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Monthly Newsletter June 2014 Volume 5, No 4

Driven to a career as a motor mechanic, Kayla Stoney is setting the highest standards in the trade workshop and in the classroom

Kayla Stoney.

Bright spark fires on all cylinders Working in an environment traditionally dominated by males has not prevented teenage apprentice Kayla Stoney from finding her niche in an automotive workshop. In fact, she has set her own bar so high that she has impressed her Great Southern Institute of Technology lecturers and her employer with her exemplary commitment,

abilities and attitude to both her studies and her vocation. Now a second-year apprentice taking the Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology (Light Vehicle), Kayla clearly demonstrated her mettle by taking out the institute’s course award for best performance in her class in 2013. Continued on page 2


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Bright spark fires on all cylinders From page 1 “Kayla is fantastic, she has a great Kayla recalled how her early influence work ethic,” Paul said. of playing around her grandfather’s “She’s up to every task and nothing engine reconditioning workshop and the fazes her,” he added. machinery sheds on her family’s South “Even if things go wrong, she can Stirling farm helped to sway her choices work out what to do next – she’s very in high school, where she undertook capable.” automotive studies from Year 8 to Year Kayla said Paul’s encouragement 12. and the excellent support of her “I’ve always loved pulling everything GSIT lecturers had been valuable as apart – but putting it back together is she progressed towards her trade another thing,” she laughed. qualification. She said she found satisfaction in all Automotive Lecturer Steve Szabo, who aspects of her trade, nominated Kayla for the though major projects course award at the end I’ve always had a certain appeal. of 2013, said she always loved pulling “The thing I most enjoy showed enthusiasm for is working on big jobs any task. everything by myself and getting it “She just gets on with it, apart – but right,” she said. she wants to do it,” Steve putting it back Completely undaunted said. by the raised eyebrows “She is a real leader, together is from some whose and the guys don’t treat another thing. preconceptions of an her any differently,” he apprentice mechanic are added. of a young male, Kayla said most people Kayla’s advice to others thinking of were supportive – even those initially taking up an apprenticeship is to give it a surprised at her choice of career. try. She explained she had taken the “Get experience first – find somewhere Certificate II course in Years 11 and 12 to work, ask around,” she urged. as part of a workplace learning program. With a further two years of her 3½-year “In Year 11 I worked at Dowsett’s apprenticeship to serve, Kayla also plans Automotive Services, and in Year 12 I to add specialised tickets such as air went to de Jonge Mechanical Repairs,” conditioning and LPG to her qualification. Kayla explained. For now, though, she is happily “At the end of Year 12, Paul [de Jonge] ensconced in a career she enjoys. A took me on,” she said. world of opportunities will be open to her It was Kayla’s outstanding attitude and once she has her qualification, but Kayla enthusiasm which impressed Paul when remains level-headed. he offered her the apprenticeship. “I’ll just see where it takes me,” she said.


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Bush survey takes stock of farm Creeping around in the bush at the dead of night might not be everyone’s idea of fun, but for a group of Great Southern Institute of Technology students, it brings a fascinating insight into the lives of nocturnal creatures. The students, taking the Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management, visited the institute’s farm on Mercer Road every day for five days and carried out one night stalk in that time, as part of a flora and fauna survey. Lecturer Leah Goodrem explained the group was carrying out a survey every season this year to evaluate the wildlife and bushland of the farm and determine what needed to be protected. Leah said traps were set and a motion-sensitive night camera was installed to record animal activity. “We set up the traps a week or two before, and keep them closed until we are ready to do the survey, so our scent isn’t around,” Leah said. “We open traps at about 2.30pm on the cooler days and check them in the morning at about 6 o’clock,” she explained. The students found a good population of ring-tailed possums, two species of toadlet, two species of scorpion – black and marbled – and a healthy population of red-tailed black cockatoos, in addition to the anticipated kangaroos and joeys. Unfortunately, feral pests such as foxes and rabbits have also taken up residence in big numbers, and there is significant erosion from recreational four-wheel drive vehicles. Leah said the group would be completing vegetation mapping in the next few months, and working on a management plan for the weeds.

Jessica Howell and Sarah Graf observe a spider.

Beau Cox and lecturer Leah Goodrem set up a night camera to record animal movement.

A toadlet gets a close examination.


