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CARVING a right trail for youth in the Mitchell Shire is not just “part of the job” for Mitchell Shire Youth Services Co-ordinator Buffy Leadbeater.
A strong community leader, Ms Leadbeater’s dedication and hard work was acknowledged as the recipient of the Central Ranges LLEN ‘Christine Cox Trailblazer Award’ recently.
In announcing the award, Central Ranges LLEN Chair Doreen Power said Ms Leadbeater was a “real trailblazer”.
“Buffy has shown a great commitment to ​innovation​ through establishing Mitchell youth rooms, collaboration through her work with a​range of orgs and young people and going above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference in the lives of local young people,” Ms Power said.
During her time at Mitchell Shire, Ms Leadbeater has demonstrated leadership in the development of the Mitchell Shire Youth Strategy and youth consultations, the further ​development of the Mitchell ​Shire Youth Council and the Cyber Tattoo campaign to tackle cyber bullying.
Recently, Ms Leadbeater also drew ​attention to the region by hosting a forum in Wallan in partnership with the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria, bringing together a variety of stakeholders to feed into a ​state-wide consultation process.
Ms Leadbeater was nominated for award alongside two others from the Macedon Ranges, Mitchell and Murrindindi Shires.
Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes presented Ms Leadbeater with the award and $500 cheque at the Central Ranges LLEN annual general meeting.
The award recognises excellent leadership, outstanding achievement and significant partnerships, in honour of the late Central Ranges LLEN’s Christine Cox.

Original article http://www.newspaperhouse.com.au/index.php/component/k2/item/430-a-trailblazer-in-buffy-leadbeater 

Macedon Ranges Youth Awards Nominations are now open

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Do you know a young person between 12 – 25 years of age who lives, works or goes to school in the Macedon Ranges who deserves to be publicly acknowledged and celebrated? Are they excelling in the Arts? Are they giving there all to their education? Are they an exceptional employee or apprentice? Best on ground in a sporting endeavour? Or do they contribute to our community or fly the flag for youth mental health and wellbeing? If you do, then we want to hear from you.

Nominations are open on Wednesday 10th June.

You can nominate online​: ​http://www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/People_Family/Youth/A wards_Youth​ o​r pick up a nomination form from any ​Macedon Ranges Customer Service Centre or contact Annie Rowland on [email protected] or 54220226 to get one sent out.

Nominations close on Friday 31 July at 5:00pm.

Macedon Ranges Youth Awards will be held on Tuesday 25th August at 7:00pm at the Kyneton Town Hall.

2014 VCAL Achievement Awards – Recognition

Assumption College received two gongs at the recent Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning Achievement Awards held at the Sofitel, Melbourne.

VCAL Student Achievement Award for Intermediate Work related Skills – Paris Grattan

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Paris (pictured) completed her first-year Certificate III in Children’s Services in 2012, which involved a work placement at Kekeco Childcare in Kilmore. Her dedication and commitment to the industry led to a school-based apprenticeship and traineeship the next year. Paris completed all units in Certificate III in 12 months, impressing her employers and supervisors.

In 2014, Paris continued working with Kekeco Childcare each week as a part-time employee. This benefitted both parties: Paris was given more experience, and Kekeco had a dedicated employee who loved working there.

She completed studies in hospitality at Assumption in 2013 and 2014, was a valuable member of the hospitality class and worked in the Marlhes Restaurant each fortnight. She was part of the VCAL team that organised ACK’s inaugural Relay for Life, which raised $5250 and brought together 300 people from Assumption and the wider community. As part of this team, Paris demonstrated many employability skills.

For her ability to combine work in childcare and hospitality with her schooling at Assumption Paris received the College’s Outstanding Ability to Adapt to New Learning Environments Award 2014.

VCAL Partner Achievement Award – Kilmore Men’s Shed and Assumption College

Last year, Kilmore Men’s Shed contacted Assumption College to see whether a group of students could help them produce a newsletter for their members. Following discussions, VET Business Administration students produced, printed and delivered the newsletter to the Men’s Shed. The members were delighted with the finished product and the students were proud of themselves.

This partnership led to a few of the members coming to the College to work with senior numeracy students to help build billy carts as part of design and measurement. The class looked at the history of carts and the best materials and tools to make them.

By the end of term the students, working in the VCAL workshop alongside members from the Men’s Shed, had built several billy carts. It was a mutually beneficial partnership, acknowledged at the VCAL Achievement Awards.

The partnership was so successful it is continuing this year.

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Harry Purcell (from Kilmore Men’s Shed), Jenny Pendlebury (former VCAL Coordinator), Meg Bryar (VCAL teacher) and

Judith Graley, Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier.

