Crossing the Bridge at Billanook College

Crossing the Bridge at Billanook College

Many great works of children’s literature include a threshold moment. There is the wardrobe into Narnia, platform 9 ¾ for Hogwarts and Alice’s rabbit hole to her Wonderland. These passages
take children into new worlds full of possibility, challenge and imagination.

The Irish poet John O’Donohue talked about thresholds as “a ...

God with us

By Julie Perrin

Some of the people who belong to our church live at a special accommodation place down Sydney road. There’s a bit of traffic between the church and the lodge as it’s too far to walk, especially if you have cerebral palsy and the tram is not accessible.

The lodge has about eighty rooms in three storeys ...

Aitken College students tackle global politics

Year 6 students at Aitken College are working to solve the world’s toughest problems through an international political simulation game.

EarthCraft was created by Aitken College’s head of humanities, Ben Lawless. It is loosely based on the World Peace Game developed by internationally-renowned education expert, John Hunter.

EarthCraft gives students an opportunity to control the world and deal with ...

Reunited for Christmas

A resident at Uniting AgeWell in Forest Hill has been reunited with her beloved pet Chihuahua just in time for Christmas.

Eighty-eight-year-old June Wright and Saffi (pictured) kept each other company for 14 years until June moved into the Strathdon Community and could no longer look after her ‘bubba’.

Saffi was initially taken in by a neighbour, but after ...

Water safety skills for new arrivals


A small group of newly arrived Afghan mothers and their children are learning vital water safety skills in Shepparton in the lead up to summer.

In a program co-funded by Kildonan UnitingCare and the Goulburn Valley Community Fund, the swimming lessons at Aquamoves aim to ensure both mums and children better understand pool etiquette and water safety.

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Kicking goals for the community

Kildonan UnitingCare volunteer Luis Rodriguez has been recognised for his dedication to newly arrived families in Shepparton with a Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence.

Luis received the award for Meritorious Service to the Community at a ceremony on Thursday evening. It acknowledges his “outstanding achievements in promoting cultural diversity and inclusion”.

He has spent many years coaching and mentoring newly-arrived ...