Taking the Beacon pledge of progress

By Riverine Herald

HUNDREDS of high school students across Echuca-Moama have made an important pledge.

The students from local high schools put ink to paper inside St Joseph’s College’s Oak Centre, formally committing to further education, training and employment after school.

The charter signing ceremony is organised by Echuca-Moama Beacon Foundation and has now been running for 17 years.

Three time Emmy nominated and multi Logie award winning film and television producer Joanna Werner was the guest speaker, telling students of her journey from the country to award winning producer.

Beacon co-ordinator Cheryl Sweeney said students were buzzing after Joanna’s speech.

‘‘I spoke to some students afterwards and they said they loved hearing how she made it from the country to the amazing stuff she is doing now,” she said.

‘‘Joanna encouraged the students to not feel disadvantaged because they’re from the country. She urged them to do whatever they wanted to and take advantage of their opportunities.

‘‘A big thank you also has to go out to St Joseph’s who did a great job hosting the event and providing the music.”

More than 50 people from the community were among the guests, along with community representatives.

The next Beacon event will be the careers expo on May 22.

David Rak