Mildura Weekly : Friday January 19 Vol 12 No 11
NEWS 21 FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2018 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU Sunraysia plans a big Australia Day weekend • From Page 19 Ouyen AUSTRALIA Day breakfast, catered by the Ouyen Lions Club, will com- mence at 7am at the Mildura Rural City Council Service Centre Lawns. A flag-raising ceremony and citi- zens awards will take place along with local entertainment. For more information contact John Gilchrist on 0429 922 301. Walpeup WALPEUP Wayside Stop will have a free breakfast and festivities starting from 8am. The local community is invited to come along and celebrate. Colignan A COMMUNITY breakfast, free jumping castle and the opening of the pool will all take place at Colig- nan Community Recreation Reserve from 9am. Local children will hold a flag- raising ceremony and entry is a gold coin donation. For more information contact Bonnie Cox on 0427 291 680. Victorian Sidecar Championships Olympic Park Speedway will be the venue for the 2018 Platinum Elec- trical Victorian Sidecar Champion- ships and Euro Floor Victorian Jun- ior Sidecar Championships from 7.30pm on Australia Day. Gates open at 5pm with senior racing starting at 7.30pm. Entry for adults is $25, conces- sion is $20, students 13 to 17 are $17, members are $5 and children under 13 are free. Australia Day recovery TRENTHAM Estate Winery will be the venue for Australia Day recov- ery on Saturday, January 27, from 12.30pm to 4pm. Live music will be performed by Iwan and Andrea, with wine and platters available for purchase. A fully catered ‘cook your own’ barbecue option is also available. For more information and book- ings contact 5024 8888 or visit www. trenthamestate.com.au. Botanic Gardens ‘Big Brekkie’ Saturday, January 27, from 8.30am will see the Australian Inland Bo- tanic Gardens host its ‘Big Brekkie’ and market day. Visitors are encouraged to spend time wandering through the gar- dens, or take advantage of the mar- ket stalls and listen to the local Uku- lele band. Train tours of the gardens are available at 10am and 11am. For more information contact 5023 3612. Mildura City Market THE Mildura City Market will take place on Sunday, January 28, from 8am to 1pm in the Langtree Mall and Ninth Street precinct. A variety of fresh produce, pre- serves, plants, clothing, crafts and bric-a -brac will be available. For more information, or to book a stall, contact 0400 032 803. POPULAR St Joseph’s College teacher Melanie Ransome has called time on her incredible teaching career ahead of the 2018 school year. It’s a career that has spanned half a century, Melanie, PIC- TURED, said the longevity of her teaching career had, for the most part, taken even her by surprise. It was in 1966 – with no idea what she wanted to do in life – that Melanie took the opportunity to attend the Mercy Teachers Col- lege in Melbourne. She did so on the proviso that she would return to Mildura to teach. “All the convents had one place for a girl from their area, but no-one from Mildura wanted to go that year, so the head of teaching at St Joseph’s College asked me, even though I went to secondary school somewhere else,” she said. True to her word, Melanie be- gan teaching at St Joe’s in 1968. While she may have fallen into the profession, the science and biol- ogy teacher said she quickly grew to love the job. “The thing I love about teach- ing is that it keeps you in touch with the young people,” she said. “You understand them better, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy.” Melanie said teaching had also changed a lot in her time. “There was only a handful of teachers here in the beginning, so I taught in any area I was needed – maths, science, art,” she said. “There would have been less than 200 students and only a few build- ings – we’ve grown a lot since I started. “The curriculum has also changed a lot, and the term struc- ture is different. We used to op- erate under three terms of 12 to 13 weeks, and now we have four terms of roughly 10 weeks.” Melanie said the introduction of computers into schools was also a major change. “We had to learn how to use computers and keep records elec- tronically, and I prided myself on picking it up quickly,” she said. “Now all the kids have got com- puters, which is a blessing and a curse. “It’s great for the students who are keen, disciplined and self-mo- tivated.” Melanie said that she was keen to see what changes the next 10 years would bring. “There’s always something new and interesting happening,” she said. “It took me a while to get used to the fact that I won’t be here this year, but I reached 50 years, and that’s not a bad innings. “I’m lucky that I’m healthy and can enjoy retirement.” Melanie said that St Joe’s had also “looked after me” from the beginning, which is why she stayed so long. “When I got married I was giv- en two weeks off on full pay,” she said. “Then when I had my daugh- ter in November 1978 I was given sick leave until the next year. “Normally you would have had to resign. “I have also been acknowl- edged for my years of service. “They’re just little things, but those little things have made me feel special.” To spend 50 years in any profession is a real achievement – to chalk up that figure at one workplace is even more rare! 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