Lowanna College

20 September 2019
Issue Six
College Calendar
Principal's Report
College Updates
Junior School 
Middle School 
Senior School 
Community Updates
Lowanna College
(03) 5127 9200
72- 96 Newark Avenue
Newborough, Victoria, 3825

College Calendar


Friday September 20

8.45am- Yr12 English Exam

Parent,Teacher,Student Interviews 9am-1pm

Student Free Day

Last day of Term 3


Tuesday October 1

Year 12 Practice Exams


Wednesday October 2

Year 12 Practice Exams


Thursday October 3

Year 12 Practice Exams


Monday October 7

Term 4 Starts

Whole School Assembly- Period 1


Wednesday October 9

Year 10 OE5 & OE6 Canoe Program


Thursday October 10

VCAL Drug Awareness BBQ


Friday October 11

Pre-Cal Woorabinda Program

Year 7 Woorabinda Activities Group 1


Monday October 14

Year 11 Melbourne Zoo Day Trip


Wednesday October 16

Year 10 OE5 Canoe Program


Thursday October 17

Year 10OE6 Canoe Program

HMAS Cerberus Tour- Selected Students


Friday October 18

Pre-Cal Woorabinda Program

Year 7 Woorabinda Activities Group 1


Monday October 21

Year 10 Work Experience- Group 2 


Tuesday October 22

Year 10 Work Experience- Group 2 

Intermediate Basketball

Year 9 Golf Driving Range


Wednesday October 23

Year 10 Work Experience- Group 2

Year 9 Ecolinc Women in Stem Program

Year 12 Dinner- 6pm


Thursday October 24

Year 12 Breakfast

Year 12 Activity Day

Whole School Assembly- Yr 12 Farewell- Period 2


Friday October 25

Pre-Cal Woorabinda Program

Year 7 Woorabinda Activities Group 2


Monday October 28

Year 10 OE6 Canoe Program


Wednesday October 30

Year 10 OE5 Canoe Program

Year 12 External Exams start until November 20


Friday November 1

Pre-Cal Woorabinda Program

Year 7 Woorabinda Activities Group 2


Monday November 4

Staff Professional Development Day- Student Free


Tuesday November 5

Melbourne Cup Public Holiday


Wednesday November 6

Year 8 Melbourne Camp


Thursday November 7

Year 10 OE5 Lake Tyers Canoe Camp


Friday November 8

Year 10 OE5 Lake Tyers Canoe Camp

GPA Reports released to parents


Monday November 11

Year 10 OE6 Lake Tyers Canoe Camp

Year 11 Exams


Tuesday November 12

Year 10 OE6 Lake Tyers Canoe Camp

Year 11 Exams


Wednesday November 13

Year 11 Exams

Year 10 Exams

Year 8 Tech School Renewable Energy


Thursday November 14

Year 11 Exams

Year 10 Exams

Year 8 Tech School Renewable Energy


Friday November 15

Year 11 Exams

Year 10 Exams

Year 8 Tech School Renewable Energy

Principals Report

Principals Report

As term three draws to a close, we reflect on what has been a productive and eventful period. We have received positive results in student learning, had many extra-curricular events, and made some key staffing appointments for our college. 


Reading and Writing

We believe literacy is the foundation of all learning - students who can read and write well are in a much stronger position when it comes to accessing learning from all areas of the school, from science and humanities, through to technology, the Arts, health and PE. Over the course of this year we have had several staff engage in expert training to support us in a whole-school approach to literacy improvement. While work is still in its early stages, our NAPLAN results for this year were very pleasing and reaffirming for staff and students. Our results in reading and writing this year are the best results the college has had since student growth began being reported, back in 2011. A big congratulations to our staff and students - not only because this is a strong indicator our school is heading in a positive direction, but because strong reading and writing skills have a significant positive impact on our students lives. 


College Events

It has been wonderful to be able to engage with our students in so many different ways over the past few weeks. The school musical, Seussical Jnr, was a great display of our students’ creative abilities, and highlighted what can be achieved through hard work, commitment and team work. I had the opportunity to see the production on two occasions and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Well done to David, Beth, Joe and the many others who supported our students over many weeks (including after-hours rehearsals) to bring it all together. 


