Mitchell & Murrindindi Shire – Young people “SHOUT”

On March 3rd, 4th and 5th,  Seymour Performing Arts Centre was home to over 70 young people and workshop facilitators Adam Thompson (AKA Chocolate Starfish) and crew.

Mitchell, Murrindindi and Strathbogie Shires collaborated for the second year in a row to provide a music program called MusoMagic.

This three day workshop provides an innovative, outstanding mentoring program to unite, engage, motivate and empower groups of all ages and backgrounds through the magic of song.

This year young people came together to create the Music Video “SHOUT”.  The group that call themselves ‘Teenage Heroes’ described growing up, owning their space and the need to be grounded.

On the last day of filming Seymour Library & Seymour Township was the backdrop for a Flash Mob scene, much to the amusement of many onlookers.

Young people engaged in music, participated in lyric writing, built new relationships and created their own fully produced Music Video.

Welcome to the Big Show everyone.

Stay Tune for next year, Alexandra (Murrindindi Shire) ….here we come.

Buffy Leadbeater – Youth Services Coordinator – Mitchell Shire Council.

Marlhes Restaurant at Assumption College – Open for bookings

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The Marlhes Restaurant at Assumption College is fully licensed training facility, run by VETis Hospitality students and overseen by renowned chef and trainer Mr Nigel Engel.

Open to the public, this provides students the experience of cooking and serving within an operational facility with ‘real’ customers and underpinning theory learnt in the classroom.

The restaurant is now open Wednesday fortnightly begining 5th March 2014 during Terms 1 & 2. Bookings close by 5pm on the Monday before the restaurant is opens.

To secure your booking please click here

Welcome Back Hume Partnership Broker – Therese Thompson

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The Central Ranges LLEN welcomes back Therese Thompson from maternity leave this year. Therese returns to the position of Hume Partnership Broker, encompassing the Shires of Mitchell & Murrindindi. Therese has enjoyed time with her new daughter, Leila Rose in 2013 and now looks forward to reconnecting with all our partners in supporting young people across Mitchell and Murrindindi.

Central Ranges VCAL Network Showcases Program for 2013

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In December VCAL Coordinators and staff from across the areas of Mitchell, Murrindindi and Macedon Ranges re-invigorated the Central Ranges VCAL Network by showcasing projects and student achievements in 2013.  Projects and activities included:

·         Black tie dinner and silent auction

·         Entry into Hepatitis B Photography Awards

·         Participation in Driver Education, L2P Program and RACV Transmission project

·         Planning and instigating a room make-over

·         Production of “How to” DVD’s

·         Volunteering at a Community Kitchen

·         Writing local media articles,

·         Completing First Aid and other courses

·         Building Landcare Penguin boxes

·         Learning boxing

·         Involvement in peer support project

·         Visits to local Men’s Shed, and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

·         Attendance at a number of camps

The network also developed an action plan for 2014 which includes, increasing the ability and confidence of members to comply with accreditation processes, promoting best practice, increasing connections with local community, and supporting and mentoring members.  A number of combined VCAL activities are planned for 2014.  For more information please contact Lisa Linton at Central Ranges LLEN 57 811 014.

Central Ranges Transition to Secondary School (T.O.P.S) Workshops

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Building on the successful Parent Transition session held in Macedon  Ranges in 2012, three  sessions were delivered across the Central Ranges LLEN area in November 2013. Following meetings with local small primary school principals, sessions were organised in Pyalong, Lancefield and Tylden Primary Schools.

T.O.P.S stands for Transition, Organisation, Planning and Sharing which are the basic principles used by Trainers from Pelican Educational Services to assist parents in supporting their young person moving from Primary to Secondary School.

Funded through the Central Ranges LLEN, Kaye Bills and Glenda Fisher from Pelican Educational Services presented a relaxed workshop style approach to a small and committed group of parents at each school addressing  key issues and concerns of attendees.

Topics covered included;

  • How secondary school is different to primary school?

  • How to assist in organising your child?

  • Fostering and maintaining good relationships with the school?

