Campaspe Youth Partnerships

An update on some of the programs in action across Campaspe Youth Partnerships -

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The I CAN mentoring programs continue to be a special time of the week for many of our Autistic and imaginative young people in our local area where they feel connected and comfortable.

After information sessions held in both Kyabram and Echuca in March with Guest Speaker Chris Varney, CEO I CAN Network, and Kate Andrews, Murray Goulburn I CAN Manager, we filled four combined schools programs with up to 16 students in each.

We have a Kyabram Secondary program and Imagination Club (primary based) with students from Kyabram P-12 College, Rushworth P-12 College and St Augustine’s College.

In Echuca we have a secondary mentoring program with students from Echuca College, St Joseph’s College, River City Christian College and Echuca Specialist School and the Imagination Club with students from Twin Rivers PS, Echuca Primary School and Echuca Specialist School.

In the coming term, the students will be planning and organising their presentations for the I CAN Expo to be held in Mooroopna on 15 November.

Junior Park Rangers at Kyabram Fauna Park

The second group of primary school students from Echuca Specialist School, Rushworth P-12 College Kyabram P-12 College and St Augustine’s College has commenced the Junior Park Rangers program in August with an introductory session meeting a lizard, a snake and a dunnart. One student announced that this was the best hour and half of his life! The Junior Park Rangers are meeting every Friday afternoon and working on selected projects.

MATES Mentoring program:

The MATES mentoring program has expanded to Rushworth P-12 College and Cohuna Secondary College with many more matches completed at St Augustine’s College. The program also runs at Kyabram P-12 College, Echuca College, St Joseph’s College and Echuca Specialist School with 17 young people currently matched up with volunteers from the community.

We enjoyed group morning teas both at Kyabram and Echuca which gave the opportunity for both mentors and mentees to meet each other and to share their experiences so far. These group get-togethers are an important part of the program.

Hands on Learning

This program commenced late in Term 2. You can read more about it here.

Murray Life Adventures

This program commenced in Term 3. You can read more about it here.

August 2019

Industry Engagement over Wine and Cheese

careers-night.jpgThe Campaspe Careers Network is a group consisting of dedicated and passionate Careers teachers from all our Regional secondary schools. The Careers teachers’ role includes assisting students to find quality work placements for their students across a range of Vocations.

The event on 16 May at TAFE's Echuca campus was to gather together employers to talk about structured work placement, apprenticeships and how best to host students in the workplace and what employers are looking for in students.

Apprenticeship advice was presented by Lynda Magill from Sarina Russo and Mahir Ozdilek from MEGT. They helped clarify the rules and regulations around School Based apprentices and traineeships’ and were available to answer any questions.

Kate Pearson, a year 12 Allied Health student from St. Joseph’s College gave her experiences of work placement with some tips for employers from a student view point.

A panel of local business people, David Stephens from Riverport Engineering & Hydraulics, Geoff Slattery from O’Brien’s Plumbing and Sean Garth from Moama Bowling Club were on hand to answer questions about hosting students.

All three businesses are active in hosting and supporting students in their work place and all had great firsthand experience and tips to share.

Jacq Campbell from Campaspe Cohuna LLEN also presented on the Structured Workplace Learning portal that all students across Victoria can access for work placement opportunities.

Any business can join the portal with the LLEN assisting businesses to manage their capacity to host students in their work place.

May 2019

Interview Technique Sessions

Rushworth-Interview-Tech.jpgInterview Technique Sessions were presented at Echuca College, River City Christian College and Rushworth P-12 College in April and May.

The students experienced a highly interactive 90 minute session that offered tips on resumes and covering letter writing. They were also joined by some of their teachers to practice greetings and handshakes and a challenging tower building activity using only spaghetti and marshmallows.  This group activity helped the students put into practice the Employability Skills they had heard about that day including team work and problem solving.

These sessions are to prepare the students for upcoming mock interviews and give tips on how to write a fantastic resume and covering letter. We work collaboratively with the careers teachers at the schools.

May 2019

Food and Fibre Careers Day

Dookie.JPGIn May 300 students from 22 schools travelled to Dookie for the annual Food and Fibre Careers Day. Seven schools from our area attended.

Many aspects of agriculture were on show in 24 different workshops. Students were able to choose three workshops. Aimee Snowden of Little Brick Pastoral was one of the guest speakers, along with Myrrhee Primary School and Professor Tim Reeves.

Lunch time included a Young Farmer Challenge consisting of a team race through a series of farm related activities and obstacles including hay bales, drench guns and swags. Moama Anglican Grammar’s team won the Challenge and took home a drone for their school.

May 2019

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