Specialist School hosted professional development

June 01, 2018

Shannon Reilly, Mikaela Miller, Adrian Marlborough and Tyrone Holmes at a goat farm in Girgarre

Connor Pettigrove at the community garden

VICTORIAN teachers and industry representatives visited Echuca Specialist School on Monday for a day of professional development.

The school’s connection to the community was on display with trips to the Twin Rivers cafe, a goat farm in Girgarre and Campaspe Shire’s community garden.

Victorian Applied Learning Association chief executive Helene Rooks said the achievements of Echuca Specialist School had been on the associations radar for some time.

“This is a great opportunity for teachers to see the amazing programs that operate in Echuca,” she said.

“It’s important to put outstanding practice in the spotlight. The community involvement and the skills students acquire through it is a great benchmark for other schools to set.

“The innovative approach to learning in regional Victoria is a great example of what can be achieved.”

Assistant principal Ben Ridge said the aim of the day was to highlight the successful outcomes the school has achieved by getting students involved in the community.

“We’re very proud of our VCAL program and today was a great chance to highlight it,” he said.

“Not all students get the chance to actively work in the community like our students do. The involvement helps them to learn employment and social skills.

“We’re extremely thankful to have the support of the Echuca-Moama community in our community involvement programs. We couldn’t offer the education we do without their full support.”

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