Echuca College News
Another early start. When will Mr. Cheal organize a normal departure hour for these trips? Following a 2 hour journey we landed in Wangaratta curious as to what the day was to hold, as organized by the Law Institute of Victoria to benefit rural students who don’t get the advantages of those in Melbourne.
The first session was presented by the Juries Commissioner and was really quite interesting particularly as we knew it was to be our final topic for Unit 4. This was followed by a trip to the local court but, alas, the judge wouldn’t let us stay, as it was a case involving sexual violence. Nevertheless, the next part was fascinating, as Veronica Haccou(LLB) walked us through the case of Sukamaran and Chan who, you will remember, were killed by an Indonesian firing squad last year following drug offences. Veronica was assisting Julian McMahon in the presentation of the case for the two unfortunate men. Clearly corruption was probable in the Indonesian judiciary and political opportunism made the outcomes for the two condemned men tragically inevitable. Fascinating stuff!
Following a pretty decent free lunch(thanks to the LIV) we listened to some sound advice on how to prepare for our final exam then a session from the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria on dispute resolution, another important topic in Legal Studies.
Off to prison … again! Mr. Cheal at the wheel. More intrigue about the curiosities of Victoria’s Prison System and its criminals? On this trip we were able to sit and discuss the situation of two prisoners in an amazingly honest and ‘frank’ manner.
The prisoners began with the ‘Guess what I am in for’ game – one of their favourites. We had three guesses for each prisoner and did not succeed with any. This, in itself, was a lesson learned about stereo-typing and appearances. The ‘panel’ of prisoners then discussed general matters about our justice and jail system as they had, between them, vast experience of many of Victoria’s prisons including Barwon, Port Phillip, Loddon, the Remand Centre and the Melbourne Assessment Prison.
We then broke into small groups where the prisoners shared more intimate tales of their journeys from crime to rehabilitation. These were truly fascinating. It reads like a ‘Crime-True Stories’ show, but even more interesting. There was manslaughter committed with a shotgun; assault with a baseball bat; drug manufacturing, trafficking and smuggling. The inmates were seemingly honest yet regretful of their crimes and only two thirds of the way through their sentences. One was in for 10 ½ years. All hoped they were being rehabilitated. We certainly hope so!? They were all quite articulate.
Dhurringile is a minimum security working prison farm with no walls or fences. The prisoners are even allowed out! They help in the community with Lions and at Aqua Moves in Shepparton with children with disabilities. One is even hoping to soon play for Merrigum!
All in all, both a stimulating and memorable visit, one which will not be readily forgotten!
Mr. Stewart Cheal (Legal Studies teacher)
Echuca College enjoyed a wonderful day at the 2016 Athletics Carnival. Student participation was exceptional and some outstanding results were achieved. Even on the heavy track a number of records were broken. Congratulations to our new record holders: Lily Hindson 13Yr 1500m, Sarah-Jane Taylor 14Yr 1500m, Asher Jones 16Yr 200m, Corey Garner 13Yr 200m, Jade Allen 17Yr Triple Jump, Shane Cartwright 13Yr High Jump, Asher Jones 16Yr Triple Jump and Long Jump.
The fastest girl today was Jade Allen, making it a clean sweep for her time at Echuca College. Asher Jones capped off a very successful day winning the fastest boy race.
Participation was a highlight of the day as was the costumes of our Year 12 students. But at the end of the end of the day we must have a winning house, the points from today contribute to our competition for the Echuca College House Shield at the end of the year.
On behalf of all our students and staff we would like to extend a huge thank you to Mr Dave Pearson for all the work he does in preparation for this event. As always the day ran smoothly and was a tremendous success. Thank You and Well Done Dave Pearson!