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THERE was a new shop in Leon-
gatha but only for last week.
Gippsland ran a pop-up shop in the for-
mer surfwear store at the corner of Peart
and Bruce streets, with proceeds going to
Boys and girls sold artwork, upcycled
furniture, screenprinted t-shirts and picture
frames they have made or transformed, as
well as records they turned into speakers
and clocks. There were also clothes and
shoes to buy.
The students are VCAL Foundation in-
termediate and senior level students from
the college in Leongatha, which is part of
Community College Gippsland.
Student Corrine Garton made a bird-
house, upcycled a chair, and made a clock
“I’ve learnt how to fix something in-
stead of throwing it away,” she said.
Classmate Elizabeth Hatherley said
running a shop was not as easy as she
“We’ve been waiting trying to get cus-
tomers to come in,” she said.
Student Rose Dittrich painted an art-
work of mandalas and a Buddha. She
gained customer service and artistic skills
from her experience.
Creative trio: from left, among the
Education Centre Gippsland students
selling goods in the pop-up shop in
Leongatha were Corrine Garton, Rose
Dittrich and Elizabeth Hatherley.
NEWHAVEN College an-
nounced the 2017 Student
Cabinet at assembly on Octo-
The college captains for 2017 are
Erin Gin, Callum Fisher, Maddy Com-
erford and Dominic Tran.
They will lead a cabinet of 34 Year
12 students who will each take on a
leadership role in their chosen area.
Bass House captains are: Noah
Lugt-Cole, Libby Hutchinson, Rebecca
Woods and Kate Maxwell.
McHaffie House captains are: So-
phie Fletcher, Jessica Gysberts, Emily
Kemp and Casper Hiatt.
Sambell House captains are: Ol-
ivia Hughes, Jack Montgomery, Xavier
Hughes, Jordan Patullo.
Clarke House captains are: Brooke
Anderson, Matthew Fletcher, Sam Dun-
can and Kai Lumsden.
Music captains, Finnan Donohue
and Byron Scothern, Sport captains,
Amy Robertson and Lachlan Scott,
Surfing captain, Sophie Fletcher,
Equestrian captain, Kaitlyn McNaugh-
ton, Academic captain, Millie Thomas,
Debating captain, Olivia Flower, Drama
captain,Tom Barker, Events captains,
Mairead Carlin and Hayden Vincent,
Visual arts captains, Ruby Hibbins and
Sinta Barlow and Public speaking cap-
tain, Saxon Taylor-LePage.
Guiding lights: Newhaven College’s captains for 2017 are, stand-
ing, Callum Fisher and Dominic Tran, seated, principal Gea Lovell,
Erin Gin, Maddy Comerford and vice principal Jason Scott.
Castle (nee McIndoe)
was born in Leon-
gatha on October 25,
1931, the second child
of Janet and John. A.
McIndoe, son of the
Her brother John was
18 months older.
The family home was
Boorool and from there
Margaret rode her horse,
with her brother, to Boorool
In 1943 her mother be-
came gravely ill, which left
her bedridden for many
years. A decision was made
to sell Boorool and move the
family to McCartin Street, Leongatha.
Margaret spent three years at Leon-
gatha High School and then became a
boarder at Presbyterian Ladies College in
This move proved to be fortuitous and
she maintained a strong appreciation of
and association with the school through-
out her life.
Margaret trained as a teacher special-
ising in early childhood education and
ended her career as principal of Cooinda
Primary School, Glen Waverley.
Her school appointments saw her
working in both rural and city settings.
She also spent some time teaching over-
seas in Scotland.
Eventually she became a principal
which was no mean feat, because at that
time there were few female principals and
they had to work twice as hard as male
counterparts to prove their worth.
Margaret was dedicated to her profes-
sion of teaching and the education of all
students was paramount to her.
She seemed particularly
perceptive of children with
learning difficulties, having
an eye for detecting prob-
lems early and providing
the necessary help.
Throughout her long
teaching career she was
well respected by the stu-
dents, school community
and her peers. In retirement
she remained committed
to education and helping
those less fortunate.
Church meant so much to
Margaret. She attended
Scots Church, Collins
Street, Melbourne and
over the years held many
positions connected to the
In 1994 Margaret purchased the Scots
Pioneer Church at Mardan South. The church
was restored and services recommenced.
To this day it remains a functioning
church providing a place of worship as
well as community celebrations.
