School camp builds relationships

By Jamie Salter

Year 8 students from Shepparton's government secondary schools participated in a number of agricultural career sessions at the Leadership and Regional Careers Camp at University of Melbourne’s Dookie Campus.

Wanganui Park Seondary College assistant principal Karen Utber said the camp was an opportunity for students to form relationships as they transition to Year 9, before they all come together at Greater Shepparton Secondary College next year.

“It is about building resilience and leadership among our young people along with more practical life and work-ready skills,” Ms Utber said.

“We know this experience has delivered great results for past participants.

“We are confident it will also help forge important friendships going into Greater Shepparton Secondary College.”

About 55 students from Mooroopna Secondary College, Wanganui Park Secondary College, Shepparton High School and McGuire College attended the camp from December 11 to 13.

Yabby racing, scaling Mount Major and indigenous games were all part of the fun at the camp, along with sheep drafting at Violet Town stud Toland Merinos, mixing with calves at the University of Melbourne’s robotic dairy, fishing at Caseys Weir and watching an outdoor movie.

Lighthouse executive officer Lisa McKenzie said the camp provided a number of career sessions with local employers.

“The children chose from career sessions in areas like the environment, health, agriculture and transport and all took part in a ‘Bully Zero’ workshop and an orienteering exercise to teach problem-solving skills,” Ms McKenzie said.

The camp was co-designed by the Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project and the University of Melbourne, and funded by the Victorian Department of Education and Training.