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EDUCATION, COURSES &
APPRENTICESHIP OPPORTUNITIES IN SOUTH GIPPSLAND
IN SOUTH GIPPSLAND
STUDENTS at Korumburra
Secondary College (KSC) are
in for an action packed first
With sports, camps and excursions
marked on the calendar, 2016 promises
to be a busy year for KSC.
Year 7 students recently returned
from the Uniting Church camp in
Grantville, where they were given the
opportunity to get to know each other
and participate in adventure activities.
Two Outdoor Education camps
will be held for Year 9 and Year 12
students, as part of the subject’s cur-
riculum. Year 12 students will venture
to Bogong High Plains, while Year 9s
travel to Falls Creek.
Other interschool sports that will
play out during term one will be the
house athletics, cricket, tennis, golf,
volleyball and softball. House swim-
ming sports were held last week (Tues-
day, February 9).
Sociology students will be looking
forward to an excursion to the Multi-
cultural Museum in Melbourne, as part
of their ethnicity unit. This subject is a
unique aspect to KSC’s curriculum, as
not many schools offer the course.
Students at KSC are known as ded-
icated learners, and uphold the school
values of respect, resilience and care
for the community.
New staff members have joined the
teaching panel to help these students
develop to their full potential. Jessi
Hunter and Richard Morrison will
teach English, Rhiannon Skelley teach-
es arts and technology, Rosie Handley
teaches literature and humanities, Don
Stalker teaches maths and science, and
Jess Edwards is the student welfare co-
Justin Wong and James Tan are also
new teachers to the school, who will
teach the students Mandarin.
Chinese language and culture was
introduced to school this year as part
of the language other than English
The whole school will be taught
An enterprise elective will run for
a second year, allowing students to
explore job opportunities in design
and fabrication, hospitality and online
With school numbers on the rise,
a fresh new website and an exciting
range of subjects, students are looking
forward to a positive year at KSC.
Exciting start at Korumburra college
Study time: from left, Year 12 students Jade Falcone, Jack Gilchrist, Kristen
Stewart and Teagan Clapperton put their heads together to study business man-
agement at Korumburra Secondary College.
ENROLLING children in kindergarten in
South Gippsland Shire will be easier this year.
South Gippsland Shire Council has taken over the
enrolment process for all four year old classes in all pre-
schools in the shire from this year, for 2017 classes.
Council’s community services project officer Shelley
Fixter said the aim of centralising enrolment was to sim-
plify the process for families, as they will no longer have
to apply to multiple kindergartens.
“It will also help kinders with the cost of administra-
tion because council will be doing some of the work that
is now being done by kinder volunteers,” she said.
Ms Fixter said the process will be fair and equitable, en-
suring all children have access to preschool classes, particu-
larly vulnerable children who may otherwise miss out.
Council has received funding from the Municipal As-
sociation of Victoria, and the Department of Education
and Early Childhood Development to implement the cen-
tral enrolment system.
The system is also operating in other areas of Victoria.
Families will be able to apply online through council’s
website or by delivering an application form to council.
Applicants will be required to list their preschool pref-
erences and council officers will then arrange places.
All kindergartens will benefit, whether or not they are
run by committees or the YMCA.
The process is not yet available, with the website ex-
pected to be operational during March.
“We will be working with the kindergartens to talk
through some of the finer details of the process,” Ms Fix-
Kinder enrolments just
House strives to help
you succeed in all as-
pects of education.
With a flexible program
tailored to meet the needs
of the community, there are
plenty of opportunities to
broaden one’s knowledge in
a safe, positive environment.
Around 10,000 visitors
come into the centre each
year, and numbers continue to
grow. Some classes now op-
erate from other community
spaces for extra room. There
are 80 hours of activities to
attend over seven days.
A popular area of the
program is computers and
technology, which helps
people decipher all the tricks
in the modern world.
“We recognise there’s
a huge knowledge gap for
some people when it comes
to computers and technol-
ogy,” manager Jenni Keerie
“It impacts people across
the board, so it’s important
to include these classes in
our program. They are very
easy, well-structured and
covers all the basics.”
Involvement in a class
can increase computer con-
fidence and employabil-
ity. The community can also
learn how to use their iPads
and Android tablets to get the
most out of their gadgets.
Milpara is only limited
by suggestion and has in-
creased its curriculum based
on community demand.
Classes are diverse and
include Bollywood dance,
website building, medita-
tion, rug making, tarot, jew-
ellery making, creative writ-
ing, singing and accredited
The classes are run by
qualified trainers, experi-
enced presenters and tutors
and amateurs with knowl-
edge and skill.
“We are keen for people
to put their hand up to run
classes,” Ms Keerie said.
“We recently had some-
one offer to run guitar les-
sons, which is fantastic.
Plenty of choice at Milpara House
Exciting program: from left, program coordinator
Belinda Nicholls and manager Jenni Keerie show-
case the list of classes available at Korumburra’s
Milpara Community House and the children’s veg-
We are really excited about
what we can offer. We are
here to respond to the com-
munity and address their
A playgroup is avail-
able for toddlers, and other
programs cater for children
including looking after the
raised vegetable gardens.
Families are encouraged to
With friendly service
and a flexible schedule, you
are sure to find something to
suit your needs.
Book in at Milpara to
expand your educational
dents to develop to
their full potential is
the key at St Joseph’s
Primary School, Ko-
The school introduced
an individualised learning
project for students to learn
about their personal inter-
ests, including topics such
as gaming and coding.
“Students are asked to
apply for the program and
eight students will be select-
ed to participate each term,”
acting principal Michelle
“The program runs two
days a week. It helps stu-
dents follow their interests
and has an extended focus
on literacy and numeracy.”
Ms Charlton will be
filling the principal’s posi-
tion for the next 12 months.
Beginning at the start of the
term, she said she felt the
school had a positive vibe
and a wonderful school
“It has been a really nice
start. The parents are keen
New skills at St Joseph’s
Tech savvy: Prep students Cody and Lizzie look
forward to learning new skills with their iPads at St
Joseph’s Primary School, Korumburra.
to get on board with things
that are happening at the
school and are willing to be
involved,” she said.
Though first term is only
eight weeks long, there are
plenty of exciting events on
the school’s calendar.
Grade 3 to 6 students
competed in the swimming
sports last week and are
looking forward to the ath-
letics carnival later in the
Grade 5 and 6 students
will go on camp to Mel-
bourne on February 29, and
the term will end with the
Easter litany on March 24.
The Easter litany is a per-
formance in which students
tell the Easter story through
song and dance. Parents are
invited to come along.
Throughout the year, all
students at St Joseph’s Pri-
mary School will be encour-
aged to become responsible
learners by respecting and
caring for one another, and
upholding the school’s val-
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