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March 2014

A tribute to a founding father of Redeemer Baptist School

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to present the eulogy at the funeral of one of the founders of Redeemer Baptist Schooland thereby to reflect on what makes Redeemer a great school.

Arthur Marsh was born in 1925 and during his long life held positions as a leading aircraftsman in WWII, a fitter, a milkman, and a motor mechanic's assistant Hardly the sort of resume that you would expect of someone who might be interested in helping to found a school!

But Arthur always loved children. In 1966, with his friend John Randall, Arthur was one of the first to promote the newly established World Vision ministry in Australia. In 1974while collecting payments from a customer on his milk runArthur responded to a mother's cry for help which resulted in the long-term, successful extended household ministry in the newly formed Redeemer Baptist Church community.

And in 1994, Arthur and his wife Janet joined with other Redeemer members who sold their houses and gave the proceeds to Redeemer ministries. Arthur and Janet's donations provided the initial deposit for Redeemer's magnificent, heritage North Parramatta school campus.

Arthur is truly representative of the founders of Redeemer Baptist He was not a man of great learning; he did not have a position of power; during the founding years of the Church and School he was no wealthy. But the Bible says that God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things that are mighty. Throughout his long life, God kept choosing Arthur to be a catalyst for establishing new ministries to help childrenthrough simple, unselfconscious acts of obedience.

And what of the students who benefit from the abundance of love in Christian community and quality learning at Redeemer? They are winning awards in science and literacy and creative arts. They have won Dean's Medals and Vice Chancellor's scholarships. But I pray that they will not become presumptuous and sophisticated in their success. Rather, I pray that generations of Redeemer alumni will imitate thoselike Arthur Marshwho through simple faith and patience change their world for the better.

Russell Bailey, Headmaster, Redeemer Baptist School.



The stories of Edwin King & Francis McGlinchy, two Burnside boys who gave their lives for our freedom - produced by the Year 11 Modern History class of 2013.

Rich Literature at Redeemer



September 2013

The article on the Redeemer Baptist School's program (August 2013, p.22) that aims to address healthcare, educational and lifestyle needs of the Barai tribe in PNG filled me with admiration for what can be achieved if people of goodwill band together in a mutually beneficial initiative. This is a win-win situation for all involved, as it demonstrates bridge-building between communities, enriching all participants in the process. The article outlined aims and achievements, which might inspire others to launch similar schemes elsewhere in disadvantaged areas. Congratulations to all concerned and to Sydney Observer for highlighting this worthwhile activity.

Dr Anne Sarzin, Roseville

Redeemer Students Volunteer In Overseas Medical Mission
August 6, 2013 by Russell Bailey

Last week the Redeemer Baptist School Principal, Jonathan Cannon, and seven past students from Redeemer Baptist School accompanied a team of volunteer doctors and nurses – led by associate professor Alice Lee of Macquarie University Hospital – to the remote Barai tribe in the Oro Province of Papua New Guinea, just north of the Owen Stanley Range.

Their purpose was to deliver vaccinations to the whole Barai tribe, in accordance with World Health Organisation and PNG government protocols.

Redeemer Baptist School has supported education initiatives in the villages of the Barai tribe for more than 30 years. Each year the school community sends boxes of clothing which are sold by the Barai Non-Formal Education Association to fund their literacy programs including Bible translation and health education.

Twelve years ago, members of Redeemer Baptist Church funded enrolment positions for Barai children at Redeemer Baptist School in North Parramatta. Four of these students have completed their secondary education at Redeemer.

Two of these students have also completed education degrees in Port Moresby and are now teaching at the remote Barai primary school in their Itokama village.

Last year, Redeemer students organised fundraisers which enabled the installation of solar lighting and power to benefit fellow students being taught by Redeemer alumni at the Itokama School – there is no electricity or running water in the Barai villages.

The other two Barai Redeemer students have completed vocational training as paramedics and have begun to contribute to health needs in the Barai villages. There are no doctors or nurses in the Barai villages. Medical help is about four days walk away through tropical jungles.

A few years ago, Professor Alice Lee was asked to treat one of Redeemer’s Barai students. This student’s mother had died at a young age in the village, just before the start of the school year, without any medical diagnosis or treatment.

