Campobasso 2001
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Merry Christmas from the Gurtos

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nd it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed...
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

[St. Luke, Chapter 2, verses 1-17.
King James Version]

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Back: Timothy, Joe
Front: Jeremy, Frances and Dominic

  The year in review

Australia’s Relationship with America Strengthened by the Attacks of September 11th

Hello, Dominic Gurto, the 14 year old, heading into 9th grader here. It has, as you all know, been a very eventful year, with the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon at the top of the list. Usually, in the ‘Campobasso’ newsletter, you will find me talking about what happened in the past school year, or family events that have little or no relevance to all of you. This year, however, I will speak to you about the awareness of the events of September 11th and the acceptance of, and less or equal amounts of anger at those at fault, by Australians. A topic many of you will find interesting. I will also talk about the strengthened relationship between Australia and the United States due to the attacks, and Australia’s appreciation of America’s products that assist and entertain us. First of all, let’s talk wrestling, (Listen up Uncle Nick). The WWF or World Wrestling Federation has entertained America for half a century, but, as few Americans know, ‘Fox'

has provided Australians with the ability to enjoy it here in Australia, as well as the US of A. In fact, a very good friend of mine, 2 actually, absolutely adore the WWF and love even more the USA for producing them. What may be an interesting coincidence, is that even after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, one of these two of my friends, who happens to be of Middle-
Eastern background, loves the USA and is in fact visiting America for the first time these Christmas holidays. Although his heritage suggests otherwise, his full support is with the USA. Earlier this year, for a school poetry performance, we were put into groups to recite poems. We were able to slightly change it, act, or whatever we thought necessary to look most entertaining. In one group, when one member read a sentence containing the word "bomb" the other members sang "Ooooosama!" Another good example to show how the September 11th attacks affected not only America, but the rest of the world. My younger brother, Jeremy, commented on his thoughts of the attacks. "It makes me feel a bit less certain about things. Sometimes I get a bit frightened because after September 11th I have no idea what’s going to be hit next." As you can see, everybody has been mentally assaulted at least a little bit, and as we realise that we, the Americans and Australians, have a new

common fear and a Common enemy. And hopefully, as we venture into the new millenium, we will grow stronger together, and create a new world order, which will ensure peace and happiness throughout the world. -Dominic Gurto

All in Favour Say Eye

This is my writing debut for Campobasso because the previous years weren’t exactly interesting for me. (Actually, I was a bit lazy.) Since 2001 was the only interesting year in my opinion, I shall try to make it as good and as fascinating as I can although it can be a bit shocking at times. 2001 was a very traumatic year for my eyes. From glasses to boogie boards to hyphoemas, the eyes were put through a very extraordinarily distressful experience. (I had trouble finding the right words. It was so,…so…oh forget it!) So lets get into it. My sight was as blurry as a bat’s. I was 2 inches from the television screen watching Homer simpson say "Doh!" as well as staring at other loveable cartoon characters. My dad said, "Look here! Why is my son stuck to the TV like a fly on toffee?" Of course, I had no idea that my dad was freaking out like a chicken who had recently been decapitated for

Christmas-like reasons. Suddenly, my dad grabbed me, dragged me to a far seat away from the TV and barked, "Can you see?" It was then when I jumped with shock at my vision that wasn’t very good, I’ll tell you that. And so I was off to the optometrists before you could say, "Hang on, I’ll get my specs." My eyes were straining to read the shop signs as we passed them, driving on. We shuddered to a halt and I was excited as a child on Christmas morning. (I can’t help all these similes! I’m a very creative boy!) We entered and I was surrounded by glasses galore. The optometrist appeared and I looked immediately for a sharp and handsome pair. A rounded edge trapezoidal pair qualified for my expectations. I slid them on…Hallelujah!! Let there be sight! -Jeremy Gurto

Corporate News

For my software company, The Novels Corporation, 2001 has been a very successful and eventful year.  In early January, our first investment system, a private stock float, available to family, employees and students at St. Patrick's College, Strathfield, was introduced.  I purchased one and four fifths and declared myself Chairman. 

By the end of February more than two thousand shares had been sold to more than fifteen new shareholders, and the value had shot up more than five hundred percent, from $A0.0425 to $A0.25.  Our first game, Novelsİ Hidenseek™, was introduced in late July and instantly sold.  At this point, Dominic was my esteemed President.  After beginning work on a seperate piece of software, "Domination Wrestling", he was put on a temporary leave without pay.  Disgusted, Dominic quit and began his own group, "Domination Productions", with some friends from school.  Ever since, Domination Productions has been a rival to The Novels Corporation.  Novelsİ Martyr™, our second game, completed in August, sold almost equally as well as Hidenseek™, but with about the same sales income.  Temporary advertising was supported at school.  In late December, we began work on an application which automatically created school report cards, only to learn from our "people" that the Australian government had aqcuired such a program and was distributing it to teachers for free.  As the year draws to an end, I remain the Chairman and hope to in the near future.
-Timothy Gurto

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all of God’s blessings for you and your families for 2002-01-27
Pray for Peace


Frances' News

Jeremy got a hyphema in his eye (bleeding iris) two days after he got his new glasses.  He was in the hospital for 4 days and was told to remain perfectly still and in bed for another 6.  As far as we can tell there is no long term damage but he is still undergoing treatment.
My mother and father celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on January 27th.   They had a full Mass, renewed their vows and they  celebrated the day with their family and friends.
We went to Canberra for three days during the Easter Holidays.  We played tourist by visiting the major attractions.
On a personal note I was able to attend some work conferences at the Gold Coast and in Melbourne. I didn't have much time for sightseeing but I did have the odd night to relax.


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Joe's News

In June I applied for  a place in an accelerated teachers' training course at the University of Newcastle.  By July I had been accepted and offered a scholarship.  In August I began the first semester of my course and as I write this I am half-way through the second semester.  I have one more semester to go as far as the academic side of things go and from July through to December I will be doing practice teaching and internship.  In December I will graduate and receive my Bachelor of Education Degree.  In February 2003 I am guaranteed a position teaching at a local high school.  I will be qualified to teach Design and Technology (Wood Shop, Metal Shop, Cooking, Sewing, Mechanical Drawing and Computer) to year 7 and 8, Food Technology to years 9 - 12 and Vocational Education and Training in Hospitality to years 11 and 12..

By the Way

  • Dominic and Timothy turned 14 in September.
  • Jeremy turned 11 in July.
  • We got a new computer as our old one gave out.
  • The boys are still doing well academically, remaining at the top of their classes.
  • All three boys had a very successful year in Debating.
  • Matilda is ok, so are the fish.


Even though we don’t keep in touch as often as we’d like. We think of you all the time.