Our two Debutante Balls were a highlight of the last two weeks. Our students did a remarkable job with their dances, but for me the key is always seeing the enjoyment the students experience in such an event, and the great opportunity to bring so many of our families and community together to support our students. Thanks to Andrea, Lauren, Kerrie and the broader team for all their work in coordinating the two evenings.


Last week we ran a new format with our Grade 6 information evening, which historically had been focused solely around our laptop program. This year we titled the event ‘So you’re a secondary parent now...”. We know having a child start secondary school can be a significant milestone for both students and parents, particular for first-time parents. We therefore structured the evening to try and address all the questions and wonderings parents might have, from subjects, to book lists, uniform, laptops, the first day, the first week, and so on. It was extremely pleasing to see nearly 300 students and parents attend the evening in our auditorium, and I’d like to thank Nicole Taylor and the team for their work in making the event happen. 


Junior School Leader - Term 4 and 2020. 

You may be aware from previous communications that Mike Santo had some leave earlier this term where he started a family, with the arrival off a little girl. Through conversations over the past few weeks, Mike has made the decision to step down from his leadership role for the time being, as he focuses on being a husband and father. Having both of those roles myself, I can’t commend Mike enough for this decision to want to support his family as much as he can. 


As a result, I have appointed Nicole Taylor (currently a Learning Specialist within our college) as Junior School Leader for Term 4 and 2020. Nicole did a remarkable job during Mike’s leave earlier this year, and I have every confidence she will provide great leadership for our students in Years 7 and 8 during her tenure. 


Assistant Principal Appointments for 2020

Over the course of this term we have undertaken a selection process for two Assistant Principal positions, commencing from next year. As many of you will know, Joel Blythman was successful in obtaining the principal position at Traralgon South Primary School at the start of this term, and from recent conversations with Joel, I hear things are going well with his new adventure. Michael Lakeman will embark on one year’s sabbatical leave next year, where he will take the opportunity for a well-earned rest and spend some time travelling the world. We look forward to Michael returning in 2021.  


As a result, I am pleased to announce a panel of staff and principals have appointed Fiona Milkins and Belinda Ludlow to these positions for next year. Fiona is a senior biology and physics teacher, and bring with her many years of experience as a school leader. Fiona has more recently worked with the Department of Education, supporting leadership teams across many schools to build their improvement culture and student outcomes. Belinda is a highly regarded educator with expertise in literacy and numeracy. Belinda has previous experience as an Assistant Principal and Acting Principal, achieving outstanding results in a local primary school. More recently she has worked with the Department of Education to support a range of schools to improve their literacy results, and is an expert-trainer of teachers and school leaders in the skills teaching literacy. Fiona and Belinda will be formally introduced to our college next term and will assist with some forward planning, before officially commencing their roles at the start of next year. 


Administration Team

After a stellar career and significant commitment to the school and public service, we farewell Di Lincoln from our office this week. Di has been an integral part of the Lowanna Team for 29 years, and we wish her well in retirement.


Following Di’s retirement, Ashlee Johnson has been appointed to the role of Assistant Business Manager. Many families will know Ashlee from her previous work in the Student Administration role, and we look forward to what she will bring to this new role in the college.


Finally, thank you to all of our students, teachers, support staff, parents and community for the ongoing support of, and commitment to, our college. There is a strong feeling of pride in our college that I sense has been long-standing. It has been great to be able to build on that pride with some strong improvements this year, and to have some of this work validated through growing results for our students; results which ultimately enable our students to access more opportunities and have better lives beyond school. Have a great spring break, and I look forward to seeing you all back in October for Term 4. 


Adam Hogan
College Principal

College Updates

Seussical Jr.

Lowanna student once again excelled themselves in their performance of Seussical the Musical Jnr.

40 students from across the College worked for 17 weeks after school to rehearse, refine and perform this most wonderful of musicals. The cast worked with exceptional diligence and their performances went from strength to strength. We performed 5 shows across the week and over 1,200 people saw the performance, what a great tribute to the work of the cast.

It was an honour and thrill to see and hear the cast develop over the 17 weeks and the staff involved were continually amazed at how the cast embraced the process.

