It’s an exciting time of the year for the College and the new students as they start a new phase of their life and look forward to making new friends. On top of that is starting a course which will help them work in an important industry - Agriculture.
The College is excited to see another increase in student enrolments again this year and it is a just reward for the work and commitment the College community has put in the last few years. However, it’s the exciting career opportunities that become available to our graduates that has helped and continues to grow the interest in Longerenong College and again enthuses the staff.
When the students arrived last week, they were excited and no doubt they also felt a little overwhelmed, however staff and our leadership team were there to help-out and counteract this as quickly as possible.
The Longerenong Student Association leadership team enjoyed a two-day retreat which provided them with life and motivational skills to assist and support them as they assisted the new students.
As our students make the Wimmera their home for the next two to three years, there are some sporting clubs who will benefit as we welcome some footballers and netballers to the region, the staff encourage their participation.
Enrolments are up substantially on last year. This year students have come from far and wide, including our international students from South Africa, England and Scotland. Other students have travelled from Flinders Island, Gippsland, the Riverina, the South East of South Australia and throughout Victoria to study at Longerenong College.
The orientation program coordinated by Greg Radford is designed to help settle our students into the community and into College life. Early morning rock climbing in the Grampians was followed by lunch and activities in Natimuk. The traditional formal dinner will include guest speaker former student Justine Severin who gave some insight into her life journey and the career opportunities which she has enjoyed.