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    State Government puts ice forums on hold


    2018 - 10.16

    WIMMERA Drug Action Taskforce chairwoman Nyree Hutchins believes the State Government’s decision to place a series of crystal methamphetamine forums on hold will not have a major effect on the region.
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    The Australian Drug Foundation Good Sports Program was to host a Tackle the Issue: Ice, Alcohol and Other Drugs forum in Horsham in March.

    Member for Western Victoria Simon Ramsay slammed the government for cancelling the forums, which were also scheduled for Hamilton, Bendigo and Ballarat.

    ‘‘This is a disgrace by a government that should be protecting its citizens,’’ Mr Ramsay said.

    Dr Hutchins, a clinical psychologist at Grampians Medicare Local, said Wimmera residents had been exposed to a wide range of information about crystal methamphetamine.

    The Wimmera Drug Action Taskforce helped facilitate community forums in Horsham, Ararat, Warracknabeal, Nhill and Edenhope in 2013 and 2014.

    Dr Hutchins said the Andrews government was in the process of changing its approach to tackling crystal methamphetamine.

    ‘‘It is a pity the government has put the forums on hold, but it made some huge pre-election promises about involving community response in its new focus, which is what the taskforce has advocated for all along,’’ she said.

    ‘‘At the moment we have to wait and see what will replace the forums.’’

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    LETTERS: Praise for Post Office


    2018 - 10.16

    The Tribune welcomes letters to the editor.Dear Editor,
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    I would like to give a big bouquet to the staff at the Yass Post Office.

    For those of us who work in Canberra – the daily Barton Highway commute prohibits our ability to collect mail or parcels from the Yass Post Office during normal working hours, and can make things quite difficult when we have to sign for items.

    It is therefore great for us that the Post Office is currently open on Saturday mornings.

    I can now collect and post my mail, pay my bills, do my banking, submit my passport application and perhaps buy a bird feeder at a time that is convenient. Before these new opening hours I have, on more than one occasion, had to race out of Canberra before 4pm, in an attempt to get to the Yass Post Office before closing time.

    It was during my last Saturday visit that I was made aware that the Yass Post Office has a parcel collection service open from 7am–9am during the weekdays. (Down the side- alley next to the jewellers).

    This is a perfect service for us commuters and I used it this week to collect and sign for three parcels on my way to work. Thank you to the staff at the Yass Post Office for offering this great service and for opening on Saturdays. We appreciate you and your new opening hours.

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    Older brothers lead the way


    2018 - 10.16

    HAPPY DAYS: Kindergarten student Tom Wilkinson (centre) had his first day at Forster Public School this week. He is pictured with his older brothers Sam and Kye. Related content: kindies first day: vox pops
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    SCHOOLS across the region may have officially gone back last week but for the majority of local public schools they invited their most junior pupils into the classroom on Monday.

    Among them was five-year-old kindergarten student Tom Wilkinson who started his first week of learning at Forster Public School.

    His mum Rebecca said her son’s first day jitters were soon put to ease knowing he had his two older brothers Kye and Sam at the same school.

    “He loved it,” she said of Tom’s first day.

    “I’m on the P&C and having two older brothers at the school he’s spent a fair bit of time here so he’s familiar with the grounds.

    “He really enjoyed being with some of his mates from preschool but he particularly liked getting a visit from his two older brothers in the playground who came to check on him.”

    Tuncurry Public School welcomed 66 kindergarten enrolments this year while Forster Public School had a slight increase with 100.

    Forster Public assistant principal Anne Evans said the school had assigned a group of year 6 students to each class to act as a buddy to welcome the new students.

    “We really try and cater for our kindy’s so they can settle in quickly. The year 6 students will be in classes for the first few weeks,” she said.

    Students will be taught a variety of programs this year including LIPI (lessons in phonics instruction), a talking and listening program and L3 (language, learning and literacy).

    See page ??? to see what kindergarten students at Forster Public School had to say about their first day.

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    Veronica Couch joins Haven Primary School team


    2018 - 10.16

    NEW BEGINNINGS: New Haven Primary School grade two and three teacher Veronica Couch with students Koby Willmore, Isobel Cameron and Madi Devlin. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER HAVEN Primary School has a new addition this year – grade two and three teacher Veronica Couch.
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    Miss Couch said she had enjoyed her first two days with her new class.

    ‘‘They are great. They are lots of fun,’’ she said.

    The former Warrnambool woman went to Australian Catholic University in Ballarat to complete her Bachelor of Primary Education.

    Miss Couch said she had always wanted to be a teacher.

    ‘‘I’ve always enjoyed school myself,’’ she said.

    Miss Couch is living in Horsham and said she was settling in well.

    ‘‘I love the weather,’’ she said.

    Miss Couch said she was enjoying working in a smaller school with a supportive staff.

    ‘‘I think I’m really lucky to be at this school,’’ she said.

    Miss Couch said the key to starting the new year well was to plan ahead.

    ‘‘Just be prepared and be organised,’’ she said.

    ‘‘I spent most of my summer here getting ready.’’

    Miss Couch said this year she wanted to achieve certain goals.

    ‘‘I want to learn more about myself as a teacher and enjoy my year,’’ she said. ‘‘You learn a lot of theory at uni but you learn the most here.’’

    Miss Couch’s partner Luke is a first-year teacher at Horsham West Primary School.

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    Fund-raising for Koroit pool


    2018 - 10.16

    Nancie Schipper. 141109AM33 Picture: ANGELA MILNE
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    THE latest fund-raising effort for the Koroit Swimming Pool committee will be held this Sunday.

    The Family Day Concert will be held on the Village Green from 11am to 5pm.

    This will be the 14th time the annual event has been held, with last year’s forced into the Koroit Theatre because of wet weather.

    The musical talent on show will include Nancie Schipper, Kevin and Joyce Durdin, Peter Cook, the Kirky Few, Robyn Gleeson and Trevor Emeny.

    Entry is $5 for adults and children are free with hot and cold drinks and a barbecue available. Those coming along are advised to bring their own chairs.

    And in another fund-raiser for the pool, Koroit man Chris Alsop will this weekend cycle 8848 metres, the height of Mount Everest.

    Mr Alsop will ride up Mt William in the Grampians 18 times and members of the public are able to sponsor him with the money going to the swimming pool fund.