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PREPPED AND READY FOR LEARNING… From left, St. Mel’s Primary School students, Beatrix Young, 5, Luka GarnerGriffiths, 7, Connor Young, 6 and Marley, 12, Jamison, 6 and Remy Garner-Griffiths, 9. Photo: Nicholise Garner.

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Find out more about Education Week 2018 at

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Celebrating the arts ONE of the best parts of my role as Minister for Education is attending the annual Victorian State Schools S p e c t a c u l a r, a huge show of 3,000 talented Victorian Government school students who perform and do an array of jobs behind the scenes. I am always inspired by the great production and it reminds me of why ar ts education is so valuable in the Victorian curriculum. I a m p ro u d t h a t we develop and nur ture the outstanding talent of kids in dance, drama, music, visual

arts and media arts in our schools. In education, as in life, the ar ts provide an important balance. They allow students to imagine and explore, to express their thoughts and ideas creatively, and are a key par t of wellro un d e d a c a d emic development. We know kids thrive intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically when studying arts. There are lots of benefits inside and outside of the classroom including building confidence, resilience, self-esteem and a sense of belonging in communities and cultures. As part of our plans to build Victoria into the ‘Education State,’ we’re proud to have a world-leading arts target across five subjects: dance, drama, music, visual arts and media arts. The target is the first of its kind in the world that aims to boost student excellence in the arts, and will help maintain Victoria’s reputation as Australia’s cultural capital. We’re investing in the arts in schools. Many students are supported by highquality music teaching through the ‘Music in Schools’ program, which also provides funding to buy musicrelated resources, including musical ins t r um e nt s . F o r t y-fo ur s ch o o ls recently bought more than 2 ,000 pieces of musical equipment including

The target is the first of its kind in the world that aims to boost student excellence in the art

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keyboards, digital pianos and drum kits, as well as traditional African, Koorie and Tibetan instruments and electronic music equipment. I am really excited that Education Week 2018 this month (May 20-26) is all about ‘celebrating the arts.’ Many schools will take the opportunity to open their doors to the community to showcase the amazing work they are doing in arts subjects. Schools will also have the opportunity to take part in a calendar of activities hosted by some fantastic arts organisations across the state. I wish all students an enjoyable Education Week 2018! James Merlino Minister for Education



Art in social justice EDUCATION Week 2018 is all about celebrating the arts and is an opportunity for all educational providers across the country to showcase student work in this space. GOTAFE’s VET in School (VETiS) Design students are currently working on a 3D project focusing on social justice as part of CUA30715 Certificate III in Design Fundamentals. Working with trainer and renowned artist, Jan Donaldson, students have researched, challenged assumptions and developed designs which have been transferred onto copper and brass sheet metal using the processes of ‘press ‘n’ peel’ transfer film and traditional acid bath etching. Ms Donaldson said, “Social justice will always be part of discussions when developing conceptual visions, so focusing on it in this project has been fantastic for the students. Social justice is so important and impacts on how we exist, our

CELEBRATING EDUCATION WEEK… From left, (back row) Leilarni Hikila (Notre Dame College), Erica Cirillo (Shepparton High School), David Musafiri (Notre Dame College), Liam Fiore (Notre Dame College), Mac Speirani (Cobram Anglican Grammar School). (Front row), Eleanor Gwynn (Shepparton High School), Elia Zihariro (Notre Dame College), Adam Cohen (Cobram Secondary College) and Braydon Waldron (Wanganui Park Secondary College). Photo: Supplied.

relationships with family and community.” Each artwork plate will be finished with high polish, treated and mounted together to form a large wall mount. The student’s designs will also be transferred onto wearable art thanks to the clothing printers,

3D printers and scanners available in GOTAFE’s Innovation Hub. For more information on studying art and joining the GOTAFE community in 2018, visit au or phone 1300 GOTAFE (1300 468 233).

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Geelong Grammar School’s new principal AS of the beginning of term two Ms Reb ecca Co dy has commenced as Geelong Grammar School’s 12th principal. Ms Cody is the prestigious school’s first female principal and also its first Australian-born principal. Previously the principal of Methodist Ladies’ College in Perth from 2009 to 2017, Ms Cody succeeded Mr Stephen Meek, who announced his retirement from the school in August 2016. Ms Cody said, “Geelong Grammar School is an iconic leader in education. It has always been steadfast in its pursuit of enabling exceptional learning and teaching. It is a privilege to be appointed Geelong Grammar School’s 12th principal. “The fact that I happen to be the school’s first woman in the position deepens that privilege and my sense of responsibility to be an exemplary role model for all students. Having said that, gender does not make an educational leader. “Enabling others to learn, love and lead wholeheartedly is the priority I have set for my own leadership to be measured. Apart from parenting,

TAKE A LOOK, YOU’LL BE IMPRESSED… Wyndham Early Learning kindergarten teacher, Karen Cartwright with 4 year old, Jack Mitchell. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

A FIRST FOR GEELONG GRAMMAR SCHOOL… New Geelong Grammar School principal, Ms Rebecca Cody is the first female and first Australian-born principal to take the reigns at the school. Photo: Supplied.

