Cherrybrook Public School hits 40

Happy birthday: Cherrybrook Public School celebrated 40 years of education recently. Keith Williams (pictured cutting the cake with the school's youngest students Jessica Matuszewicz and Edward Russell) was in kindergarten when the school officially opened on October 28, 1972. Now his children attend it. He reminisced of the days when an electric fence surrounded the grounds to stop neighbours' cattle from wandering in. Principal Peter Corney said the school continues to advance and is a reflection of the community's high regard for education. "The school has moved into the 21st century," Mr Corney said. "We now have interactive whiteboards. The school has always been at the forefront of education." On the day, the community were able to view photos and memorabilia from over the decades. Picture: Mike Sea

All about prostate cancer

A free seminar is being held on Tuesday, November 27, to educate men on the treatment, management, rehabilitation and possible side effects of prostate cancer. About 20,000 men in Australia will be diagnosed with prostate cancer by the end of the year and over 3300 men will die from the condition.

The seminar will be hosted by urological surgeon Dr Phillip Katelaris of the Prostate Cancer Rehabilitation Centre in Sydney. Participants can learn, share their experiences and ask questions.

Bookings: 1800 642 369. Details: 7pm, Wesley Castle Hill Uniting Church, 32 Showground Road, Castle Hill.

Artworks on show

Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre will host the 2012 Hornsby Art prize this week with 200 artworks on show.

The exhibition opens today and will remain on public show until Sunday, November 25.

Visitors can see a mix of drawings, paintings, prints and sculptures which will all go into the draw to win the major prize on November 17. Details: hornsby.nsw.gov.au/artprize.

Barbecue for pets

The Animal Welfare League NSW - Western Suburbs branch will hold a fund-raising barbecue at Bunnings Dural on Sunday.

Funds raised go towards subsided desexing scheme, rehoming animals, assisting pet owners, caring for cat colonies and assisting programs such as foster care and Shelter Dog Walking days just to name a few. Details: 0424 705 788.

Helping difficult children

The Pastoral Counselling Institute Administrative Office will hold a seminar on Wednesday evening for parents and professionals to help children with learning, behaviour and socialisation difficulties reach their potential.

Dr Peter Powell and his wife Brenda will share their experiences on November 14. Register: SMS 0427 778 960 or email pciuca@ihug.com.au.

Cost: $20 (includes a book). Details: 7pm-9pm, The Auditorium, 16 Masons Drive, North Parramatta, difficultchildren.org.

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