In brief

Free help for tradies

A free course giving newly qualified tradies the skills to successfully run their own business will start in Blacktown at the end of next month

The Apprentice to Business Owner program is run by the Business Enterprise Centre (BEC). The program covers all aspects of running a small business, including tax, insurance, attracting customers, marketing, quoting and pricing for jobs.

BEC chief executive David Baumgarten said the Australian government-funded course was all about giving tradespeople the best possible advice before they started their own business.

He said the Certificate III in microbusiness operations was suitable for apprentices who'd finished training, anyone wishing to become a subcontractor or tradies who had been running their business for less than two years.

Details: or 9212 0555.

High school turns 50

About 200 past students and staff of Mitchell High School attended a dinner to celebrate its 50th anniversary last month. They took a tour of the school and had drinks and canapes on the lawn, where they saw a time capsule buried, before dinner was served.

The time capsule will be dug up in another 50 years for the school's centenary celebrations.

Relieving principal Tanya Baghurst said the tables were decorated by year 11 and 12 hospitality students.