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Changing schools can be a backward step

Head first: The tipper rolled down a slope and crashed into the house. Pictures: Supplied

Truck makes house call A TRUCK driver was lucky to escape injury when his tipper rolled down a slope and into a Mornington house, Thursday 5 July. Sergeant David Collins, of Somerville Highway Patrol, said the 47-year-old driver of Cranbourne, was loading a skip bin in Flame Tree Grove when the front wheels lifted and the truck slid forward, crashing

into the front of the two-storey house and causing extensive damage, 1pm. The shocked owner was reportedly home at the time. No one was injured in the incident. A heavy haulage tow truck was called in to pull the truck free. A Mornington Peninsula Shire surveyor later inspected the house to ascertain the scope of the damage.

CHANGING schools can have a detrimental effect on a student’s mental health and academic performance. Exploring the effects of “school transition on student wellbeing” formed the basis of a talk given by Toorak College, Mt Eliza principal, Kristy Kendall, to 750 educators from 22 countries in the United States. Mrs Kendall said it had been an honour to be one of the few Australians invited to speak at the Global Forum on Girls’ Education in Washington DC. “I passionately believe in girls' education and the power of building resilience, self-esteem and self-confidence in the next generation of leaders,” Mrs Kendall said on her return. Her presentation to the forum “explored the social, emotional, cognitive and moral developmental periods of girls and how disruption in the form of school transition can have detrimental effects on a student’s mental health and academic performance”. “We know that changing schools is harder when girls have low self-esteem and when they are in the early stages of establishing their own identity. “Throughout my presentation, I encouraged the audience to put the developmental milestones of their students at the heart of the decisions they make. This includes everything from entry points, transition processes, how and what they teach, and how they build capacity in the minds of young girls.”

Community Grant rounds are open now! Placemaking Grants close Thursday 16 August It is the people, places and spaces that make the Mornington Peninsula a great place to live. Placemaking aims to support community led initiatives that meet a community need. Flexi Grants close May 2019 Are open all year and provide an opportunity for community groups needing a small amount of funding to start a new project, purchase small equipment, train volunteers or host a small community activity.

Creative Communities close Wednesday 25 July Support not-for-profit groups to deliver projects that develop, explore and express our diverse cultural heritage, creative arts etc., which fosters opportunities for the community to experience and participate in. Community Support Grants close Wednesday 25 July Assist not-for-profit community organisations by providing funding for a range of new projects and activities that benefit our local communities.

Attend a Community Information Session Rosebud Monday 2 July 1.30 – 3pm Shire Office, 90 Besgrove Street

Hastings Wednesday 4 July 10 – 11.30am Shire Office, 21 Marine Parade

Mornington Wednesday 4 July 6.30 – 8pm Shire Office, 2 Queen St

Principal presents: Toorak College principal Kristy Kendall has explained the shortcomings of students changing schools at a forum of international educators.

Since becoming the 16th principal of Toorak College at the beginning of 2016, Mrs Kendall says she has made it her “mission to ensure that at the centre of every consideration, discussion and initiative are the needs of her students”. “Every day I strive to provide my students with the best possible education, to expose them to a range of chal-

Have your say Mornington Peninsula Shire Property Strategy You are invited to provide comments on the draft Mornington Peninsula Shire Property Strategy. Property is held by Council on behalf of the Mornington Peninsula community. Council performs a stewardship role, cognisant of the inherent responsibility to demonstrate good governance and transparency in its property asset decision making. The Property Strategy provides a ‘whole of Council’ framework for the sound management of property assets. The Strategy helps us to strategically align our property portfolio with Council’s key objectives of its Council Plan 2017-2021. Following the public exhibition period, the feedback will be reviewed and where appropriate incorporated in the Strategy.

For more information

5950 1099 community.grants@mornpen.vic.gov.au mornpen.vic.gov.au/grants


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lenges and opportunities and to inspire them to aim high and dream big. We don’t believe in a one-size fits all transition plan and encourage our students and families to join us when it is right for them.” Mrs Kendall will speak at Toorak College’s next open day on Wednesday 8 August. Keith Platt

For more information mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay

Have your say Community consultation is currently open and closes Friday 10 August 2018. Online mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay In person Surveys are also available to read in hard copy at the Shire’s offices in Rosebud, Mornington, Hastings and Somerville. In writing Attention: Yasmin Woods Re: Draft Mornington Peninsula Shire Property Strategy Mornington Peninsula Shire Private Bag 1000 Rosebud, Victoria, 3939