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Krieken was born at
Leongatha Hospital on
November 13. She is
a daughter for Kristian
and Elissa Van Krieken
Left, FLYNN Ross
Irvin was born at
Leongatha Hospital on
November 9, 2016. He
is a son for Rachael
Jansen and Nathan Irvin
BETH Ireland was born at Leongatha Hospital on November 3, 2016. She is
a daughter for David and Cleo Ireland of Korumburra.
JACK Zukovskis was born at Leongatha Hospital on November 6, 2016. He
is a son for Tyrone and Amanda Zukovskis of Leongatha.
THE quarterly Newcomers after-
noon tea is today, Tuesday, No-
vember 22. This is a great oppor-
tunity for new residents to meet
some friendly people and learn
more about our area.
Summer is coming, we promise. It’s
often a time full of fundraising barbecues
and summer jobs. So in preparation now is
a great time to get your food safety accredi-
tation or Responsible Service of Alcohol
We are offering Food Safety Level 1,
Food Safety Supervisors and RSA courses
on Thursday, December 1. We are required
to confirm minimum numbers with our tutor
one week ahead, so please book this week to
This Friday, November 25, is white rib-
bon day and also the first day of the Orange
the World – Victoria Against Violence 16
days of activism. Milpara will be showing
its support by going orange throughout the
campaign and wearing a white ribbon on
Friday of course. We’ve also got some plans
for the main street median strip and two shop
fronts will have information boards.
It’s a sad fact that family violence in-
cidents in Victoria went up 10 percent to
78,012, in the year ending June 2016.
It’s time for change. Let’s challenge the
cultural norms, attitudes and behaviours
that ‘give licences’ to violence. Show your
support and help promote gender equality,
respect and non-violence by wearing some-
thing orange or decorating your workplace
or home orange during the 16 days: Novem-
ber 25 to December 10.
For more information call Milpara
HOW many children come
home from school and say
their favourite part of the day
This is a reality for students at
Wonthaggi and Wonthaggi North
primary schools, who have discov-
ered a new and interactive way to
As part of the State Government’s
initiative to turn Victoria into the
‘education state’, the schools have
incorporated maths science coaches
into the curriculum.
These math science coaches are
Chris Terlich and Karyn Thomas
from Wonthaggi Primary School,
and Russell McCartney and Marissa
Cashmore at Wonthaggi North.
They also have connections with
coaches Kristy Miller and Bren-
dan Hodge at Lang Lang Primary
After seeing the benefits of the
specialist coaches over the past year,
Wonthaggi Primary School – facili-
tated by principal Leonie Anstey –
held a twilight learning session to
encourage professional development
This event attracted more than
100 teachers from 15 schools from
Lang Lang to Toora.
“The session was about encourag-
ing different ways of learning and ways
of teaching to suit the range of abilities
in a classroom,” Mr Terlich said.
“It was a good way to look for
support opportunities and share re-
Originally, the session was to be
capped at 75 people, but the response
was overwhelming and the school is
looking to hold another session early
“We have the teachers look at
things from a student’s perspective
and discuss practical, hands on as-
signments for different learners,” Ms
Instead of plain old worksheets,
students are able to complete assign-
ments and work at their own place
to develop a greater understanding
The coaches agreed the change in
practice has produced better results.
“The development this has given
me as a coach is huge,” Mr McCa-
“When you get into your class-
room, or a classroom at a differ-
ent school, and you are able to see
changes in classrooms across the
board, it’s really powerful.”
Ms Thomas said students are
more engaged and would be happy
to study maths all day.
“It’s all about changing percep-
tion and making connections with
the real world,” she said.
Milpara Community House news
Fun subject: back, from left, math science coaches Karyn Thomas, Chris Terlich and Russell McCart-
ney teach Wonthaggi Primary School students, front, from left, Matrix, Bailey, Anya and Heidi hands on
methods for improving their math skills.
Math skills on the rise
Science impresses children
THERE was an infectious
sound of laughter coming
from the science room at Won-
thaggi North Primary School
as students were entertained
by the spectacular Questacon
Science Circus recently.
Presenters Claire and Nate had
students engaged with their hands on
Students in Grades Prep, 1 and 2
discovered the science behind water
guns, bubbles and gooey slime, while
the older students were intrigued by
mind exercises and fluids and gases.
The Science Circus comprises 16
postgraduate students studying a Mas-
ter of Science Communication and
Outreach at the Australian National
The students spend three months
engaging people with science and
technology through visits to communi-
ties all over Australia.
The team has visited local schools
throughout the Gippsland region dur-
ing October and presented exhibitions
in Warragul and Traralgon.
Slime: Grade Prep students Claire, Lachlan, Cruze, Alani and Aiden couldn’t wait to get their hands in the
gooey slime with Questacon Science Circus presenters Claire and Nate.
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