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Draft Implementation Plan
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By Stuart Biggins
EACH Easter a group of Grade 5 stu-
dents from the Leongatha Primary
School visit their sister school in the
Chinese city of Chang Shu, 100 kilome-
tres from Shanghai.
With a permanent population of two million
people, the textile manufacturing factories swell the
daytime population by that much again.
The return visit by the Leongatha students’ Chi-
nese counterparts has happened at about this time
every year since the sister school relationship began
five years ago.
All 24 of the 12 year old Chinese boys and girls
have been learning English since they were in Grade
They are accompanied on this visit by teachers
Shen Weixia and You Xuefen, making their first trip
What struck them first about South Gippsland is
how fresh the air is and how much space there is.
“So many farms!” Ms Shen said.
But it is the different educational styles evident
at the Leongatha Primary School that have had the
most profound impact.
The Chinese teachers have observed how open
the teaching style is, how much sharing goes on be-
tween teachers and how transparent the classrooms.
Leongatha students seem so free to move around
and permitted to share their opinions.
In China, children still sit in rows of desks in
classes of 40.
Both Chinese teachers and Rob Higgins, prin-
cipal of the Leongatha Primary School, agreed the
experience brings the two countries closer together.
Mr Higgins said, “Our two schools have known
each other for a long time now and we have devel-
oped a true friendship.”
“We have become part of each others’ communi-
ties. When teachers and students from our school go
to Cheng Shu they are taken out into the community.
We are friends.”
Ms You said, “The sister school relationship
means Australia is close to our lives.
“Chinese children are raised on Australian milk
powder and here they get to visit the farms where the
milk is produced.
“The cross cultural influence we have on each
other is everything. We want to learn and share
Mr Higgins said, gesturing to the students in the
school yard, “In the future these students will be
producing the milk for China.
“They need to know their market and be capable
of thinking globally. Children, otherwise, usually
only worry about their own backyards.”
FEDERATION University Australia is
excited to welcome prospective students
and their families to its Gippsland and
Ballarat campuses for the 2016 open
day on Sunday, August 28.
To be opened in 2017, the Berwick campus will hold
its open day tomorrow Wednesday, August 17.
At Fed Uni you will be able to learn practical, hands-
on skills as part of a community, not just a university.
The uni’s Mt Helen and Camp Street campuses in
Ballarat and Gippsland campus in Churchill will be open
from 10am to 3pm on the Sunday.
Visitors will be able to explore the wide range of pro-
grams at Discovery Points at each campus.
Prospective students will be able to meet and speak
with staff and current students; attend informative pro-
gram information sessions; collect detailed course and
student services and support information; explore facili-
ties and FedUni Living accommodation; and find out how
to apply for courses.
An open evening for students, parents and teachers
also will be held on Wednesday, August 17 from 4pm to
8pm at its new Berwick Campus.
The university will deliver some programs from 2017
at the new Berwick campus at 100 Clyde Road, Berwick.
“On behalf of the university I am pleased to welcome stu-
dents and their families to FedUni for our 2016 open day,”
Professor David Battersby, vice-chancellor, said.
“You will find university staff and student ambassa-
dors at hand who will readily help with any questions or
wishes you may have.”
Exclusive to the Mt Helen Campus this year will be
the new Try A Trade Alley.
At the alley, visitors will be able to get their hands dirty
and try out the university’s huge range of trade programs.
Study options in these fields include building, con-
struction, hair and beauty, bakery, carpentry, plumbing,
robotics and mechatronics.
Other activities at the Mt Helen and Camp St campus-
es will include a race car simulator; canoeing; rock climb-
ing; V02 max testing; biomechanics and fitness testing; in-
teractive video skills analysis; and visual and performing
arts demonstrations and galleries.
In Gippsland, visitors will be able to explore visual
art and design galleries and demonstrations; media pow-
er (design your own advert); criminal justice; education
classroom activities; nursing skills survivor challenge;
outdoor and environmental educations activities; and busi-
ness skills activities.
For further information, the university can be contact-
ed on 1800 FED UNI (1800 333 864) or at info@federa-
Crossing the divide: from left, Mia Belling-
ham and Harper McLennan in Grade 5 at Le-
ongatha Secondary School played chopstick
races with Tang Li Yu Xin and Chen Yuxi,
who are in Grade 5 at the Chang Shu Experi-
mental School in southern China.
Friendship: on the bridge that symbolises
the relationship between Leongatha Primary
School and Cheng Shu, and more broadly,
China and Australia, from left, You Xuefen,
Leongatha Primary School principal Rob
Higgins and Shen Weixia.
Leongatha’s bridge to the future
University set for 2016 open day
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