The boy was heart-broken. But as Professor Lee began to treat the boy, she began to envision how she could help the boy’s tribe. “Everything has a purpose,” she said to volunteers helping to organise the mission, “and I believe that vaccination against Hepatitis B and other diseases may help to prevent such tragic circumstances”.

Professor Lee requested Redeemer’s involvement because of the long-standing relationship of Redeemer staff and students with the Barai tribe.

So the Redeemer team joined two doctors, three nurses and a paramedic on July 19 on a couple of flights into the Barai villages using missionary aviation. During the next week they slept in Barai huts, ate yams and walked up to 25 kilometres each day to key locations so that all the Barai villages could access the vaccination and general health clinics.

And the Barai helped them to take their solar powered fridge and solar generators with them, to maintain the cold chain for the vaccines and provide power for their portable computer medical records system. They delivered more than 3,000 vaccines in the week and provided treatment for numerous ulcers and infections.

On her return to Australia, Professor Lee said that she was already organising the next visit from the medical team to the Barai next January, and she was hoping that Redeemer would be involved again.

“The Redeemer young people were amazing,” she said, ‘”nothing fazed them, they were always on task, we couldn’t have done it without them.” In addition to assisting with general medical health needs for this remote tribe, Professor Lee’s specific aim is to help the Barai become Hepatitis B free.



Redeemer Baptist School has an unparalleled record among schools in Australia for inspiring original scientific research among school students.

This year Afework Assefa, a Year 12 student at Redeemer, won second place in Australia at the BHP Billiton Science Awards for his Child Seat Alert. Afework received $3000 from BHP Billiton to continue his work in science.

Year 8 student Tristan Forrester was also one of 24 national finalists who joined the science camp in Melbourne. Afework is one of eleven student prize-winners from Redeemer in the BHP Billiton Science Awards in the last decade, including four national primary winners.

Redeemer students have been awarded the honorific titles of NSW Young Scientists of the Year by the Science Teachers Association of NSW and the Australian NATA Young Scientists of the Year, as well as numerous awards representing Australia in the USA based Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Students have also contributed to Australian and International standards, and published a scientific article in a leading international journal as co-authors with a University of Sydney professor. Beyond school Redeemer alumni in science-based disciplines have been awarded Dean's commendations and a University Medal.

Redeemer's Principal Jonathan Cannon said: "We are blessed with a good creation in which there are vast opportunities for scientific discovery. Whilst gathering a store of scientific information in class at school, students should also have the opportunity to engage in real science to discover real solutions for real problems."

Parramatta Sun
 North Parramatta's stellar partnership

    By Jade Wittmann - March 6, 2013, 5:30 p.m.

The planets aligned for students and staff at Redeemer Baptist School when astrophysicist Angel Lopez-Sanchez arrived as part of the CSIRO’s Scientists in Schools program, which aims to bring real world science to classrooms.

The partnership has fostered an interest in astronomy that has burned for students and teachers alike since the scientists first visited the North Parramatta school in 2009.

Meet the people involved.

Angel Lopez-Sanchez, scientist
Angel is a former teacher from Spain with a PhD in astronomy. He works at the Australian Astronomy Conservatory.

‘‘I was working at the CSIRO telescope national facility when they were looking for people to help with seminars in schools, mostly because it was the International Year of Astronomy. I didn’t hesitate," he said.

"I think that as a scientist it’s very important to communicate to the general public and to students what we are trying to do — about astronomy, what galaxies are named, the kind of research we are doing is, and why we are so excited to do that.

‘‘I am continuously looking ... between galaxies and trying to understand how these little blocks are forming stars from gas that is surrounding the galaxies, and how the gas is being recycled. At the end it will be able to form a star, such as the sun, with planets and life.’’

Diane Garth, teacher
A primary science teacher, Ms Garth said the students benefit from Mr Lopez-Sanchez’s knowledge and enthusiasm.

‘‘We were very fortunate to find Angel, because he did a lot of education work in Spain before he came to Australia so he’s used to children," she said.

"When we first met ... he said in Spain kids might see six stars because of all the light pollution.

‘‘That year Angel brought the telescopes from the CSIRO and he ran an astronomy night.

"I think about 70 per cent of the school came. It was the coldest night you can imagine; the sky was clear and it was just fantastic.

