Some of the region’s most enthusiastic students were given the gift of outdoor education recently thanks to donations from local sports clubs.ROB HENSON June 24, 2014 3:47am
The great outdoors: Tocumwal Golf Club operations manager Anton Noble (far left) and Sporties marketing and promotions manager Mick O'Dwyer (far right) with teachers and students at Cobram Community House gardens.
Some of the region’s most enthusiastic students were given the gift of outdoor education recently thanks to donations from local sports clubs.
The Life Skills course, run at Cobram Community house received $500 from Barooga Sporties and $500 from Tocumwal Golf Club for bus excursions to local farms.
The course forms part of the Certificate I in Transitional Education, a course building foundation skills for a range of learners, some with a disability.
Trainer Jo Newham said the course’s nine students had used the funding to rent a bus to visit local dairies and beef farms.
As part of a paddock-to-plate approach, Ms Newham said the future plans were to visit a butchers and cook their own meals for their final class.
‘‘We’re teaching skills for life, including good eating and how to cook,’’ she said.
‘‘Today when we worked they were really jumping into it and getting hands on. And they’ll be taking recipes home with them.
‘‘The focus is on teaching them something they can use, rather than learning something just for the sake of it.’’
She said the excursions had made ‘‘a big difference’’ to student morale.
‘‘Going out and seeing where the food came from has been great,’’ she said.
‘‘It makes them really enthusiastic about what they’re doing, makes it seem a bit more real.’’
Cobram Community House business development co-ordinator Sally Bate said the life skills course emerged a few years ago through a push from governments.
‘‘Previously there was a gap in education for (people with disabilities) and even back then there was the government push to ‘earn or learn’,’’ Ms Newham said.
She said the course also acted as an outreach service, with students from towns, such as Tocumwal, Yarrawonga and Katamatite.
About 100 people attended an ecumenical service in Shepparton to remember those who died in the MH17 plane crash.
The talent was truly amazing at this year’s Mulwala Water Ski Club’s Got Talent competition.
‘‘Time for reflection is rare in life and in business,’’ Tatura Milk Industries chairman Barry Irvin told suppliers when delivering his end-of-financial-year report.
St Joseph’s College principal Kate Fogarty will be Assumption College’s first female principal when she takes over the role next year.
Rochester athlete Morgan Dingwall won medals at an international athletics competitions last month.
If you thought it was cold yesterday morning, you weren’t wrong!
Brigade transforms station for Christmas in July.
Despite being scheduled to play at home this Saturday, Finley footballers and netballers will instead make the trip to Blighty.
Axedale student Zara Smith has created history, raising the single largest amount raised by a primary school student in the Jump Rope for Heart event’s 31-year history.
Mixed response from Cobram region politicians and businesses to the Commonwealth's removal of a price on carbon.
Ten Deniliquin athletes competed at the NSW All Schools Cross Country Championships last Friday.
Tackling salinity in the Goulburn-Broken basin was a key element of a presentation made to an international forum in the United States last month.
The Melbourne Scottish fiddlers return to Swanpool to raise money for local CFA brigades. Group officer Jim Ranken and fiddle player Kristin Marriott
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.