College backs its Koorie students
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.”
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.