The 2014 Grand Final for the Murray River Culinary Challenge (MRCC) took place at Galen College’s state of the art one million dollar trade training centre funded commercial kitchen on Monday the 15th September. The five teams from Swan Hill, Campaspe, Shepparton, Wodonga and Wangaratta were in fine form producing dishes of a very high quality from the extremely challenging set menu containing local produce within tight timelines.
The menu including entrée of Gamze Smokehouse smoked trout and spinach tart with roast pumpkin, feta and rocket salad, main course of oven roasted Your Everyday Gourmet Londrigan beef eye fillet, trussed, with duchess potato, sautéed greens, tomatoes filled with seasonal ricotta and red wine & thyme reduction followed by honeyed pears in puff pastry with cinnamon cream & berry coulis. While it was an extremely tough decision for the judges to make, it was Swan Hill students Lisa Bartalotta and Samuel Waldron from St Mary McKillop College who were the winning team on the day. The winners were presented with the perpetual trophy and engraved knife sets from Brown Brothers, Darren Vincent.
The grand final students, their families, industry professionals and organisers enjoyed a grand final dinner hosted by The Centre Workplace Learning Program at Patricia’s Table Restaurant at Brown Brothers Epicurean Centre Milawa on Sunday night where the students were given an industry insight, kitchen tour with chief executive chef Douglas Elder while the remaining guests enjoyed an exclusive wine tasting. Workplace Learning Coordinator Shane Crispin said "The Centre was proud to be a part of the event as it gives all the students the chance to interact with hospitality industry professionals plus show their current and learnt skills".
On Thursday the 11th September, 80 players from across the Hume Region participated in the 5th Annual Specialist School Netball Tournament held at the Wangaratta Barr Reserve. The competition was outstanding with Belvoir Wodonga and Dookie making the Grand Final against both Wangaratta District Specialist School (WDSS) sides. It was WDSS who took out the trophy in both sections 1 and 2, receiving the perpetual trophy for the 5th running- an awesome effort.
The day was made possible from the support of organisations involved and the volunteers. Wangaratta Netball Association kindly donated the use of the courts, office and club rooms plus ran the canteen for the day, 8 students from the Wangaratta High School volunteered their time to umpire and keep score. Trophies were presented to Best on Court for the Grand Final games and all players enjoyed a BBQ lunch to finish of a fantastic day of netball.
On Thursday the 4th September, a special morning tea event was held at The Centre’s Greta Road Campus in partnership with the Carevan Wangaratta and Inner Wheel Club of Wangaratta to hand over the Carevan’s previous vehicle to the automotive students at The Centre.
Various organisations and supporters were recognised for their support of the Carevan Wangaratta, particularly in sourcing a new vehicle for the Carevan. Morning tea was prepared by the students from Greta Road, which was prepared in assistance with the ladies from Inner Wheel, who also assist in a joint project in preparing meals for the Carevan on a monthly basis with the students.
The students are very excited to have a vehicle on campus that they can work on and get practical ‘hands on’ experience with teacher Ian Burrowes. A fantastic project and thank you to Carevan Wangaratta for their generous donation to The Centre students.
The Centre is a proud member of Community Colleges Australia (CCA)- the peak body for not-for-profit community owned learning organisations across Australia.
The community education sector delivers accredited vocational education and training (VET) to hundreds of thousands of people each year, from pre-vocational through to Advanced Diploma courses across a diverse range of skill requirements and industry areas.
To find out more about CCA click here: http://www.cca.edu.au/index.html and you can also watch this inspiring video from some students across the country who have undertaken study at their local community college: