

have prompted the push for a

new home. The Canberra Islamic

school has expanded rapidly

since it opened five years ago

with a handful of students.

What was it like back in 2005?

You were one of the first

students to come through here

in that very first class. The

space was small and we only had

a few students and a few

teachers but we all got along

really well. En - enrolments

are expected to top 120 next

year, pushing the current

building towards capacity. Is

it a bit cramped in the

classrooms you're in. Yeah, it

is. It's really small. We can't

smaf move around much. The

teacher has trouble moving

around. But we think it ice

alright for us. Even the

numbers we have now, they're

packed in like sardines. It is

not something where you would

like to have your children

educated. You have to come here

on a hot summer's day when

there's no air conditioning and

it's absolutely unbearable. In

this particular room it is not

too bad but now I am getting to

the crunch point number wise.

If there were one or two more

students in this room it would

make it difficult for children

who are in here. The site

issues have also meant a

struggle to attract and retain

teachers. There's lit petrol

vision to provide tenure and

there's uncertainty about the future. Obviously that is one

of the constraints in this kind

of conditions what we get is

people who are moving

interstate and looking for a

job or semgd ly some people

have just graduate and looking somewhere to establish themselves, gain some

experience and go elsewhere.

That's how we have a huge

turnover of teachers. Does this

school need to move to a bigger

campus? Oh, please, yes,

definitely yes. There so many

things we could broaden in as

far as teaching these children

if we had the room to do

it. This was always a temporary

stop. This was - we had plans

to move on. We had been working

with the ACT department and the

Land Development Agency for the

last 6-odd years. We have

probably seen in that period

some six or seven sites, a

cupful to sites we were told we

were this close to getting

land. This could be that new

home, the Weston CIT will soon

move to the Bruce campus.

Community consultation has

started regard ing future uses

of the site. The The Canberra

Islamic School hopes to re

locate to Weston by next year

and aims to expand into

secondary education by 2011. We

would like to provide the best

facilities for our children. We

would like to extend from year

6 on to year 7, up to year 12

eventually. And we would like

to provide an environment that

is conducive, one to the

education of the children, and

two, to, to the retention of

good teachers. Issues

surrounding Islamic schools

have caused considerable conflict in some communities. We just don't

want Muslim people in cam. We

don't don't want them here or

in Australia. I think Canberra

is very different. Canberra is

very very accepting. Canberra

is open to all people and all

views and all ideas. What would

you like to see in the future

for Canberra's Islamic

school? I would like to see the

students increase and the

building bigger because lots of

people want to come here. It's

a good school. We would like to

have established sister

relationships with other

school, other government

schools an other faith schools.

We would like to be part of the

landspaep scaep of education

here in Canberra.- part of the landscape of education here in

Canberra.

(Sings) # 'Advance Australia

Fair' sphr Some of Canberra's

other musical talent is about

to reach a new audience, by way

of a music festival that is

totally original. The suburb of

Hughes will play host, starting

this Sunday. The local shop s

will be centre stage with

musical events in the takeaway,

the bakery n, the pharmacy and

the post office. The man with

the big idea is David Sequeira.

Hi, I'm David Sequeira and

I am the artistic director of

the Hughes festival of music

which runs 13 to 19 September,

and I am about to give you a

preview of the festival. So

this is the Hughes takeaway.

This is the venue for concert 1

of the Hughes festival of

music. Concert 1 is a program

of classical guitar. I thought

it would be great to have the

Latin Mediterranean sounds of

the guitar in the place where

people in Hughes come to get

their pizza. I thought it

was great for the Hughes

community. Great concept. And I

love music myself, so I went

for it. Yeah, it was great. A

lot of the customers are asking

about it. So looking forward to

it. So are the customers.

Concert 2 is a program for

two violiness and piano here at

the Hughes post office and

video library.'S a concert that

includes work by Bach,

Shostakovich, Delibes. Compoerz

s will be familiar to our

audience and really the idea

was to have great classical music performed amongst great

classic cinema.

So convert 3 is a program of

jazz that's being performed by

the Miroslav Bukovsky jazz

ensemble here at the Hughes

chemist. The idea was to have

those very relaxed chilled out

sounds of jazz performed here

amongst the pills. You know

every day we're here we

dispense health care advice and

med stoince the people in

Hughes. But on this occasion

we're going to dispensing some

world-class music, some smooth

jazz and I think music for the soul. I immediately thought

what a great thing to do for

Hughes. We're only a small

group of shop s in hues and

it's great community and I

thought what a treat to have something of that Standing

Order and to have musicians in

our pharmacy and the bakery and

the takeaway, what a great

idea.

The bakery at Hughs is the

venue for concert 4.

When David first approached

me I was really excited about

the idea. I've always been

involved in music all my life myself, to have this little

concert series series based in

Hughes was fantastic. It's

program of solo cello music

performed by David Pereira. The

idea was to have the rich woody

sounds of the cello performed

amidst the aerm earthy rich

smells of fren freshly baked

bread.

It's unique idea. I it's a unique opportunity for people

of the local area in Hughes to

get together and have a nice

evening of music.

The bakery is also the venue

for concert 5, it's a program

of percussion music and

percussion music is all about

human energy pressed against

musical instruments. What

better place to perform it than

amidst the clatter of baking

trays.

The concerts all look good.

I wish I had the time to go to

all of them. Each one of them I

think will stand on its own as

an excellent concert and

enhancement for the region.

The Hughes Community Centre

was one of the first public ven

glus hues and it's Fitting that

we end our concert here. We are

having a gala concert here and

it includes our own great diva,

Page painl and Chris Latham and

Miroslav Bukovsky on trumpet

and many, many more. I look

forward to welcoming you to

Hughes.

What a great idea and that

kicks off on Sunday. There will

be links to the Hughes music

festival on our website on

Monday. Time now for another

snap shot of one of Canberra's

successful young awe authorise.

This time it's the turn of

Ingrid Jonach. Still in her

20s, she was once a journalist

and is now a snds author of

books - seasoned author of book

force children. She is also an

am BAS for for Book Week. When

I was younger I didn't realise

that you could be an author. I

didn't think that was a job.

For obvious reasons it is quite

a difficult job to have because

it's difficult to make a lot of

money out of it. But when I was

younger, I thought there is

this profession called being an

author and in order to do it

you have to write a book. So

all the stories I had been

writing and drawing my little

illustrations to go with them,

I suddenly realise I should

make a much longer one and look

at the books that were actually

out there on the book shelves

and try toim teat them. I think

I got a lot of help from my

family. My step cousin is Di

Morrisey - Morrissey, who is a

best selling novelist for

adults. She's been a great

influence in my life. I've been

really fortunate to have people

surrounding me who cannot only

ground me and tell me how hard

it's going to be but can

actually give me the motivation

and the hope that it's

achievable. I read whatever I

can. I actually get a little

bit embarrassed when people say

to me, " What are you read at

the moment? Because it's always

a kids book just because I love

to be in touch with what kids

are reading at the moment. I

am the author that's come to

speak with you about Book Week. Now, is everyone excited

about Book Week? Yeah. Frank

Frankie books were written when

I was working at the newspaper,

or the first one wau.z it's

about a girl who is nine years

old and she starts her own

newspaper. Obviously I wrote it

from my own experience. I had

even written my own newspaper

when awas around Frankie's

age. I will read out what Great

aufnt marmalade thought up for

Frankie. "I imagine great Aunt

marmalade did not sleep a wink

last night because she was

dreaming up chores for me. She

has a list as long as her

nose." I am nine years old and

am just about to finish year

four but because they start

kouctd after kindergarten it is

technically my fifth year at

school. Technically is my

favourite word this week. I

always try to have favourite

words. Frankie unfortunately

uses way too much imagination

and gets herself in a lot of

trouble because it ends up

being more gossive than news.

It was very fun to write. I

find that the best way for me

to get inspiration is to read

what other authors are doing.