‘‘Angel comes in once a year and will give a series of talks.

"He’ll take the kids from kindergarten or year one and do the simple planets or the moon.

"A physics teacher was just thrilled because he did a fantastic talk on the electromagnetic spectrum, because that’s what he’s working with all the time with photography and space.’’

Stuart Garth, teacher
A year 7 science project inspired by Mr Lopez-Sanchezwon Mr Garth's class the inaugural NATA Young Scientists Award.

‘‘We conducted a very large investigation measuring all the suburbs of Sydney, how bright it is at night-time and the light pollution levels and comparing it to overseas," Mr Garth said.

’’We set up a database. We had a lot of nationalities in our class [about 20 in just one year 7 class] and they emailed their uncles and aunties.

"We would have collected 3555 light pollution measurements in two months.

"Of the 630 suburbs of Sydney, we did measurements in 506 of them. It was mainly a public awareness exercise [but] it really enthused the kids.

‘‘We structure our curriculum to meet the astronomical events.


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

November 17, 2012

Annual Service of Worship


Craig Foster at Redeemer for
SBS Harmony Game Initiative





  Redeemer wins National Volunteering Video Competition for Young People.

Minister for Social Inclusion, the Hon Mark Butler announces winner.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


October 27, 2012

Am I a rubbish dump

The sea narrates a story by Hannah Arnold, a winner in the Herald's writing competition for primary students

Sea and believe ... Hanna Arnold's story is inspired by Nick Moir's photograph of stormy weather at Bondi. Photo: Nick Moir

I used to be a great place, with my deep channels and lapping waves. I remember the warmth of the sun shining on my face; its light, soaked up by my plants, provided nourishment for all. Fish would happily swim through my tides. People bathed in my sparkling blue waters admiring everything within.

What was that? An unwelcome guest entered, churning and spreading inside me. It was like a blanket had been thrown over my face. No longer could I absorb the rays of the sun. The plants cried out for light. It was cold and dark. All efforts to wash this intrusion on to the shore were useless as more and more of it came.

Then I saw him. A man in a blue raincoat rowing his boat over my deepest trough. Guiltily, he turned around, checking no one was looking. He poured out the revolting contents of three black bags into my currents. I could taste it. It was sour and it spread like clouds of gloom. My temper started to rise from my deepest trenches to the surface, where my waves became restless. They tossed the boat around as the man frantically rowed to shore. My tide pulled him in and I pushed him on to the jetty. Enormous jets of water shot out at my command in pursuit of him. Water splattered his body and he cried out in agony as he staggered away clutching his face. What had hurt me was now hurting him.

Unfortunately, it was too late. Fish slowly died and plants withered. In loneliness, I waited for the people to return. Little did I know that my beach was closed and the people had found a new haven to enjoy. I stood still, hopelessly wrapped in the choking blanket.

Some time later, I saw a figure through my murkiness. It was the man in the blue raincoat. I could not get my jets of water ready this time. Although I did not see his face clearly, I felt his tears of regret and sorrow pierce through my heavy blanket as he walked away.

Surprisingly, he returned with a group of people hauling unusual equipment. He told them how he loved to swim here as a boy but he had also ruined this place by dumping chemicals and filth from the factory. The men set to work putting me through filters, pumps and boilers. I regained my colour, and my water glistened once again in the sun's light. They scattered plants all around me. New fish swam in daily from all directions and my beach was reopened. I felt extraordinarily complete.

The sun was setting, the familiar blue raincoat was in my sight. My gentle tides washed over his feet as a big thank you for what he had done. He smiled. From that day on, he told people my sad story so this would never be repeated. I knew he would always be there to protect me.

The Herald Youngest Writer

An addition in 2012 to the Herald's Young Writer competitions, Youngest Writer: WriteOn is for students in Years 1-6 and is presented in association with the NSW Board of Studies. Hannah Arnold's story, Am I a Rubbish Dump?, was chosen to feature in Spectrum as one of 12 Gold Award winners of this year's competition.

