Home' Phillip Island and San Remo Advertiser : November 11 2015 Contents THE ADVERTISER, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2015 - PAGE 15
Seeking donated art supplies
Grossard Court Aged Care is continu-
ing its commitment to the lifestyle and
activities sphere of the care offered to
its residents by providing a dedicated
area for experienced and budding artists
within its resident community.
The art studio is being established
in the same area as the very successful
Readers of this newspaper will no
doubt recall the wonderful range of do-
nations made to the residents for the
model railway and dolls house projects.
This new art group have asked us
to write to the paper on their behalf in
the hope that there are members of the
Island community who may have art
equipment they would be happy to do-
As this is a 'from scratch' project they
would love to receive any and all dona-
tions including; easels, paints, brushes,
pencils, canvas and papers/pads.
Items such as easels that require some
attention to bring them up to scratch are
fine as the blokes in the men's group are
ready and willing to undertake the task.
Lifestyle Co-ordinator of Grossard
Court, Cathie Singleton and facility man-
ager Rosemary Pace have thrown their
support behind the project as it is seen
as an important creative outlet for many
of the residents.
This is another example of Grossard
Courts commitment to ensuring their
residents have every opportunity to con-
tinue to live a full and active life within
the safety and security of the facility.
Should you wish to donate any of the
above items please contact Cathie Single-
ton on 5951 2020 to organize a drop off
or pick up.
David Hall, Lifestyle assistant.
Petrol price rort
Over the long weekend we drove to
Wonthaggi and while leaving Phillip Is-
land noted fuel prices at $1.35 plus.
Then we arrived in Wonthaggi to be
greeted with prices of $1.24 plus.
Now you cannot tell me the price is so
different when in fact for most of the year
prices on the Island and San Remo are
in fact reversed.
But oh wait a minute! I forgot the magic
words. Long weekend or public holiday.
So what can have happened?
I leave that to your readers to decide.
But why we Phillip Island locals need
to suffer during any holiday period is be-
yond me, and why holiday makers are
ripped off yet again is wrong.
Maybe we should go back to the price
just before the long weekend at around
$1.10 plus, but then so much changes
in five days.
IB (name supplied) Ventnor.
It's up to you
Talk is easy. How many of us sit in our
comfortable lifestyle and complain.
Talk is cheap. I challenge you now to
take action. Power is with you. So many
issues. Not up to me but you!
Drop the footy holiday
Seventy nine per cent of tourism busi-
nesses in regional Victoria do not sup-
port the grand final eve public holiday
continuing in 2016, according to a sur-
vey conducted by the Victoria Tourism
Industry Council (VTIC).
That's four-in-five regional tourism
businesses that do not support the holi-
"Regional tourism businesses through-
out Victoria are sending the Andrews
Government a clear message that this
holiday must be retracted," said VTIC
Acting Chief Executive Erin Joyce last
"The majority of tourism operators
are small, family-run businesses under
significant cost pressures already. They
have been hit hard by the additional ex-
pense of this public holiday."
Ms Joyce's comments came as VTIC
released the findings of its survey on the
impact of the grand final eve public holi-
day on regional businesses.
The survey showed the holiday put sig-
nificant cost pressures on business, with
over half (55 per cent) of respondents
reporting that they recorded a loss for
the day. Twenty three per cent of respon-
dents reported that they did not open on
the day at all.
Seventy one per cent of respondents
who operated on the grand final eve
public holiday were forced to cancel the
shifts of regular staff and work them-
selves or with family members in order
to keep costs down.
Victorian Tourism Industry Council.
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The school bell tolls on
a long teaching career
THE reason for the impending re-
tirement of Newhaven College teach-
er John Ward can be summed up in
just two words.
"Computer technology," he says,
at the end of a distinguished teach-
ing career spanning 47 years in edu-
"The computer language is getting
to me!" he said in the matter-of-fact
style he is known for, while speak-
ing of his future plans last week.
"For a start, I don't understand
the terminology. And I am fasci-
nated that students now pull out
their phones and take a photo of
the homework on the white board,
instead of writing it down in their
books," he said with a slow shake
of his head.
The advance of computer tech-
nology and its place in schools and
education is a bitter sweet reality for
"I'm fearful that the art of hand-
writing is being completely lost on
our younger generation. It's becom-
ing redundant, and so is the skill
of making social conversation," he
Information Technology is the
single most influential development
that John has seen arrive in nearly
50 years of teaching.
"Unfortunately, it is here to stay,"
is his succinct opinion.
Clearly, he is not a fan.
It's a far cry from his early memo-
ries of being in a classroom -- as a
young Prep who learnt to write us-
ing a slate and chalk, as was the
norm in schools in the 1950s.
"It just goes to show the massive
shift in teaching styles in the past
"Early in my teaching career it
was 'chalk and talk' but I can't re-
member when I last used chalk. It's
at least 15 years ago," he said.
To counterbalance the use of
screens, Mr Ward is a firm believer
in offering outdoor education cours-
es that are in place at Newhaven
"Luckily we have a challenging
and comprehensive outdoor educa-
"The program takes students
away from the screen, and to be ac-
tive and involved with each other,
out of the classroom.
