Meredith’s Hive

Meredith’s goal in her principalship is to effect positive change and enrich the children’s learning experience with music, art and entertainment.

Arriving at the Carrington Primary School you will notice many bees around the grounds. Not the kind that will sting you though – the kind that will encourage you. 

“Our mantra here is to be a learner, be safe, be respectful and be kind,” Meredith tells us.  The happy little hive here have embraced the bee as their mascot.

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“Its lovely, the students often make and bring me little bee gifts. The students with the most bee cards at the end of the month gets to have morning tea with the principal,” she continues.

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Meredith Lindsay has been the Principal of Carrington Primary School since 2013 and her focus here is on providing a broad spectrum of education.

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Meredith grew up in Kurri Kurri and briefly lived interstate as well as in Sydney, eventually returning to Newcastle with her husband and three children because, “It’s just too nice of a place not to live here!”

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Always a high achiever, Meredith was drawn to management early in life – starting her career with Drake Employment in Sydney, it wasn’t long before she was the Manager of her team at only twenty years old.

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Returning to Newcastle Meredith worked with Park Royal Hotels and after what she calls, “brutal training in service and management,” she was promoted to Manager there within three years also.

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After her children were born, Meredith decided to attend University to gain her Teaching degree. She would take her small children along to uni with her and they would sit diligently throughout lectures, which turned out wonderfully for both Meredith and her studious children, “My youngest daughter could read and write by four years old and coincidentally she is at uni now!”

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When asked about her transition from teacher to principal she replies, “ It was through a lot of hard work and dedication.”


Meredith’s goal through her Principalship is to affect positive change and enrich the children’s learning experience with music, art and entertainment. 

“High engagement in activities means the kids love to come to school,” explains Meredith. “I want to expose them to these things because you don’t know what you like until you are exposed to it.”

Meredith has programs for students to regulate their own behaviour and learning – the children have personal learning goals which promotes self driven learning.

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“I have built my Principalship on kids respecting themselves, the community, the environment and their goals,” she adds.

Since her appointment, Carrington Public School has achieved their best NAPLAN results to date and the growth rate in Grades 3 to 5 has been well above state average.

“21st Century learning is about critical thinking and problem solving,” Meredith tells us. “ I have an open door policy for all staff and students – but I urge them not to come to me with a problem, but with a solution.”

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The school embraces such programs as a Chess Club – with which they are about to represent the school at semi-finals; Coding Club for young IT enthusiasts; craft; didgeridoo lessons; yoga and stretch classes for all interested students at lunch times and a student managed vegetable garden and chicken run.



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Giving is a strong value that Meredith and the school also work towards and part of that is to raise money, “We are raising money this week with the Art Exhibition on Thursday night. I want to show the children that you can make a difference through giving, though art and through music. That way they understand that they have the power within them.”

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When we asked Meredith what she does to relax and have fun, she smiles, “I am an academic at heart and I really do learn for fun. I guess I am most happy with a cup of tea and a research paper.”

A keen interest in health, nutrition and food science is another of Meredith’s passions. 

“I am quite known around the staff to always encourage everyone to eat their fresh fruit and veggies,” Meredith laughs as we discuss the school’s Swap It healthy eating program.

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“I really do love the community here at Carrington, we really are just like a little village and I don’t think I have ever met a more supportive and inclusive community.”

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An Adventure in Apothecary

A journey through this establishment takes you from drinks that taste like life in a glass, to food in bowls that feel like a hug from Nanna.

Villager often grab lunch at Apothecary Kitchen on Tudor Street.

BTW it’s a cafe – not a compound chemist.

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People walk in and around this Hamilton Cafe like you casually walk around your own home.

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Most give a smile and nod to Ben, the owner.

“Hi Ben – a few packages today,” calls the Postie.

“Morning Ben,” says a local, stopping by for her porridge.

“Hey Ben!” Call 2 small children and their baby-wearing mum as they come in to collect the weekly compost bin from the kitchen.

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Originally from Perth, Ben came to Newcastle with his partner Kate many years ago,and have since become much loved locals.

Ben and Kate raise five children in the family friendly community of Hamilton.

 Ben founded the ever-growing Hamilton Running Dads group which has competed in many local events and serves to be a community for like minded local fathers.

Their lucky kids, along with Ben and Kate, are up early every Sunday morning – crates in hand – to pick the weekly stock from the Newcastle Farmers Markets.

“I think it’s really important to support the locals and to know where our produce comes from.”

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Loves local?  Yep. Locally loved? Definitely.

Working his way through a tourism degree at a local establishment, it was in hospitality that Ben found the opportunity to reach people, create things and design a life that was authentic to him.

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Being a father of a busy family, he is passionate about the importance of healthy, affordable meals.

But being Ben, the cafe has a twist – which is where the “Apothecary” comes in.

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Originally, local apothecaries’ concoctions of herbal remedies were sought for medicinal help, a precursor to the modern science of pharmacology.

But with the power of food and nourishment, Ben is taking the name “Apothecary” back -right here in Newcastle.

