Support to go to uni

Kingswood High School will benefit from an agreement between the state government and the Universities Admissions Centre to allow entry to university for more students. Education Minister Adrian Piccoli said the new education access scheme would use the Family Occupation and Education Index to allocate bonus ATAR points to individual students and schools deemed disadvantaged. Principal Rod Nesbitt said the school was pleased there was recognition that some western Sydney students were disadvantaged when applying for university courses.

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See the Dogs on Show

Dogs NSW is opening its gates this Saturday for Dogs on Show. Dogs NSW will highlight the fun you can have with your canine companion with activities like a championship dog show, Jack Russell terrier racing and obedience, agility and herding demonstrations.

There will be representatives from a range of dog breed clubs, the Australian National Kennel Council and dog products and services.

Celebrity host Farmer Dave (David Graham) will also be there.

Details: 9am-5pm, at The Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs, 44 Luddenham Road, Orchard Hills, 9834 3022 or

More eligible for police medal

The federal government will extend eligibility for the National Police Service Medal, which recognises 15 years' ethical and diligent service by Australian sworn police officers in active service. Until now, police whose service concluded between February 1975 and October 2008 were not eligible for the medal. St Marys resident Colin Kelson, who retired in 1998 after serving 22 years now has had this service recognised.

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