Using this image of crashing waves by Herald photographer Nick Moir for inspiration, students were invited to write a description, exposition or narrative of up to 500 words. Hannah took a modern approach, first consulting the thesaurus on the school computer to find words related to the picture. She found words about stormy weather, wind and waves, but it was when she asked her family that inspiration struck. "I showed my grandma the picture and she said, 'What about the greenhouse effect?', but I didn't know what the greenhouse effect was,'' Hannah says. ''Then my mum said, 'What about pollution?' and that sounded like a good idea to me."

October 26, 2012

Rubbish inspires young writers

Prize-winning pen pals … the Sydney Morning Herald Youngest Writers gold award winners. Photo: Peter Rae

TWELVE primary school students have been honoured for their creative writing skills in the third annual Sydney Morning Herald Youngest Writers WriteOn competition.

However, Hannah Arnold's description of the ocean as a rubbish dump took out the main prize, beating hundreds of finalists who used a Herald photograph of giant waves lapping over Bondi beach as inspiration for a short story.

Hannah, a stage 2 student at Redeemer Baptist School in North Parramatta, will have her piece published in tomorrow's Spectrum.

The award now partners the prestigious Sydney Morning Herald Young Writers' prize for senior school students, now in its 27th year.

During September, a judging panel of teachers read 230 entries from schools across the state, and selected 12 gold, 11 silver, and 12 bronze award winners.

The gold award winners, and their families and friends, visited the Herald offices yesterday for the award ceremony.

All of the winners will have their works published in an anthology, to be published by the NSW Board of Studies next year.

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards

29 Feb, 2012 03:48 PM

Funeral for Redeemer Baptist School's
founding principal Noel Cannon

Redeemer Baptist School’s founding principal Pastor Noel Cannon passed away on February 25.

His son, current Redeemer Baptist School principal Jonathan Cannon said after spending much of the last two weeks in intensive care, his father’s last wish was to ‘‘go home’’.

He passed away at his Oatlands home two days after his final wish, surrounded by 200 of his family and friends, including the congregation of Redeemer Baptist Church.

His son described his last couple of days:

''He rallied for almost two days, but then it was evident that his breathing was becoming more laboured and he was slipping out of consciousness more often.

''So the whole Church surrounded his bed at home — singing gospel songs and praying to the Lord with much thanks for all that He has given us through this servant of His — as Noel took his last breaths.

''All who gathered were able to personally farewell this much loved brother who was, for many of us, also like a father,'' Principal Cannon said.

He called his father a ‘‘visionary pioneer’’.

In a letter addressed to parents and guardians at the school he states: ‘‘Noel Cannon’s energy, determination and vision in leadership and service contributed to the formation of Redeemer Baptist School...he was a pastor who by the grace of God established a unique community of holy love at Redeemer Baptist Church in accordance with Jesus’ commandments to love God and our fellow men.’’

He told the News his father had ‘‘many many children’’.

‘‘He taught us, he loved us and he taught us to love others in that same way,’’ Principal Cannon said.    

Noel Cannon was a driving force in implementing literacy and numeracy programs in regional and remote communities in partnership with the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Association.

He was acknowledged for his educational contribution with a fellowship awarded by the Australian College of Educators in 2007.

Principal Cannon relayed the words of former student Emanuel Perdis who said Noel Cannon had: ‘‘an indomitable will and a panoramic vision of education within a strong framework of loving fellowship’’.

A funeral will be held for Noel Cannon today (March 2) at Redeemer Baptist School in Sargood Hall.

Music prelude starts at 11.30am with service starting at noon. Family, friends and past students are welcome.

February 7th 2012

HSC Texstyles Muse Gallery Exhibition
Tuesday, January 24th, 2012


Helping Remote Indigenous Communities

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Gold in BOS "Write On"

September 21, 2011

1st & 2nd in Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards

September 14, 2011

N. F. Cannon Library Opens

International Year of Chemistry

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

ISEF 2011

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011


December 8, 2010

October 13, 2010

September 7, 2010

NSW Parliament Logo

National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week

Reverend the Hon. FRED NILE [2.47 p.m.]: ...
I also pay tribute to the Redeemer Baptist Church, which organised students from the Redeemer Baptist School to go to Muli Muli for nearly two weeks on a working party to help paint and update the church. The church was not falling down but the working party carried out a lot of improvements and painted it to make it look like a new church. I am very pleased they were able to do that. It was a genuine practical act of reconciliation that the Aboriginal people greatly appreciated. I am very pleased to support this motion.