Alex Houghton – VCAL Coordinator and food technology teacher
[email protected]

To read original article: http://assumption.vic.edu.au/bulletin/new-page-2/may-28-2015/honours-for-a-vcal-student-staff-and-partners-/

Annual General Meeting 2015

CRLLEN NewLogoThe CRLLEN Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 19th May 2015, at the Golden Reign Room, Kilmore Racing Club, East Street, Kilmore commencing at 10am and followed by a complimentary lunch for attendees at 12noon.

Our guest speaker will be Jaclyn Symes, Member of the Legislative Council for Northern Victoria. Jaclyn is very interested in issues facing youth in regional areas, especially education and employment.

There are currently several vacancies on the CRLLEN Board and five positions are up for re-nomination. Please consider nominating for the Board and help us connect local education, business, parent and community organisations to grow the education and training options for youth in our region. (Nomination Form below)

Please contact the office on 57 811 014 or [email protected] for further information or to advise of your attendance.

Nomination Form available here: Nomination Form AGM 2015

Learn Local Awards – Kyneton Community & Learning Centre nomination

Learn Local logoThe Central Range LLEN is pleased to announce a resident Learn Local, Kyneton Community & Learning Centre’s has been nominated for a State government Learn Local Award under the Creating Local Solutions category, for the Macedon Ranges Training Needs Analysis Project.

This project has been shortlisted to the finalist stage (3 finalists in each category). This is great news and a terrific recognition of the work undertaken, outcomes achieved and contributions of all involved in this partnership project.

The 2014 Victorian Learn Local Award presentations will be held on the evening of Thursday 28 August in St Kilda Town Hall commencing 6.30 pm. The awards will be presented by the Hon. Nick Wakeling MP, Minister for Higher Education and Skills.

See full list of Learn Local Awards 2014 Finalists

Assumption College & 3 students finalists in the 2014 Victorian Training Awards

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Assumption College is proud to announce that three of our students are finalists in the Victorian Training Awards as well as Assumption College being a finalist in the VET in Schools excellence category.

Olivia Bennetts is completing a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery at the Hidden Valley Restaurant, Joel Brincat is undertaking a Certificate III in Plumbing with Laidlaw Plumbing and Drainage and Caitlin Maher is completing a Certificate III in Aged Care at Blue Cross Willowmeade. All are finalist in the category of Victorian School-based Apprentice of the Year.

Assumption College is also a finalist in the VET in Schools Excellence Award. This year the College has 367 students studying a VET (Vocational Education and Training) programme in a choice of 26 different industries as well as 41 students enrolled in a SBAT (School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship) in 17 different Industries. Mrs Carol Fisher has been the VET/SBAT Coordinator at the College for the past eight years.

The Victorian Training Awards, now in their 60th year, promote and reward outstanding achievement and innovation in vocational education and training. They also acknowledge the strong partnerships between training providers and Victorian businesses which are vital to providing a strong skills base for Victoria.

Winners of individual awards each receive a $10,000 fellowship and the opportunity to represent Victoria at the 2014 Australian Training Awards in Adelaide. Winners of the VET in Schools Excellence Award also receive prize money of $10,000 each for investment in their training programs.

The Victorian Training Awards will be presented in the Palladium Room at Crown Casino on Friday, September 26.

Assumption College Kilmore student 2014 SBAT finalists L-R Caitlin Maher - Aged Care, Joel Brincat - Plumbing & Olivia Bennetts - Commercial Cookery

Assumption College Kilmore student 2014 SBAT finalists L-R Caitlin Maher – Aged Care, Joel Brincat – Plumbing & Olivia Bennetts – Commercial Cookery

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Assumption College Kilmore 2014 finalists L-R Caitlin Maher – Aged Care, Mrs Carol FIsher VET/SBAT Coordinator ACK & Olivia Bennetts – Commercial Cookery Back Row: Joel Brincat – Plumbing

 

 

2013 Australian Vocational Student Prize and Prime Minister’s Award for Skills Excellence in School

Congratulations to Assumption College past student Lauren Parkinson (Alumni 2013) on being awarded:

  1. VCAL School-based Apprentice/Trainee for 2013
  2. 2013 Australian Vocational Student Prize
  3. Prime Minister’s Award for Skills Excellence in School in the Victorian State category

The Australian Vocational Student Prize recognises the achievements of students who completed their senior secondary studies while undertaking vocational education and training in schools or an Australian school-based Apprenticeship.

The Prime Minister’s Award recognises the student’s determination and commitment in achieving outstanding outcomes while completing their qualification, along with their involvement in the community and their leadership qualities. These awards promote the benefits of vocational education and reflect the commitment of schools to making vocational learning a valuable and rewarding experience for students. The PM’s Award has been awarded to no more than 20 students annually since 2005. This really is a wonderful achievement for both the student and the school.

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Picture: Mr Michael Kenny, Principal – Assumption College Kilmore, The Hon. Martin Dixon MP, Minister for Education and Miss Lauren Parkinson.

