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March 7, 2019

Mental Health Services in Focus

  Mental Health Services in Focus   Members of CEP's Rural Youth Ambassador (RYA) Alumni have met with Victorian Education Minister James Merlino, imploring him to ensure flexibility within the government's new Mental Health in Schools program. The $51 million initiative, which promises expanded access to mental health services in…
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Bush voicesUncategorized
March 7, 2019

CEP & VCE Collaboration Fund

The Country Education Partnership's (CEP) Rural Youth Ambassador (RYA) program has been commended for its role in the development of Victoria's new VCE Collaboration Fund. Speaking with RYA Alumni last week, Education Minister James Merlino said the scheme had been soundly influenced by conversations with the Rural Youth Ambassadors about…
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Bush voicesUncategorized
February 21, 2019

Overcoming Loss, Town Survival, and Self Pride …

Reflections from the Heywire Regional Youth Summit For 21 years the Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra has brought together adolescents from regional, rural and remote communities to robustly discuss, challenge and unpack social issues of the day. In 2019, the participants certainly didn't hold back, exploring issues of suicide,…
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Bush voicesGreat Rural ProjectsUncategorized
February 21, 2019

A Growing STEM between Katamatite and Yarrawonga

A Growing STEM between Katamatite and Yarrawonga   It's early days yet but a collaborative approach is taking shape in the Goulburn Valley. Two schools -- Katamatite Primary and Sacred Heart Primary in Yarrawonga -- have been steadily building a partnership in STEM learning, with hopes they'll eventually develop a…
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Bush voicesUncategorized
February 7, 2019

Chairman’s Welcome to 2019

  Wouldn't it be Nice?     Hello all, And welcome to another year working for the good of country education. In 2019, CEP is committed, as ever, to the strengthening and enhancement of learning provision in rural and remote communities.  Like you, we have watched the flurry of students…
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Bush voicesUncategorized
February 7, 2019

Ciara Fitzpatrick: Was It as Good as They Said it Would Be?

  So ... Did I Rate Being a Rural Youth Ambassador?   I can truly say, without any hesitation, that my decision to be involved in the CEP Rural Youth Ambassador Program was one of my best decisions ever.    Yes, ever.   I mean, no doubt, at the beginning…
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Bush voicesUncategorized
December 12, 2018

Drought, Sexuality and More …

  Drought, Sexuality and More ...   The winners of the coveted ABC Heywire Competition have been announced, with two Country Education Partnership (CEP) Rural Youth Ambassadors in the mix. Claudia Cox (who is from Berriwillock but says she's from Sea Lake so people can find it on a map)…
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Bush voicesUncategorized
December 12, 2018

Date Confirmed – Lock it in!

  Date Confirmed - Lock it in! The 2018 Energy Breakthrough Challenge (EB) has not long finished but there's no time to rest, with planning underway for next year's edition. Co-ordinating partners, the Central Goldfields Shire Council (CGSC) and the Country Education Partnership (CEP), have confirmed the event will roll…
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Bush voicesUncategorized
December 5, 2018

Rural Youth Ambassador Program and Why We Love it

  Rural Youth Ambassador Program and Why We Love it   The 2018 cohort of CEP Rural Youth Ambassadors has met for the final time at a group conference in Melbourne this week. Together, the group shared their concluding ideas on issues including prioritisation of career education, access to universities,…
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Bush voicesUncategorized
November 12, 2018

Rural Schools Turn It On at Education Excellence Awards

Thirty finalists from Victorian Government Schools were shortlisted for the Education Excellence Awards in 2018. On October 26 the winners were announced, with five individual awards and four team awards presented at a lavish ceremony in Melbourne at the Plaza Ballroom. Of the winners; four came from rural schools, with…
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