Fiona Bailey awarded F.A.C.E. for WRAP July 28, 2010

July 20th, 2010

Ellenore Forrester at Intel ISEF on Radio National

A World of Cricket at Redeemer

New Inventors

Scribe Mate

Scribe Mate invented by Jeremiah Bolton


When builders are on site and constructing a building, they are often required to butt a straight piece of material, such as timber, metal, plastic or other sheet materials like these, to a surface that is uneven. At the moment builders find this difficult to do because they use a makeshift pointed block or a compass to transcribe the shape of the surface onto the material with a pencil. This line is used to cut the material to fit the surface and inaccuracies can produce a poor result.

Scribe-mate is a device that allows you to draw an accurate parallel line no matter how bumpy or curvy the surface you’re measuring.

About the Inventor

Jeremiah Bolton is 19 years and from Sydney.

He has just finished the HSC and is training to become a builder. He is currently doing voluntary work experience with licensed builders to help build a library for a school.

His two main hobbies are playing sport (cricket, soccer, football, basketball) and making models of aircraft.

Jeremiah also enjoys playing guitar.


Jeremiah invented Scribe-mate for his year 12 design project. He wanted to design something helpful. While working with builders at his construction course he was told about the problem they had with matching pieces of timber to the sandstone of the buildings in the school.

The invention is a device for accurately transferring the curve of an uneven surface to another material. The device can be operated with one hand.

Scribe-mate has one pointed end, a means for holding and securing a writing implement, a handle, and an integrated spirit level. The device includes a means for adjusting the distance between the pointed end and the writing implement.

How it Works

The device is used as follows:

First, the surface which will receive the scribed line is fixed temporarily against the uneven surface.

Second, the writing implement, typically a pencil, is inserted into the device and secured by a screw. This frees up one of the user’s hands and also eliminates one of the items upon which the user must concentrate.

Thirdly, the distance between the pointed tip and the writing implement is adjusted to suit the surfaces and is secured in place by the second screw.

Fourthly, holding the handle, the user can quickly scribe a line by pulling the device along the uneven surface. The user concentrates their attention on the integrated spirit level, thus ensuring that the angle of the device remains constant and an accurate curve is produced.

Scribe-mate can work on many surfaces, wood, metal, plastic anything that you can mark with a pencil.

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

January 27, 2010


Tuesday, November  17, 2009

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Research at Redeemer

Project is out of this world


A YEAR 7 class at Redeemer Baptist School in North
Parramatta is aiming for the stars to be visible in
another 80 years, that is.

The students are finalists in this year's NATA Young
Scientists Award with an experiment that measured
and recorded light-pollution levels in Sydney and
regional NSW over 12 weeks. 
They developed a website that allowed people around the world to enter measurements into their class database and used this data to create a Southern and Northern Sky Magnitude Chart to plot their results.

Far out: This year 7 class from
Redeemer Baptist School is a finalist
in the 2009 NATA Young Scientists Award.

There were 3555 submissions.

Science teacher Stuart Garth said his students were extremely excited to be finalists and were committed to reducing light pollution as a result of the experiment. ``They cannot walk out the door now at night without looking at the sky and taking measurements,'' he said. ``Currently, there are 636 suburbs in the Sydney metropolitan area and we've measured in 506 of those suburbs, with a minimum of three measurements in order to be counted. Students made an average of 100 measurements each and recorded the data on the website.''

They found that in areas without streetlights, further from Sydney and with thick vegetation the stars were brighter. They also discovered that outdoor lighting, particularly spotlights, comprised a significant amount of the light pollution.

Headmaster Russell Bailey said it was fitting the project should take place in the International year of Astronomy.

The website is still open for measurements to be posted.