Thanks to all the staff who helped and to Mr Graeme Nicholls for his work in directing the production.

Another successful performance and we look forward now to 2020.



2020 Italy Study Tour


The 2020 Italy Study Tour is offered to students from years 9 to 11. If you would like further information please see Amy at the General Office.


U15 Vline Cup Representatives

Congratulations to Libby Hunter, Elise Molesworth, Alisha Molesworth and Bailey Humphrey who have made the Gippsland Power U15s squads that will compete in the VLine Cup during the school holidays.

Outdoor Education

As term 3 draws to a close, we can reflect on what a busy term this has been for all students and staff involved with the Outdoor Education classes.


Our year 9 students have now completed their Jump and Climb program, culminating with an indoor climbing experience at Hardrock Climbing Gym in Nunawading. Throughout the term students have learnt about all things relating to trampolining and rock climbing, using the 4 practical experiences to support their studies. Next term, year 9’s will begin the Bike Education program.


Mountain Biking has been the topic of discussion for the 35 year 10 students completing year 10 Outdoor Education. For each group, a day trip to Erica Mountain Bike Park and Lysterfield Park has defiantly upskilled each student, ready for their overnight camp to Blores Hill, near Heyfield in the coming days. Endless information around safety using mountain bikes, bike parts, maintenance, helmets, dehydration, riding skills and researching our destinations, just to name a few, has kept all students very busy. As the weather fines up next term, expect to see our students take to the water, marking the beginning of the canoe program.


Unit 2 and 4 content in Outdoor and Environmental Studies was further reinforced for students as they attended 2-night experiences to Rubicon Outdoor Centre, Nayook and Mount Baw Baw. While the key aim was to investigate characteristics of outdoor environments, students had the opportunity to participate in multiple physical experiences. Snow Shoeing, Canopy Quests (High Ropes), Bush Walking to Toorongo Falls, Skiing and Snowboarding were some of the activities used to support their classwork and SACs. Environmental talks and study session also took place for both experiences.


We would like to wish all year 11 and 12 students the best of luck for their upcoming exams. Remember- preparation is key. Continue to complete practice exams and remember, your teachers are always there to help!

Primary School Sports Day

On Friday the 6th of September, the Year 10 Sport and Recreation classes held a Primary School Sports Day as part of their Term 3 assessment. 
The students had to organise the whole day themselves from the transport to the activities ran on the day. 
Seven local primary school's attended and participated in a modified European Handball Tournament. 
The day ran smoothly and the local primary school students had a great day!


NBL Visits

Last week our students were lucky enough to have some players from the South East Melbourne Phoenix NBL team come and run a clinic with the year 9/10 Sports Excellence Basketballers. This focused on defence and shooting. 

The Brisbane Bullets NBL team also came to run a clinic for the Year 8 Sports Excellence Class where they learnt ball handling skills and strategies to be able to score. 

Both classes had heaps of fun and learnt a lot of new things. We are very thankful to both teams for coming down and running the clinics.


Gippsland Maths Challenge Day

On Wednesday the 14th of August, a group of 6 Year 9 students travelled to Federation University’s Gippsland campus in Churchill to participate in the Gippsland Maths Challenge. Our students competed against several schools across Gippsland, with each school fielding one or two teams of four students. As we had two extra students, they were asked to join with teams from other schools who were one student short of a complete team. These two students received special recognition for this on the day, and both Bailey Stell and Trent Zealley should be applauded for their excellent attitudes and good sportsmanship. It was wonderful to see such enthusiasm in our students engaging in mathematics with students from across the region. Though the day was won by the team from Wonthaggi Secondary College, our team put forward their best efforts all day and had lots of fun.


Year 8 Melbourne Camp

If you are interested in attending the Year 8 Melbourne Discovery Camp in November, please return your expression of interest forms asap, as places are filling up fast!

Middle School Camp- Queensland

Not long to go now! Consent forms need to be returned to the General Office by Friday, September 20th.

Final payment must be received by Friday, October 25th.These can be made to the General Office via cash or card.


Request for Community Involvement in our Sustainability Program

Invitation to a community volunteer with a WWCC to participate on a voluntary basis once or twice per week, to oversee / collect school organic waste from different areas in the college and deliver to the school composting system and worm farms. This is intended to be a transition activity until we can organise a functional student based program of collection.

