Col­lege backs its Koorie stu­dents

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Hor­sham Col­lege is strongly pro­mot­ing pro­grams that sup­port Koorie ed­u­ca­tion and en­hance over­all stu­dent com­pre­hen­sion of in­dige­nous cul­ture.

It has praised the ef­forts of two Koorie stu­dents who have passed Vic­to­rian Cer­tifi­cate of Ap­plied Learn­ing or Vic­to­rian Cer­tifi­cate of Ed­u­ca­tion.

Col­lege se­nior school as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Car­los Lopez said Louise King had worked con­sis­tently to earn her VCE.

“Louise’s per­sis­tence and hard work has been recog­nised by her teach­ers, who report her out­stand­ing ef­forts in 2017 to achieve her goal,” he said.

“We thank Louise’s fam­ily and the Koorie com­mu­nity for work­ing with Hor­sham Col­lege to sup­port her though the de­mands of VCE.”

Mr Lopez said Jus­tine Skin­ner Burns, a re­cip­i­ent of a MADEC schol­ar­ship, had worked with the school’s VCAL team to achieve her In­ter­me­di­ate VCAL cer­tifi­cate.

“Again the col­lege thanks Jus­tine’s fam­ily and the Koorie com­mu­nity in sup­port­ing her through her schooling.”

Science

In the last week of Novem­ber three Hor­sham Col­lege stu­dents at­tended a Res­i­den­tial In­dige­nous Science Ex­pe­ri­ence, RISE, at the Univer­sity of Mel­bourne.

RISE aims to in­spire stu­dents about ca­reers that can lead from study­ing maths and science.

De­vel­oped by the Univer­sity of Mel­bourne and the Gene Tech­nol­ogy Ac­cess Cen­tre, the pro­gram is crafted for year-nine and 10 stu­dents to ex­pe­ri­ence the ‘tan­gi­ble and hands-on’ na­ture of science, in­clud­ing work­shops and special pre­sen­ta­tions on chem­istry, ge­ol­ogy, ge­net­ics, physics and maths, and vis­its to in­dus­try.

In­dige­nous and non-in­dige­nous men­tors sup­port par­tic­i­pants through­out the camp and the pro­gram in­cludes cul­tural and so­cial ex­pe­ri­ences to strengthen the bonds be­tween stu­dents and in­tro­duce some to the city of Mel­bourne.

Cody Vi­genser, Tea­gan Muir and Sarah Kennedy were three of 37 in- dige­nous stu­dents from across Aus­tralia who par­tic­i­pated in the pro­gram.

Hor­sham Col­lege has also worked with Rae Tal­bot from Wim­mera Catch­ment Man­age­ment Author­ity to de­velop a Medic­i­nal and Bush Foods Plant re­pos­i­tory for both the col­lege and Hor­sham com­mu­nity.

The project builds closer links with the Koorie com­mu­nity and the in­dige­nous her­itage sur­round­ing many of the plants.

The re­pos­i­tory in­cludes species of plants from across the Wim­mera.

IN­SPIRED: Hor­sham Col­lege stu­dent Cody Vi­genser at­tended a Res­i­den­tial In­dige­nous Science Ex­pe­ri­ence in Mel­bourne.

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