2016 Highlights


Passions & Pathways, Primary Schools & Workplaces in Partnership celebrated its fifth year in 2016.

  • Funding from Regional Development Victoria enhanced the organisation and operations of Passions and Pathways with an appointment of a partnership consultant who effectively managed and oversaw all the components of Passions and Pathways with and for the schools and workplace.
  • The funding also enabled a consultant to be employed to develop a curriculum framework to support the alignment of Passions & Pathways to the students’ curriculum objectives.
  • 80 grade six students and their teachers from three Bendigo primary schools; Eaglehawk Primary School, Lightning Reef Primary School and Specimen Hill Primary School engaged with and benefitted from Passions & Pathways.
  • In June, 100 community members gathered for the launch of Passions and Pathways with local politicians, Minister Jacinta Allan and Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards.
  • At the end of term two, the Park Road, Bendigo Schools’ Trade Training Centre staff illustrated the range of practical courses available to the students later on in their secondary school years.
  • In July, a number of workshops led by LA TROBE University staff, were held with the students experiencing a variety of activities linked to University courses.
  • During the months of July, August and September, 48 Bendigo business and industry partners introduced the students to the “worlds of work” through a range of experiences including, young workplace ambassadors sharing their school to work pathways, work place tours and work place “hands on” projects.
  • Passions & Pathways concluded in September, with a showcase of the students’ learning and the presentation of Certificates to acknowledge and thank the significant contribution of all the business and industry partners.
  • A highly committed Steering Committee provided strategic support with members from: Keech AustraliaBendigo PotteryMotherson ElastomersStanford Marketing, the Economic Development Unit of the City of Greater Bendigo, the three schools, the partnership consultant, the Bendigo Tech School and the Goldfields LLEN.