Students 4 Marysville

Redeemer visits Taggerty

The visit of Redeemer Baptist Church from New South Wales

Our visitors from Australia, minus Helen and Bill

On Friday 17th July Mike Dale cooked a welcoming BBQ for the guests and opened his house to the rest of us for drinks and nibbles. Bob Bell generously erected his marquee in the garden, so when the guests eventually arrived, they could get fresh air and enjoy the garden. We had a cosmopolitan welcome for them, and when there was an unforseen issue with one of the sleeping arrangements, Neil and Ros came to the rescue and provided more space.
Neil made sure we ran them to the tube on Saturday morning, for their architectural tour of London - Jonathan Cannon, as well as being the leader and head of the Redeemer Baptist School is an architect.
Mimi Turner got the catering organised for the Saturday Lord’s Day at Neil & Ros’s, where Jonathan Mead and Nadia Thompson took the lead. Jonathan Cannon showed an inspiring and challenging DVD of their life in Australia, stopping for a commentary and to answer questions. Those present were impressed and recognised our brothers and sisters in the Lord.
Sunday was HTB day for the visitors, but still Neil & Ros had them round for an evening meal.
On Monday, after the group had witnessed the Ashes game at Lords, they came to a BBQ at the Meads’. Jonathan Mead did the cooking, supposedly assisted by Michael Thompson and the two Australian men, so that Helen Goodman and Caroline Mead could run a Women’s Events sharing evening. When the young women visitors sang grace – a cappella – it was moving and inspiring. Andy Pettman had a chance that evening to have more of a sharing session with the men.
When they left on Tuesday morning, they had tasted true hospitality, not only taking over Hugh and Mercy Potters’ home for the young women, but from Arthur and Rebecca, Jonathan & Caroline, Reiner and Ursula, Tim and Mimi (who arranged it all) and Neil and Ros. They left us with very good memories, as well as CDs of their music and DVDs of their life.

This is not yet over! We were really impressed by their love of the Lord, and the principles which had guided their special call, so similar to our own.



Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - EDUCATION

Hope is Here

Year 10 students give to Marysville bushfire victims

Tuesday 21st, July 2009 - EDUCATION

science matters magazine no2 2009
Redeemer in Reno

Good Report July/Sept 2009
Grand Award (4th place in the world) in the Physics and Astronomy category

Honourable Mention from the Acoustical Society of America

Award of Merit from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists

Redeemer Year 10 student, Chaneg Torres,
interviewed on ABC radio “PM” program (27th May)

Easter in the City 2009

2009 Term 1 Principal's Report




Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Tuesday, November 26, 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Young Filipino scientist heads for 2009 Intel Int’l Fair

A young Filipino student recently received a Young Scientist of the Year Award and will be heading to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Reno Nevada for 2009.

The grade-9 Change Torres is one of the youngest students to win the award, since the usual winners are grade 11 and grade 12 students.

Torres was invited to attend the Science Teacher’s Association of New South Wales Young Scientist Awards where, he was informed, he was to receive an award.

He said that he did not know at the time what the award would be. The Young Scientist Award, he said, was a surprise especially since he saw a lot of other projects which seem more complicated.

Apart from the Young Scientist of the Year award, among the prizes he won during that event were the ARUP sponsor award and the Measurement Prize from the National Measurement Institute.

Torres won these awards for his work on mapping out the acoustics inside different types of classrooms in his school, the Redeemer Baptist School at North Parramatta.

In a testimonial that the young Filipino student wrote, he said that he was particularly interested in his topic because he “hoped that this would aid hearing impaired students find the best spot in a room to sit.”

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Notable award
for school poets

NORTH Parramatta’s Redeemer Baptist School has won the prestigious Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Society school’s award. Year three student Catherine Young also managed to pick-up an individual award for her expressive and intimate poem called Sugar Glider.

Judges of the awards selected Redeemer for the school’s award because standard of entries overall were the highest. Principal Jonathan Cannon said students got more out of their curriculum experiences when they were given an opportunity to showcase their work.

‘‘The goal of producing a work of the highest quality to be judged against exacting standards and compared with exceptional talent from students around the country really does inspire an extraordinary effort from the students,’’ Mr Cannon said.

The Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Society project officer Helen Green congratulated the school, the administration, the teachers and particularly the students who submitted work of such a high quality.

‘‘It is a fabulous result of which they can be very proud and we look forward to next year’s competition and more extraordinary poems,’’ she said.



Catherine Young’s winning poem:

Sugar Glider

Stretching pockets of skin,
Grey soft fur,
Like down.
Small leathery nose,

Scampering, leaping,
Then glides
On its parachute skin.
Swooshing, grabbing
The bark,
Four feet dragging,

Cautiously then swift,
Strongly landing and
Dashingly through the wind.
Near the clouds.