She leaves behind a faithful and dedi-
cated management committee to oversee
Margaret married David Castle in
1974, and became step-mother to Adrian,
Emily and Phillipa.
After David’s death, Margaret con-
tinued her philanthropic work support-
ing many different organisations, some
of which included PLC choir, Retired
Principal’s Association, Royal Historical
Society, Taralye TEAR Australia and So-
Margaret will be remembered as a
woman of faith who contributed not only
to the church, but also as a committed and
passionate educator. Her generosity to
others was commendable.
She died on August 1, 2016.
Many interests: Marga-
ret Castle was a leader in
teaching and in broader
Margaret left behind a legacy
THIS year marks the second an-
niversary of Victoria Against Vio-
lence 16 days of activism, Novem-
ber 25 to December 10.
Milpara invites you to join and take
action and go orange.
During the 16 days of activism Milpa-
ra is encouraging people to wear, decorate
and embrace orange. Orange is the colour
designated by the UNiTE campaign to
symbolise a brighter future without vio-
lence. The aim is to raise public aware-
ness, prevent violence and bring about
Start changing the story now, be a voice
against violence. Speak out if you hear ex-
cuses against violence or victim blaming.
Take note of the language and messages we
send and challenge what we accept as ‘the
norm’. Together we can make a difference.
Help make gender inequality and disre-
spectful behaviour unacceptable.
A fantastic video, Let’s change the sto-
ry: Violence against women in Australia,
can be found at https://www.youtube.com/
Milpara is putting together an informa-
tion pack so please let us know if you’d like
On Saturday, November 8 we have Hob-
by Painting and Table Top Gaming. Bring
your models and enjoy painting them in our
friendly environment. We will be setting up
a second room for an introduction to Dun-
geons and Dragons.
Coming up in the next few weeks we
have Crochet, Settlers of Catan, Sour Dough
Bread Making, First Aid, Digital Photo Ed-
iting, Cup Cake Decorating, Rug Making,
Reckon Accounts, RSA, Food Safety and
Flower Arranging. For more information
and bookings call 5655 2524.
Milpara Community House news
The 2016 college captains Duncan
Hunt, Jade Dalton, Jaz Hendry and
Alex Swan hosted their final assembly
and handed over the responsibility of
leading Newhaven College to their
They reflected on their time as
captains, counting the $15,257 pre-
sented to Bryn’s School amongst
their highlights for the year as this
figure is a record amount fundraised
for Newhaven’s annual charity.
TWENTY-SIX volunteer driver mentors from
Wonthaggi Neighbourhood Centre’s Bass
Coast L2P Program enjoyed a recent lunch at
Silverwater Resort, San Remo.
The resort sponsored the lunch in conjunction with the
program to thank the mentors for their tireless efforts in sup-
porting local learner drivers to gain 120 hours of supervised
L2P assists 16 to 21 year old learners without access to
a supervising driver or vehicle to gain 120 hours of driver
experience prior to obtaining their probationary licence.
“Many young people do not have the resources to gain
their licence without the support this program offers, and the
program would not exist if not for the dedicated volunteer
mentors” said Leanne Tilley, newly appointed L2P program
Peter Mertens, a L2P volunteer mentor, believed men-
tors were critical to the success of the program, and com-
mented on the satisfaction he gains from his experience in
“It is a very rewarding role. We are helping to reduce the
road toll. But we need more mentors,” he said.
In a recent interview the Minister for Road Safety, Luke
Donnellan said, “The L2P program helps disadvantaged
young Victorians get the skills and support they need to be-
come safe and responsible drivers.”
This support is only possible due to the volunteer mentors.
The volunteer mentors undertake training prior to being
matched with a learner and are provided with ongoing de-
velopment in their role. At the Volunteer Mentor lunch guest
speakers area manager Michael O’Keefe and Katie Stiller
from VicRoads provided the mentors with an overview of
the expectations of an applicant at a licence test and to help
mentors prepare their learner drivers.
Anyone interested in taking on the role of a mentor in the
Bass Coast L2P program
can contact Leanne Tilley at Wonthaggi Neighbourhood
Centre on 5672 3731 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helping hands: from left, retiring L2P Program
coordinator Veronica Dowman with mentor Daryl
Pease and newly appointed program coordinator
Leanne Tilley at the lunch at Silverwater Resort,
Volunteer drivers thanked
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