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Come and see our
stand out programs
Making a difference
Our School Captains
A Night to Remember
l Stars and Cars - Explicitly teaches reading comprehension strategies and is
designed to support the student’s needs and skill level. It is a highly regarded
program used throughout Australia and overseas.
l Performing Art Program - with a school production produced by and written by
teachers and students - Total Eclipse of the Heart
l Outdoor Ed and Sports - Lots of opportunities with our sporting program
l Meet the Mentor Day - A dedicated day which provides support to parents and
students to transition from Year 6 to Year 7.
l Youth Access - Provided for our student wellbeing.
l Music Program
‘Developing lifelong learners who are respectful, resilient, strive for excellence
and are productive members of their community.’
- Students will develop their skills as musicians and performers
through participating in class band, group practise and song writing.
125 Jumbunna Rd, Korumburra
Phone: 5655 1566
Stars & Cars
Dr Bartek Rajkowski, PhD
Not as easy as ABC! How we learn to read.
Not as easy as ABC! How we learn to read & why so many students
find it difficult. A summary of current research and practical
suggestions to help students succeed.
Principals, team leaders, teachers and support staff, parents of children with reading
difficulties, speech pathologists, educational psychologists and other professionals involved
in teaching children to read.
Saturday, June 17, 2017 9.30am-4pm
All tickets available at:
Early bird $140
Kerry: 0419 781 577
PROMINENT speech and language pathologist,
Dr Bartek Rajkowski, will visit Wonthaggi for a
reading difficulties workshop on Saturday, June
The workshop at the Wonthaggi Club from
9.30am to 4pm aims to help people understand
reading difficulties and provide practical sugges-
tions to help students struggling with reading.
Dr Rajkowski said many students struggle with
“We have an issue in Australia, because accord-
ing to the Progress in International Reading Lit-
eracy Study that Australia participated in for the
first time, it was found that out of 45 participating
countries, our Year 4 students are ranked 27th
and the lowest of all English speaking nations,” he
“What’s most disturbing is that we are poorer
than other English speaking countries, which is a
concern because literacy problems are a big issue.
“Learning to read is one of most complex things
to do in terms of brain function and reading dif-
ficulties are primarily language-based.
“One issue is comprehension. Some kids will
read accurately and fluently and recognise words
but don’t understand what they’re reading.”
Dr Rajkowski will also talk about software he
has developed called ‘Reading Doctor’ which is
designed to help strengthen skills that have been
found to be important in reading acquisition.
The event is organised by South Gippsland
Learning Differences and tickets are available from
THE Korumburra Secondary College staff
and students are eagerly awaiting the comple-
tion of the remarkable new STEAM building,
designed specifically for Science, Technology,
Engineering, Arts and Maths.
The building is coming along very nicely in-
deed, but it’s just one of many exciting develop-
ments at the school.
The Broadening Horizons program continues
to be successful and involves Year 8 students
working with local businesses and organisa-
tions including the South Gippsland and Bass
Coast shire council’s and Burra Foods.
The mutually beneficial arrangements have
seen Burra Foods staff join take part in the
school’s LOTE (Mandarin) program. The dairy
processing company is expanding its opera-
tions into China and the school has an annual
exchange program to the country.
The students provide input into council is-
sues such a possible new skate park for Ko-
rumburra and also share their ideas about
public transport needs, bringing about change
in their community.
At the same time they get to work closely with
these large organisations and experience the
many areas of employment that they provide.
The school’s VCAL students are also en-
gaged in the community. The program’s Hos-
pitality enterprise is often catering for events,
teaching the students not only how to cook,
but also promote the events and manage them
“Through VCAL the students learn the skills
of running a business and it’s really success-
ful,” the college’s Melissa Neill said.
The college is also keen to open its doors
more often to parents.
At the start of the year, a Meet the Mentors
Day was held so parents of Year 7 students
could meet their child’s home room teacher
and establish a face to face connection.
A parent engagement group is also proving to
“The group ran a Mother’s Day Stall last week
and while that type of activity is more normally
associated with primary schools, there’s no
reason why parent involvement should drop off
at secondary school,” Ms Neill said.
Parents will no doubt be involved as the col-
lege prepares for a full scale production in
Term 3, titled ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’, writ-
ten and produced by students and staff.
Meanwhile, the school will launch a new time-
table next year which will focus on individual
learning plans for students.
“Just because a student is in Year 8, it doesn’t
mean that they are suited to Year 8 English, for
“The students will be in classes not necessar-
ily at their year level, more at their ability which
caters for individual needs,” Ms Neill said.
The school also caters for individual technol-
ogy needs. Students can bring their own de-
vices to school which can be linked up to the
school’s network, rather than having to buy a
prescribed brand or model.
The school is taking enrolments for 2018 so
call 5655 1566.
Renowned speech and language pathologist, Dr Bartel Rajkowski will visit Wonthaggi for
a reading difficulties workshop on Saturday, June 17 at the Wonthaggi Club, helping people
understand reading difficulties and techniques to help students struggling with reading.
Helping kids with
Poppy, Aaliyah, Billy, Christian, Lily, Jess and Jess are looking forward to the completion
of the new STEAM building at Korumburra Secondary College. N081917
New building and much more
at Korumburra Secondary
Korumburra Secondary College students
Noah and Jed getting some extra study in at
the school’s library. N091917
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