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WHITTLESEA SECONDARY COLLEGE COMMEMORATE 2009 BUSHFIRES WITH VISIT FROM THE GOVERNOR OF VICTORIA

 A local school were honoured to welcome the Governor of Victoria to their halls last week.

 Whittlesea Secondary College (WSC) were visited by Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria and Patron of the 10 Year Anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires, and Mr Anthony Howard AM QC on Friday 8th of February as part of a wider visit to the area to acknowledge and support those communities impacted by the devastating 2009 bushfires.

 WSC Principal, Lian Davies, and school captains Mitch Allen and Kasey Hall, escorted their esteemed guests on a tour around Whittlesea Secondary College while sharing the stories of how the school helped to support the wider community during the bushfires, and the impact it has had since on ensuring positive community relations and respect for their young people. The support network created by contributions from other schools and community groups is still on display today, and it has become an integral part of the school's ethos that they ensure a community-focused well-being system for all students. As part of the commemorative visit, the student leaders shared a performance by Shanae Watson and the school's journey over the last ten years. The Governor and Mr Howard also took a walk through the new memorial gardens before laying a wreath of flowers at the rotunda to acknowledge the 21 people lost from the Whittlesea Secondary College.

 The Governor and Mr Howard also got to learn about how far the facilities of the school have come in the last ten years, alongside the ethos towards learning and support that accompany it, and were particularly impressed by the Trade Training Centre facilities and industry level machinery, not to mention the new open plan learning spaces.

 Lian Davies, Principal of Whittlesea Secondary College, spoke of the visit:

 "We are extremely honoured to have welcomed Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, and Mr Anthony Howard AM QC, into our halls to commemorate the tragic event that has affected so many of our community here in Victoria since 2009. It is important not only to commemorate those that we have lost, but also the support of those around us, and how it has brought us forward as a community.

 Our students and their place in the community are at the forefront of how we do things here at Whittlesea Secondary College. We strive to do everything we can to centre ourselves around a community-focused well-being system for our students - our new house system is just one way that we help promote a sense of connectedness amongst the students and staff. Another is our continual progress towards student-led learning that offers students empowerment in the way they learn and interact with the community and the wider world.

 Our thanks to the Governor and Mr Howard, as well as to our Captains Mitch and Kasey for representing the school in an exemplary manner. Our thoughts, as always, go out to all of those affected by the bushfires and to how we can continue to move forward supporting each other as a community.”