If interested, please contact the Lowanna Sustainability coordinator: Mrs Stewart on 51279200.

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Junior School 

Junior School Report

With the school holidays fast approaching I would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the amazing achievements that have come from our junior school students this term and congratulate them for their improvement in behaviour, respect for their own learning and for the teachers. We have seen some great improvements in GPA’s and student attendance, which has been encouraging. The Junior School is also leading the way regarding correct uniform and the junior school team would like to thank both students and parents for working with us to make this happen.  We will continue to have high expectations as far as this goes for the rest of the year and moving forward into 2020.


Miss Taylor has been visiting primary schools in preparation for our new grade 6 students transitioning to Lowanna in 2020; they are enthusiastic and excited about secondary school and are looking forward to our transition days coming up in term 4. Miss Taylor also conducted ‘So you’re a secondary parent now’ information night, with a great turnout by future parents of Lowanna students and Lowanna staff members.


We have had students representing the College in a range of sports including soccer, netball and AFL during this term.  These students represented the school with pride and displayed mature, sportsman like behavior both on and off the sporting field.


The college musical, held just recently, was a wonderful success with many junior school students participating.  A huge thankyou to Mr. Williams and the music team for their tireless work on making this happen.


Year 8 student have completed their electives for year 9 next year, which will be an exciting time for them as they now have a real influence on their own course selection. Year 7’s also now, get to choose one elective, which gives them more ownership on their learning and assists with transition in the following years.


In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to let the school community know that I will be stepping down from my role of junior school leader effective at the start of term 4. A big thanks to Mr. Hogan for facilitating this transition. My life and priorities have changed with the birth of our first child and I know junior school will be in good hands with Miss Nicole Taylor taking over my position. I have all the faith in the world in her, she will do an amazing job. 

I have enjoyed every moment working with the junior school students and appreciate all the support that has come from both parents and students over the years.


Mike Santo

Year 7 & 8 Independent Reading Program

Year 7 & 8 Independent Reading Program


As part of Lowanna’s strategic focus on reading the school has developed an Independent Reading program for students in Year 7 and 8. The program was launched as part of Literacy Week and involves students reading for 15 minutes at the beginning of every English and Humanities class. Student are required to bring physical reading material - fiction and non-fiction - to every English and Humanities class and start reading as soon as they enter the classroom. The program will be expanded to Year 9 students in 2020.


Reading is one of the most fundamental skills in education and independent reading, both at school and home, builds confident and successful readers. Independent Reading encourages students to read books of their own choice to increase their enjoyment and engagement with books and to build their reading stamina. It also helps children improve their comprehension, vocabulary and fluency. Teachers support students by holding reading conferences where they discuss the text the student is reading and question them about the strategies they use when reading for understanding.  Conferencing allows teachers to assess how your child is progressing with their reading and helps them set individual reading goals.


Other benefits of Lowanna’s Independent Reading program:

  • Students will develop stronger reading skills and build reading stamina.
  • Students will have a greater desire to read as their fluency, comprehension and vocabulary increases.
  • There is a direct correlation between the time spent reading and the amount of vocabulary acquired. The more vocabulary students know, the better students read.
  • By reading a diverse range of books and genres, students are better prepared to comprehend reading material in all subjects.
  • Students will become more actively involved in their learning and are more motivated to explore reading materials that will benefit their future learning.
  • Background knowledge increases and students apply their understanding to different situations.
  • Students are exposed to a range of writing styles and techniques.

To assist with the program, classroom libraries have been established in the J building. Whilst we encourage students to borrow and bring their own reading material, the presence of classroom libraries positively impacts on students’ reading habits, attitudes and proficiency. Students have access to books that they may not otherwise have which can generate motivation for reading. To assist the college in providing books for our readers we invite parents to donate any preloved books to the classroom libraries by dropping them off at the General Office. 

Reading will equip your child with communication skills which will improve their chances of success at school and in their future careers. Here are some general tips on how to support your child with the Independent Reading program:

  • Talk positively about reading, so your child values it.
  • Assist your child to have reading material that suits their interests and is at the right level.
  • Engage with them in discussions about the books they are reading as this will improve their ability to articulate ideas and concepts.
  • Encourage your child to visit the school library and visit the local Moe library to help your child select appropriate books.
  • Set aside time for reading at home.
  • Model reading to your child.