Also I get inspiration from

anywhere, from something that

happens to me during the day,

which is why a lot of writers

carry out a note book and you

will jot it down. You might over hear a conversation

between two people. Other

people call it eavesdropping -

I call it research! When I

wrote Frankie I thought this is

it, I am - I have a lot of

faith in this concept so I am

going to sit down and write it

from start to finish and see

what happens. I love that you

have the ability to choose your

own adventure. A lot of people

who read will often say, "I

don't like it when they finish

a story in this way.", or, "I

didn't like it when that

happened in the story." There's

a real opportunity there to say

you should write it and write

it the way you wanted it to be.

People don't realise that's

really what writing is about.

Tom Stewart Moore is both an

editor and a director here at

the ABC. He's also an early

riser, a bush walker and a hill

climb. Over a couple of early

spring mornings recently he

took a camera with him up the

hills to meet Canberra's

growing and dedicated tribe of

dawn mountain walkers. It's a whole social

community up here in the

morning at this time. It's just

a beautiful place to be. It

is. It's just - it changes

every day and especially at

this time of the morning. But

there are a whole group of

people who regularly move up

the mountain.

He needs his walk. And it is

a beautiful walk. It's lovely

here. In the morning it's so

peaceful. Look at that. That is

just amazing.

I love the view, especially

when it's a bit foggy because

it's almost like you are flying

above a city. At Christmas we

will have drinks on the

mountain. A couple of ladies organise it for 6 o'clock in

the morning. There's champagne

on the top of the mountain!

It's a nice community.

Morning. We know some people by

names but mostly just faces.

Every time we come up it's

gorgeous, regardless of the

weather it's just such an

awesome view every tie. And community spirit. Yeah, it's

great.

My husband and I have

decided to walk the Kokoda

Trail in 2010. And we thought

this is one way of getting our

fitness intact. He actually

wears a backpack. I just

struggle to walk on my own at

the moment. So it's basically

that preparation for walking

the Kokoda Trail with the

Salvation Army.

The views are fantastic.

Where necessarily the country

could you get this working out

hard and still being able to

look around and enjoy the vista and the clear air. It's

magnificent.

So depending on what time you

go, there's different

greetings. So hell o until 9

o'clock and then you don't need

to say hello to

someone. Because they're not

real That's right. They're not

the hardy ones. Middle of

winter versus the middle of

summer.

To get fit. Fit, healthy and

we're going to go on a bush

walk in Tasmania. So we I can

wear a bikini in summer!

We think it's exercise and

our husbands think it's

socialising.

The words youth and 40 don't

usually go together. However,

the Woden Valley Youth Choir is

celebrating its 40th

anniversary. It was formed by

conductor Don Whitbread in

1969. The choir is a regular

feature of Carols by

Candlelight it's performed for

the Queen and with the

Australian Opera. It's recorded

albums and CDs and many of the

members have gone on to musical

careers. The artistic director

is Alpha Gregory. Now meet the

choir.

(Sings) # That all that jazz #

(Sings) # All that jazz #

The Woden Valley Youth Choir.

And it's putting on a special

concert for its birthday next

Saturday. That's September 19

at Llewellyn Hall. And there

will be links to the choir's

website on ours on Monday along

with all of our transcripts and

videos. It's also our birthday

this week. Eight years since

the Canberra region got its own

Stateline program. Many thanks

for sharing the journey. We

will be back at the same time

next week with the story about

the family challenges of cystic

fibrosis and the funding

drought. Plus a tree changer

who made the move from Sydney's

operating theatres to a jasz B

& B. Please join us again.

Until then, goodbye and we will

leave you with just a little

more from the choir.

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Hi, I'm Andy Muirhead, welcome to Collectors. As you can see, a bit of an animal theme on the program tonight, and you're also going to find out what animal Niccole hates. Don't worry, Skip, it's not you. THEME MUSIC

'Animals in service to our country. Gordon looks at Asiatic beasts. And what's short and hairy and comes from Scotland?'

Evening, guys. ALL: Hello, Andy. It's not you, Gordon - short and hairy from Scotland. No, no, I'm large and hairy. It's an animal theme tonight, and, Niccole, you've got something to confess - what animal don't you like? Yeah! I'm not a big fan of birds. I think it's stronger than that, isn't it? I dislike birds. That's better. You hate birds, don't you? I don't trust them. Was there an incident?