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Snobby’s memories set in concrete

Snobby Davies was a teenager when he wrote his name in the wet concrete of a time capsule vault he helped to build at Great Southern Institute of Technology in 1979. In 1979, teenager Robert Davies was studying at Albany Technical College when his bricklaying class was given the task of building a vault for a time capsule to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Western Australia. Robert – known as Snobby – revisited his handiwork recently when the vault was opened to reveal his nickname which he had written in the wet concrete 34 years ago.

Fascinated to see the names of his former classmates also preserved for posterity, Snobby recalled taking part in a ‘Foundations for Employment’ program, in which he tried his hand at various trades including welding, carpentry and bricklaying. “I remember we laid these bricks and poured the concrete as part of that course,” Snobby said, admiring his work. Continued on page 5


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Great Southern Institute of Technology Building Services Officer Bob Vigar removes the 1979 time capsule from its vault in preparation for its opening at the institute’s 40th anniversary celebration in October.

Snobby’s memories set in concrete From page 4 While he enjoyed the various aspects of the program, Snobby said his career took a different turn when he was offered a job in the spare parts division of a local car dealership – a route which led to his current position of parts manager with Albany City Motors. The college, now Great Southern Institute of Technology, was only six years old when the time capsule was interred. GSIT Managing Director Lidia Rozlapa explained

the capsule was removed from its vault last week in preparation for opening at the institute’s 40th anniversary celebration on 31 October. “When the heavy lid was pushed back, the names of several students were revealed in the concrete below,” Lidia said. She said the thick concrete layer protected a 20cmdeep bed of compressed sand in which the 4kg time capsule was resting. “Before our anniversary, we will cut through the capsule at one end but we won’t remove the top completely nor reveal the contents until the big day,” Lidia said. In the meantime, it is being stored in the institute’s

safe to protect the treasure contained within and a new capsule is being prepared for interring at the October celebration and reopening in 40 years. “The new capsule will include student work and corporate documents to paint a picture of institute life in 2014 to inform – and hopefully entertain – future generations of students and staff,” Lidia said. She is asking Snobby’s fellow concrete signers John Burridge, P Hale, P Nevan, P Hart and M Hart, or anyone who provided items for the 1979 time capsule, to phone the institute on 9892 8888 and she will send them an individual invitation to the anniversary celebration.


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and career development opportunities.

From the MD’s Desk Thank you all for your hard work so far this year, and to those of you taking a well-deserved break, I hope you enjoy it and come back refreshed and ready for the downhill run. Enrolments Pleasing results are shown in enrolments for higherlevel qualifications, which are up by 31 per cent, and delivery is up by 45.5 per cent. Apprentice and trainee commencements are also up marginally over the same period last year. Training Forum Sixteen staff from this institute attended the Training Forum in May, where they took the opportunity to hear from keynote speakers and network with their peers. VETiS A Training Accreditation Council strategic VETiS audit being conducted this year will result in a report to the Government. The focus of our audit was the auspice arrangement with St Joseph’s College. The report may clarify the duty of care position which has been open to interpretation. Curtin University agreement Director Organisational

Effectiveness Chris Jones has signed a new articulation agreement with Curtin’s Vice-Chancellor Prof. Deborah Terry. This detailed the courses for which diploma students may gain credit and finish their degrees earlier. Records management Since Ches Leonard recently transferred to the records area, he’s been like a whirlwind. He and Carolyn Heffernan have sorted 38 boxes of documents and destroyed 20 boxes of expired paperbased records. Good on you, Ches, you’ve really taken your new role by the horns! Business systems In an audit of invalid enrolments, Mark and his team have received a zero result, which is a fantastic effort. Well done to all concerned, you should be very proud of this achievement. HR We have received confirmation that the current freeze on recruitments will be lifted at the end of June. I would like to remind you that staff SPIRes were due at the end of April. So if you have not completed yours, please make it a priority as these are essential for planning our professional

OSH Great work is being done in all areas. Rick has been busy with workplace inspections and inductions for new OSH reps, fire wardens and contractors. Capital works Our biggest project, the health science block, will be completed by the beginning of August and it will be occupied by 18 August. Other projects in progress include roof repairs, and upgrades to services for sewerage, electricity and gas. The digging around the institute is expected to be finished by the end of August. The Environment and Primary Industries Portfolio Manager Neil binning attended Dairy Australia’s alliance partners’ meeting in Melbourne, where potential new programs were discussed. Neil has also met staff at Albany Senior High School to discuss the Certificate II in Sampling and Measurement to be offered as part of the students’ WACE studies. This could lead to the Certificate III in Laboratory Skills delivered at the institute. New legislation requires chemical spraying workers to hold appropriate qualifications, so the portfolio is seeing a strong demand for courses. It is also researching the feasibility of a new course in


