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NEWHAVEN College celebrated its 36th
birthday at a special Foundation Day as-
Senior school captains Jade Dalton and
Duncan Hunt led the assembly that included
special guest speaker David Jobe.
David was a 1987 graduate, Papworth Prize
winner and dux of his Year 12 class who had his
heart set on a career in the United States as an
“No one in my family had been to university
before. Thanks to my Newhaven education, and
especially our life governor Mrs Manning’s
maths lessons, I was not only accepted into the
course of my first preference but was ultimately
able to graduate top of my aerospace engineering
class,” he said.
Along with flying for the RAAF, David
achieved his dream of working in the United
States, for the Lockheed Corporation, now
Lockheed Martin, in Marietta, Georgia.
Lockheed produced a number of famous
aircraft of the day including the C130 Hercules,
C5 Galaxy, and later, the F22 Raptor and F35.
Whilst enthralled by the technology he was
immersed in, David began to realise life in the
United States as an aerospace engineer was not
The sense of community he had always
enjoyed on Phillip Island, and at Newhaven
College, was missing, prompting David to return
home to join his family in the management of The
Continental Hotel in Cowes.
David has since formed his own company,
Southern Sustainable Developments, and his
children Harry and Kate now attend Newhaven
In 2015, David joined the college board and
is now providing governance to the school that
provided him with his own education.
The college was established in 1980 as the
result of the vision and work of the Rev John
At a public meeting held on May 24, 1977,
150 people had affirmed the decision to establish
a Christian community school.
In February 1979, a muddy paddock was
purchased from the Boys Home and became the
site of Newhaven College.
The Education Department loaned two
portable classrooms, Penny Manning bought
desks for 50 cents each and Betty Brookes offered
to be the unpaid bursar.
The school began with one headmaster, two
teachers and 51 students from 45 families. Frank
Moore, an ecumenically minded school teacher,
became the first headmaster and chose the motto,
“In quietness and confidence shall be your
Now with more than 900 students, the original
Boys Home Road site in Newhaven has been
Years 10 to 12 students still attend the Boys
Home Road Campus whilst Prep to Year 9 students
attend the new Phillip Island Road Campus.
It is planned the whole college will move to
the Phillip Island Road Campus when additional
buildings are completed in the near future.
As is Newhaven’s tradition, delighted Prep
students were presented with balloons by
Year 12 students to symbolise the passing of
knowledge and custodianship to Newhaven’s
Maintaining tradition: Newhaven College Year 12 students Sarah Burns (left) and Jaz
Hendry presented balloons to Preps Balin and Riky to symbolise the passing of knowledge
and custodianship to the college’s next generation.
A MIRBOO North man has been rec-
ognised for making a difference to the
lives of young people with disabilities in
Aaron Boscombe Hill is a nominee for Inter-
change Gippsland’s Adult Volunteer of the Year
He volunteers with the organisation that provides
relief for carers of people with disabilities.
Aaron volunteers with the ROADIES South and
Holiday Options Program (HoP) South programs,
helping young people with disabilities aged be-
tween 10 and 18 living in the Bass Coast and South
ROADIES is a program for teenagers with dis-
abilities, providing opportunities for young people
with disabilities to become involved in recreation
in groups, such as learning to surf, abseiling, horse
riding, tree surfing, feeding sharks and sting rays,
as well as cultural activities such as trips to the the-
Aaron attends recreational day trips and camps,
providing social support to young people with dis-
abilities by acting as a role model.
Autism began affecting Aaron’s life when he was
just five and around this time, he and his family at-
tended an Interchange Gippsland Family Camp.
The family attended four more camps over the
next few years and while Aaron remembers being
shy at first, initially spending time with his parents,
he soon began to socialise and make new friends.
He had little to do with Interchange Gippsland
until he was 13 and able to participate in the ROAD-
IES program. Initially Aaron found ROADIES a
struggle. His first feelings were of isolation, not fit-
ting in, and not particularly enjoying the activities.
