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Wednesday October 25, 2017

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• Principal Matt McPhee and Vice Principal Dean Duursma celebrate results with students from Foster Secondary College.

FOSTER Secondary College is officially the highest performing secondary school from Mallacoota all the way to down near Dandenong.
Principal Matt McPhee and Vice Principal Dean Duursma were handed their School Performance Report last week and they could not be happier. 
Shane Wainwright the Senior Education Improvement Leader for South East Victoria Region of DET went over the report and the school’s performance with the school leadership last week.
Mr. Wainwright is responsible for overseeing school performance in the area.
On all measures the school is performing at the highest level so much so that it is acting as an influencer.
“That means that as a ‘system leader’ people will be sent from under-performing schools to learn what we’re doing so they can take it back to their schools,” said Matt.
When he came to Foster Secondary College 3 years ago Matt felt the school was quite different to any other he had worked in.
“I don’t think the community here realises just how high performing we are,” he said.
“Why would you send your child 45 minutes up the road and pay $8000 and get something inferior. We beat the private schools hands down.
“People think because it’s private it’s better and that’s just not the case.”
“Any local child that gets on a bus to attend secondary school outside the local area is one child too many. Foster Secondary College is first and foremost a community school and our goal is to have every local child enjoy the benefits of the outstanding education and pastoral care on offer here.” 
The school was rated highly in reading, numeracy, student attitude, school climate and engagement.
“Our VCE results have been excellent for the past few years. Our 2015 Dux, Chloe Wood was featured in the Herald Sun. The school does an amazing job at supporting all students to find their pathway regardless of their performance in VCE,” Matt said.
“Over the past three years every graduating student has ended up doing what they were planning to do.”
Dean Duursma agrees. “Whether it was a vet course or an apprenticeship, full-time employment or a university course, they were all able to achieve a successful outcome.”
Matt says the morale at the school is fantastic at the moment.
“There’s a real sense of common purpose and we’ve had a couple of big wins moneywise.”
The gym roof has been repaired for around $500,000 and it didn’t cost the school a cent.
The school successfully put in two emergency maintenance applications to the Education Department.
“We’re pretty pumped. We feel the place is humming along nicely,” Matt said.
“Foster Secondary College is a high performing school with dedicated staff making a real difference for our kids.”









• MC Jessica Bell, Speaker Amelia Bright, SBWN President Dana Hughes and Speaker Sally Ruljancich at the highly successful event held at Meeniyan Hall.

AS Dolly Parton said, “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.”
The Southern Business Women’s Network does all that and more.
“We have 150 members and another 150 on our email,” said President Dana Hughes.
“You can be an employee, self employed, be retired from work, looking for work, planning a business or on leave from your business or place of work,” she added.
“We welcome people who are open minded with a sense of fun, adventure and a desire to try new things, women who look outside the square and who are keen to share their knowledge and experience with others.”
SBWN hosted an evening on Thursday October 19 at the Meeniyan Hall that saw 77 women come together to hear speakers Sally Ruljancich and Amelia Bright from the Prom Coast Food Collective speak about their inspiring venture.
The MC for the night was Jessica Bell from Elders Financial Planning Advisor who did a fabulous job.
Apart from keeping the show running, Jessica provided a valuable insight into how her business can help with financial planning for unforeseen circumstances, and life in general.
One of the benefits of membership is the opportunity to MC an event and showcase your business.
The night was all about food and Brent Sinclair Catering took care of everything. Brent along with his staff prepared a literal smorgasbord of delectable food that was enjoyed by all. From melt in your mouth lamb, beef and chicken dishes through to exquisite baked spinach and cheese tart and the freshest of vegetables followed by desserts to die for.
Sally and Amelia shared their stories of their own farms, and how the Prom Coast Food Collective came into existence in just a few short months.
They said they have seen a change in consumer habits and how, as small business owners, we can take advantage of these changing markets and do so without infrastructure or funding, and with community and collaboration at the fore.
In an effort to support small local farmers, producers and makers, tweak the habits of eaters and make local, ethically raised produce available to all, the Prom Coast Food Collective was born in April of 2017.
  Sally is a true modern day farmer using an online subscription and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model to exclusively sell her and husband Colin’s organic lamb and beef from their property in Dollar. There is currently a 15-year waiting list for CSA shares. Sally is passionate about sharing how to best utilise online selling methods and solidarity economies to maximise returns and take control of the supply chain. She is the former President of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance.
Amelia runs the “hogs” part of her family’s “hogs and logs” farming enterprise, and has, over the years, seriously skewed the average age at farmers markets in the area, starting at the age of 24. Winners of a Bank of Melbourne regional small business grant of $10,000, Amber Creek is a closed-loop, regenerative and pasture-based farm, selling pork and smallgoods strictly locally. Amelia was recently featured in the pilot programme of the wonderful Invisible Farmers project and is a strong advocate for viable small-scale farming enterprises and proper stewardship of the land.
The Prom Coast Food Collective is open for business on the 1st of each month, with orders collected on the 3rd Sunday of each month. For notifications on the next order cycle opening, please subscribe to the mailing list at - 
There are over 24 producers and over 300 products to choose from and this is growing every month. Shoppers simply browse, select, make one payment and then collect their goods on the 3rd Sunday of each month at Dumbalk’s Blue Tree Honey Farm between 3:00pm-4.30pm.



Nationals back call for South Gippsland Hospital upgrade

THE Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath has spoken in parliament in support of state government funding for vital upgrades of South Gippsland Hospital in Foster.
The hospital – built in the 1950s – is seeking $1.6 million from the current round of the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund for upgrades to maternity and theatre facilities.
“The current proposal includes the use of new technologies to ensure that local community members have access to safe, affordable care at South Gippsland Hospital, and avoid the cost and time burden of travelling to Melbourne or a regional hospital,” Ms Bath said.
“Having recently toured the hospital, I observed the less than perfect conditions staff, doctors and patients have to cope with.”
“Though I cannot actually recall the event, the theatre remains virtually unchanged from when I was born there 50 years ago!”
“While patient health and safety is not compromised, patients waiting for and recuperating from operations are only metres away from the birthing suite, separated by a thin dividing wall.”
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said the South Gippsland Hospital is in desperate need of an upgrade.
“I have previously written to the Minister for Health Jill Hennessy lobbying for funding to undertake the extension,” Mr O’Brien said.
“The hospital lacks a dedicated post-operative recovery area, has no consulting rooms and the maternity wing is cramped and needs to be expanded.”
“This is an important project for the Foster and District community and I call on the Andrews Labor Government to support this extension as a matter of priority.”


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