Lauren Parkinson is someone with a lot of experience providing care to others. She used the illness of a family member to inspire her – to undertake nursing and, in her words, to “bring dignity and respect to people” needing nursing. She trained in care and assistance for the elderly at the Seymour Memorial Hospital in Seymour, and later at BlueCross Willowmeade. “Lauren is a very empathetic carer who is passionate about delivering person-centered care to our residents” boasts BlueCross Willowmeade. It was there she picked up a Top 4 Trainee in Aged Care award at the industry annual awards ceremony in 2013. As she studied for her School Based Apprenticeship in Aged Care, Lauren was equally active on the sports field. She not only completed a Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance and a Certificate III in Aged Care, she also undertook a Certificate II in Sport and Recreation.Her teachers and nominator agree – Lauren is a remarkable young woman. As she starts out on her Bachelor of Nursing at RMIT in 2014, she will no doubt continue to inspire with the sensitivity and compassion she brings to those needing care.

2013 Australian Vocational Student Prize

Congratulations to Mikeala Bennetts (Alumni 2013) Assumption College for also being awarded an Australian Vocational Student Prize for 2013.  This award recognises the achievements of students who completed their senior secondary studies while undertaking vocational education and training in schools or an Australian school-based Apprenticeship.

NB: Original content of this article taken form Assumption College website

Australian Vocational Student Prize – Nominations Open

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The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Assistant Minister for Education announced the opening of the nomination period on 18 October 2013 and encouraged schools across Australia to nominate students for the Prize.

Schools are invited to nominate outstanding Year 12 students who have undertaken a Vocational Education and Training in Schools programme or an Australian School-based Apprenticeship as part of their senior secondary certificate. Students can be nominated by their school principal, teacher or a Vocational Education and Training Coordinator.

These prizes recognise the importance of Vocational Education and Training and School-Based Apprenticeships in helping young Australians build great careers in industries which are looking for highly-skilled employees.

Up to 500 students will be awarded $2000 and a certificate. The highest achieving AVSP winners are also eligible for the Prime Minister’s Award for Skills Excellence in School, with an additional $2000 for the winners.

Schools are invited to nominate up to two students if the school has fewer than 25 VET enrolments or up to four students if the school has 25 or more VET enrolments.More information on the eligibility criteria is available at www.education.gov.au/australian-vocational-student-prize.

Nominations are required to be submitted by 8:00 pm (AEDT) on 29 November 2013.

State-wide Learn Local Awards – Kyneton Community Learning Centre Finalist

Kyneton Community Learning Centre (KCLC) was a finalist for the 2013 Learn Local Awards announced by the Minister for Higher Education and Skills, the Hon. Peter Hall, MLC.  The Learn Local Awards recognise the exceptional efforts of learners, practitioners and training providers in the Victorian Learn Local education and training sector.

There is a total of $35,000 available to winners in five categories.  The category of nomination for KCLC is in “Excellence in Creating Local Solutions” which recognises the efforts of both the Learn Local and their significant partners in delivering a collaborative project.

Central Ranges LLEN support included:

  • Provision of funding to support a trainer to develop the program and consult with local stakeholders on referral pathways, partnership support and delivery options
  • Facilitated an advisory committee to identify issues, develop collective solutions and support the implementation of the program.
  • Brokering meetings between organisations to encourage referrals and to clarify roles and responsibilities
  • Bringing new stakeholders to the table
  • Providing  linkage to a wide range networks to promote program
  • Supported the implementation of program through knowledge and experience with other FLO programs;
  • Guided the development of an evaluation mechanism for the pilot;
  • Fed back developments from the Youth Partnerships program and fostered connections back to the executive through CEO
  • Conducted evaluation and production of report

The 2013 Awards were presentation at a dinner will be held on Thursday 29 August at the St Kilda Town Hall.  Unfortunately Kyneton Community Learning Centre did not win the award, but was celebrated as an excellent partnership model.

2012 Australian Vocational Student Prize – Recipients

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The Australian Vocational Student Prize (AVSP) recognises students who have demonstrated outstanding skills while completing vocational training in senior secondary years.

The Australian Vocational Student Prize gives national recognition to achievements in vocational training completed in secondary education, particularly those in senior secondary years.

The Australian Vocational Student Prize promotes the value of gaining vocational skills while at school. It acknowledges that vocational education prepares students for further training and employment.Five hundred prizes, of a certificate and $2000, are available nationally each year. The best of these  students will win the Prime Minister’s Award for Skills Excellence in School which carries a prize of an additional $2000.Each year schools are invited to nominate students who have chosen to do practical, vocational training while completing their senior secondary studies.Winning students from Central Ranges LLEN region are:

    • Brayden Harris – Assumption College Kilmore, KILMORE
    • Ellie Griffin – Assumption College Kilmore, KILMORE
    • Emily Martin – Assumption College Kilmore, KILMORE
    • Jessica Pendlebury – Assumption College Kilmore, KILMORE

Jessica Pendlebury – Assumption College Kilmore was also awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for 2012.

Well done to those who were awarded