Middle School 

Middle School Report

Welcome to our last newsletter for Term 3. There have been many events outside of the classroom over the last five weeks starting with the Year 9 Morrisby career assessments. In August, the students sat a career on line assessment, which involved a working through several aptitudes and interests’ sections. Last week the students then had a one on one interview with an external Careers Practitioner to review the results and discuss their future pathways. This was a successful process with several students addressing their results with teaching staff about this assessment. The hard copy report was given to each individual student to take home, so I encourage parents to look at this report and then have a conversation with your child about this.


The Year 9 and 10 students have completed their course selections for the 2020 school year. I would like to congratulate the students for the diligence they have shown during this process. While it is difficult for all students to know what their future pathways may be, the effort they have demonstrated thus far will give them the best opportunity going forward moving into Year 10 or the senior school.


Last week I had the pleasure of attending both Debutante balls. I would like to congratulate the students who participated and the wonderful job of how they behaved along with the way to prepare themselves for their big night. A big thank you to Andrea Coad, Lauren Gibson, Kerrie Logan and the numerous staff members who helped organise and supervise this event. A very big thank you must also go to Rhonda McDonald who was the students dance instructor.


During Term 4, the second group of Year 10 students will participate in the Work experience program from Monday the 21st until Friday 25th of October. The work experience program is a wonderful opportunity for students to obtain an understanding of employment in a field they have chosen, along with building employability skills. It is a school expectation that all Year 10 students complete this work experience program.


I am pleased to say that the Term 3 GPA results have shown improvement for most students resulting in a record number of GPA all-stars at both Year 9 and Year 10 levels; I encourage all students to keep improving their individual results.


Students are reminded of the importance of school attendance; all students should strive for 100% attendance, as this will give them the best opportunity to achieve successful outcomes in their learning. Please ensure that all absences are recorded on Compass or a phone call/note are given to the Middle School Office.


With the warmer weather upon us next term, I urge all parents to support the school by encouraging your child to be in the correct uniform as per the Lowanna College uniform policy.


I would like to wish all students, families and staff a safe and restful holiday break.


Darren Mitchell.

Middle School Leader


Year 10 Debutante Ball

Last Wednesday and Thursday night we saw 38 debutantes and their partners make their debut.
All the hours of dance rehearsals finally paid off as it all came together.
The boys dance was a standout performance on both nights, followed closely by the girls dance.

Thanks to everyone involved in making these nights so successful!


Wednesday September 11th


Thursday September 12th

Senior School 

Senior School Report

Ok, business time in Senior School.


The end of term 3 means that Year 12 exams are just around the corner. Only a few more weeks of hard work and 13 years of schooling is done and dusted. This is the time where lifting efforts is required to get the study scores that we are capable of. If you want a study score above 30, it takes hard work, and dropping the ball now will have a massive affect. Teachers are working hard to get meaningful revision work together to help support you in this drive, and we cannot wait to see everyone in term 4 classes working hard. 


Year 12 students should now be shifting focus big time onto exam preparations, and the more the better. By more, I mean practice exams. The more practice exams a student is doing, the more prepared they will be, and the more prepared they are, the less likely they are to get a shock.


The VCAA are fantastic when it comes to this. All previous exams are online and can be found easily by following this link,  https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/assessment/vce-assessment/past-examinations/Pages/index.aspx  or by searching “VCAA past exams”. 


To assist with this, the Senior Staff at Lowanna College are providing the opportunity for students to complete practice exams, under exam condition, during the September holidays. This is the last opportunity for students to practice under exam conditions, and therefore cannot be recommended highly enough. These will be held at Lowanna College in the Year 12 Centre with the following times.