Great Southern Gazette – June 2014 waste management. Aboriginal programs The Aboriginal Programs staff have been as busy as ever organising short courses for unemployed people in Katanning. This will entail career development training over four weeks followed by four weeks of skills development training with local employers explaining to job seekers the skills they look for and the best ways of applying for their vacant positions. Unilink The Unilink website is under review and will soon be incorporated into the institute’s own website. Library Primo, the databasesearching platform, has been installed and staff are promoting it to library clients and training them in its use. New library iPads are having suitable apps installed and being promoted to lecturers for use with their classes. Scholarships Scholarships will be awarded early in Semester 2 to allow new students a chance to apply.

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These are open now, so staff are encouraged to promote them to their students. Details are on the website. Chaplain Following a high demand for the pastoral care service in the first term of the year, this has now steadied. Greater numbers of people are requesting emergency relief. Health Sciences and Community Services Fifteen enrolled nurses gathered for a completion ceremony on 13 June. Issues still exist around clinical placements for these nurses, but local strategies are being implemented with Albany Health Campus to help increase the number of placements within the region. Children’s Services staff and two diploma students attended a conference at Camp Quaranup. This was the pre-cursor to an early childhood health and education conference planned for 2015 at the Albany Entertainment Centre. Partnerships The first meeting of the newly re-formed Regional

Business Development Network has been held in Perth. As a result of discussions at this meeting, the institute will deliver Goldfields Institute’s high-risk work over the next few months. Negotiations with Kimberley Institute about delivery of their high-risk work have resulted in one program booked. Chris Jones and Neil Binning have visited managers of the Shire of Cranbrook to discuss training options. Anniversary and opening of health block Our big news for the month is that Minister Hames is expected to attend the institute on 31 October, when we will celebrate our 40th anniversary and open the new health block. Lexy Grover and Bev Baxter will be working with the relevant staff to finalise proceedings and guest invitations will be sent out. A time capsule is being prepared and everyone will be invited to produce work or information to be considered for the capsule. Happy reading, Lidia

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Regional students to gain from agreement

Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Deborah Terry signs the articulation agreement with Great Southern Institute of Technology Director Organisational Effectiveness Chris Jones. Great Southern Institute of Technology’s long relationship with Curtin University was strengthened recently with the signing of an articulation agreement to facilitate university entry and unit credits for students in several diploma courses. The agreement, signed by Curtin University ViceChancellor Prof. Deborah Terry and GSIT Director Organisational Effectiveness Chris Jones, is the renewal of a formalised agreement which has been held for several years. The agreement details the courses for which diploma students may gain credit and finish their degree earlier. Chris explained students in some diploma courses could receive credit which would reduce their degree by up to a year, depending on the course they studied and the

type of articulation pathway they selected. He said the institute currently had similar agreements with eight universities throughout Australia under its Unilink program. “The agreements enable students to start planning their university pathways at certificate or diploma level, but it’s important they contact the institute’s Student Support section to ensure they choose a course this applies to before they enrol,” Chris said. Curtin University ViceChancellor, Professor Deborah Terry said Curtin was committed to providing opportunities for regional students and the articulation agreement would provide students with a desire to further their education and a clear pathway to undergraduate studies at the

university. “Curtin and GSIT have been collaborating over the last year to map vocational education and training courses offered by GSIT that can provide students with a credit for recognised learning at Curtin,” she said. “Through this agreement, students in the region have the choice to start working towards their degree locally, which will help to reduce their costs and allow them to stay within their community for longer.” For many Great Southern students, in addition to reducing the study time for a degree, delaying a move to Perth by starting their studies in the region could result in substantial savings. Information on the institute’s Unilink program is available on the website www.gsit.wa.edu.au, or by phoning 9892 8888.


