Indigenous Plants Come Alive

Thank you to our Walla Walla community volunteers who have worked with our students sharing their extensive knowledge and experience.  It is truly a wonderful partnership!

Students are learning the incredible skill of saving seed, monitoring plants, collecting seed, storage and treatment of seed.  Students have learnt how to prepare the seed for each species ready for planting.  Three indigenous plants have been monitored - which have proven to be tricky!  Preparing the seed for planting with hot water or smoke has been a new experience for the students.  Too much water / not enough water / not treating the seed correctly, has been a real trial!

Well done to all involved.  We can't wait to see the fruit from your learning.

  


Students Hit the Ground in Agriculture

St Paul's Year 8 Agriculture students are busy undertaking two hands-on projects!  The first being the building of new garden beds for their "Vegetable Garden" unit. Thank you to Peards Albury for supplying the concrete sleepers at a very discounted price and Baker Farms for donating and cutting the star pickets to assemble the beds.  To complete this project students have worked collaboratively and used lots of problem solving skills.  The area is looking fantastic and we are very proud of their efforts.

The second project is setting our chicken eggs in our newly purchased incubator in preparation of our "Poultry Production" unit.

Students are enjoying the frosty morning and sunny days preparing their areas to produce some incredible eggs and vegetables!  

College Honors Tim Fischer

St. Paul' College Year 10 students and staff paid their respects to former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer in a guard of honor at Gerogery Railway Station, as his coffin was taken by heritage train from The Rock to Albury, where it was met by hundreds of mourners.

Representing the College at the funeral was Year 11 student Rory McNamara and Mr Matthew Noll our Business Manager, who said it was inspiring to hear our Prime Minister Scott Morrison and so many other speakers pay tribute to Mr Fischer.

 


New Livestock Show Team

Sixteen students from St Paul's ranging from Years 7 - 11 are now part of the St Paul's Livestock Show Team.

Students have been very busy preparing the White Suffolk Rams for the Melbourne Royal Show - watch this space for more show details!



Students Blitz Blizzard Conditons

A contingent of Year 9 and 11 students braved cold and wintry conditions to Falls Creek, Victoria for the annual Snow Sports Excursion.

The day was a little bleak, however they all had a wonderful time - and most importantly a very sound sleep that night!

Sussan Ley, Federal Minister Visits

St Paul's community welcomed our Federal Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley, to turn the sod on our new Learning & Teacher Hub.

In addition, Ms Ley conducted an informal discussion with leaders of our Student Representative Council (SRC) about the role of parliamentarians and the important issues in her current position.  Throughout the conversation, Ms Ley asked the SRC what issues are important to them or are influencing their decision making.  Students shared about their concern for farmer's mental health, the environment and issues around water allocations, plus the role social media places on youth.

As our local Minister and an ex-parent of the College, Ms Ley is passionate about St Paul's and is always willing to return and see the developments and meet with students and staff.  We are fortunate to have this opportunity to meet with Ms Ley, it was a valuable experience to continue these important conversations that are shaping out future.

  


Cultural & Spiritual Experience in Cambodia

St Paul's College students during school holidays, 14 students, 3 ex-students and 4 staff participated in a two week cultural and spiritual experience through immersion and service in rural Cambodia.

This was both encouraging  for the Cambodian communities visited, where one person thanked us bringing them hope by visiting, and for our students to see the amazing work God is doing through his people in development and empowerment at the local level. 

Our College is committed to immersing our students to a wide world or cultural and learning experience - providing them a wonderful opportunity to serve other communities.




SAM ROWE - Ex-student & an AFL Legend returns to school

Ex-student and AFL legend Sam Rowe back to St Paul's College recently, and was a hit with all who met him!  Sam was a student here from 2000 to 2005 and is now an AFL player with St Kilda Football Club.  During his visit, Sam spoke to the boys' Year 9 Rite Journey class about his life, career, experience with cancer and the support he had from his family and friends, and football club (which at the time was Carlton).  Sam shared with the boys to always encourage and support each other through trials, and explained how important it is to open up to family and friends, and talk problems through.  Since his cancer, Sam has become an ambassador for Movember.

 

Sam also led coaching sessions with the Year 9/10 PASS class, visited the Walla Walla Primary School, and held a classroom session with Year 11 Sport and Recreation students about coaching.

 

An entertaining Q&A session at lunchtime was held for students, which also saw some great old photos and memories appear from his years at St Paul's.  He spoke of how he has learned that determination is key to overcoming adversity, and working hard for what you want to achieve in life.

We greatly appreciate Sam giving up his day off for the week to come to St Paul's, and hope he enjoyed his trip down memory lane!

 

Day Supports Dolly's Dream

Hundreds of dollars were raised for the foundation launched in memory of Amy "Dolly" Everett by students at St Paul's College.

The college's student representative council (SRC) organised guest speakers from Dolly's Dream Truck and Rural Mental Health for the second annual Farmer's Day.   Year 10 student Lara Hamilton, 15, said the foundation was doing important work to address bullying.  "You can't get away from it as everyone these days has a phone", she said.   "I think what they're doing is absolutely great, bringing that focus".

Well done Lara for organising such a great event for a worthy cause!




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