Passions & Pathways, Primary Schools & Workplaces in Partnership originated in Bendigo. It has been enriching the lives of Year Six students since 2012. A dynamic partnership between the Goldfields LLEN (lead partner), cross-sectoral primary schools, local government and businesses it gives students a taste of the ‘world of work’ and fosters an appetite to succeed.
Primary school students engage with local businesses in their workplaces. The authentic ‘work’ experiences aim to lift student aspirations and reinforce the value of completing their education. The State Government has provided $1.2 million over four years (2019-2023), to expand the initiative to the Shires of Central Goldfields and Mount Alexander.
An independent Steering Committee oversees the program. Current members are:
Sally Thomson Director, Bendigo Pottery
Glenn Morrison Director, Asia Pacific & Southern Africa, MMD Animal Health
Carolyn Stanford Managing Director, Stanford Marketing
Fiona Lindsay Principal, Eaglehawk Primary School
Wendy Jackson Principal, Specimen Hill Primary School
Julie Hommelhoff Principal, Lightning Reef Primary School
Reuben Johnson Principal, St Monica’s Primary School
David Tripp Manager Economic Development, Southern – Loddon Mallee, Regional Development Victoria
Martin Collins Youth Pathways and Transition Manager, North-Western Victoria Region, Department of Education and Training
Trevor Budge Manager Regional Sustainable Development, City of Greater Bendigo
Dzintra Martin Passions & Pathways Partnership Manager
Anne Brosnan Executive Officer, GLLEN