Home' The Great Southern Star : September 6th 2016 Contents PAGE 24 - “THE STAR” Tuesday, September 6, 2016
STUDENTS start the day at Wonthaggi
Primary School with a delicious healthy
On Tuesdays and Fridays, the school hosts a
breakfast club from 8.15am until 9am to ensure
students receive the nutrition they need to enjoy
Baked beans, toast, cereal, fruit and Milo are
all on the menu thanks to a government school
grant from Foodbank Victoria and generous do-
nations from Wonthaggi’s Connell’s Bakery.
Staffed by the Inter Church Council and com-
munity volunteers, students enjoy a sociable
morning as well as breakfast.
“We’ve seen that having the breakfast club
helps children get to school on time,” principal
Leonie Anstey said.
“Morning attendance has been a lot stronger
since it started, as it eases the pressure of the
morning routine, and ensures parents and stu-
dents get to school and work right on time.
“Eating together as a whole school has also
created a very sociable environment with stu-
dents striking up conversation with one another.
It’s gives them a happy start and is a wonderful
part of the day.”
The breakfast club started last year and 150 stu-
dents – or half of all students – enjoy the routine.
Recently, students were joined for breakfast
by Bass MLA Brian Paynter, who endorsed the
program and commended the school for ensuring
all students enjoy a healthy breakfast.
MEMORY is important.
Many of us notice our memory gets worse as we
get older, but it can be difficult to tell whether this is
a sign of an underlying condition that needs follow-
ing up. Milpara is running an information session
called Worried About Your Memory?
Get advice and practical tips for improving you
memory and find out when you should investigate
memory difficulties. This is a free interactive work-
shop but let Milpara know if you are attending.
Developing your Online Strategy is our next
Small Business Victoria workshop and will be on
next Tuesday, September 13.
Milpara will be looking at booking more work-
shops in 2017. Milpara would love your feedback
on what sessions you would like to attend and which
evenings suit best.
A few weeks ago we had another hobby painting
day, a progression from the Introduction to Warham-
mer. Painting skills were shared, there were discus-
sions about different games and characters were
As a result Milpara is now scheduling a monthly
session. So the first Saturday of the month is dedi-
cated to getting your geek on. October will see a
painting day, November an introduction to Dungeon
and Dragons, December an introduction to Warham-
mer. So mark your calendars and let us know if you
would like to attend.
Our foodbank has been well supported recently.
Korumburra Primary School and Korumburra Ben-
digo Bank both ran successful food drives. This was
greatly appreciated. Milpara can be contacted on
LOCAL primary and secondary school
children gathered at Coal Creek Com-
munity Park and Museum at Korumbur-
ra to take part in a generational learning
community history program recently.
The program ran for two days, with students
taking advantage of historical resources to pre-
pare a project they will present to teachers, their
families and local dignitaries this month.
The innovative event is a celebration of local
history through the eyes of children that Coal
Creek education program leader Emma Fellows-
Cooke said provided a unique point of view.
“The project provides a link between young
people and the custodians of our local heritage
within our community,” she said.
“By interviewing family members of soldiers
and local history experts in Coal Creek’s unique
setting, students are immersed in the past so they
have direct experience of their heritage.”
The program was made possible through
funding provided by the Department of Educa-
tion and Training strategic partnership program.
“This program shows that Coal Creek is
more than just a tourist attraction,” Mrs Fel-
“This program demonstrates our capacity to
be an invaluable educational service provider.”
The following schools will present its gen-
erational projects on Thursday, September 8, at
7pm; Loch Primary School presenting Loch’s
banking history and the history of the Loch Pri-
mary School, Korumburra Primary School pre-
senting Korumburra World War One recruits
Percy Tolson and Thorton Newton, Nyora
Primary School presenting the history of the
Nyora hall, and Korumburra Secondary Col-
lege presenting Korumburra pioneer Antonia
RON Brown from Mirboo made a “last
effort” to the South Gippsland Shire
Council to influence its behaviour to-
wards Turtons Creek recently.
Mr Brown was concerned about current and
proposed logging activity in the area.
“They shouldn’t be logging any of those trees
at all,” he said.
Mr Brown also called for the refurbishment of
the Turtons Creek tennis courts and said a relo-
catable building could be brought in to the town-
ship as a hall.
“It could be very useful,” he said.
KYAH Paige Brown was born on August
24 at Leongatha Hospital. She is the first
daughter for Melissa Brown of Leongatha.
BRODIE Levi Haw was born on August
22 at Leongatha Hospital. Brodie is the first
child for Matt Haw and Mandie Wright of
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Milpara Community House news
Save Turtons Creek
Plenty of choice: back from left, Department of Education and Training senior education
improvement leader Jane Mersey, Bass MLA Brian Paynter and Wonthaggi Primary School
principal Leonie Anstey joined students, from left, Emily, Khiana, Ruby and Matrix for
breakfast. The students were enjoying a spread of cereal, toast and fruit.
History buffs: Coal Creek education program leader Emma Fellows-Cooke helped students
discover the history of region.
Students explore the past
SURVIVORS of Suicide (SOS) will be
holding its first Out of the Shadows and
into the Light walk on Saturday, Sep-
The event, by Lifeline, will coincide with World
Suicide Prevention Day.
The walk starts at 10am at the Rhyll Inlet Wildlife
Reserve, 411 Cowes-Rhyll Road, Rhyll, Phillip Island.
The walk will be led by with Jamie Simpson
from Gondwana Walkabout and will be approxi-
mately two kilometres. Donations would be greatly
accepted for Survivors of Suicide and Lifeline.
The walk will remember those lost to suicide.
SOS encourages people to talk about the topic
Phillip Island has a higher than average suicide
rate, so the community is urged to help those who are
vulnerable or who have been bereaved by suicide.
This conversation needs to be started with our
young children, right through to the elderly, to edu-
cate them that suicide is not an option, and that there
is help available.
As the day could bring up for emotions for those
attending, trained counsellors will attend.
Register your intention to join the walk by going
online to Out of the Shadows into the Light to regis-
ter or email email@example.com
Suicide survivors to walk
THE Gardiner Dairy
Foundation has a small
grants program that sup-
ports projects in Victorian
The foundation recently
presented the Bass Coast L2P
Learner Driver Mentor Program
with $5000 to go toward the cost
of replacing one of its aging L2P
L2P coordinator Veronica
Dowman said, “I am delighted to
receive this cheque on behalf of the
27 mentors and 33 learner drivers
who look forward to driving in a
newer and safer program car.”
Robin Bell, from the National
Centre for Dairy Education in
Gippsland, said, “I see firsthand
the problems faced by our young
people when applying for work
and enrolling for courses of study,
then needing to depend on parents
to drive them to work or access
classes, often clashing with their
parents’ own work times.
“Quite often, the reason many
young people don’t already have
their driving licence is the limited
time available for parents to take
them out to get their hours in or-
der to sit for their test.
“Any opportunity to offer
them access to a trained mentor
and a suitable vehicle in which to
practice would take a huge strain
off the parent’s and family in gen-
eral, and in many cases give them
a wider range of driving condi-
tions and driving skills.”
Ms Dowman said the grant,
administered through the Foun-
dation for Rural and Regional Re-
newal, was a great contribution.
“We are seeking more dona-
tions to buy a new program vehi-
cle, as well as more mentors who
are always in demand,” she said.
If you are interested in be-
coming a sponsor or a VicRoads
trained mentor, contact Ms Dow-
man on 0467 590 679 or email
Opening doors: L2P mentor Peter Mertens with learner
driver Suzie Smith of Kernot.
Grant steers drivers to safety
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