Lit­tle champs at Sav­er­nake

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY ROBERT MUIR

It was the small­est school in their small schools cross coun­try event re­cently and in the swim­ming com­pe­ti­tion back in Fe­bru­ary.

But Sav­er­nake Pub­lic School - which cur­rently has just nine stu­dents - had plenty of suc­cess, re­turn­ing home with two shields against stu­dents from the larger Mul­wala and Lowes­dale schools.

In Fe­bru­ary, it was a mar­vel­lous re­sult when five stu­dents were an­nounced as age cham­pi­ons in swim­ming at the Yar­ra­wonga Swim­ming Pool.

Liam Davis won Se­nior Boys and Jes­sica Arnold claimed the Se­nior Girls ti­tle. Oliver Bruce was best 11 Year Boys.

Jay­den Arnold won Ju­nior Boys and Pene­lope Bruce was Ju­nior Girl Cham­pion.

“It’s out­stand­ing - the kids have done an out­stand­ing job,” act­ing prin­ci­pal An­gelique Bruce told the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle.

“I don’t think that just hav­ing nine stu­dents is a hin­drance. It just shows that even though we’re a small school we have high per­for- mances. And it’s just not sport­ing wise, but aca­dem­i­cally as well.”

In May, Jay­den also had an ex­cel­lent day, fin­ish­ing sec­ond in cross coun­try which was held at Urana.

Fri­day af­ter­noon at Sav­er­nake Pub­lic School in­cludes cook­ing by stu­dents. Gar­den pro­duce grown at the school by the nine stu­dents con­trib­utes sig­nif­i­cantly to healthy and de­li­cious meals.

“We pick a theme - gen­er­ally on the coun­try - ex­plore things and choose the food to go with our pro­duce,” Mrs Bruce said.

“Stu­dents choose the menu. There are three groups of stu­dents for the three cour­ses, en­tree, main and dessert. We swap them around.” And the re­sult? “De­li­cious!” Mrs Bruce said. “Stu­dents are pre­pared to try things they nor­mally wouldn’t have at home.”

Ad­mir­ing the keen­ness and abil­ity dis­played by stu­dents was grad­u­ate teacher in her first teach­ing job, Melissa Brown from Co­bram, who spends three days a week at the ex­cel­lent fa­cil­ity Sav­er­nake school.

Two awards – for Small Schools Swim­ming Cham­pi­ons and the Small Schools Per­cent­age Points Tro­phy - won against big­ger schools. Sav­er­nake Pub­lic School stu­dents, from left, Ana Bruce, Pene­lope Bruce, Abbi Fer­gu­son, Jay­den Arnold, Zac Fer­gu­son, Jes­sica Arnold and Liam Davis with re­liev­ing prin­ci­pal An­gelique Bruce.

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