Yarram Secondary College Serves Up Beacon Breakfast

Yarram Secondary College kicked off its 2013 Beacon Program with its second Community Business Breakfast on Wednesday morning. The Beacon Student Ambassador team of Kate, Emily, Jessica, Jade, Rachel, Alex and Jake did all the background work inviting the local businesses and setting up for the day.

The morning started at 7.00am with staff and students making final preparations before the business people started to arrive at 7.30am.

Hot bacon, eggs and hash browns were on the menu along with fresh fruit cereals and toast. Mr Skews, Mr Rojo, Mrs Collins, Mr Dows and Mrs Hirt were cooking up a storm on the BBQ.  Everyone enjoyed the food!

Toni Jenkins and students from 10A made some beautiful breakfast muffins and fruit platters.

The formal part of the morning started at 8.00am, with student MC, Rachel Summerfield calling for everyones attention. Rachel then introduced our Principal, Mr Chester who welcomed everyone to our school.

Mr Chester thanked those who got behind the program last year, and welcomed the new businesses who were in attendance. Mr Chester made special mention of the Yarram AB centre who provided a scholarship for a student interested in Agriculture in 2012. He thanked Woolworths Yarram, for donating all the food for our breakfast and welcomed and thanked Mr John Collins for taking on the role of Business Champion for the 2013 school year.

Mr John Collins, Beacon Business Champion for 2013 and Manager of Bendigo Bank Yarram Branch then talked about the importance of local businesses getting behind the secondary college to help guide the futures of the young people coming through its doors.

Next to the stage was Ms Michelle Graham, Manager of the ANZ Bank, here in Yarram. Michelle was quick to get onboard with the program last year and she was involved in the 2012 business breakfast, Polish program, Lunch with the Girls, Speed Careering and Charter Signing. Michelle spoke very well about her experience in the program last year and what she got out of the program herself. Michelle also expressed the importance of local community and business people in getting behind the students at our school.

Mr Angus Taylor, Team Leader at Yarram Ambulance Services then spoke about his experiences with youth in the towns he has worked in and how he has found the youth of Yarram and local districts to be very nice and in general well behaved. Mr Taylor spoke about his experience last year when he came to our school to teach two year 10 Maths class using formulas he uses in his day to day work. In many cases use of this maths can mean the difference between life and death for his patients. Mr Taylor talked about how he found these classes exhilarating as the enthusiasm and excitement from his students caught on while they were participating in real life scenarios. Mr Taylor urged other business people to get involved with presenting Business Blackboards as he found the students thrived on the experience and he stated that he can’t wait to get involved again this year.

Ms Julie Jacobs, Partnership Manager for the Beacon Foundation, Gippsland, then finished the formal speeches by explaining to the audience how Beacon is making a difference to thousands of young people around the nation. Julie reflected on her first year being involved with Beacon and the successes she had witnessed. She also spoke about her excitement for the year ahead.

At the end of the breakfast all involved talked about the success of the event and the student ambassadors were very pleased with how all their hard work and planning had paid off. The students also talked about the years upcoming events and how they hope local business people get involved to share their stories about how they have become the business person they are today.

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