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Beacons take a break

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December 03, 2017

Beacon Foundation leaders, board members and coordinators gathered on Friday to celebrate a successful year.

STUDENTS from four local schools enjoyed lunch at Monkee and Co to celebrate the end of a successful Beacon Program.

The Beacon Foundation work to create an Australia that understands, cares and is motivated to support young people to successfully transition from education to meaningful employment.

The foundation aims to build connections between industry, education and the community to create real world education in schools that is relevant and engaging for young people.

Students from Moama Anglican Grammar, St Joseph’s College and Echuca College tucked into lunch as a reward for their efforts as leaders in their schools and the community.

Echuca Moama Beacon Foundation coordinator Cheryl Sweeney said the lunch was a way of thanking the students for their efforts.

St Joseph’s College student Bronte Gundry said the leadership role improved her self-confidence and public speaking ability.

“We met a lot of people and did heaps of public speaking,” she said.

“It was great for networking and creating potential career opportunities.”

As part of their leadership roles, students hosted and ran a variety of events and provided guidance to classmates.

Echuca College student Joni Grundy said she enjoyed planning fun events for her classmates.

“I really enjoyed the leadership role. It’s not something I would normally do,” she said.

“I would really encourage others to get involved with Beacon. It really helped to build confidence within myself.”

Moama Anglican Grammar student Jonathan Martin said his leadership role was challenging but rewarding.

“Writing my own speeches was really difficult,” he said.

“We were given roles and were able to plan events. It really helped to build leadership skills.”

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