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Good signs for our youngest people Child safety on the roads was in the spotlight recently at a Great Southern Institute of Technology program organised by the institute’s Children’s Services section. Smart Steps, a road safety workshop for carers and parents of babies and children up to four years, forms part of both the Certificate III and the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. The half-day workshop was presented by School Drug Education and Road Awareness (SDERA). GSIT Children’s Services Lecturer Anne Parker said the students learnt about road, pedestrian and passenger safety and were given a free Smart Steps package to help them to design and deliver workshops to families. The package included ideas and songs to teach young children, and selections from training plans and resources for topics such as walking safely with children, Anne said. “Safe Driveway gave some really simple ideas for saving children’s lives – over the past 10 years, 60 children were killed in driveway accidents,” Anne explained. Tracey Blaszkow from KidSafe WA demonstrated the importance of child care seats and demonstrated the correct fitting.

Displaying road awareness signs are: (back) GSIT Children’s Services Lecturer Anne Parker, Winona Bell, Kim White, Anne Arendt, (front) AnnMaree Lynch (SDERA) and Analyn Gawned.

Tracy Blaszkow (right) shows Hemalatha Pariasamy the correct method of installing a baby car safety capsule.


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Seeds

OF SUSTAINABILITY

Good habits in the classroom EfS – what does this mean to you? It didn’t mean anything to me until I started attending the sustainability workshops which have been held this year at GSIT run by Laura Bird. (Attendance and completion of assessments will allow you to gain the unit TAESUS501A 'Analyse and apply sustainability skills to learning programs', a unit towards the Diploma of Vocational Education). EfS = Education for Sustainability. It is something we all should be doing, particularly when educating the next generation. Attendance at Laura’s sessions has started to challenge my thinking about the way I look at the world and ways I can incorporate sustainability into my future teaching practices. So what do I plan to do differently in the future? My first step has been borrowing the fantastic book ‘Sustainability for Educators’ by Katrina

Rebecca Lovitt.

Shields and Lisa Hoggard from the library. This book is jampacked with so many practical, easy-touse lesson plans, icebreakers and further resources, including YouTube links. There are many ways I see I can start to implement EfS into my teaching. Focussing on the EfS principles ‘Participation’ and ‘Critical Thinking and Reflection’ here are just a few that I feel I can start with for now:

From ‘Sustainability for Educators’: • Find Someone Who (we’ve all done these icebreaker sheets. These have items like ‘someone who has a vegetable garden, has a water tank at home, buys organic vegetables, etc.). • The Story of Stuff. This is an excellent movie to challenge student thinking about ‘stuff’ (21 mins). https:// www.youtube.com/ atch?v=gLBE5QAYXp8. Continued on page 11


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Source: http://mappio.com/mindmap/learning-fundamentals/energysaving-tips-for-schools.

Good habits in the classroom From page 10• • In my CHCC312A Electronic Learning Materials unit, I plan to show the clip The Story of Electronics (2010), https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=sW_7i6T_H78. • 300 years of Fossil fuels in 300 seconds. Another great educational clip which could be used as a warmup or icebreaker https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=cJ-J91SwP8w. Other ideas: • Field trip to the tip (integrated into the unit – HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes). Speaking with other lecturers who have done this has highlighted the huge educational learning experience which can be built into visiting the

educational recycling centre. • Plastic Free July challenge – I have already shown this to my students and asked them if they are up for the challenge! https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=7u01LS9enPQ. • Mind maps on sustainability – look at the environmental, economic and social aspects of sustainability in our industry area using images such as the one above to start discussion. Everyone can make a difference if we all share a vision for a better future. I look forward to furthering my knowledge in this area and continuing to share ideas with colleagues. ‘As Laura said ‘If my students leave with more questions than answers I have done my job well!. They have started the journey of reflection and inquiry towards making solutions for our future.” – Rebecca Lovitt


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Night of festivity for new nurses For a group of Diploma of Nursing students, a celebration evening in George’s Restaurant marked the end of their studies and the start of their new vocation. Some of the group had completed their qualification in 18 months, while others who had studied part time under the Better Skills Better Care program had taken three years. The nurses were joined in the celebration by their invited friends and family members, and staff of Great Southern Institute of Technology’s nursing branch, who had nurtured them along the way. GSIT Director Corporate Services Edward Armstrong introduced a special guest, Nurse Director of Albany Health Campus Cindy Stainton. Addressing the happy gathering, Edward acknowledged the invaluable support the institute received from the hospital, as well as other hospitals and aged care facilities throughout the Great Southern, particularly for their patience and dedication in providing nursing placements for the institute’s students. Wishing the nurses well in their chosen career, Edward made special mention of the lecturers, clinical instructors and Enrolled Nursing Coordinator Jodie Watkins, who had guided and supported them through their studies. Following the formal part of the evening, guests joined the nurses for supper and drinks.

