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St Laurence’s explore books

Fun day: from left, Hattie as Fancy Nancy, Jacoa as Harry Potter and Lincoln as Peter Pan at St Laurence’s Primary School’s Book Week event.

SAINT Laurence’s Primary School, Leongatha marked Book Week with a dress up day at the school last Friday. There was a lot of thought and effort put into costume selection and the students obviously see the benefits of making reading a part of every day. Harry Potter characters were popular whilst there were a few […]

August 30th, 2016 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Artists of all abilities on show

Art celebration: from left, Federation Training’s art facilitator Marilyn Ardley and Yooralla’s William Smith were thrilled to enter the first piece of art in the Leongatha Rotary Art Show’s all abilities category on Wednesday.

  TWO groups of budding artists from Leongatha’s Yooralla and Federation Training were thrilled to enter their works of art in the Leongatha Rotary Art Show. Yooralla is proud to support its clients in entering the all abilities category. The art show is also a fun step forward, with around 15 Yooralla customers and two […]

August 30th, 2016 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Bushfire message spread to the world

International adventure: Leongatha Primary School students met with children from other countries while in Japan recently. Back, from left, Jacob, Josh, Courtney, Sara (Iran), Sydney (America), Courtney and Rojen (Iran), and front, Kevin (China).

STUDENTS and teachers from Leongatha Primary School attended a week-long Natural Disaster Youth Summit in Niigata, Japan recently. Students Molly-Mae Nicols, Courtney Embury, Jacob Stewart and Josh Allen, and teachers Megan Holland and Leonnie McCluskey were invited to attend the summit as a result of an earlier global project the school had been involved with, […]

August 30th, 2016 | Posted in Community | Read More »

IGA backs farmers

Grand gesture: from left; Rural Financial Services Counselling Service Board member Gary Van Sinderen, John Markham from Michael’s SUPA IGA, Michael Lorenz and Rural Financial Counselling service executive officer Peter Jennings at the hand-over of $80,000 donated to assist farmers through tough times.

THE owner of Michael’s SUPA IGA in Leongatha, Michael Lorenz donated $80,000 to the Rural Financial Counselling Service to support local dairy farmers recently. The money was raised through the IGA Community Chest, which raises funds to support local charities, across Victoria. Approximately 1300 IGA store owners across Australia collect funds through the sale of […]

August 30th, 2016 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Boomerang Bags bounce back

Making difference: from left, Olivia, Kaatje, Alice and Katelyn show Boomerang Bags made at Fish Creek and District Primary School.

CHILDREN at Fish Creek and District Primary School have been overwhelmed by community support for their first ever Boomerang Bag sewing bee. Run by the school’s Coastal Ambassadors and Grades 5 and 6 children, the working bee was designed to reduce plastic bags in Fish Creek. Volunteers were busy stamping, ironing, cutting and sewing bright […]

August 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Leongatha marks Long Tan 50 years

Brothers in arms: from left, Barry Heard from Bairnsdale, Col James from Leongatha and Hank Wolswinkel from Kardella at the cenotaph in front of the Leongatha Memorial Hall at the 50th anniversary celebrations for the Battle of Long Tan.

  THE mayor of South Gippsland Shire Bob Newton told those gathered to commemorate the Battle of Long Tan on its 50th anniversary that the 1926 Returned Soldiers Memorial Hall was a fitting venue for the event. There were so many medals pinned to veterans in the audience that the beautiful old building must have […]

August 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Principal inspires Australian teachers

Deep thinkers: Wonthaggi Primary School principal Leonie Anstey loves maths and science, and sharing her knowledge with students such as Grade 5 children Kalani, Ania and Alicia.

WONTHAGGI Primary School principal Leonie Anstey is passionate about numbers. So much so, she was invited to be the keynote speaker at a maths leadership conference hosted by the Maths Teaching and Learning Research Centre in Melbourne recently, attended by 300 teachers from across Australia. Ms Anstey offered advice for teaching effectively under the pressure […]

August 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Soup’s aroma not the only drawcard

Yum, yum: from left, Inverloch Community House coordinator Lisa Archibald dines with Michelle Evans of the Department of Health and Human Services, Wonthaggi U3A member Julie Jones, and the department’s Kellie Bertrand and Tania Cake.

A SIMPLE bowl of soup is bringing the Inverloch community together. Inverloch Community House is running a monthly soup kitchen on the second Tuesdays of each month from May to October, and the response has been outstanding. Volunteers dish up an average of 80 servings in return for gold coin donations to the program. The […]

August 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Mock Olympics entertain at lodge

Opening ceremony: from left, John Armstrong (France), weightlifter Gail Truscott (Australia) and Debbie Bullock (Great Britain) get ready for the march in of the athletes at Woorayl Lodge’s Olympics last Tuesday, August 9.

LEONGATHA’S Woorayl Lodge held its own version of the Olympic Games last Tuesday, August 9. There was an opening ceremony, a parade of athletes, and finally competition itself. Countries represented were France, England and of course Australia with athletes competing in high jump, weight lifting, shot put, fencing, a walk, and finally gymnastics beam. There […]

August 16th, 2016 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Upgrades on the way

New life: Fish Creek Memorial Hall committee secretary Catherine McLead and Clancy are pleased to see the hall will receive some much needed upgrades after receiving $15,000 in grants recently.

THE Fish Creek Hall will be refurbished thanks to $15,000 in grants received recently. The hall committee received a grant for $5000 from the FRRR and Gardiner Foundation and another for $10,000 from the South Gippsland Shire Council. “The hall was built in 1930 and hasn’t had a lot of maintenance done in the last […]

August 16th, 2016 | Posted in Community | Read More »

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