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Echuca Moama Beacon Foundation

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The last combined event for the year, the Pathways Pledge Ceremony was held on Tuesday 27 August in the Oak Centre at St Joseph’s College. The event was hosted well by the Beacon leaders in front of over 400 students and teachers and 50 guests. An event to inspire and assist the students to commit to furthering their schooling and finding employment, training or further education when they leave school.

The Guest Speaker, locally born and bred, Andrew Walker, shared his career journey in the AFL with all its highs and lows. He gave advice on making the most of opportunities and overcoming the challenges along the way.

It’s been a busy couple of months presenting Interview Technique Sessions with Jacq Campbell - CCLLEN Structured Workplace Coordinator to year 9 students at Moama Anglican Grammar, Echuca Specialist School and St Joseph’s College. These sessions are to prepare the students for their mock interviews including, the importance of first impressions, positive body language, employability skills and answering questions efficiently. 

Mock interviews have subsequently been successfully held at Moama Anglican Grammar in August and Echuca Specialist School and St Joseph’s College in September thanks to the support from our local community members.

August 2019

Careers in ICT (Kyabram)

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Year 9 students from Kyabram P-12 College and Rochester Secondary College enjoyed a day learning about the variety of careers in Information Communication Technology, including locally based careers. Six very different workshops demonstrated a wide range of ways ICT is used, from robotics and engineering, coding, hardware, artistic creativity, drones and technology as learning tools.

All the workshops were very hands on and students enjoyed using the equipment as they learnt about the careers and pathways involved. Mark Schumann from Advance Computing provided the keynote presentation at the start of the day, showcasing the software solutions Advance has created for local businesses using Microsoft tools. Workshop presenters were La Trobe University, Campaspe Library Services, Advance Computing, Splatoon Cartoons and Goulburn Murray Water.

Lunch and morning tea was provided for students and presenters.

Student feedback on the day was overwhelmingly positive, with a big shift in awareness of the career possibilities using ICT. The number of students considering ICT as a possible career leapt from 30% prior to the event, to 63% after the event. When asked "What did you like most?" students comments included –

  • I liked the concept of the day and all the activities we did
  • The encouragement and the way things worked
  • The computers, coding and cartoons because I really enjoy those things
  • The Turing thing, learning about that was insightful
  • I enjoyed learning what people thought was interesting about their careers

July 2019

Bridge Building Careers

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The Echuca-Moama Bridge Project is progressing well with construction on the bridge itself to commence in coming months.

The Major Road Projects Victoria team is keen to engage with school students to show them the project and the careers involved. In May the team visited Year 3 and 4 students at Echuca East Primary School to teach them about the Bridge Project. Students also heard from Strathallan Family Landcare about nest boxes for wildlife potentially affected by the removal of trees.

Students were given a choice of two projects - design and construct their own model bridge, or build a nest box. The bridge design brief specified that the bridge be strong enough to carry heavy vehicles, high enough for paddlesteamers to go under, and have safe pedestrian access.

CCLLEN stepped in to help with advice and expertise on both project ideas, and sourced donations of materials from Bunnings in Echuca. The school invited parents and grandparents to assist and several arrived with their cordless drills in hand.

It was a very productive morning's work at Echuca East when more than 30 nest boxes were built and painted, and several model bridges were constructed and demonstrated to the Major Road Projects representative. Parents and teachers were enthusiastic about the students high level of learning engagement and interest in the bridge.

Thanks to the Riverine Herald for this coverage of the students' work https://www.facebook.com/RiverineHerald/videos/347270202567313/

June 2019

Hands on Learning

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Five schools have collaborated to bring the well regarded innovative education program Hands on Learning to Campaspe.

Hands on Learning began in Frankston in 1999 and now operates in more than 90 schools in Victoria.

It is an innovative education program that caters to the different ways young people learn. Small groups of students work collaboratively on authentic building projects that provide a platform for students to engage, grow confidence and achieve success at school. Hands on Learning fosters strong, long term relationships that help young people develop the skills and abilities they need to succeed in work and life like collaboration, problem solving, communication, resilience and empathy.

Echuca College, Echuca Specialist School, Kyabram P-12 College, Rushworth P-12 College and St Joseph’s College are working together to bring the program to their students.

The schools are working together with agencies under Campaspe Youth Partnerships to deliver a range of programs aimed at helping young people remain engaged in their education. Hands on Learning is the latest addition.

Together the schools are sharing the employment of an Artisan Teacher. Jamie Harding is the Artisan Teacher and he works for a full day in each school. St Joseph’s and Echuca Specialist students are combining to work together on the same day. In each school the Artisan Teacher and the Hands on Learning students are supported by key staff. This level of cooperation has developed and strengthened over seven years through Campaspe Youth Partnerships. 

Moama Bowling Club provided a grant for the purchase of a trailer and tools.

School Focused Youth Service is providing funding for materials for the construction and gardening projects at each school.

Hands on Learning commenced in our local schools at the end of term two. Students have been working a various construction and gardening projects using both new and recycled materials.

August 2019

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