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AIR FORCE March 4, 2010
Air Force Band
March 5: The Ceremonial band
will support the Officers' Training
School graduation parade at
RAAF Base East Sale from
March 13: Force10 will provide
a free concert as part of the
Weerama festival at the Werribee
racecourse in Melbourne.
The RAAF Association (Victoria)
is unveiling a plaque at RAAF
Base Point Cook at 11am on
March 28 to honour the RAAF
units and personnel who served
in Vietnam from 1964 to 1975.
All Vietnam veterans and
RAAF Associations are invited.
Interested parties are request-
ed to confirm their attendance
with RAAFA (Vic) State Director
Gordon Caley on (03) 9813 4600
or email Gordon.caley@raafavic.
Further details will be posted
on the RAAF (Vic) website:
More than 40 personnel from the
Air Lift Systems Program Office,
Lockheed Martin and Australian
Aerospace will participate in the
2010 World's Greatest Shave
charity event on March 12 at
RAAF Base Richmond.
They will all part with their
hair at Hangar 522 at 9am.
Others willing to participate
or assist with the event are
encouraged to contact event
organiser David Ralph on (02)
4587 2971 or 0488 488639.
Redcliffe State High School in
Queensland will be holding a
reunion in June.
The reunion committee is
searching for former students
who attended the school from
1978 to 1980 or those who
graduated Year 12 in 1982.
For more information, con-
tact Jo Miller (nee Buckland)
on (07) 3408 7313, mobile
0438 887313 or email
By Andrew Stackpool
ALOVE of the Australian
outback and a concern for
the individual development
of young schoolchildren at
their own pace has paid dividends
for an air traffic control officer cum
author and songwriter.
FLTLT Megan Bartlett-Horne from
the 44WG Detachment at RAAF Base
Amberley won the prestigious Golden
Gumleaf trophy from the Australian
Bush Laureates' Association Awards
for her book The Aussie Outback
The book has an accompany-
ing CD of songs, which won her the
Tamworth Songwriter's Association
TSA Songwriter's Salute Awards
Children's Song of the Year.
The 28-page picture book tells the
story of a young wombat's concern
that he is "hopeless" because he can't
read or write or keep up with the other
animals in the playground.
It is enhancing the importance of
school, in rhyme to engage children's
FLTLT Bartlett-Horne said she was
thrilled to receive the Laureate's award.
"The Aussie Outback School has
one very important rule -- everybody
is welcome," she said.
"Children's Song of the Year was
the icing on the cake.
"It is an amazing honour. I really
believe in the message delivered by
both the book and the song, which
celebrates our differences and encour-
ages children to have a 'good old
The book, which is illustrated
by FLTLT Bartlett-Horne's mother-
in-law Sue "'Penny" Horne, is their
second. The first, The Aussie Outback
Party, was a finalist in the 2009
FLTLT Bartlett-Horne is aware
of the pressures on young people to
excel and to meet expectations as well
as the often potentially devastating
impacts on young children who feel
they have failed. Before enlisting, she
had worked as a primary school teach-
er, radio journalist and jazz singer.
"When I was teaching Year 5,
I had a boy in my class who could
barely read and write. He often said
he was stupid and not to bother with
Singing her praises
him," she said. "With an individually
tailored learning program and a lot
of positive reinforcement, his literacy
and numeracy did improve. I hope it
showed him that he could learn; just
not as easily as others.
"Also, I am very aware, as a par-
ent, of how competitive life can be
from an early age. I'm a competitive
person and have to be very aware of
the fine line between encouraging my
daughter and pushing her.
"I believe it's important that chil-
dren learn how to lose, and that some-
times the journey is more important
than the destination. I've been to too
many kid's parties where 'everyone
must win'. The trick is to teach our
kids that winning/losing is all part of
"Not all of us can be world-class sci-
entists, athletes, writers, but that doesn't
mean we should stop trying," she said.
The Aussie Outback School came
about after several teachers in rural
communities contacted her after
reading the first book, complaining
that it was often very difficult to
keep children at school and asking
if she could include that problem in
the next book.
So, she coupled that idea with
the recollection of the boy to pro-
vide the Outback School's theme.
She said that more Outback books
are in the series and that she would
then like to branch out into other liter-
ary areas, including children's horse
"I suspect my writing will change
as my daughter, niece and nephew
FLTLT Bartlett-Horne is employed
as a supervisor/training officer at
She enlisted as a direct entry
officer in February 1994 because she
saw an advertisement in the paper for
air traffic control officers and thought
it looked like fun.
"I was right, it's the best job in the
world and I have no intention of giv-
ing up my day job, even if my writing
career takes off.
"Between 1997 and 2001, I
resigned and worked for Airservices
Australia at Brisbane airport, but I
saw the light and returned to the Air
Force in 2002 as it is a much better
employer, the work is more inter-
esting and there is more scope for
creativity in how we provide service
to our aircraft," she said.
For further information on the books
or to purchase a copy, log on to www.
Horne and her
and horse Gravity.
books at the
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