Justin Rea

Senior School Manager

Motivational Workshop for Senior Students



Careers Report

BrainSTEM 12 week Food & Fibre challenge

The Lowanna teams have been busy meeting up with their mentors to brainstorm ideas for their industry problem solving challenge. The local industries that our Lowanna students are working with is Agriculture Victoria and Flavourite. Students conducted site visits to learn about the industry problem, develop ideas, look at what research will be needed and what solutions could be achieved to reach an outcome. Our students are very lucky to be working with Pablo Alvarez Hess, Research Scientist, Agriculture Victoria and Karen Swanepoel IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Flavorite Hydroponic Tomatoes. What a great opportunity for our students to be immersed into industry using their skills and knowledge to come up with a solution to a real life problem.


STEM Sisters – Industry site visit

Our STEM sisters visited local industries to explore careers in the STEM field. The industries included Gippsland Water, AGL-Loy Yang A Power Station and Latrobe Regional Hospital. Our students toured the Gippsland Water Factory, Loy Yang A Power station and the Prosthetics, Orthotics and Radiation Oncology areas at Latrobe Regional Hospital. We got to hear from female employees who shared how they built their careers in STEM - science, technology, engineering and maths. Some of the amazing experiences the students had included looking at the water treatment process from the beginning to the final product which is the water we drink! At AGL students participated in a ‘speed date’ lunch where they had 3 minutes to ask a female employee questions about their careers. After 3 minutes students then spoke to a different female employee, resulting in the opportunity to speak with 6 inspiring women who are very successful in the STEM field. During our visit to AGL our local member of parliament the Honourable Darren Chester joined us for the event. One of our students was interviewed on Win TV about the experience-Good job Mai-Ling… At Latrobe Regional Hospital visiting the ‘Prosthetics and Orthotics’ area, students witnessed how to make a prosthetic leg and the steps around rehabilitation for patients. We then went to the Radiation Oncology ward and had hands on experience of the equipment used. A huge thank you to Baw Baw Latrobe LLEN, Gippsland Water, AGL and Latrobe Regional Hospital for making this event possible. This excursion was amazing, our students loved participating and represented Lowanna in great manner. Well done girls!


VEET Program

Our students in the VEET program took part in a hands-on day at the Gippsland Tech School They participated in three activities around virtual reality, renewable energy generation and electronic circuits, as well as a resume writing lesson via Skype. AusNet presentation was aimed to educate students about the expectations of applying for apprenticeships/traineeships, minimum requirements on resumes and interview tips. This event was the last excursion for this program with only the celebration evening to come. VEET has been a fantastic program that has supported our students to gain an understanding about the energy industry and the careers available within it.

A huge thank you to AusNet, AGL and Baw Baw Latrobe LLEN for making this program possible.

Young Workers Centre

The Young Workers Centre is a one-stop-shop for young workers who want to learn more about their rights at work or who need assistance in resolving workplace issues. The Centre also provides personalised advice for young people who have come across issues at work such as unfair dismissal, bullying and harassment. Our Year 12 VCAL, Year 11 VCAL and Year 10 PreCal students had sessions with Danielle and Shauna to discuss a number of work place issues and looked at scenarios that can help students understand workplace rights.


Year 12 VCAL Mock Interviews

A huge thank you to AGA Apprenticeships Plus Field Officer Joe Baldachino who conducted ‘mock interviews’ with our Year 12 VCAL students. This was a great opportunity for the students to experience a ‘real-life’ interview, answer interview questions and receive feedback that will help in future interviews.


Morrisby Year 9 Career Advisory Service

Our Year 9 Morrisby Career Counselling interviews took place last week. It was an awesome effort with 121 students sitting the interview with a Careers Practitioner to discuss their report. The report helps them gain an understanding of their aptitudes, interests, as well as work and learning styles.

Students received a printed copy of their report during their interview to take home. I really encourage parents to have conversations with your child about this report and what was discussed. I am certain you will be very pleased with how much information students have received relating to their pathways and career choices going forward.
Well done to those students who participated.

Students and Parents can access the report via the below link. All students have their log in credentials.



VTAC – applications open 5th August

The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria. Applications opened on Monday 5th August. Students have received several presentations and supporting information surrounding this. Staff will be available for support during Home Groups to those students which to put an application in and have any questions about this process.


Inspiring Young People's Health Dinner


Last night our students attended the 'Inspiring Young People's Health' dinner hosted by the Baw Baw Latrobe LLEN. The dinner was aimed at those students who have an interest in the health sector as a potential career in the coming years. We heard from a variety of guest speakers who addressed the audience about their journey, which included talking about challenges faced, opportunities along the way and how if our students work hard and are motivated anything is possible.

