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Kyabram Industry Day

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Local industries and services gathered together to present careers workshops to Year 9 students from St Augustine’s College and Kyabram P-12 College.

About 135 students swarmed into St Augustine’s Brigidine Centre to hear personal stories of career journeys from 21 workshops. Students had the opportunity to ask questions and enjoyed some great interactive moments in a number of the workshops.

Businesses put together great workshops for the students to experience, including a “mock court” by lawyers from Dawes & Vary Riordan. Kyabram Health had a number of modalities to present and some real hands on nursing techniques to learn while Teaching, Veterinarian and Police were all popular.

All students participated in an O H & S workshop, presented by the Campaspe Shire Council, to better prepare them for entering the workplace and gain an understanding of workplace safety.

The afternoon session gave all students the chance to participate in the “Voice of Our Youth” survey and a great motivational session from Andy Bell.

A panel of local business people finished off the day with a Q & A session about their personal career journeys, hints and tips.

St Augustine’s provided a great morning tea bag for each student and the Kyabram P12 Life Skills group cooked and served a delicious lunch.

September 2019

Voice of our Youth

Voice of our Youth aims to capture the voice of young people aged 12-25 living in the Loddon Campaspe region, who are currently or have previously been faced with the challenge of leaving school early.  It will explore what needs to exist to keep such young people engaged and where the system needs to adjust to meet their needs.

As part of this process, the CCLLEN and Campaspe Shire have jointly funded a deeper exploration in our Shire, and are arranging a series of focus groups in Rochester, Echuca, Rushworth and Kyabram aimed at capturing lived experiences from disengaged or high risk young people.

Priorities for Campaspe include:

  • Provide an overview of the current situation/challenges to the continued engagement of all young people in education within the Campaspe Shire.
  • Understand why some young people are disengaging from school from the point of view of local young people with lived experience.
  • Work with community stakeholders, including young people, their families, education sector professionals and local business leaders to identify both the current barriers and future solutions to young people's engagement in education through to employment.

We are collating data in six ways:

  • Online survey
  • Postcard activity
  • Youth focus groups
  • 5 in 5 voice recordings
  • Stakeholder consultation
  • Deep dive forum/s

The website is live and active, the address is www.voiceofouryouth.com.au.  Information about the project, and the data collection methods is all there, if you have any queries or would like to be involved, contact Jane Reid - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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September 2019

Murray Life Adventures

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Murray Life Adventures is set along the Murray River and includes challenging activities that foster teamwork, communication and problem solving. Facilitators link the experiences to the world of work. Sixteen students from Echuca College and Echuca Specialist School attended for one day per week for six weeks. Activities included rock climbing, abseiling, flying fox, fishing and team work puzzles using obstacles.

The program was set up under Campaspe Youth Partnerships as another choice in a suite of options to help improve students’ engagement with learning. A range of programs are now available to cater to different students’ interests. The Murray Life Adventures program was developed as a response to the schools’ request for an “outdoorsy” program.

During the program all students improved their self confidence, communication, peer relations and leadership skills. The Specialist students were “achieving more than they thought they could” with the physical nature of many of the activities.

RE Ross Trust funds were used to pay for the program and bus hire to transport students.

August 2019

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

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