Gowrie St students set sail

By Morgan Dyer

As Monday’s temperatures peaked, Gowrie St Primary School students set sail on Victoria Park Lake in Shepparton.

Partnering with Shepparton Central Rotary Club, Shepparton Sailability and The Lighthouse Project, more than 20 Year 6 students had the opportunity to cool down and feel the breeze through their hair.

The sailing day was part of a long-term program taking place at Gowrie St Primary School which draws heavily on the school motto, `Dreaming big'.

Years 5/6 teacher Ash Meyland said the initiative began four years ago when Rotary members came to the school wanting to volunteer their time to help the children.

“The mentoring program gets kids out into the community learning about different careers and showing them what’s out there for them,” Ms Meyland said.

Every two weeks the children get an exclusive tour at a local business.

The Lighthouse Project works alongside Rotary volunteers to make the experiences possible.

Lighthouse community projects co-ordinator Vicky Scott said the program gave students an insight into the range of job possibilities available in the community while also interacting and communicating with the workers.

“You can really see the students start to come out of their shell and get more confident,” Ms Scott said. “They are really interacting a lot more with the Rotarians, and without them this program wouldn’t be possible.”

After a fun morning out on the water the students and volunteers feasted on a barbecue lunch down by the water under the shade of gum trees.

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