At the touch of dark,
In the dusky night,

Joint Communiqué on resolution of legal disputes
with former Members of the Ministry Order of Redeemer Baptist Church

Term 1 Headmasters Report 2007

Hills Shire times, Tuesday 1st April 2008

Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday, 4th March 2008

Mursell Cannon’s time at school has been so inspiring that she wants to do it all again.
  Not as a student though but as a teacher. For now the year 12 student at Redeemer Baptist School says she’s “really excited, I really want to finish.”
  As captain of the netball team and a full study schedule, she has a busy year ahead, and has to drop drama this year to fit it all in.
  “It’s going to keep me busy, but I like study, so that’s OK,” Mursell says.
  Her parents founded Redeemer in the 1980's. The Parramatta School has 400 students, with a strong sense of community.
  “We are taught to care about all the students, not just look after the brightest but to look after everyone, ”she says.
  Mursell says she would like to emulate her dedicated teachers. “They provide us with after-school study, especially for year 12, and give us their time on holidays when they could be having time off.
  “We also have an after-school study hall each Wednesday that goes until 9pm, all the students use it. We have dinner together on those nights and it’s a lot of fun. You get a lot of work done and don’t have your siblings around, so it’s quiet.
  “[Our teachers] have made learning fun and I want to do that too,” she says.

Rebecca Martin
SMH Press Release



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At the Awards Night of the Ignite Short Film Festival at Wesley Conference Centre our film club won the Schools Category with its first-ever production: “Carry”.

Mursell Cannon, student representative of the Redeemer Baptist School Film Club, spoke to the crowded auditorium about the film club: “Most of the members have been in the School’s Drama Club, which puts on a major live-performance each year in the School’s Sargood Hall. We thought it would be a good idea to try a different medium for getting our message across. And so we found out about Ignite and decided to enter.”

The film is a creative interpretation of Jesus’ and the Apostle Paul’s words, “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light ... carry one another’s burdens and so fulfil the law of Christ.”



Redeemer at Bible Society's "Word and Song"

Response to the TodayTonight Program May 15th, 2007

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

Sunday, 11th February


First prize in the USA at Intel ISEF

Alexandra Cannon, Samia Dibb and Emma Poyitt with Education Minster Carmel Tebutt

Finalist in Nescafe Big Break Competition

An excerpt from

The cream of the nation's young entrepreneurs are seeking innovative ways to get their ideas up and running.
James Dunn reports

FROM the tough competition of the Chicago restaurant industry to the communal ideal of an Israeli kibbutz might seem an unlikely path for entrepreneurial inspiration. But for Melbourne caterer Nicholas Morris, that's what it took for his big idea - a chain of vegetarian restaurants - to take shape. ...

Another budding entrepreneur whose idea took time to come to the boil is Ian Cannon, 17. Cannon, a Year 12 student at Redeemer Baptist School in North Parramatta, is the classic inventor, hoping to take his ColorLuminator - a device for measuring colour and brightness - to the world market The idea sprang from research into colour-blindness Cannon did in Year 8, but building a device to help colour-blind people had to wait until he had a few more school years under his belt
“I needed to learn how circuits work and how you measure colour, which I didn’t know for a few years,” he says. The result was the ColorLuminator, a device that identifies colours, and also measures luminance contrast, which is the difference in brightness between two surfaces. It has been designed to meet the needs of vision-impaired and colour-blind people.
Developed by Cannon and a classmate, Rickystan Savaiko, the device has already taken out first prize for technical communication at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Indianapolis, and the pair have established that it is a world first.
“You can put it on a surface, press a button and it will tell you the colour of that surface,” says Canon. It uses LEDs, which shine the light on to the surface, and the photo-transistors pick up the reflected light, and by measuring the light reflected, can define the colour on that surface. People will use it when they need to see what colour is there, for example, when they’re choosing clothes or buying ripe fruit”

Possibly more important, he says, is the device’s luminance contrast capability. This is important in the building industry, where the building code specifies differences in brightness so that a vision-impaired person can find their way around a building.

 But luminance contrast standards are difficult and expensive to implement, he says, which gives the simplicity of the ColorLuminator a major advantage.

