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Mitchell James Lester was born on March
30 at the Leongatha Hospital. Mitchell is the
second son for Steve and Jess Lester of Leon-
gatha and a baby brother for Ben who is two.
Ryan Wright (Smiths Beach and Samoa)
and Kate McMillan (Balwyn) hold their first
child, Charlotte Rose, born at the Mercy Hos-
pital on March 3.
Jaya Sunny Hinch was born on March 12
at the Leongatha Hospital. Jaya is the second
daughter for Melinda and Jeremy of Cape Pa-
terson and a baby sister for Lily who is six.
Brody Keith Arnup was born on April 5 at
the Leongatha Hospital. Brody is the second
son for Nick and Jodie of Leongatha and a
baby brother for Wade (16 months).
KARMAI Community Children’s Centre
opened up its doors during the holidays to of-
fer a dynamic Vacation Care program.
With record breaking numbers participating,
the two-week program lived up to expectation
with a broad range of activities catering to chil-
dren aged five to 11 years old.
Sue Ritchie, the Operational Manager, said
more than 30 children attended most days.
This she believes is a positive reflection of the
growing community’s needs and the inviting
new facilities at the centre.
The children experienced many highlights
throughout the program, which offered well
thought-out excursions, incursions and fun
filled days of entertaining activities in the cen-
The educators involved in the development of
the program made conscious efforts to cater for
all ages and genders.
The older children particularly loved becom-
ing little entrepreneurs with their own lemon-
ade and cookie stalls.
They were able to create signs, cook and
make lemonade to sell to passing parents pick-
ing up their children.
From an educational perspective they were
able to develop skills in literacy, numeracy and
innovation while having fun.
Demonstrating great sales skills, the children
raised $103, which will be used to purchase
equipment for the Vacation Care children.
Blake and Kelsey loved the trip to Phillip Is-
land’s Chocolate Factory and were really happy
to put their knowledge into practice by mak-
ing their own chocolates when they got back to
Some of the other excursions were to the
movies and Ten Pin Bowling.
The program also offered two new incursions
Barn Buddies was particularly popular
among the younger children.
They brought a calf, lambs, guinea pigs,
chickens and even a friendly rat.
The other incursion was a visit from Maria at
Bunnings. She facilitated a session on how to
make a take home garden.
Annie Cook said decorating her pot was a
Her mother Jess Cook expressed how grate-
ful she was for the opportunity to put her chil-
dren in a local vacation care program, as it pro-
vided an important service for her as a working
She added that knowing her children were
engaged by the activities meant that it was a
win-win situation for her family.
The Vacation Care educators, Jess Emmitt,
Jess Edgar and Mikaela Goad are already plan-
ning the July Holiday program, which will have
more new, fun and engaging activities.
Blake and Kelsey at the Phillip Island
Chocolate Factory excursion.
Children made signs for their cake and lemonade stall which was a hit.
holidays at Karmai
CINDY Winkler and Ryan McKnight were
married recently at a beautiful ceremony
Wendy Rutjens was the celebrant for the
ceremony held at Peter and Maureen Gra-
ham's garden in Meeniyan.
Cindy’s Maid of Honour was her sister
Jodie Arnup. Her bridesmaids were Kaye
Tumino (Cindy's sister) and Kaila Hutchin-
son (Ryan's sister).
Ryan’s Best Man was his long time friend
David Thomson. Groomsmen were his
brother Brett and brother-in-law Brad
Cindy wore a Q'nique Bridal Gown - Ivo-
ry fitted lace gown with full train.
Groom and groomsmen wore dark navy
Flowers were by Dear Delilah Florist in
Morwell and Leesa Pocklington was the
The reception was held at the Vintage
Car Club rooms in Leongatha.
Cindy and Ryan will honeymoon at Ham-
ilton Island and then fly off to Europe at
the end of May for four and a half weeks
before returning to their home at Meeni-
PHILLIP Island Nature Parks’ Education
Rangers have been on the road, delivering the
inclusive ‘Chirpy Chicks’ learning program to
more students than ever before, thanks to fund-
ing from ExxonMobil Australia, announced in
November last year.
Kim Dunstan, Education coordinator with
Phillip Island Nature Parks said the funding has
given rangers the opportunity to implement this
program in areas they haven’t visited before.
“We’ve already been to Nyora and Inverloch-
Kongwak primary schools, and we have anoth-
er 15 schools registered which we are due to
visit during Term 2.”
The ‘Chirpy Chicks’ program is for Prep to
Year 2 students, and is linked to the Victorian
It provides students with the opportunity
to learn about wildlife, living things, external
features, habitat, adaptations, research tech-
niques and threats.
“These students are so knowledgeable about
so many issues, including marine debris which
is harming our marine life,” Kim said.
“Many of these children already had actions
in place either at school or at home to help
reduce the plastic problem facing our oceans,
and this program has given them an even great-
er understanding that small actions can add up
to big changes.”
There are still just a couple of spots available
for the Nature Parks rangers to deliver this pro-
gram to schools in South Gippsland, so schools
can give the Education team a call on 5951
2802 if they’d like the ‘Chirpy Chicks’ program
to come and visit.
Ranger Kim Noy has been spreading the
word about Penguin Chirpy Chicks in class-
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