Bass Coast,

Real world experience for students at Council


Bass Coast Shire Council welcomed students from Korumburra Secondary College last week who were interested in learning from some of the Council’s specialists.

The Year 8 students are working on projects that allow them to make sense of classroom learning with real world events.

The real world events that students were particularly interested in at Bass Coast were:

  • Social and planning aspects of the Kernot Dairy proposal
  • Extent of damage to natural environment caused by Rhyll Transfer Station
  • Challenges of maintaining road networks
  • Ethical management of animals

The focus on real world learning is being driven by the Broadening Horizons Project; a national project being piloted by employers and schools across Gippsland.

The depth of understanding and interest shown by the students greatly impressed the Council staff.

Year 8 Mentor, Steve Santilli, accompanied the students on their visit and said the program provides students with the opportunity to be consultants around real world issues.

“Students are provided with a problem that impact industry and work towards understanding the issue, the facts surrounding it, investigating possible solutions, and offering and providing a final product based on their research,” Mr Santilli said.

“This is designed to be a mutually beneficial program, where through the students participating, engagement and hard work, organisations like the Bass Coast Shire also achieve goals.”