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TWO nations put their heads together
to deliver better educational outcomes
for their students recently.
Leongatha Primary School and Leongatha
Secondary College hosted 24 principals from
Hangzhou, China, at Leongatha’s Federation
Victoria has maintained a sister school
relationship with China for many years
and these conferences help the two edu-
cation systems discuss ideas to better
the educational experience for students.
“It’s a chance for us to collectively look at how
our children work and think,” Leongatha Pri-
mary School principal Rob Higgins said.
“The two systems share almost 99 percent
similarities. The differences in the two educa-
tion systems are very minor. They both aim to
teach children skills to be able to think cre-
atively and investigate the depth of what they
“The strategies we implement, however,
are vastly different. This is why we maintain
the long term relationship to develop new con-
The relationship is part of the diplomacy
Victoria shares with China. While dairy re-
mains a massive export between the two coun-
tries, ideas in education are also considered
“Being selected to host the delegation and
showcase our school on behalf of Victoria was
an honour. The principals were very impressed
with our school,” Mr Higgins said.
THE great minds of Kongwak Primary School were
put to the test at a science expo held last Wednes-
Each senior student selected a topic to study and created an
activity and presentation to showcase.
A diverse range of topics were put on display, including
genetics, chemistry, astronomy, nutrition, magnets, the diges-
tive system and zoology.
Model were exhibited and games played by parents, teach-
ers and junior students. Visitors were encouraged to test the
students on their knowledge throughout the morning.
“The Grade 6 students were also working on their fantastic
racers during this time, which is part of their transition into
Year 7,” teacher Anna Wilson said.
“We have five students going off to secondary school next
While the senior students have been busily putting together
their science projects, the junior students have had their hands
full creating picture story books, which were also shown dur-
ing the expo.
Students were asked to compose a story, edit it, publish in
on the computer, and finish it with illustrations.
Parents were wowed by the creativity of the students and
treated to morning tea.
BASS Coast Shire Council is responding
to the recent erosion of beaches across
the shire caused by extremely high tides,
strong winds and large swells.
Some beach access tracks have been closed and
works will be undertaken.
One of the areas impacted most by recent ero-
sion is the section of the Cowes main beach between
the Cowes Jetty and Mussel Rocks, including the
Council restricted access by erecting temporary
fencing and signs.
At the western end of the bay, an excavator has
moved beach sand to reinstate the eroded embank-
Planning is also underway to install additional
timber beach access stairs and viewing platforms.
Mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale said, “If erosion con-
tinues to exceed natural sand deposition, a solution
may be to construct protective structures. We are cur-
rently working with the Department of Environment,
Water, Land and Planning (DELWP) and seeking
funding to investigate the feasibility of these struc-
tures and other solutions for the longer term protec-
tion of the embankment.”
For more details, please contact council’s coast
and bushland team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or
WITH over $140,000 in funding avail-
able for community groups and organi-
sations, applications for the Phillip Is-
land Community Benefit Fund (PICBF)
will be open from Monday, September 5,
2016, until Wednesday, March 1, 2017.
Eligible not for profit groups based on Phillip Island
are encouraged to apply for funds from $5000 up to
$25,000 with the funding pool totalling $140,343.
The PICBF is derived from losses on electronic gam-
ing machines on Phillip Island and, in this case, are from
The Continental Hotel in Cowes.
Bass Coast Shire Thompson Ward councillor Andrew
Phillips encouraged groups based on Phillip Island to read
the PICBF guidelines.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for community groups
and organisations on Phillip Island that have been plan-
ning great projects for Phillip Island to apply for funding
to help them become a reality,” Cr Phillips said.
Applicants will be required to plan their projects well
and meet eligibility and assessment criteria as part of their
To register attendance at an information session, please
provide attendee’s names and a contact phone number to
council’s grants officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
gov.au or by calling 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or 5671
For more details on council’s community grants,
please visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/grants or contact
council’s grants officer via the details above.
On the job: State Emergency Service volunteers practiced their four wheel driving skills in the muddy hills of Turtons Creek recently.
SES muddy and ready to rescue
Island cash grab
STATE Emergency Service (SES) units
from South and West Gippsland and
the Latrobe Valley converged on Tur-
tons Creek recently for a day of intense
Twelve four wheel drive vehicles, two motor-
bikes and an Argo vehicle were used in four wheel
drive training for 25 members.
The SES units use four wheel drives in search
and rescue situations where members of the public,
such as hikers and dirt bike riders, may be injured or
lost in remote or inaccessible country.
Four wheel drive teams are sent into these areas
to find the people or help them.
Teams may also be used for people missing on
farms or along the beach, and four wheel drives can
be used to search a large area quickly.
Scientists on show
Genetics: Jamieson (centre) explained the double helix creation to
junior students Lucas (left) and Rowan at the Kongwak Primary
School science expo.
left, Jayden, Josh,
showcased their cre-
ative writing skills
at Kongwak Primary
School last week.
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