Home' Phillip Island and San Remo Advertiser : November 4 2015 Contents PAGE 16 - THE ADVERTISER, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2015
THE Phillip Island Girl
Guides movement has gone
from strength to strength
since it recommenced in
Driving force behind the
formation of a new Girl
Guide Group in Cowes,
after an absence of some
years, was Sue Viney, an
experienced Guide Leader
who at the time had recent-
ly moved to Phillip Island.
Sue established a junior
Girl Guide unit, which had
a membership of seven
girls, and ran it with her
granddaughter Olivia Him-
Today, that unit has a
membership of 20 girls,
and a waiting list for girls
who would like to join.
It is led by two enthusias-
tic and wonderful leaders
Emma Hadrian and Clare
Sue has moved on to the
position of Regional Man-
ager for Gippsland, which
extends from Drouin to Or-
bost, but she is still very in-
volved at the local level with
both the junior and senior
units that are flourishing.
The junior unit caters for
girls aged between five and
And the senior unit mem-
bership is open to girls
aged between nine and 14.
The senior unit, which
has a membership of 10,
opened in 2013 and was
initially led by Sue's daugh-
ter Jo Viney.
"We now have two new
leaders for this level, Nicole
Clark and Teresa Balks,"
"And the good news is
that there are places avail-
able in the senior unit for
anyone who would like to
become a Girl Guide.'
Members of the senior
unit have just come home
from their first guide camp
It was held in Brittania
Park, near Yarra Junction,
and featured activities in-
cluding caving, and fun on
the "possum flier."
From all accounts, a
great time was definitely
had by all.
The junior unit recently
spent a weekend at an in-
door camp at Burnet Park,
where they were faced with
some fun challenges.
The first involved build-
ing their own raft from
scratch, and sailing it in the
"All rafts floated," laughed
"The girls all had great
fun. That was definitely a
highlight of the weekend."
They also cooked their
own meals, and built their
own shelters out in the
Four juniors are set to
move into the senior unit
before the end of the year,
and to celebrate, a link ac-
tivity is being planned to
This will take the form of
a visit to the high ropes at A
Maze N Things.
Conversely, the juniors
are organising a mani-
cure and pedicure night to
which the seniors will be
The junior Girl Guide
Unit meets on Monday
nights between 4pm and
5.30pm, and the senior
unit on Thursday from
5pm to 6.30pm, although
the senior day may change
Both groups meet at the
Scout Hall in Blue Gum Al-
ley.Sue is hoping to sign up
a third junior leader in the
not too distant future, so
that girls on the waiting list
are able to join.
All in all, Girl Guides on
Phillip Island is thriving, it
seems, and the unity has
plenty of community sup-
"We are thrilled with the
growth of the unit over the
last three years," Sue com-
"The Phillip Island Lion's
Club and the CWA have
given us generous support,
including donations to as-
sist families unable to meet
the financial commitment
membership of Girl Guides
The Girl Guide Mission
statement is: To enable
girls and young women to
grow into confident, self-re-
specting, responsible com-
If anyone has any ques-
tions or would like their
daughter to come along,
they can contact Sue on
5952 1738 or by email
Cowes Primary School students Catherine Taylor, Isabel Rooks and Alia Schonberg are bona fide coast-
al ambassadors, after completing PINP's Coastal Ambassador program recently.
Cowes kids are our
COWES Primary School stu-
dents Isabel Rooks, Catherine
Taylor and Alia Schonberg are our
newest coastal ambassadors, after
recently taking part in PINP's Pen-
guin Parade Coastal Ambassadors
Program for 2015.
The girls have been working hard
at school on a project on the issue
of marine debris and its impact on
the wildlife around the Phillip Is-
land, and spreading their message
beyond local shores.
The PINP program is based on a
'Kids Teaching Kids' format, which
requires participants to engage
their peers in an interactive activity
that informs them about a particu-
lar topic of interest.
The three Cowes students chose
marine debris as their topic of in-
terest, and used powerful imagery
to show the impact of debris and
rubbish in the ocean, to fellow stu-
dents in the program who came
from schools across Victoria.
They designed games that gave
visiting students an experience
that would help them appreciate
the plight of our marine mammals,
after they become 'tangled' in fish-
The girl's research revealed that
on average, once every seventeen
days, scientists and rangers need
to rescue a local mammal or bird
from such hazards.
One game involved asking par-
ticipants to wear soft ball mitts (to
mimic flippers) which were then
wrapped in elastic.
Once they were suitably 'tangled'
they needed to co-operate with
each other to release themselves,
but without speaking.
The game was good fun and pro-
duced many laughs but the point of
it was strongly brought home when
the children realised they couldn't
This term the girls will be work-
ing with other Grade 6 students to
raise further awareness of this lo-
cal issue by taking part in the Mel-
bourne Zoo project 'Seal the Loop.'
Our young ambassadors are
certainly spreading the word and
making a real difference when it
comes to educating the commu-
nity and their peers in particular,
of the harm to our marine wildlife,
through carelessly discarded rub-
bish and debris.
Caving was an exciting activity for these Phillip Island Girl Guides, on a week-
end camping trip recently. Kitted up and ready to head into the caves are, front
from left, Savannah Balks, Brinna Viney, Rosalie Spencer, Chloe Powell and
Alaska Dixon. Back from left, are leaders Teresa Balks and Nicole Clark (ob-
scured) Alana Johnson, Chloe Scepemaker-Arthur and Kaysie Gadsby.
Their pride in being a guide
Being a Girl Guide is great fun edspecially when there's a creek to explore as
part of a weekend camp away with the unit.
Members of the Phillip Island Junior Girl Guides
unit are pictured cooking marshmallows over the
camp fire, at a recent weekend camp at Burnet Park.
They are from left Amelia Gleeson, Mia Munday, Tori
Horwood, Grace Morris, Olivia Holmes, Anna Dixon
and Charlotte Hadrian.
Pathway to writing need not be scary
COWES Primary School grade five
and six children were very excited
to have a visit from author, Scott B
Norton last Thursday.
Scott has published two books
in what will be a five-book series
called the Otherworldy Operatives.
The books involve groups of
witches and warlocks coming to
Earth through secret corridors try-
ing to invade human civilization.
The popular author spoke to the
students about his pathway into
writing, and about the processes of
writing, editing and publication.
He also answered a myriad of
questions from the children includ-
ing what had influenced his writing,
and selction of subject matter.
And he recommended other au-
thors that he thought students
would also enjoy reading, based on
the questions that they put to him.
All in all it was a very successful
visit, which has left the children in
Grades 5 and 6 highly motivated
and browsing through the school's
Visiting author Scott Norton is pictured here with Cowes Primary
School Captains Max Walton and Paige Bennett.
Last week, on a glorious spring Thursday, Newhaven College Year 9 students along with their teacher Trav-
is Thompson, joined Rhyll Coast Action volunteers for a planting working bee around the Rhyll Yacht Club.
A community grant from the Bass Coast Shire Council is enabling Rhyll Coast Action members to reveg-
etate the area around the yacht club to both retard the effects of erosion along the coastline and to improve
the biodiversity of this prime site overlooking Rhyll.
Rhyll Coast Action members enjoyed the company of the students and were impressed with their planting
expertise and experience.
Perfect day for coastal planting
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