Murray River Culinary Challenge - Regional Final


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 99 students attending 17 schools from Campaspe, Shepparton, Swan Hill and Wangaratta districts.

Students had been practicing the three skills based menu dishes in class with their trainers, Craig Danswan at Echuca College, Rick Smollenaars at TAFE and the Kyabram students at GO TAFE. The School level events were held over two weeks in June.

The four teams in this year’s Regional hail from Echuca College, Kyabram P-12 College, Rochester Secondary College and St Joseph’s College.

The Regional menu of Tempura Prawns, Pork Tenderloin Roulade and Sticky Date Pudding is designed for students to show their newly acquired knife skills and basic methods of cookery.

Each team had 2.5 hours to present two serves of each of the 3 dishes.

The industry judges, Paul & Nikki Cohen were looking for consistency, flavour and were certainly impressed with the creative presentation from the students. A big thank you to our Industry judges who gave their time and expertise, to not just judge, but support and mentor the students through the competition.

The students that will go through to the Grand Final are Cloe O’Brien and Nathan Huismann from St Joseph’s College Echuca.

Congratulations and good luck for the Grand Final to be held at Galen Catholic College, Wangaratta on Monday 9 September 2019.

The coveted Murray River Culinary Challenge trophy, a piece of highly polished red gum sourced from the Koondrook forest, is residing with the reigning champions, Wangaratta High School, and will be hotly contested.

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.

August 2019

Health Careers Day


Year 9 students from Rochester Secondary College attended a health careers day at Rochester and Elmore District Health Service (REDHS).

Students participated in a series of interactive workshops, which included occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nursing, dietetics and lifestyle activities.

Former Rochester Secondary College student Caitlyn Byrne shared her experiences of going to La Trobe University in Bendigo where she is in the second year of her nursing and midwifery course.

The final activity for the day was a demonstration of how many health workers may be required to assist a patient from an initial injury to full recovery. Almost every student was allocated a role, showing the supports available and the occupations involved.

VCAL students cooked a BBQ lunch for students and staff. Students received a showbag of careers and health information to take home.

Student feedback on the day underscored how valuable interactive workshops are for capturing their imagination and interest. Students enjoyed learning about the variety of careers and roles in health.

Our thanks to Cheryl Petrini of REDHS for organising all of the workshops.

Thanks also to Campaspe News for this coverage of the day

June 2019

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

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