Eddy Orzel, Lisa Carlyle, Myra Golding and Bob Golding.

Margaret Newton, Jill Haymann, Peter Newton and Clay Haymann.

Heather Cottrill, Ellie Taylor and Amy Shadforth.

Ros Knowling, Kim Whiteman, Julie Hurley and Debbie O’Malley.


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Judy Harder, Ashley West, Jill Robinson, Ben West, Marcia West, Natalie Meade and Nick West.

Jessica Wallis and Damien Eikelboom.

Judy Clark and Edward Armstrong.

Jodie Watkins, Catherine Attwell and Cindy Stainton.

Yvonne Hislop and Sue Ashton.


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Access All Areas with Wendy Macliver

Study can be really exciting. It can also be really stressful coming up to the end of semester with assessments, tests, balancing study with work and life… thedesk is here to help. It’s your toolbox for success and wellbeing while you study. It can help you deal with some of the common issues that get in the way of success – such as stress, procrastination, feeling down, relationship issues or managing worries. What’s in thedesk? • Modules to develop problem-solving and selfmanagement skills • Tools to help with everyday issues • Quizzes about different

Online tools take stress out of study

areas of life, such as relationships, physical health and mental wellbeing • Links to information and support services to help deal with a range of common issues

Safety First With Rick Muller

• A Coffee House to share music, art, recipes and more! How do I sign up? It’s easy, and free! Click here to get started – www. thedesk.org.au.

Record minor first aid injuries

Minor cuts or band-aid injuries can be easily recorded using the First Aid Treatment Register inside all first aid kits. This is an easy process for staff and students to quickly record minor incidents after using any contents from a first aid kit. The recording of minor injuries help draw attention to sources of injuries that are very likely to occur, though unlikely to be serious. This process is also very handy for restocking purposes. Next time you or any of your students need anything out of a first aid kit, please complete the register and encourage others to do so.


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Healthy choices on career menu A course in healthy living with a focus on fitness and sport has broadened the horizons of a group of Aboriginal high school students attending Great Southern Institute of Technology’s Albany campus one day a week. The year-long program gives the students a diversity of experiences as part of their Certificate I in Gaining Access to Training and Employment through an Aboriginal schoolbased training program for Year 10 students. They are learning skills which will eventually help them into rewarding careers. While trying their hand at carving garnishes in the institute’s training kitchen, the students spoke of their course, which had been as varied as it was interesting. Jezelda Lethbridge said they had been bushwalking and visited the gym and the recreation centre, where they had exercised, tried rock climbing and played volleyball, but she had most enjoyed the cooking sessions. Under the supervision of their mentor GSIT Aboriginal Programs Assistant Melissa Meyer and with instruction from GSIT Cookery Lecturer Steve Speight, they had made beefburgers or lentil burgers with oven chips and apple crumble – a healthy version of popular foods. The best bit, they all agreed, was eating their creations. For Callum Lawler-Woods, a gym workout had been the main attraction of the program, but Andy Bennell, pausing from inserting the ears into a radish mouse, said rock climbing had been the most exciting activity, though he understood the need for essential instruction in more mundane areas as first aid. “I’m glad to be doing [the program], but I haven’t decided what I want to do, I’m still thinking about my career,” Andy said. At the end of the course, the students will have skills to help them into further training in a health or fitness area and a good appreciation of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Using creative cutting techniques to produce inspiring garnishes in the GSIT training kitchen are Andy Bennell (top), Jezelda Lethbridge (centre) and Callum Lawler-Woods (right).


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Growing beauty from within Since starting classes in February, this year’s beauty therapy students have learnt valuable lessons to help their clients put on their best face – and hands, nails and feet. The group is finishing the semester with a different take on beauty as they have researched health-giving properties of common herbs. Beauty Therapy Lecturer Alison Sharpe explained each member of the group had been given a plant to take home and nurture for four weeks. During that time, they researched the nutrients in it and the ways it could be used in the diet. Then in the run-up to the end of the semester, they each gave a presentation on the special properties of their plants which included chilli, parsley, chives, basil, dill, mint, rosemary, coriander and beetroot. The presentations were popular as they included a sample of foods made with the herbs, and a question-and-answer session to discuss their nutritional value and recipes incorporating them. Top: Josie MacDonald with her beetroot plant and a nutritious and delicious beetroot juice. Right: Larni Dupuy used coriander in her squid dish and for a decadent chocolate dessert.