Aaron felt there was a wedge between him and
the others and decided that he did not want to go
“My parents convinced me to try once more
though and I am glad I took notice. ROADIES soon
became the highlight of my life. The leaders at that
time, Colin and Bev, were incredible. They really
made me feel part of the group, and helped me in
many other ways, including supporting me to man-
age my anger and frustration,” he said.
Aaron’s relationship with Interchange Gippsland
has been a long and successful one. In addition to
helping manage his grandmother’s farm and volun-
teering with Mirboo North CFA, Aaron still finds
time to volunteer with Interchange Gippsland assist-
ing young participants on the HoP and ROADIES
“My theory is the sky is the limit. I can do any-
thing if set my mind to it. Interchange Gippsland has
helped shape me,” he said.
Interchange Gippsland is a not for profit disabil-
ity support agency providing respite and recreation
support and activities to individuals with disabilities
and their families.
Debbie Knight CEO, Interchange Gippsland
said, “Interchange Gippsland volunteers play an
important role in promoting social inclusion and
assisting individuals with a disability to access the
community through a range of fun recreational and
Volunteers at Interchange Gippsland are support-
ed through training and development and mentoring
from program coordinators.
Volunteering is undertaken at no cost with ac-
tivities attended funded by Interchange Gippsland.
Interchange offers a wide variety of volunteering
activities and people interested in exploring volun-
teering opportunities can call 1300 736 765 during
business hours or email Jenni Rohde, marketing and
communication manager on firstname.lastname@example.org to
discuss their interest.
Further information on the types of volunteering
activities and roles available can be obtained from
Interchange Gippsland’s website at www.icg.asn.
Helping out: Aaron Boscombe Hill (left) supervises young children taking part in surfing
lessons through Interchange Gippsland. He is in the running for a volunteer award.
Aaron opens doors to
people with disabilities
SOUTH Gippsland Shire
Council last week re-
placed public litter bins
in Leongatha’s central
business district with new
bin enclosures that enable
the separate collection of
recyclable materials and
The new bin enclosures are
dyna bolted in place so they can
be easily moved if needed to
adapt to changes in the streetscape
brought about by the Leongatha
Revitalisation Works Project,
now in the planning stage.
The cost of implementing the
$84,110 project was supported
by a grant from the Australian
Packaging Covenant Industry
Association of $53,863, with the
remainder funded by council’s
Council’s waste manage-
ment supervisor Peter Roberts
said, “The introduction of pub-
lic place recycling bins will
help reduce the amount of litter
waste sent to landfill from Le-
ongatha each year and increase
the recovery of recyclable pack-
aging materials for recycling
into new products.
“Providing residents with the
opportunity to recycle their litter
while away from home makes be-
ing environmentally sustainable a
The introduction of 20 new
bin enclosures in the commercial
area of Korumburra in 2014 has
diverted 15 tonnes from landfill.
On the job: from left, South Gippsland Shire
Council construction crew members Dan Wilkin-
son and Ken Robb install new bin enclosures in Le-
ongatha’s central business district last Thursday.
the heart of
SOUTH Gippsland Shire
Councillor Jim Fawcett has
rejected he had a conflict of
interest in relation to coun-
cil’s proposal to fund works
at Leongatha Recreation
Council’s budget proposes to
spend $800,000 on sealing roads,
kerb and channelling and drainage at
the reserve, and a further $600,000
on similar works at the Korumburra
Korumburra’s David Amor told
council last Wednesday Cr Fawcett
should have declared a conflict of
interest in the process, given he is
chair of the Leongatha Recreation
Reserve and also a life member of
the Leongatha Football Club.
Cr Fawcett said there was no
conflict, given he was only a mem-
ber of the football club, not a mem-
ber of the committee, and was also
council’s representative on the re-
Mr Amor also questioned the
accuracy of the traffic count at
the Leongatha reserve council
claimed was justification for the
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