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SPREADING the news to Poowong
Consolidated Primary School The Great
Southern Star’s Jane Gardner received a
warm welcome from the Grade Two stu-
dents who enjoyed hearing more about
the local newspaper last Wednesday.
Teacher Michelle Lacanaria invited Jane to help
her class learn the various roles within a newspaper
office as this term the class hopes to produce its very
own school newspaper.
Jane was thrilled to be invited to give a talk on
newspapers, in particular The Star and especially to
the students at the Poowong school where she has
family connections via her husband’s grandfather
Jack Patten, who acted as head teacher from 1973
Mrs Lacanaria said, “With a big smile Jane ex-
plained her role at the newspaper. She can go any-
where in South Gippsland. She never gets bored
because she has lots of fun and loves meeting new
“Jane told us The Star newspaper is 126 years old
this year,” she said.
“To the children’s amazement The Star office
produces three papers.”
Jane told the class the local business produces
The Star, Yarram Standard and the Tourist News -au-
tumn and summer additions.
She also showed the children some old editions
including the 100 year centenary edition of The Star,
and awards the paper has won over the years. Jane
explained the process involved in producing newspa-
pers and students were excited to learn the processes
behind the scenes and heard a short history of the
Some of the questions put to Jane by the students
included, “How many staff work at your office?” and
“How long does it take to produce one edition of the
Jane said there were also some tough questions,
“proving the children were already well versed in se-
rious investigative reporting techniques”.
“The delight and enquiring minds on display
were wonderful,” she said.
At the end of the afternoon session the students
were excited to imagine a life in the media with Jane
asking, “What role would choose?”
SPREADING the news to Poowong
Stars in our eyes
Star talk: Jane Gardner from The Great Southern Star newspaper in Leongatha loved her
visit to Poowong Consolidated Primary School where she gave an informative talk to the
Grade Two students last Wednesday.
“Most children chose the job of editor but many
chose the behind the scenes roles such as graphics
designer, advertising consultant, and some even sug-
gested they would like to be a comic satirist.
Jane said she was impressed with the depth of
interest in local newspapers from such a young au-
“It was great to see the next generation so inter-
ested in the future of our local newspapers with so
many options for news available to them.
Through the talk Jane encouraged the students to
work hard on their spelling, grammar and research
techniques to produce a quality newspaper in class
for their school.
Jane regretfully left the children to continue on
with their day as the excitement was wonderful and
she felt like a local star! Armed with a thankyou box
of chocolates and a fond farewell, Jane and all the
staff at The Star are looking forward to receiving
their copy of the yet to be named school newspaper
and thank the school for the invitation to speak to
POLICE are calling on the public to help catch thugs
responsible for slaughtering pets in backyards in Won-
Between last Tuesday and Wednesday, a person en-
tered the backyard of a house in Wonthaggi and killed
This follows the deaths of three chickens and
a duck in another Wonthaggi backyard the previous
weekend, possibly by drowning in a small swimming
Police believe there is a strong possibility the inci-
dents were committed by the same person or people.
“This type of behaviour is extremely concerning to
police and we ask anyone with information to call Won-
thaggi Police or Crimestoppers,” acting Senior Sergeant
Andy Boldiston of Wonthaggi Police said.
POLICE are searching for a mountain bike stolen
from the bike shed at Wonthaggi Secondar College’s
Dudley campus overnight between last Tuesday and
Wednesday, October 18 and 19.
The Apollo brand bike was black and green.
THIEVES targeted businesses and a home in Wont-
haggi last week.
Between 11am and 2pm Thursday, a large solid iron
wagon wheel was taken from the front yard of a house.
Between October 15 and 17, offenders entered a
secure yard of a business and smashed the windows of
three vehicles and entered another five unlocked ve-
hicles, stealing minimal property.
Overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday, thieves
entered another secure business yard and accessed the
cabin of a truck and excavator, stealing various items.
They also took tools from around the yard.
POLICE are searching for a Stihl chainsaw taken from
the tray of a ute in Mirboo North overnight between
Wednesday and Thursday last week.
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