"This balance is very important in
my view," he said.
Even though it is an elective pro-
gram, 'Outdoor Ed' appeals to stu-
dents across the school; and com-
plements other sporting electives
such as the Surfing Academy.
Another change to influence teach-
ing methods since his early days as
a teacher is the fact that students
are staying on for longer at school,
than they did in earlier days.
Pre-2000 the school leaving age
was 15 years for those who wanted
to take up an apprenticeship, but
in 2006, the Victorian Government
raised the school leaving age to 17,
or until Year 10 has been completed.
"It has forced change, across the
board. Schools must cater for all
students and their different abilities
and learning styles.
"Hence the introduction we have
seen of more electives and greater
choices in the curriculum.
"In my book this has been a posi-
tive change," John said.
But young people remain
When asked have young people
changed, his answer is a spontane-
"Young people still have the same
needs. They still like to feel im-
portant, and noticed (in a pastoral
sense) and like to be faced with in-
teresting and challenging things to
Mr Ward is well known around
the school for the humanity and
care shown for each student he is in
His emphasis on pastoral care
stems from years of being around
young adults, and his belief that
they have much the same needs
today, as those of previous genera-
His decision to become a teacher
came about by chance.
He was initially interested in law.
However, when he left school in
the 1960s, and unable to support
himself through university, he ac-
cepted a teaching studentship from
the government which provided the
funds required to undertake tertia-
The studentship came with the
proviso that he had to work as a
teacher for a certain number of
years, or pay the money back.
This was the norm for such gov-
ernment packages in those times.
He pursued his interest in eco-
nomics, legal studies and business
management through subject selec-
tion, while undertaking his course.
He was also required to go out
into schools on teaching rounds, as
"My first day of teaching, in 1968,
was to take an economics class of 45
students at Sunshine High School.
"I liked it. And I remember saying
to my then fiancée (and now wife)
Lynn, that this was what I wanted to
do," Mr Ward said.
The rest, as they say, is history.
He has taught in a number of
schools, both government and inde-
pendent, and at various levels, dur-
ing his 47 year teaching career.
"I have been a rank-and-file class-
room teacher, boarding house mas-
ter, house master, year level coor-
dinator, faculty head and deputy
principal," he said.
"The only role I have not under-
taken is that of principal."
It was the role of deputy principal
John Ward (second right), a long serving and popular teacher at Newhaven College, has announced his
retirement at the end of this year.
He is pictured with Year 11 students, from left, Duncan Hunt, Lily Christopher and Zoe Bee. Mr Ward has
been a member of staff at Newhaven College for the past 18 years.
that first attracted him to Newhaven
College in 1998.
He received an unexpected phone
call from then incoming principal
Michael Brewin, offering him this
He accepted, and has relished the
job ever since, interspersed with
teaching legal and business studies
to Year 12 students.
As he contemplates the last few
weeks he will spend at the school,
John Ward, at the age of 69, feels
he's ready to retire.
"I have been very lucky. I have had
a wonderful time in my employ-
ment. It has been enjoyable and
Future plans include travelling
around Australia with Lynn, and
maybe a trip overseas.
But he hasn't totally discounted
the idea of returning to the class-
"I'll do some CRT (relief teaching)
if the school wants me," he com-
"And then sit back and watch my
Stephen Foulkes recently gradu-
ated with the degree 'Master of Clini-
cal Exercise Physiology' from Deakin
Stephen completed his Bachelor of
Exercise and Sport Science at Deakin
two years ago, but elected to continue
studying in order to obtain his Mas-
He is presently working at Deakin
University's exercise clinic as well as
undertaking educational roles at the
Having completed his Masters, Ste-
phen intends to continue studying
next year, undertaking an Honours
Degree by research.
Stephen, the son of David and Rose-
marie Foulkes, of Rhyll, grew up on
Phillip Island. He attended Cowes Pri-
mary School and Newhaven College.
Not to be outdone, these elegant vehicles were also on display on Cup Day
when they parked at the home of hosts Barry and Jill Fogarty of Sunderland Bay.
They all belong to the Mercedes Car Club of Victoria and represent the changing
face of Mercs over the years.
Mercedes come to town
PHILLIP Island proved
to be a winning venue
for members of the Mer-
cedes Car Club of Victo -
ria, who gathered here
for this year's Melbourne
The annual event is
always a popular and
enjoyable affair for mem-
bers with over 65 people,
and 30 vehicles, heading
to the Sunderland Bay
property of hosts Barry
and Jill Fogarty.
The manicured lawns
and warm sunshine pro-
vided a perfect setting
for guests to celebrate a
day in the great outdoors
filled with great company,
food, drinks and plenty
of fun and laughter.
The obligatory fashion
parade for the ladies,
gentlemen and children
completed the day, which
was voted by all to be
another outstanding suc-
The Mercedes Car Club
meet on a regular basis
once a month, at a differ-
ent venue on each occa-
It was fashions on the field for these ladies of the
Mercedes Car Club of Victoria when they lined up
before the judges during last Tuesday's festivities
held on Phillip Island.
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