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Musical fun: Inverloch Primary School students Rosita and Amalia loved listening to the
performance by Jose Diaz and Michel Bestrin from the band Inka Maka. Jose is from Bo-
livia and Michel is from Chile. The students also have connections to the Hispanic culture;
Rosita’s mother is from Chile and Amalia’s dad is from Spain.
Talking tourism: Judy and Neil Travers of Waratah Hills
Vineyard socialise with Steve Ericsson and Jarrod Danahay
of Promhelis at the Prom Country Regional Tourism annual
Drives promote Prom Country
A SUCCESSFUL scenic
drives promotion was one
of the key achievements
detailed at the recent Prom
Country Regional Tourism
annual general meeting.
The AGM was held on No-
vember 8 at Café Escargot in
Prom Country Regional Tour-
ism chair Philip Botte presented
a report of activity over the last
12 months, which included the
production of a touring map and
visitor guide, as well as the fa-
cilitation of a drives campaign.
The drives campaign in-
volved the development of a
new brochure featuring 14 sce-
nic drives that was distributed in
50,000 RoyalAuto magazines.
The drives were also mapped
out on the Prom Country app so
drivers could travel the route
and follow their journey in ‘real
activities included a business
forum, a TripAdvisor work-
shop and a progressive dinner at
“It has been a busy 12 months
for Prom Country Regional
Tourism and the next 12 months
are looking equally busy,” Mr
“We are currently hosting
our first Prom Country Local
Dish event as well as a photog-
raphy competition. We will also
soon be releasing a regional
mascot that will form the basis
of another promotion.”
Election proceedings at the
AGM were brief with all candi-
dates elected unopposed.
The committee for 2016-
17 is: Philip Botte (McCa-
rtin’s Hotel), Brent Moran
(Parks Victoria), Sean Taylor
(Promhills Cabins), Marty
Thomas (Moo’s at Meeniyan),
Maxine Kiel (Mirboo Country
Development Inc.) and Dan-
ielle Todaro (South Gippsland
The meeting component
ended with a farewell to retir-
ing committee member Sheryl
Lorenz (Prom Coast Discovery
Tour) who contributed greatly
to the tourism industry during
her time with Prom Country
embraces Spanish life
Learning culture: from left, Inverloch Primary School students Connor, Jasper, Harvey,
Lui, and teaching aid Ethan Wilson got into the spirit of Spanish Day on Friday. Connor’s
mother is from Chile and Lui’s father is from Panama.
EXPLORING cultures is an important
part of the curriculum at Inverloch Pri-
For the past two years, the students have been
discovering the Spanish language and the heritage
of Spanish speaking cultures.
This is particularly important for the school be-
cause several of the students have Hispanic back-
Students from Prep to Grade 6 all take part in the
To celebrate their knowledge, the school held a
Spanish Day last Friday.
The children were given the opportunity to cook,
dance, sing and craft during the day. They were even
able to try the Chilean treat empanadas.
Empanadas are similar to mini meat pies and
were ordered from a Chilean bakery in Melbourne.
They were also given sessions with band Inka
Maka. The band members had Chilean and Bolivian
“The education has opened the students’ eyes to
the world around them and the different cultures.
It has made them global citizens,” Spanish teacher
Jacqui Castillo said.
“It is has improved their literacy in their first lan-
guage and has helped them form their own identities.
“They got to spend the day with students from
across the school – even from Kongwak Primary
School – and they’ve really loved the experience.”
Ms Castillo said language had not been taught
at the school for many years, but the school com-
munity has embraced Spanish as a class.
“The staff has gone to a fantastic effort to bring
the culture into the school and for the students at-
tending Spanish lessons is one of the highlights of
their week,” she said.
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