The room had an even spread of both students and health professionals which included nurses, paramedics, general practitioners, occupational therapists, radiologists, physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, and speech therapists to name a few. Students were placed at tables with the professionals from the health sector they were most interested in to enable interaction and prompt conversations. This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to ask lots of questions and hear amazing stories. Our students thoroughly enjoyed the evening an found it to be a very worthwhile experience.

Well done to Shae Hadland, Leila Raymond, Zamiya Lata and Wade Anderson for making the most of this opportunity and attending the dinner.

A special thank you to the Baw Baw Latrobe LLEN who organised this wonderful event!


University Open Days

Please see the link to the open days. Lowanna strongly encourages students interested to attend these open days. It’s a great chance to see the University first hand along with asking important questions and looking at the facilities. Year 12 students have been reminded about these open days via Compass.



Careers Website

Please follow below link or access through the Lowanna College website under ‘Careers’


Guest Speakers

The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE)

Our last Guest Speaker for 2019 was The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE). Did you know that AIE is the most awarded educator for the Game Development, Game Programming, 3D animation and VFX industries? Jared Mulconry who is a Communications Coordinator with AIE spoke with our students about the career and study opportunities with this field. Students heard about the career pathways into the film, game design, game development, 3D animation and VFX. Jared also showed the students what type of courses they could undertake to enter into this industry. Thanks Jared and AIE for helping our students gain an understanding into this sector.


We have had 18 guest speakers this year address our year 10, 11 & 12 students. This has been a fantastic program that has exposed our students to a vast array of careers. I would like to acknowledge and thank the guest speakers for supporting our students gain an understanding of their career and the opportunities within that field.


Kirsty Mitchell

Careers Coordinator


Term 3 has presented Head Start Inner Gippsland with plenty of school engagement opportunities.  Every school has hosted key engagement events such as VCAL/VCE Information sessions, Course Counselling and Career evenings.  This provided Head Start with the opportunity to provide families with information about Head Start pathways and how it works to benefit students who are interested in a Head Start. 


To date 17 students have commenced a Head Start Apprenticeship or Traineeship in a variety of industries within the Inner Gippsland region.  We have a large number of students undertaking work placement to ensure the chosen industry is the right fit for them and likewise we look forward to these number flourishing.


Amanda McMahon is the Lowanna College’s Head Start coordinator who is employed by the Department of Education to support students from Lowanna College. Further information about the Head Start program is below and if you would like to speak to our team about the possibility of a Head Start, please contact us via head.start.innergippsland@edumail.vic.gov.au and we can arrange a suitable time to discuss the opportunity further with Lowanna's Head Start coordinator.



Tom Hallinan

Inner Gippsland Head Start Cluster Director


What is Head Start

Head Start is a new school based program that allows students to undertake a Certificate III or IV apprenticeship or traineeship qualification whilst completing Years 10, 11 and 12. 


About Head Start

  • Certificate III or IV fully indentured Apprenticeship/Traineeship
  • Generally- 3 days school, 1 day paid workplace, 1 day training. At the completion of year 12 students will move into a fill time Apprenticeship/Traineeship (subject to individual needs of the business)
  • Rolling Intakes- Head Start Apprenticeship/Traineeship can be started at any time as long as the student is 15 years of age.


Benefits of Head Start

  • Students will partially complete their chosen Apprenticeship/Traineeship and obtain a senior secondary school certificate such as VCAL or VCE
  • Apprentice is fully supported by a Head Start coordinator for the entire Apprenticeship/Traineeship.


How Can My Child / I Be Involved?

Students are encouraged to undertake work experience or work placement and be passionate and certain about their career choice. Families can email head.start.innergippsland@edumail.vic.gov.au to arrange an appointment with the Head Start coordinator at their school.

Community Updates

Latrobe Streetgames- Holiday Special


Latrobe City School Holiday Program


Latrobe Youth Space


Moe Junior Cricket Club


Student Exchange Scholarships


World Food Day


Relationships Australia




Saver Plus


Teen Boxing


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