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Re-establishment of the P-12 Education Network

The Country Education Partnership (CEP) is pleased to announce the re-establishment of a state-wide P-12 Education Network, with a launching forum to be held next month. All education mentors — from Principals through to leading teachers — are encouraged to take part, with international leadership presenter, Steve Munby, to head the forum as keynote speaker. Read More

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2018 Rural Youth Ambassadors Announced

  A team of 20 students has been unveiled as this year’s Rural Youth Ambassador (RYA) cohort — the largest group since the program’s inception. Country Education Partnership CEO Phil Brown said the geographical diversity of this year’s group was its stand-out feature. “We’ve got representatives from as far north as Murrayville, to Tallangatta in Read More

40 Years and Going Strong

The Nathalia Learning Community Alliance has celebrated 40 years of collaborative education at its biennial conference in Mulwala. The cluster initiative between the town’s four schools – two State and two Catholic – has long attracted industry praise for its collaborative foundation. But in Nathalia, the notion of public and catholic schools working together is Read More

A Chat with CEP’s New Chairman

Reflecting on his own school education, Mike Stephens says it was “hardly inspirational”. He dropped-out not long after his fifteenth birthday and never looked back, at least not until he realised the value of education when he “got old ” – his words, not ours. “I turned my back on it (school) just as much Read More

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Full STEAM ahead for Pyrenees

  This was the answer; the most wonderful answer … ” — Alison Cheater, Elmhurst Primary   It’s taken almost a year of planning, but a new joint program addressing shortfalls in specialist subjects is already paying dividends for the Pyrenees Cluster. The “Full STEAM Ahead” project aims to foster improved student outcomes in the Read More

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Collaboration in the Ovens Valley

“It’s all about unlocking the power of collaborative learning …”  — Marie-Claire Bretherton, Kyra Teaching School Alliance More than sixty educators from North East Victoria have explored ways to establish an ambitious education collaborative between their schools. The staff, from across the Ovens Valley region, attended a professional development session on March 9, outlining key Read More

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From Nathalia to the World …

It’s absolutely a goal of mine, to get back and be a rural teacher … ” — Dana McDonald Dana McDonald is one determined country kid living in the big smoke. At just 18-years-old, she is employed by the Melbourne University Law School as an administrative support officer. In her own words, she spends her Read More

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Get in Tune with a Great Start

If you’d like to follow the lead of rural school, Apollo Bay College, by winning the coveted “Off to a Great Start” grant from Yamaha, your time to apply is running out! In just its second year, the Great Start Grant is valued at $50,000, including $45,000 worth of musical instruments — aiming to foster Read More

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Making Maths Magic in the Mallee

A cluster of VCE students in the Mallee have been given the ultimate start to their academic year with a group workshop in Ouyen. About thirty pupils from the Mallee Education Cluster were involved in the gathering, aimed at creating a collaborative approach to the year’s coursework, in Units 3&4 Further Mathematics. Robinvale College teacher Read More

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2018 Rural Youth Ambassador Nominations Open

Nominations are now open for the esteemed Rural Youth Ambassador (RYA) Program, with young leaders from rural and remote education communities urged to apply. Focused on Year 11 pupils, RYA is a joint venture between the Country Education Partnership (CEP) and the Rural Inspire initiative, aimed at providing a collective voice for students to have Read More


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