Monday, March 14, 2005

Kuringai National Park

Kuringai National Park

Last Wednesday, AMES Bankstown students from levels 2 and levels 3 went to Kuringai National Park.

Some of the students brought with them family or friends. My husband came with me. All of us brought food because where we went, there were no local shops for food.

We hired a private bus. We all met at the teaching centre early in the morning. We left there at 9 am and arrived in Kuringai National Park 2 ½ hours later.

The first stop was at Commodore lookout at West Head. We stayed there for 15 m. There were spectacular views of islands across the sea. We took some photos.

We returned to the bus. The driver offered us, tea coffee and biscuits and after a small chat, he took us for a short drive to the Basin walk where we left the bus and arranged to meet the bus driver two hours later at Palm Beach.

We went for a 2 ½ km bush walk. While I was enjoying the walk, we saw breathtaking aboriginal art and views of the bush. We finally reached the bay “the Basin picnic area” and I wasn’t tired because I like walking. There were school students camping on the grass area.

While my husband and I were having lunch, some AMES students were having a BBQ. After lunch we boarded a two story ferry, heading to Palm Beach. It was an enjoyable and refreshing boat ride.

We arrived at Palm Beach, the place when rich people live. We met the bus driver and we returned home.

We all enjoyed the tripe even thought it was quite long and tiring.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

My Suburb

Mehsen’s Mountain, is the name of my suburb, where I was born and grew up.

It’s about a 5 to 10 minute walk to the city, Tripoli.
Tripoli is the second largest city in Lebanon, it has a very special and old history, but my suburb doesn’t have any old history but it has a special view because we can see the city lights at night.
The suburb doesn’t have houses; villas, just tall buildings about 8 or 9 storeys, some levels have 2 apartments, some have 3, and some have just 1 because of that, there are many young people living there; it’s know as a “young suburb”.
The building are close together; it’s a popular suburb, we don’t have a cinema, a park, a big shopping centre just little shops where we can buy many things we need in our lives, like shoes, clothing, food.
There are 3 schools, 2 are private primary schools, and 1 is a public high school. There is also a hospital.
Most people have a car but if they need transport, they use taxi.
People in my suburb are from the same cultural and ethnic background.

We don’t have any special history but we have something very special, it’s a very caring and social neighbourhood.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Career Information Centre

The Career Information Centre in the city is a job reference library and resource centre to help people to find all the information about the job they like.
The centre is located in Pitt St in Sydney central building.

It’s on two floors, on the ground floor, there is a reception area and if you want to use a computer or to come with a group you must make an appointment.

There are three important rules when it comes to making career decisions:
1-be informed
2-be realistic
3-have multiple options.

Career information helps you in six sections:
1-career information details about types of jobs
2-carer interest and explorer tests
3-university and TAFE handbooks
4-job search kiosks
5-brochures and pamphlets
6-career videos.

The first floor has a library of folders for all jobs. To find your folder you need to use the index, there are 12 indexes. They are set out in alphabetical order, with the name of the occupation. The occupations folders are arranged in interest categories. All folders are divided in four sections:
a- job description
b- information from the news paper
c- information about the job
d- samples of employment vacancies
And there are a range of other resources including:
Computers were you can make a career test on the computer either for 30 minutes or for 10 minutes.
Videos about many jobs; career yellow pages like guides to many jobs; big computer screens which give you information about career centre.
If you need to take some information away with you, you can make photocopies.

Monday, February 21, 2005

AMES

Bankstown Adult Migrant English Centre

The adult Migrant English Centre at Bankstown is one of several government English language schools for newly arrived, adult migrants who need English language training for further study or employment.
The centre is located in Jacobs Street near the shopping centre.
It’s two floor, brick, three levels English of the certificate in spoken and written English.
On the first floor there is a reception area, about seven classrooms, childcare to help women who have babies and they can’t leave them at home, teachers’ staff room and amenities.
On floor two we find five classroom, computer room, library, counsellors’ room.
The students at the centre have different nationalities and different language, education and culture back grounds.
They have a range of English levels and needs, which depends on their previous English study and current goals.
If you want to join a class at AMES you need to make an appointment for an interview to find out if you are eligible and what time is suitable for you to study.

Smoking

Discussion about smokers.
1: People still smoke because they have a craving to nicotine and they also believe cigarettes help them to relax and for teenagers they think cigarette made him bigger like man.
2: People take up smoke in the first place because for first one they want to try smoking may be for fun and to do like their friend smokers and like many famous can be smoking in TV.
3:Many people say cigarette companies is bad because they make money by buy something not good, but from other side I don’t think tobacco companies who make money out of the sale of cigarettes it’s a really bad, because they help farmers to make a living when they buying their crops to tobacco companies.
4: Revenue that government take from tobacco it’s necessary because they use this money for many good things like pensions health. The government would lose a lot of money if they didn’t collect this revenue from cigarette companies.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

My Story

Hi, my name is Youmna, I was born in Lebanon in 1978. I came to Australia six months ago to get married. I’m 26years old. In my country I finished my study at university. I studied History for four years and I worked as a teacher.

I like my new country, it’s very beautiful, wonderful, but I miss everything in my country: my family, my friends. I remember my first day in Australia when I arrived. There was my husband at the airport to meet me with all his family. I was tired because I couldn’t sleep on the airplane, I cried, but I’m here .

I’m really excited about my new life in Australia; I must learn English to make conversation with Australian people and to do everything I need in my life by myself. Now I study English in AMES and when I finish I want go to Tafe and study more English classes to speak English very well. Then I can go to university and continue my education, and so will my husband (he wants to finish PHD in physics).
I’m happy in Australia, I wish in future I can find a job and have a nice family.