  • Assisting with homework

Parents were given resources kits which outlined different approaches to help with project work, organising ideas, and planning tools. The feelings that parents face when their child leaves primary school and becomes more independant were also covered.

Parents fed back that the sessions had answered many of the questions raised, as a result they felt more confident with the transition process .  A number of parents felt that they would be better able to assist their young person by understanding different ways they could engage with their learning post the workshop.

Koorie Pathways Program – ‘Worlds of Work’ Residential – Open now!!

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KPP Cultural Careers Celebration Day 2013The Koorie Pathways Program – “World of Work” week residential is now open for applications!!

This years program will be 24-29 November in Melbourne.  Please contact your DEECD Koorie Education Support Officer – Misti Gow for more information: [email protected] or on 0477 326 757 for Southern Sub Region.

The Foundation for Young Australians World of Work program has been specifically designed for Indigenous students from the Hume region.  The World of Work is an excellent program that is designed to expose students to a variety of business environments, leadership and group activities to develop personal growth and confidence. It also allows students to explore potential career paths and provide inspiration to engage with education and training.  This has been a life changing experience for many young people and a great opportunity for students.

A key strategy of the Koorie Pathways Program is to increase the retention of Indigenous students to Year 12 which is well below non-Indigenous students in the Lower Hume region.

The Koorie Pathways Program in a partnership between four LLEN’s across the Hume region, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and local schools.

 

 

Central Ranges Trade Training Centre – Whittlesea & Seymour Openings

The Central Ranges Trade Training Centre officially opened the Whittlesea (Southern Hub) and Seymour (Northern Hub) sites on 26th of August and 4th of September respectively. The completion of both $5.2 Million, state of the art vocational training facilities was completed on time and in budget.  Both facilities are now open to all nine schools in the Central Ranges Trade Training Centre Consortium [Seymour College, St. Mary’s College Seymour, Assumption College, Yea High Schools and Euroa, Broadford, Alexandra, Wallan and Whittlesea Secondary Colleges] for students to undertake VETis school or pathways program training.  The facilities can deliver Industry standard training in Automotive, Engineering, Welding and Building and Construction – up until now unavailable across the region.

The facilities were opened at the time by the Federal Minister of Employment, Skills and Training – Honourable Brendan O’Connor and Federal Member for McEwan – Rob Mitchell, with presentations by Principals Terry Twomey (Whittlesea) and David Mills (Seymour) as well as lead school Principal for the Central Ranges Trade Training Centre project Jim Alsop (Broadford).

Students from across the region are very excited to be able to access the facilities and start the vocational pathway into industry standard training and ultimately jobs in local skill shortages.

The Central Ranges LLEN is very proud of its brokerage and facilitation work in bringing nine schools together to form a collaborative and sustainable partnership to deliver a model for industry level training until now not available to almost 3,000 students from across the region.

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

 

 

A Day In My Shoes (ADIMS) – Work Experience Program

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On Thursday 8th August, 18 students from Mitchell Shire with varying degrees of intellectual and physical disabilities participated in a one day quality work experience day in their chosen profession.

The work experience program “A Day In My Shoes” was organised by local Workplace Learning Coordinator – Jana Ash along with a working party to support the program and the Employers involved with providing the work experience for the day. A booklet was given to the students to write all their employers details in, log their activities for the day and also to provide them with some general information regarding employer expectations etc.

Each employer who hosted a work experience placement was given lots of information and support prior to the student arriving and was visited on the day by a member of the working party. Each student was given a information pack containing Disability Employment Service (DES) contact information in order for families to make contact to arrange future meetings. ALL students were provided with a certificate of attendance for their placement.

Special mention to the following businesses involved in the day:

Betta Electrical Seymour

CVGT Australia

Kilmore Trackside

Kilmore Travel & Cruise Centre

OKR 98.3FM

Mitchell Shire Council – Local Laws/ Library

Target Country Seymour

Kilmore Vet Clinic

Hotondo Homes

Kilmore Equine Clinic

McIvor Farm Foods

Kilmore Hospital – Caladenia Nursing Home

Video Busters

Coles Wallan

Seymour Telegraph

Araminta’s Tea Rooms

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