Ben’s kitchen creates magic food.
Healing food.

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Food that is alive.

Lactococcus lactose and Leuconostoc mesenteroides cultures are the centre of our kitchen,” he tells us.

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A journey through this establishment takes you from drinks that taste like life in a glass, to food in bowls that feel like a hug from Nanna.

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Bubbling Kombucha made from a huge gut loving 4 year old scoby, is flavoured with lemon myrtle this week but the next batch will be whatever seasonal produce Ben has invested in.

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Bens custom Ginger beer and Kombucha dispensery

The homemade ginger beer, that bursts with sweet earthy comforts, comes from a ginger ferment made right in the shop.

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Housemade Ginger Beer Ferment

The yoghurt that adorns the oats for breakfast is cultured from the “waste milk” from the previous days coffee froths.

The compost is collected weekly for a local community garden.

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Vegetarian curry

The left over buttermilk from the creme fraiche goes into the next days vegetarian curry.

A symbiotic harmony.

Experiments being tinkered here, boundaries being pushed there.

An  Apothecary Adventure.

To find out more about local life in Hamilton and Newcastle, visit Villager Property to start living the life you love.

A Culture to Create In…

“There are no guarantees – with art, life, business – none. But that consistently pushes me to get to the next step”

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It’s no secret that Newcastle is a hyper-creative community: take a walk around our own Darby Street from our eagle’s nest at the Newcastle Art Gallery to the public art installations along the street (including the giant headphone sculpture), all the way to the Community Garden across the road from Villager Property A scene full of painting and design.

Villager caught up with local artist Jess Kellar to talk all things Newcastle art scene.

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Jess runs Jess Kellar Art from studio  754 in Hunter Street. A large warehouse where a community of Newcastle creatives can each work their respective magic.

“The best thing about our studio,” says Jess, “is the view from the rooftop, where I am most of the time, working on my latest projects.”

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Local girl Jess has always had a passion for creating and feels lucky to be a Novocastrian where such a passion could be nurtured.

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She has had shows at Cooks Hill Gallery, exhibited at Lane Cove Gallery, The Royal, Muswellbrook Art Prize and recently performed and collaborated with Hannah Bertram at Newcastle Art Gallery for the 2016 Dust Project.

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“Newcastle is a vibrant community for artists,” Jess tells us. “There are a lot of creatives here: from musicians to designers, architects and artists. We are all in a very supportive and understanding space where we all just give it a go.”

Through writing for the Newcastle Herald, Jess has been able to work closely with many musicians in Newcastle. She is also the resident “live artist” for Groovin’ The Moo.

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Jess has worked with Arts Health for MS patients holding workshops and has also branched into “bio-art”, spending time with scientists at HMRI and producing collections from this experience which hung in the hallways of John Hunter Hospital.

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Jess’s style is high energy. When painting she uses strong rich colour and high contrast. In her sketches of Newcastle, the deep charcoals contrast with pure whites.

“Neutral isn’t my specialty,” she laughs.

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While already quite accomplished, Jess is finishing her Bachelor of Fine Art at Newcastle University and was recently the recipient of the 2016 William Fletcher Foundation Scholarship.

And in the true spirit of a Villager in our community she pays this forward by mentoring High School students in many of Newcastle’s public schools.

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“There are no guarantees with art, life, business. None. But that consistently pushes me to get to the next step.”

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The next step for Jess, working from her studio at 754, is to follow her passion in sketching and interpreting the city of Newcastle. The Rooftop Series is a timely project for the city and we are super excited to see the completed works.

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To learn more about living in the creative community of Newcastle – contact Villager Property

 

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Little Cravings

Eric feels Carrington is a destination. Just outside the city – its edgy – in more ways than one.

As you wander down Young Street in Carrington, the funky sounds and irresistible smells coming from the colourful restaurant at Antojitos almost levitate your body and carry you over to the menu. Homemade tortillas and salsa, tasty simple food.
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Eric Flores had always thought about starting his own business, and he knew it would somehow involve food.

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With a background in commercial real estate, he has helped numerous others begin their own journey as business owners, and his own is now flourishing.
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Eric grew up in California where he was emerged in Mexican street food culture. Mexican food is simple food. It’s not fancy, just good.
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It was at the California Polytechnic State University where Eric met Newcastle girl, Kristy.
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Kristy had moved to California on a Basketball scholarship. She would soon become his wife.
The pair came back to Australia and have since made Newcastle their home, with their growing family in tow.
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Its here that the dream of owning their own establishment has become a reality – With Antojitos.
Antojitos literally means “little cravings” and is Mexican slang for street food.
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Why Carrington?
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Eric feels Carrington is a destination. Just outside the city – its edgy – in more ways than one.
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Antojitos clients always so they feel so relaxed, and thats what Eric wants here.

A simple, casual , non-pretentious vibe and its this atmosphere struck a chord with the locals.

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There is a place for cafes here in Newcastle and surrounds to stretch the boundaries.
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But the all important Question for the Villagers was this; how do we pronounce it?!

