The I CAN Network


I CAN Network has come to Echuca.  In May, Chris Varney, CEO I CAN Network and Kate Andrews, I CAN Murray Goulburn Manager, presented the I CAN talk to all secondary students at St Joseph’s College, Echuca College and Echuca Specialist School on the one day and also ran a combined staff Professional Development session after school and a Parent Information Night in the evening.

The I CAN message has certainly got out there with 16 secondary students from the three schools participating in the Secondary Mentoring program which commenced in July. Already, after three sessions, the group has settled into the program, are mixing well and getting involved in the group activities.  The program is held at Bendigo TAFE Echuca Campus and facilitated by Network Leader Sally Smith and Mentor Bec Cheep on a Thursday.  


Kyabram is in their second year of I CAN with the secondary mentoring program half way through their 15 week program facilitated by Kate Andrews and Will Baum at Kyabram Community and Learning Centre. This group includes some mentees from last year’s program who are completing Stage 2 of the structured program and are training to be become future mentors.

‘The Imagination Club’ for Grade 3-6 students, run by Kate Andrews and Sally Smith at Kyabram, is proving popular with the 16 students with a ‘big imagination’.

All the mentoring programs follow a series of modules over 15 sessions to develop strong leadership and communication skills, teamwork, personal motivation and strengths, saying I CAN, planning and organising. The outcomes for participants include an increase in self-esteem, social connection, optimism and self-confidence.

I CAN Network has just celebrated its Fifth Birthday. Check out the website - and facebook page ‘The I CAN Network’.

August 2018

Careers in ICT


Kyabram P-12 Year 9 students 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, game design, 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 GO TAFE, La Trobe University, Campaspe Library Services, Advance Computing, Splatoon Cartoons and Goulburn Murray Water.

Student feedback on the day was overwhelmingly positive, with a big shift in awareness of the career possibilities using ICT. Comments included –

  • That ICT covers a lot more then computer based stuff
  • There are heaps of levels and a big tree of opportunities in the ICT area
  • You need a licence to control a drone
  • That ICT is used in many different careers so you are not limited to one

July 2018

Health Careers Day


Year 9 students from Rochester Secondary College had a close up and hands on look at the careers within Rochester and Elmore District Health Service in June. Cheryl Petrini and the staff at REDHS put together a range of highly interactive workshops for students to get a taste of careers in the health sector, including nursing, physiotherapy, podiatry, dietetics, lifestyle activities, occupational therapy and the administration support roles.

The last workshop of the day was a case study of all the roles involved in a patient’s journey from the arrival of an ambulance, through surgery and a stay in hospital, to rehabilitation and support to return home. Students took on the various roles, with props and outfits provided. Sunny weather meant that the students could enjoy a BBQ lunch outside before boarding the bus to return to school. Student feedback showed that the interactive style of the workshops with enjoyed, and the day has created ongoing conversations in careers classes back at school. CCLLEN assisted with organising the day and funded transport, morning tea and lunch.

June 2018

Continuum of Need

Wellbeing co-ordinators from schools across our region attended a training session at the end of May on implementing the Continuum of Need tool. The tool is used both to map the needs of students on a continuum and provide contact details for support services.

Vanessa McCormick from St Arnaud P-12 College delivered the training session. St Arnaud has been using the tool for several years and the service agencies there meet every six weeks to ensure that vulnerable young people are appropriately supported. All students in St Arnaud are now mapped beginning at kindergarten. As needs are identified and supported the improvements for each student can also be mapped on the tool and any issues quickly addressed.

A service directory of Echuca agencies has been created by the CCLLEN and linked to the tool. A Kyabram version is currently being created. 

May 2018

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