VET in Schools Excellence Awards

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The annual VET in Schools Excellence Awards will be held on Tuesday 13 November to celebrate the outstanding achievements of Vocational Education & Training (VET) students within our regional schools.

Students are nominated for the Awards by their VET teachers and trainers. Completion of a work placement in the relevant industry is a pre-requisite to be a finalist with host employers providing reports on individual student performance. Nominated students submit their resume and finalists are interviewed by a panel of judges. The process is a good preparation for entering the workforce with the finalists being interviewed by a panel of judges.

This year we again welcome Brendon Hawken, Belinda Egan and Michael Pratt as our Award judges.

Students and their families, trainers, teachers, host employers and sponsoring businesses are invited to attend the gala night at the Moama Bowling Club. Music students from Echuca College and St Joseph’s College will give performances for the audience.

Our Guest speakers will be Louis Spencley, Winner of the in the Music category in 2012 who will talk of the foundation that studying VET music gave him for his career.

October 2018

Murray River Culinary Challenge Grand Final


The Challenge is an industry standard cooking competition for secondary school students enrolled in a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Hospitality Training Package.

The Murray River Culinary Challenge is a three tiered competition.  At the school level, students compete individually to vie for a spot in the Regional Final.  The two top scoring students from each school are paired and compete as a team in the Regional Final, the top scoring team then progressing to the Grand Final.  Menus in each level of the competition become progressively more difficult and are designed for students to be able to demonstrate their skills learnt during their hospitality training.

The Challenge spans four regions and will involve more than 150 students attending 20 schools from Campaspe, Shepparton, Swan Hill and Wangaratta districts.

Moama Bowling Club has been a long term sponsor of the Murray River Culinary Challenge in the Campaspe region and this year is again the major sponsor of the overall competition. Thank you to the Moama Bowling Club for their generosity and support.

The Regional Cook off between teams from Echuca College and Rochester Secondary College resulted in the Rochester duo of Stephanie Crouch & Jasmin Malham becoming the Grand Final team for Campaspe region on Wednesday September 12.

No pressure for Stephanie who is the third Crouch girl to represent Campaspe in a Grand Final, with both her sisters winning in previous years!

Campaspe was joined by teams from Murray Mallee, Goulburn Murray and Wangaratta regions who enjoyed a viewing of the Kickham’s Mill kitchens at TAFE and a dinner with trainers and judges.

The menu, on practice by each region, was deemed a little more difficult so an extra 15 minutes was added into the main course presentation time.

Each student had just 2.45 hours to present 3 dishes designed to display knife skills and basic methods of cookery. The industry judges were looking for consistency, flavour and were certainly impressed with the creative presentation from the students.

A big thank you to our Industry judges George Santos Moama Bowling Club, Rebecca Hart Boo’s Place Café & Providore and Megan Knapp of The Kitchen Door. This dedicated trio has between them 28 years of judging the Challenge and they approach every year with clarity and passion.

The feedback to the students is invaluable.

Wangaratta region were the winners on the day but it was a very close race. The coveted Murray River Culinary Challenge trophy, a piece of highly polished red gum sourced from the Koondrook forest, is now residing with the reigning champions, at Wangaratta High School.

You can see more about the Challenge here, and follow it on Facebook here.


September 2018

R E Ross Trust Grant

Campaspe Youth Partnerships were successful in applying to the R E Ross Trust for a grant.

The grant will be used to expand the partnership, extend the number of hours for the project worker/s, provide professional learning to build leaderships skills and knowledge relating to vulnerable and disengaged youth, research and implementation of a broader range of options for a greater number of young people in conjunction with partner agencies.

The grant is $30,000 per year for three years.

Current members of Campaspe Youth Partnerships are -

  • Echuca College
  • Echuca Specialist School
  • Kyabram P-12 College
  • Rushworth P-12 College
  • St Augustine's College
  • St Joseph's College
  • Campaspe Primary Care Partnership
  • Department of Education and Training, Victoria
  • Department of Human Services, Centrelink
  • Kyabram Community and Learning Centre
  • Shire of Campaspe
  • Campaspe Cohuna LLEN

Affiliate members are -

  • Anglicare Victoria
  • Community Living and Respite Services
  • Kyabram District Health Services
  • Save the Children Australia
  • School Focused Youth Services
  • Echuca Neighbourhood House
  • Campaspe College of Adult Education

September 2018


MATES Mentoring Program

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Mentors have been recruited and trained in Kyabram, Echuca and Cohuna to be MATES mentors to secondary school students. More volunteer mentors are always welcome. The ongoing commitment is for one hour a week during school terms. We provide training and ongoing support. You will need a Working with Children Check (free for volunteers) and we can help you with applying. You can complete the training before deciding whether to commit to the program.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor please contact us for an information pack.