“We’ve had the device tested by staff at Vision Australia and by leading building auditors, and they’ve expressed avid interest for it to be marketed in Australia. We’ve also had great interest from the standards authorities in America, Japan, Italy and Canada, so we know there’s a lot of export potential.”

Morris and Cannon are finalists in the 2006 Nescafe Big Break competition, which offers $100,000 cash awards to young people to kick-start business, artistic or sporting ideas. The competition shows that the spirit of entrepreneurship is alive and well among young Australians and New Zealanders, says Janelle Skropidis, head of Nescafe marketing
“The calibre and volume of big ideas entered in Nescafe Big Break this year demonstrates that young Australians and New Zealanders are prepared to work hard to achieve their dreams. They are actively seeking an innovative way to get their idea up and running,” says Skropidis.

“For many young people, owning their own business is their big ambition. This year’s Nescafe Big Break program reflected this trend with almost 30 per cent of the 4100 entrants submitting applications for a start-up business,” she says.

Morris certainly wants to harness “passion and a head full of recipes” to launch Soulveg restaurant, and eventually expand it into a chain.

... Cannon also has big plans, hoping to take his ColorLuminator to the world market If he wins the $100,000, Cannon says it will go to securing the intellectual property, developing the third and final marketable prototype and having it tested.

The Hills Shire Times, August 29th &
The Parramatta Advertiser,
August 30th, 2006

Follow the links below to read the letters from the Hon Frank Sartor MP to Ian & Rickystan

Letter to Rickstan    Letter to Ian


Tuesday July 4. 2006








Redeemer Baptist School Honoured for
Excellence in Fundraising

The NSW Fundraising Director for the Heart Foundation—Ms Frances Cinelli—presented a plaque to the School at the  end of our Term 2 Chapel Service (22 June 2006) in appreciation for the outstanding effort or our students in raising $12,255.20 in the Jump Rope for Heart program. "Each and every one of you has done an absolutely fantastic job," Ms Cinelli said to the students, "you’ve looked after the hearts of all Australians".

Naomi Wallis, senior PDHPE student and one of the organisers of the "jump off" day, responded on behalf of the School to Ms Cinelli’s commendation: "We understand the role the Heart Foundation has taken in fighting cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death in Australia ... the jump rope for heart program is a great way to encourage children to be active".

Heart health was a significant issue at the School during term 2. Early in this term, a term in which students were active gathering sponsors, the School Headmaster Dr Max Shaw was taken by ambulance to Westmead Hospital in the early hours of the morning suffering from a heart attack. Within an hour of arrival at Westmead Dr Shaw was on the operating table, with two life-saving stents being inserted into his coronary arteries. Uncannily, Dr Shaw’s return to his office as Headmaster coincided with the visit to the School of the Heart Foundation! With Dr Shaw on the podium alongside her, Ms Cinelli commented, "It’s because of the Heart Foundation’s work and research that he’s able to be here with us four weeks after it happened". It may be that Dr Shaw’s illness inspired the School community to give generously.

The citation on the plaque from the Heart Foundation, now displayed in the School’s reception, is a permanent reminder of the importance of charity and the generosity of the school community. The plaque says: "Your outstanding support of the National Heart Foundation of Australia enables us to continue our life-saving work".




























Term One 2006 Headmaster's report


Hills Shire Times
Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Give all in business

An essay which expressed the belief there is more to business enterprise than profit has resulted in a local student receiving recognition for his work by the Prime Minister.
Redeemer Baptist School Year 11 student Wesley Tan entered the Prime Minister's Business Partnership's Corporate Social Responsibility Essay Competition in early 2005 and won the school section.
In the competition students were encouraged to express their opinions on corporate social responsibility which has been defined by the World Business Council as: "The commitment of business to contribute to sustainable economic development, working with employees, their families ... and society at large to improve their quality of life".

Wesley Tan

The West Pennant Hills student's essay explored how corporate social responsibility can become incorporated into the Australian business psyche.
He believes Australia's response to the tsunami disaster shows it is in the Australian psyche to give. "I believe most Australians feel there is more to business enterprise than the profit motive."
Tan won $2000 and the North Parramatta based school received $3000 towards a learning resource or a school community project.

Dr Shaw Receives the School Cheque from Wesley











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