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Murray River Culinary Challenge Grand Final

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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.

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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

 

Environmental Scan

We have recently updated our Environmental Scan with 2016 Census data as well as updated data from the Department of Education and Training and My School website.

The Scan highlights changes to our population and employment.

While statistics and data may not be riveting reading for everyone, there was some very interesting information revealed in collating data for the scan.

The indigenous population is involved in education at double the rate of the non-indigenous population (40% compared to 20%).

There appears to be 450 young people (aged 5 to 14) in Campaspe who are not attending school. Schools and agencies agree that this number is likely to be correct.

The size of the workforce in Campaspe is growing. This is promising for future employment, but will require skills, training and higher education to match the opportunities available.

If you would like a copy of the CCLLEN Environmental Scan please contact us.

October 2018

Victorian LLEN Network

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In August we were priviledged to host a meeting of the Victorian LLEN Network here in Echuca. Twenty-five LLENs met in Kickham's Mill Restaurant at Bendigo TAFE's Echuca Campus. A full agenda included presentations from YACVic, the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepeneurship, the Department of Education and Training and the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc.

Each LLEN shared information on their current projects and working groups tackled solutions to common issues.The Network meetings are a great way to share ideas and help each other. 

Together we celebrated achieving 125% of Key Performance Indicator 1 in our Structured Workplace Learning contract. KPI1 requires us to advertise at least 6,000 Structured Workplace Learning opportunities on the web Portal during the year. We have already exceeded that target and are well on the way to achieving KPI2, which is to have at least 4,600 of those opportunities used. Across the state local businesses are assisting young people to gain valuable experience by working with the LLENs to list their workplacement opportunities on the portal.

August 2018

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