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HR News With Paula Pattinson

We advise that following confirmation with Treasury, the recruitment freeze will end from the close of business on 30 June. Effective from 1 July, normal recruitment and advertising actions may resume. Positions advertised • L2 Executive Support Officer 0.5 FTE (closed 7 April) – on hold due to Public Sector recruitment freeze • L3 PACD Coordinator 0.5 FTE (closed 7 April) – on hold due to Public Sector recruitment freeze • Internal ASL1 and ASL2 positions (closed 14 April) – on hold due to Public Sector recruitment freeze • Internal EOI L1 Portfolio Support Officer – HS and CS 0.4 FTE (closed 26 May) – Dani Samwell was successful • Internal EOI L1 Apprenticeship Support Officer 0.4 FTE – closed 16 June. Congratulations to Dani and we’ll now be able to finalise those on hold in early July. New staff A warm welcome is extended to the following new and recommencing staff who were missed in the last Gazette: • Daniel Sharp, Casual Lecturer Skills Development Centre, Albany • Jason Moir, Casual Lecturer Fitness, Albany Long-term absences • Anne Green, ASL2 Business, on leave from 23 June to 4 January 2015 • Michelle Smith, Lecturer Children’s services, on maternity leave from 7 July to 29 March 2015. Staff exiting • Aloma Pickett, Portfolio Support Officer – Health Sciences and Community Services, ceased 6 June. We wish you all the very best with your new adventures, Aloma.

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Healthy eating in winter While most of us associate summer with fresh steamed vegetables and healthy salads, winter seems to the season of comfort food. Unfortunately, many winter favourites are associated with fats and kilojoules, but this does not need to be the case. Healthy winter soups and one-pot casseroles with lean meat and plenty of vegetables are an easy way to warm up from the inside, without eating unhealthily. This minestrone soup recipe – taken from the ‘Healthy Food Fast’ cookbook – takes 15 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook. Each batch contains 17 serves of vegetables and serves six people, so gets you halfway to your daily five recommended serves of vegetables. Ingredients: 1 medium brown onion, chopped 1 glove garlic, crushed 425g can crushed tomatoes 1 carrot, peeled and diced 2 sticks celery, sliced 1 large parsnip, peeled and diced 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 bay leaf 4 cups beef stock 2 cups water ½ cup small pasta 6 Brussels sprouts, finely diced or 1 cup sliced cabbage 300g can four bean mix, rinsed and drained Method: • Cook onion and garlic in a large pot Source: Shape.com with a little water until onion is translucent • Add tomato, carrot, celery, parsnip, tomato paste, bay leaf, beef stock and water • Bring to the boil, add the pasta and simmer for 15 minutes or until tender • Add Brussels sprouts and beans • Cook for a further five minutes Variations: substitute lentils or butter beans for the four bean mix. Spinach or peas are tasty alternatives to Brussels sprouts and cabbage. For more healthy recipes, as well as information and ideas for eating well, visit www.australia.gov.au/MeasureUp This column courtesy of Great Southern Population Health. For more information, phone 9842 7500 (Albany) or 9821 6287 (Katanning).


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Celebratory gathering for educators

A celebration was held recently to mark the end of a successful semester for the Certificate III in Education Support students. Students have been studying full time this semester, which has included four weeks’ school placement at Great Southern Grammar, St Joseph’s, Albany Primary, Yakamia Primary, Spencer Park Primary, Mount Lockyer Primary, Spencer Park Education Support Centre, Denmark Primary, Manypeaks Primary, Mount Barker Community College and the Spirit of Play

Community School in Denmark. Some students have elected to continue their studies into the Certificate IV in Education Support in Semester 2. Expressions of interest and enrolments are currently being taken. Once they compete their studies, these students will be great additions to the region’s schools and the education of students in the Great Southern. – Lisa Hassell, Lizzie Bigwood and Rebecca Lovitt

SEMESTER 2

SCHOLARSHIPS OPEN NOW! Apply today

Application forms available at www.gsit.wa.edu.au or go to L Block reception

Applications close 10am Monday 28 July


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