Stakeholder Consultation

DSC02497-for-web.jpgCampaspe Shire and Campaspe Cohuna LLEN hosted a Stakeholder Consultation on 9 December, which enabled local service providers, schools and industry to join together and discuss some of the key issues emerging locally from the Voice of Our Youth consultation, and identify opportunities to work together to improve educational and employment outcomes for young people.

Topics discussed focussed on the feedback that has been collected through the youth consultation process, including bullying, uniform, flexibility and choice in curriculum and delivery, access to mental health and other outreach services and the need to feel respected and valued as individuals.

The consultation also looked at the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats across our Shire, with a common notable strength being the presence and effectiveness of partnerships between schools, services and community.

The lack of accessible transport and timetabling of VLine services from small communities to major centres was highlighted, along with the lack of youth-focussed and outreach services, funding and capacity and the negative perception of VCAL.

Identified opportunities include offering varied learning modalities, vertical streaming where learning is based on needs rather than age, the confirmation of a headspace service in the area, outreach services and engagement between young people and industry.

The Voice of our Youth consultation will continue until the 20 December, with the opportunity for a lucky young participant to win $500 for themselves, and $500 for a school, simply by completing the online survey at

The full report will be available in February next year.

If you would like to be involved in this process and have any questions, please contact Jane Reid at the CCLLEN on 0447 530 618 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

December 2019

Hands on Learning - Projects completed!

Pizza-Oven-Group-Photo-for-web.jpgDSC02513-for-web.jpgHands on Learning is an innovative education program that caters to the different ways young people learn.

Small groups of students work collaboratively on authentic building projects that provide a platform for students to engage, grow confidence and achieve success at school. It fosters strong, long term relationships that help young people develop the skills and abilities they need to succeed in work and life like collaboration, problem solving, communication, resilience and empathy.

The Hands on Learning Program commenced at the end of term two this year, with St Joseph’s College, Echuca Specialist School, Echuca College, Kyabram P-12 College and Rushworth P-12 College working together to offer the program to students.

The program aims to provide students with real-life skills, including goal setting, communication, leadership, teamwork, goal setting, initiative and creativity.  There is a focus on building self-confidence, resilience and gives students an opportunity to learn in an environment outside the normal classroom structure.

Projects are student-led, with the support of the Artisan Teacher, giving ownership and a sense of accomplishment through creating amazing spaces and items for the wider school community to enjoy.

St Joseph’s College and Echuca Specialist School are working collaboratively to complete projects, including an outdoor space featuring a pizza oven.  The pizza oven has been built from scratch, by the students, under the guidance of Artisan Teacher Jamie Harding.

Echuca College participants have not only refurbished an old storage shed on site to create a working space for the program and created an outdoor activity space called the ‘Gaga Pit’.

Students from both groups have also recycled and repurposed a large quantity of materials, including old bike parts and timber products for use in the projects.

The Moama Bowling Club funded a grant to purchase the tool trailer and tools for the program, which is shared across schools who are participating and School Focused Youth Service provided funding for materials used to complete the various projects across the schools.

December 2019

Campaspe Youth Partnerships Celebrations

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This is a wonderful time of the year celebrating the many Youth Partnerships programs that have run across the schools in the Campaspe region. We have had a very successful inaugural Goulburn Murray I CAN Expo and Imagination Club celebrations. Eleven Junior Park Rangers celebrated their program at the Kyabram Fauna Park in November along with teachers and parents. The MATES end of year gatherings have been held in both Kyabram and Echuca to say a thank you to our twenty community volunteers and students who have participated in the program.

The Murray Life Adventures program continues to be an engaging and valuable program. Hands on Learning is running at three locations at Kyabram P-12 College, Echuca College and at St Joseph’s College combined with Echuca Specialist School students. 

Over 160 young people have been engaged in our programs throughout the year, making it our biggest year yet.

I CAN Network

The I CAN mentoring programs have run in both Kyabram and Echuca throughout the year. The secondary programs were celebrated in a combined end of year Goulburn Murray I CAN Expo in November at Mooroopna attended by over 150. Our schools that participated in the Expo included Kyabram P-12 College, St Augustine’s College, Echuca College, St Joseph’s College, River City Christian College and Echuca Specialist School. The I CAN talks by the students were inspiring. The very successful expo highlighted many positive outcomes for our young people embracing their autism.

The Kyabram Imagination Club (Kyabram P-12 College, Rushworth P-12 College and St Augustine’s College) celebrated their year on 25 November and the Echuca Imagination Club with students from Twin Rivers PS, Echuca Primary School and Echuca Specialist School on 26 November.

Junior Park Rangers at Kyabram Fauna Park

Eleven primary school students from Echuca Specialist School, Rushworth P-12 College Kyabram P-12 College and St Augustine’s College completed the Junior Park Rangers program in November and loved meeting the new dingo pups, enjoying a celebration party and receiving a certificate of achievement. The students have gained confidence, social skills team work and skills in handling snakes and lizards.

MATES Mentoring

The MATES mentoring program has expanded this year and we now have 20 matched mentors and mentees  across St Augustine’s College, Kyabram P-12 College, Echuca College, St Joseph’s College, Echuca Specialist School, Rushworth P-12 College and Cohuna Secondary College. MATES end of year celebrations have been held in Kyabram at St Augustine’s College with a delicious morning tea and in Echuca we had a BBQ lunch at Apex Park.

Murray Life Adventures

St Joseph's College took two groups of students to Murray Life Adventures for three Wednesdays for each group, as part of a longer program that included health, fitness and personal development. In December the Echuca College and Echuca Specialist School combined group returned for one more, highly anticipated, day to revisit their learnings from their six week program earlier in the year. Schools are reporting that students are more engaged in school with improved confidence in their abilities.

Hands on Learning

You can read more about this here.

November 2019

VET in Schools Excellence Awards

DSC02286-for-web.jpgThe annual VET in Schools Excellence Awards were held on 12 November to celebrate the outstanding achievements of Vocational Education & Training (VET) students within our regional schools.

Around 670 secondary school students are enrolled in VET subjects and School Based Apprenticeships in our region this year. Fifty students were nominated for the Awards, during the Awards ceremony at Moama Bowling Club all finalists were presented with certificates, and winners were announced in 13 categories. This year a category for students studying the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning – VCAL, was introduced to acknowledge this learning pathway.

More than 250 guests attended the event which was organised by the Campaspe Cohuna LLEN. Those present included students and their families, trainers, teachers, host employers and sponsoring businesses.

Music students from Echuca College performed four great numbers for the audience. Guest speaker was Kelly Shotton who talked about her career journey to her current employment with local business Foodmach. Kelly is a standout for women in non-traditional roles.

Students were nominated for the Awards by their VET teachers and trainers. Completion of a work placement in the relevant industry is a pre-requisite to be a finalist with host employers providing reports on individual student performance. Host employers provided evidence of the skills in their comments such as “uses their initiative, really contributed to the team, eager to learn and demonstrate new skills, and really showed great industry knowledge”.

Nominated students submitted their resume and finalists were interviewed by a panel of judges who have put some time into reading up on the students nominations before the final interview. The process from submitting nominations, including Resumes and Portfolios is good preparation for entering the workforce.

Judges Brendon Hawken, Belinda Egan and Michael Pratt were again impressed with the calibre of the finalists. Students demonstrated strong employability skills in their assessment reports and interviews but the Judges were most impressed with the “Can Do” attitude of so many of the students. One proudly said “I am not sure exactly what I want to do but I will give anything a crack.”

November 2019

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