Spe­cial­ist School starred at awards

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

ECHUCA Spe­cial­ist School cleaned up at this year’s Prin­ci­pals’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Spe­cial­ist Schools (PASS) awards night, tak­ing home the award for Out­stand­ing VCAL Team.

On top of that, pri­mary teacher Les­ley-Ann Mouritz re­ceived the Out­stand­ing Grad­u­ate Teacher 2018.

ESS teacher Sarah Lees said more than 200 peo­ple at­tended the awards night, rep­re­sent­ing about 90 spe­cial­ist schools from around Vic­to­ria.

‘‘We had 12 staff on the VCAL team, some of whom have now moved on. The awards night was fan­tas­tic and to be named the top in the state is even more spe­cial,’’ she said.

‘‘Our VCAL pro­gram gives stu­dents hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties to teach the VCAL learn­ing out­comes in a dif­fer­ent way.

‘‘We run a va­ri­ety of pro­grams in­clud­ing Chaos Car Clean­ing, meals on wheels, Re­cy­cla­bil­ity, the dairy goat farm, Twin Rivers Cafe, stud goat farm and more.

‘‘But they wouldn’t be pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port of the com­mu­nity and or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing the Port of Echuca, Cam­paspe Shire Coun­cil, Back Nine golf course and Twin Rivers — just to name a few.’’

Sarah said the awards night also pro­vided ESS staff with the op­por­tu­nity to see suc­cess­ful pro­grams other spe­cial­ist schools are op­er­at­ing.

Add to this Les­ley-Ann’s award and the ESS group were head­ing home ec­static.

Les­ley-Ann stud­ied at La Trobe Uni­ver­sity in Bendigo be­fore se­cur­ing a job at ESS.

‘‘It was very ex­cit­ing but also a lit­tle un­nerv­ing giv­ing a speech in front of the crowd,’’ she said.

‘‘I al­ways wanted to work in a spe­cial­ist school and I love the Echuca Spe­cial­ist School com­mu­nity, it has so many pos­i­tive ties with the Echuca com­mu­nity.’’

WIN­NERS: The ESS VCAL group and grad­u­ate teacher Les­ley-Ann Mouritz (front, third from left) re­ceived awards at the Prin­ci­pals' As­so­ci­a­tion of Spe­cial­ist Schools awards night.

DREAM JOB: Grad­u­ate teacher Les­ley-Ann Mouritz re­ceived an award at the PASS awards night.

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