Origin gets hands on with donation

Helping hand: Mortlake College principal Graeme Good thanks Mortlake Power Station plant manager Paul Hill for a $10,000 grant towards the Hands on Learning program, Kitchen Garden and home economics room.

Helping hand: Mortlake College principal Graeme Good thanks Mortlake Power Station plant manager Paul Hill for a $10,000 grant towards the Hands on Learning program, Kitchen Garden and home economics room.

HANDS on Learning students at Mortlake College have 10,000 reasons to smile after an important donation by Origin Energy ensured the program’s short-term future.

Origin Energy’s $10,000 grant was a part of its community investment program, which has a strong focus on education in local communities.

The Hands on Learning program commenced at the school this year for a small group of students to work with two artisan teachers for one day a week on a collaborative project.

Students who participated in the project wore work clothes and shared meals together.

Mortlake College was one of four schools in the region that piloted the program.

Funding for the program was provided for the second half of this year, but the future of the program was uncertain.

Mortlake College principal Graeme Good said the sponsorship had helped not only the Hands on Learning program but a number of other practical initiatives at the school.

“What we had to do was put in a submission to Origin Energy on how we might be able to use the sponsorship funding,” he said.

“They investigated our proposal and came back with full support of $10,000.

“It’s connected with the Hands on Learning program, the Kitchen Garden and working to improve the home economics program.

“Those were the key areas.

“It’s also fantastic that Origin is prepared to support Mortlake College and the Mortlake community.”

Mortlake Power Station plant manager Paul Hill said Origin Energy, which owns the power station, was thrilled to assist the school with important initiatives.

“Origin is pleased to be able to provide support for the ongoing roll-out of the Hands on Learning initiative at Mortlake College,” he said.

“The direct experience provided by this program will help students gain an appreciation for some of the vocational pathway options available to them after their secondary schooling.”

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