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Voice of our Youth - Deep Dive

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The consultation is in full swing, and we have had a fantastic response.  There is still time to complete the online survey, with a cash prize of $500 on offer for one lucky individual and one school.  The consultation process ends Friday 20 December 2019.

Forum workshops have been held at Rochester Secondary College, Echuca Specialist School, Echuca College, Kyabram P-12 College, St Augustine’s College, Rushworth P-12 College, Indie School in Kyabram and Echuca and Bendigo TAFE's Echuca campus with VCAL students. We have also conducted some individual interviews, and surveyed many students through the postcards and online surveys.

On 7 November, we attended the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnerships Deep Dive in Bendigo, and were accompanied by some incredible young individuals from our Shire.  The consultation was an opportunity for key Government stakeholders and Community Leaders to learn first-hand some of the struggles that young people face in terms of remaining engaged in education.

In the Campaspe Shire, the youth unemployment rate (15-19 years) at March 2018 was 5.6%, with 465 children aged 5 to 14 not attending education.  Regionally, over 600 students in Loddon Campaspe left school without a Year 12 or equivalent in 2018. 

The Voice of our Youth consultation aims to capture the lived schooling experience of young people aged 12 – 25 years, to identify gaps and to offer insight into how the system could be improved to better support the needs of students.

We encourage all young people living in the Campaspe Shire to take the opportunity to have their say, visit the website www.voiceofouryouth.com.au for information, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

November 2019

Engineers Solve Problems

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In a move designed to address long term skill shortages in the Echuca Moama region, Campaspe Cohuna LLEN and Committee for Echuca Moama (C4EM) have brought together young people, education and engineering industry professionals to talk about local pathway opportunities into engineering.

Sixty Year 10 and Year 11 students from St Joseph’s College Echuca, Moama Anglican Grammar and Echuca College visited two local manufacturers; Foodmach and Byford Equipment, to see world-leading innovation firsthand. Students then went on to visit the once-in-a-lifetime Echuca-Moama Bridge Project hosted by Senior Project Manager Jason Warren from Major Road Projects Victoria.

Students heard from a diverse range of business owners, engineers, apprentice fabricators, computer coding specialists and project management professionals about the alternative education pathways and job opportunities that lead into an engineering career in the local region.  Students also learnt more about Industry 4.0, mechatronics, robotics and industry diversification to keep apace with industry changes.

“I learnt that there are companies in Echuca Moama that are world class and can be potential career paths into the future” commented one student after completing the tour.

“I learnt that there are a lot of different pathways that will lead you to the same job, you don’t always have to go to Uni” noted another.

CEO of C4EM; Nina O’Brien stated “Like everywhere, we need more engineers in the Echuca Moama region. Rather than lamenting about how many of our young people leave the region, we are giving them reasons to stay, or maintain links to home while they study. These are our engineers, apprentice fabricators, automation specialists and project managers of tomorrow.”

The engineering immersion day was coordinated by C4EM, Campaspe Cohuna LLEN, and the local Careers Teacher Network, made possible by the generous donation of time by staff from Foodmach, Byford Equipment and Major Road Projects Victoria.

Student transport was assisted through the valuable support of the Loddon Campaspe Student Access Program delivered through the Victorian Department of Transport. Campaspe Cohuna LLEN provided lunch and protective equipment for students and accompanying teachers.

October 2019

Echuca Moama Youth Expo

DSC01853-for-website.jpgDSC01842-for-website.jpgDSC01996-for-website.jpgThe Echuca Moama Youth Expo gave students the opportunity to explore all the youth, health and welfare services available to them.

1000 students from our five local secondary schools came together on Wednesday 11 September to the fourth Echuca Moama Youth Expo which was coordinated by Campaspe Cohuna LLEN.

Years 8, 9 and 10 students from Echuca College, Echuca Specialist School, Moama Anglican Grammar, River City Christian College and St Joseph’s College attended the Expo, engaging and interacting with exhibitors from health and welfare services, community groups, sporting organisations and youth services.

There were plenty of interactive exhibits including kickboxing, puzzles, football handballing, selfies, weight lifting, painting, fitness exercises, colouring, physio, boxing, pig drawing personality quiz and lots of surveys.

Throughout the day we were entertained by musical performances from each school which gave students the opportunity to show off their talents. The art exhibition was also a great way for students to display their artwork and the People’s Choice competition was well-received.

Exhibitors were provided with morning tea from Twin Rivers Café and lunch catered by Echuca College’s VET Hospitality students.

Moama Bowling Club sponsored the expo.

The expo connected young people to their community. Some comments from students:

“I learnt that there are many organisations offering opportunities for young people in Echuca.”

“It made me realise that there is something out there for everyone and that everyone is welcome to belong somewhere.”

“I liked how we got to see what is going on in the community because not many high school kids get to take a look at what is actually happening in their community.” 

“I liked how interactive everything was and I like that I could join in to activities and talk to the people and learn more about what they do and how they help the youth.”

September 2019

Murray River Culinary Challenge - Grand Final

Campaspe-Team-for-website.jpgThe 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 99 students attending 16 schools from Campaspe, Shepparton, Swan Hill and Wangaratta.

The Regional Cook off between teams from Echuca College, St Joseph’s College, Rochester Secondary College and Kyabram P-12 College, resulted in the St Joseph’s duo of Cloe O’Brien & Nathan Huismann becoming the Grand Final team for Campaspe region on Monday September 9.

Campaspe was joined by teams from Murray Mallee, Goulburn Murray and Wangaratta regions who enjoyed a viewing of the kitchens at Galen Catholic College and a dinner with trainers and judges the night before the competition.

Each student had just 2.5 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 stepping in for Megan Knapp - The Kitchen Door, Dameon Holmes - Intermezzo Café. The feedback to the students is invaluable.

Wangaratta team of Kara Leocata & Jenna Carter were the clear winners on the day. 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 Notre Dame College.

Moama Bowling Club has been a long term sponsor of the Murray River Culinary Challenge in the Campaspe region and we thank them for their continued generosity and support.

September 2019

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