Eric laughs “An-To-He-Toes”
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However you want to pronounce it, this funky little place in Young street is a wonderful addition to the Carrinton landscape.
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Eric thanks the community which has been so supportive, The locals really want to see people succeed here.
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And just a hot tip… next time your in town – do yourself a favour and order the Mexican Hot Chocolate.  DELICIOSO!
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The Pulse

A perfect lifestyle balance taking you from workday to weekend:
the harmony of the King Street heartbeat.

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A salty breeze blew in the air as the fading light of a beautiful Autumn day in Newcastle bounced off these historic King Street buildings.

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Illuminating the beautiful brick and sandstone of 8 King Street, a solid structure in the centre of the CBD.

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Positioned at the beginning of King Street, the artery of Newcastle.

The historic Eastside Apartments sit proudly among modern structures, glowing in their rich heritage.

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As I entered the private courtyard, I was awed by the feeling of antiquity that abounds; perfectly juxtaposed with a myriad of accents, as the flow of community and culture passed by the street.

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This home in the heart of Newcastle East is beating to the rhythm of rich, cultural energy.

Sunlight and a sea breeze take you from the exclusive private courtyard into the bright open plan living area.

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This is where relaxed outdoor courtyard lifestyle blends with homely comforts in the lounge and dining area.

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High ceilings and windows light this two bedroom, two bathroom heritage property that balances perfectly with modern styling.

An interior and location that is both beachy and urban in one.

The master bedroom with its large walk in closet and ensuite, benefits from courtyard light streaming into the room…

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… falling lightly onto the linen.

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Two convenient bathrooms with large shower and storage are adjoined to both bedrooms.

The second bedroom is the perfect extra room or could be utilised as a office or library for those that only require one bedroom.

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With double French doors opening to the lounge room, private bathroom and plenty of storage, the options are many.

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The laundry and linen are neatly designed into the hallway leading from the dining room to the kitchen.

In a city apartment this full sized kitchen is a pleasant surprise, perfect for the entertainer or masterchef.

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Dining in style inside or outside.

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To the rear of the property the car space is accessed via the secure entry.

This sophisticated executive address not only offers the vibrancy of CBD living…

 

… but is located just footsteps from the world class Newcastle Beach.

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A perfect lifestyle balance taking you from workday to weekend:
the harmony of the King Street heartbeat.

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To find out more about 8 King Street contact Ben Tindall at Villager Property 

Happier for the experience…

Be yourself. Be honest. Try to leave everyone happier for the experience.

Rod had wanted to be in real estate from the age of fourteen, but life had other plans for Rod first.

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He started in the family construction business, which lead to his passion for construction and property.

Chasing his dreams, Rod moved to the big smoke, like everyone did.  The plan was to work hard and save for the Australian dream; “the first home” purchase. After four years of civil and commercial construction, Rod returned home.

It wasn’t long before he was running his own business.
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The business flourished, from homes on the Merewether strip, to major nationally funded infrastructure projects.  During this time, Rod gained invaluable experience in winning contracts with multi national companies, but best of all building long term relationships with staff and clients.

All this time Rod had been building up a property portfolio. And around ten years ago he enlisted Ben to act for him at an auction.

Rod was standing between his wife, Kim, and Ben. They all became excited as the auction neared the end…

And the house was theirs!

They all reacted with joy, Kim especially, as she pushed Rod out of the way and grabbed Ben, hugging and kissing him!

Not quite what Rod had been expecting.

But this was also to be the start of a firm friendship between Rod and Ben.
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With the setting up of Villager Property, Rod finally achieved his dream of becoming a real estate agent.

With his wide-ranging experience in business and the building industry, Rod brought exceptional skills to Villager:

  • unique insights into building and development nationwide.
  • contacts nationwide within the building/housing industry.
  • outstanding negotiation and people skills.
  • experience in managing a workforce.
  • a strong work ethic.
  • reliability, honesty, and an easygoing nature.

It seems Rod was always destined to be a Villager.

His motto says it all:

“Be yourself. Be honest. Try to leave everyone happier for the experience”.
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To connect with Rod and Villager, Click here

Knock Knock…

He’s a Villager, so he’s a bit different.

His background is very interesting indeed.

Who’s there?

Rod.

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Only met him briefly,

So don’t know much about him.

Or do I?

Let’s see.

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The people at Villager are all people persons.

They are very enthusiastic about their work.

They always put their clients first, working with them, not for them.

They are all keen to go the extra mile.

They show absolute respect for their clients.

They are positive, interesting people.

They tailor their support according to the individual needs and interests of each client.

If Rod is a Villager, he must have all those qualities.
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Fabulous.

He’s a Director.

Must be good!

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Well,

We know the important things about Rod as a Villager.

And I now know much more about Rod after a chat with him.

He’s a Villager, so he’s a bit different.

His background is very interesting indeed,

As would be expected of a Villager.

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Want the good oil?

Watch out for the next instalment!

carrington morning_-14To connect with Rod, and Villager Property, Click here