20 August 2018

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Game face: Molly McDonald learns how to speak clearly at a Peninsula Health speech therapy session. Picture: Supplied

Talking points before school Judges’ choice: Lucy Steer and Liv Zuidema savour their award. Picture: Supplied

Students taste victory FLINDERS Christian College students Lucy Steer and Liv Zuidema rose to the challenge to win the National Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge, Saturday 11 August. The two-day event was run by the Australian Culinary Federation at Holmesglen Institute, Glen Waverley. The Year 12 food studies students delighted the judges with their twice

cooked Asian-inspired chicken. It consisted of a poached chicken, Asian-style sauce, egg noodles, ginger carrot puree, crispy chicken skin, stir fried pak choy, pickled pak choy, turned mushrooms and kafir lime dust. Teams came from Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales.

STARTING school should be a time for children to make new friends but young Molly McDonald faced a mateship hurdle. Molly’s mother Kelly said people had difficulty understanding the fiveyear-old girl. “Molly wasn’t talking properly so the other kids couldn’t understand what she was saying – she is a beautiful little girl but the other kids didn’t want to play with her because they couldn’t understand her,” she said. “She’d try to talk to you and you’d go ‘what is she saying?’ – you just could not make it out.” A kinder assessment found Molly was not ready to start school.

Peninsula Health’s paediatric speech pathology team stepped in to help. Speech pathologist Jessie conducted one-on-one speech practice sessions with Molly after initial group sessions. “Molly loved it. She called it speech kinder,” Ms McDonald said. “Jessie always had a game to play with Molly and was really good with her. “She’d give us homework, which was usually games and some sheets to carry on with when we got home.” Molly’s speech is now greatly improved and she is ready for school next year. “We have seen a 90 per cent

improvement in her speech,” Mrs McDonald said. “Now she’s leading the play at kinder and talking in front of the class in a confident voice.” Speech Pathology Week is 19-25 August and anyone concerned about a child’s preschool speech development can call Peninsula Health on 1300 665 781 to book an assessment. Speech pathology is also provided by Peninsula Health as part of NDIS services. See peninsulahealth-ndis. org.au online. Speech pathology sessions are held at community health hubs in Frankston, Hastings, Rosebud and Mornington.

Sports pavilion opens A NEW multi-sports hub was officially opened last week and is set to be shared by soccer and footy players. The $4 million-plus centre, described as “state of the art” by Frankston Council, was funded by Frankston ratepayers ($2.7 million), state taxpayers ($1.05 million), a Melbourne Water living rivers grant ($55,000) and the Carrum Downs Junior Football Club ($50,000). Southern United Football Club pledged to pitch in $50,000 after a synthetic sports field is installed. Frankston mayor Cr Colin Hampton and state Carrum Labor MP Sonya Kilkenny opened the sports hub last Thursday (16 August). “This facility has been designed to replace the former community space at the Carrum Downs Community

Hall, and will allow for the future growth of sports clubs that utilise the Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve,” Cr Hampton said. The new multipurpose pavilion includes a multi-purpose community social room and kitchen kiosk area, an associated kitchen/kiosk areas for community use, four change rooms and associated amenities, office space, community meeting rooms, storage, umpires change rooms and new public toilets. The building is fitted out with female-friendly changing rooms. The Carrum Downs Community Pavilion will be home to Carrum Downs Junior Football Club, Carrum Downs Auskick and Southern United Soccer Club.

Pavilion plaque: Mayor Colin Hampton and Carrum MP Sonya Kilkenny officially open new Carrum Downs sports hub. Pic: Supplied

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