GHCMA Education Award

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We were very proud of Emily and Chris when they accepted the RMIT University Education Award at the Glenelg Hopkins CMA Environmental Achievement Awards on Wednesday night. This is the second time in the nine years of the awards that Hawkesdale College has been recognised for their outstanding achievements in education for sustainability. The school has identified criteria to assess those which are valuable educational opportunities, meeting student learning needs and curriculum requirements, as well as achieving good environmental outcomes. Successful community partnerships, passionate teachers, effective communication and long-term planning are all essential elements in the achievement of these environmental sustainability projects. The following examples are just some of the learning opportunities our students have participated in:

Youth Environment Conferences
Bush Food, Fibre and Medicine garden
Waterwise Garden
Permaculture Garden with fruit, vegetables and herbs
International Energy Project
Constructing Nesting Boxes
Bridal creeper and Biological Control
Walking trail at the Hawkesdale Common
Port Fairy Rail Trail
Tree planting at local farms and reserves
Threatened species projects
Waterwatch education

Australian Rural Woman of the Year visits

Roma Britnell
This week Year 9 students had the opportunity to learn from Roma Britnell, the 2009 Rural Woman of the Year, who spoke about setting and reaching her goals. Roma is a local girl, who attended Hawkesdale College, became a nurse and went on to own three farms and become a leader in the dairy industry. She won the Victorian Rural Woman of the year and then travelled to Canberra, where she met Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Roma encouraged students to surround themselves with positive people and not to give up on a dream just  because others say you won’t achieve it. She suggested you set your goals in concrete, but the pathway to get there in sand – you may not arrive at your goal by the most direct and obvious route, but with hard work and persistence you can achieve great things.

We are very grateful to and appreciative of Roma for taking time out of her busy schedule to speak to our students. If you have any other suggestions of ex-students who would like to return to the school, please leave a comment in the section below.