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IT’S all about the return to school this week
with teachers applying the finishing touches to
plans for the 2017 and term one in particular.
Most schools go back on Tuesday, some fol-
low on Wednesday but either way, its full steam
ahead this week.
Here’s how some schools are shaping up:
STUDENTS at Leongatha Secondary College
are leaping back into school and straight into
The college’s House Swimming Sports will be
taking place in the first week back at school,
with student competing for their houses on
Friday, February 3 at the Korumburra outdoor
Volunteers are also required for a surfing event
held at the Inverloch surf beach by the Disabled
Surfers Association of Australia.
From 11am to 2pm on Saturday, February 11,
volunteers will help assist people living with a
disability to enjoy a unique surfing experience.
To express interest in volunteering, contact the
school on 5667 2200.
Mary MacKillop Secondary College
APPLE Mac computers will be filling the com-
puter rooms and study spaces at Mary MacK-
illop this term, with the school rolling out the
state-of-the-art computers in time for the stu-
dent’s return today.
The new computers will be available for stu-
dents in Year seven to 11.
It will be a busy start to the new school year,
with students taking part in two house sporting
events in the first two months back.
House swimming will take place on Wednes-
day, February 15, and house athletics on Tues-
day, March 21.
The college will also be hosting its opening
mass for the year on Thursday, February 9.
Starting at 9.30am, recipients for major schol-
arly awards in 2016 will also be in attendance.
GRADE Two students from Leongatha Prima-
ry School will be heading up the highway and
exploring the wonder of the Cranbourne Botanic
Gardens in the first weeks of Term One.
The Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne ex-
cursion on Thursday, March 16 will provide stu-
dents with the opportunity to learn more about
indigenous history and culture.
Students from Grade Three and Grade Six
will also be heading out early in the term for
their school camps.
The school’s swimming sports day will take
place on Monday, February 20, followed shortly
after by the athletics carnival on Friday, March
WONTHAGGI North welcomes a handful of
new staff to the team, looking forward to an ex-
citing start to the school year.
Students also hit the water this week, with
swimming trials getting underway, in prepara-
tion for the school’s annual swimming carnival
in the last week of Term One.
Grade Five students are also preparing for a
fun-filled camp down at Wilsons Promontory.
Wonthaggi Primary School
MARK Chandler has returned to Wonthaggi
Primary School as acting principal for 2017,
while Leonie Anstey is on leave.
The school is expecting an enrolment of 340
students with 51 preps starting school this year.
A new classroom has been added to the
school, the ceiling of the art room has been re-
placed and the office area has been renovated
during the summer break.
All students will paticipate in the swimming
program during term one at the school’s pool.
The school has welcomed new teachers Shel-
ley Rose, Cassie Pearce, Alanna Besley, Fiona
McKellar Cassie Van Swol and Beth Walker.
Grantville - A peaceful retreat
Queensland and John Forrest
from The Gurdies just love
“It’s pristine and absolutely
beautiful,” says John.
Local resident Kathryn Cox
“For residents and visitors
it’s like you have your own pri-
vate, tranquil beach. You can
walk your dog, read a book
“It’s great for recreation
without being too commer-
cialised. It’s a RAMSAR wet-
land which means it is a rare
or unique wetland,” she said.
The owner of the Grantville
Caravan Park, Helen Zervo-
And she loves that it’s not a
“It means it’s very quiet and
contemplative, there are no jet
skis,” she says.
There are 65 permanent
residents in the caravan park
and 34 annual visitors. There
are five motel style units and
powered and unpowered sites.
Even though it is not the
greatest swimming beach
you can definitely paddle and
splash around in the water at
certain places when the tide is
in and it is ideal for kayaking.
There is also a great BBQ
area with sheltered tables and
seats where you can watch the
sun set into the ocean in com-
There are some great shops
in Grantville. There’s a phar-
macy, cafes and takeaway
shops, a bakery, a petrol sta-
tion, a newsagency/post office,
an op shop, a medical centre
and quite a few real estate
agencies. All that is needed is
LIFE’S A BEACH
On Wednesday, January 18
at the Transaction Centre in
Grantville an Induction Meet-
ing took place for the Grant-
ville and District Foreshore
Treasurer, Roger Hayhurst
said he was delighted with the
The Manager of Environ-
mental Planning for DELWP
(Department of Environment,
Land, Water and Planning),
Mick Dortmans, chaired this
very important meeting where
new members were inducted
and key positions voted on.
Eric Hornsby and Roger Hay-
hurst were unanimously voted
in as Chairman and Treasurer
respectively, positions they
have held for the last six years.
Kathryn Cox suggested she
step down as Secretary to al-
low David Bourne to take up
the position as he has more
time and is tech savvy and able
to take on the development of
the website and social media.
Those joining the Grantville
and District Committee were
Ian James, Barbara Cole and
Dr Tim Ealey better known as
There were differing view-
points on the planting of man-
groves. A Community Forum
will be held at the earliest pos-
sible time to address the con-
cerns of residents and other in-
terested parties on mangroves
and the other pressing matters
involved with erosion and the
future threats to homes.
Mick Dortmans agreed to a
Community Forum and com-
mitted to get onto it within the
next two weeks.
It’s not Waikiki or Waratah Bay but Graeme Wild from Queensland and John Forrest of
The Gurdies love the beach at Grantville. A150517
School goes back tomorrow
At an induction meeting for the new Grantville and District Foreshore Committee were,
from left, Kathryn Cox and children, Ian James, Wendy Peterson, Barbara Coles, Neil Daley,
Dave Bourne, Dr Tim Ealey, Roger Hayhurst, Eric Hornsby and Mick Dortmans Manager of
Environmental Planning for DELWP. A020417
Grantville community forum at last
MORE than 250 people
drifted through the immacu-
late Wonthaggi North property
of Colin and Pam Willmott on
Sunday, January 29, to view
the Open Garden hosted by
the Wonthaggi Lions Club.
Not a single weed was in sight
in the whole garden, which has
been carefully manicured and
maintained by both Colin and
Pam at their Delmarni Court
The Willmott family and life-
long friends of the family came
to the Open Garden in droves
to show their support.
Funds were raised at the
event for the Macular Degen-
eration Foundation, as Colin is
legally blind as a result of the
The garden is even more
impressive when you realise
the grounds have been tended
to by someone who is legally
blind, and is a credit to both
Colin and Pam’s hard work.
The large garden sprawls over the acre property and is carefully maintained by Pam and
John Gilliland (left) congratulates Col Willmott on the
beauty of his wonderful garden.
Willmotts’ open garden
Lifelong friends of the Willmott family visiting the Open Garden in Delmarni Court are
Pam Chapman, Barb Luke, Neville Chapman and Jon Luke.
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