I cannot think of a greater honour than shaping the hearts and minds of the world’s greatest resource – its children.” For more information about Geelong Grammar School phone 5273 9298 or visit

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Kindergarten and childcare combined ONE of the difficulties faced by working parents of children at kindergarten is the small window of care available and having to ferry children between kinder and child care programs. Wyndham Early Learning is a beautiful education and care centre, offering a full Kindergarten program. Director, Kathy Beer said, “Apart from our amazing curriculum, one of the best things about our program is that we offer our families the flexibility to choose

their kindergarten days and we provide care that continues both before and after kinder, as well as throughout the school holidays. “Added to that, all of the many incursions, excursions and specialist programs offered are all included in your fees.” Visit Wyndham Early Learning open day on May 26 from 10am until 12pm at 617 Wyndham Street, Shepparton or call them on 5822 2372 for more information.


Child centred learning in Nathalia

NATHALIA provides a dynamic, student-centred approach to education for children living in and around the Nathalia area. St. Francis’ Primary School principal, Matt Knight said,”We provide an education, which has at its heart the Franciscan values of peace and joy, justice, integrity and respect for all creation. “With a focus on the development of the whole person; intellectual, spiritual, social, physical and emotional development, St. Francis’ school seeks to create an environment which enhances learning, nurtures young people and empowers them to be creative members of our community. 

 Find St. Francis’ Primary School at Chapel Street, Nathalia. Visit or phone 5866 2271 for further infromation.


PROMOTING LEARNING AND RESPONSIBILITY... From left, St. Francis’ Primary School students, Adam Brooks, grade 6, Braxton Hitchcock, foundation, Abigail McNair, foundation, Ally Francis, grade 6, Javier Meyland, foundation and Billy Liddell, grade 6. Photo: Supplied.

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CREATIVE LEARNING AND EXPRESSION‌ Bourchier Street Primary School prep students, Nadyne Al-Tuhmazy, 6 and Marcus Sweetman, 6 are enjoying creative fun at school. Photo: Alicia Niglia

Celebrating the arts AT BOURCHIER Street Primary School we recognise the arts as an importance aspect in the development of young people as learners and future citizens of our wider community. At Bourchier Street Primary School we enjoy performing, creating and making as part of both our performing and visual arts programs. Through engaging in the arts students are entertained, challenged and provoked to respond in various ways. During these sessions children learn to be both active participants and observers. The arts contributes to the development of confident and creative individuals and

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enriches our Bourchier Street community. During Education Week our children will be involved in many exciting activities. They will demonstrate their creative talents as they work in multiage groups to design and make amazing creations, enjoy dance music in the yard during recess and lunch sessions, contribute to a school art gallery and enjoy a whole school community Colour Run event. Find Bourchier Street Primary School on the corner of Bourchier Street and Balaclava Road, Shepparton. Visit or call 5821 3488 for more information.



LOOKING FOR PLACEMENT OPPORTUNTIES… ACE College Diploma of Community Services teacher, Sile Coleman, students, Adam Eleftheriou, Cass Watson and Sean Fiu. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

Sourcing opportunities for learning SHEPPARTON ACE College has become well known for their alternative education approach that reaches students where traditional institutions don’t. Diploma of Community Services teacher, Sile Coleman said, “We have such skilled students here at Shepparton ACE College. Practical work placements are difficult to secure but these students have thought outside of the box and sought their own placements. “Student, Cass Watson arranged her placement right here at Shepparton

ACE College working with people with disabilities and in student welfare. Adam Eleftheriou found his work placement as a youth worker overseas in York and Doncaster as a part of the Westside Circus exploring approaches to working with youth. And Sean Fiu has been working locally with troubled youth at The Haven.” Find Shepparton ACE College at 130 Rowe Street, Shepparton. To learn more about the courses and opportunities available, phone 5831 4029.

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GET STARTED ON YOUR CAREER PATH NOW… La Trobe University student, Jaiden D’Angelo started her course mid year at La Trobe University. Photo: Supplied.

Start university mid-year IT is not too late to enrol for university education in 2018, with La Trobe University ’s Sheppar ton campus offering classes starting in July. Full time and par t time study options are available in Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primar y Education, Bachelor of Educational Studies, Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Arts, Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Bachelor of Business (Agribusiness), Diploma in Business and the Master of Business Administration (MBA). Kristina Marko, marketing and engagement advisor at La Trobe University, said. “The transition into study at mid-year is seamless as students begin new subjects each semester so students are at no

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disadvantage. Lecturers are supportive and students commencing during the year are welcomed through an orientation program so midyear students can connect with one another.” La Trobe University student, Jaiden D’Angelo said, “I finished VCE in 2014, and decided to take a gap year at the end of my studies. Come May 2015, I was itching to get back into some study. I decided to visit La Trobe University, and started my Bachelor of Business with La Trobe University in July 2015.” Applications are open now for mid-year enrolments at your local Shepparton Campus. Head to Latrobe. to find your clever at La Trobe University.

Education Week 2018  

Education Week 2018

Education Week 2018  

Education Week 2018