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Past articles by Michelle:

Newington Primary School's environment and sustainability projects helping to build a brighter future

Newington Primary School environment warriors Tobias and Jayden with produce from the school garden and chook pen. Picture by Lachlan Bence The "other" three Rs are as much a part of the school curriculum at Newington Primary School as the traditional three Rs of reading, writing and (a)rithmetic. → Read More

Food is Free laneway to move to Green Space in Ballarat Central

Lou Ridsdale at the Food is Free Green Space in 2019. The popular Food is Free laneway will move to the green space on the corner of Ripon and Urquhart streets in the coming weeks. Picture by Kate Healy Ballarat's popular Food is Free laneway will "migrate" to the Food is Free green space nearby as founder Lou Ridsdale prepares to move house. → Read More

Ballarat-trained actor stepping into magic world of Harry Potter

Production shot from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and (inset) Anna Francesca Armenia. Pictures supplied The stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child might be in its final months but a Ballarat-trained actor is about to take on a major role in the show. → Read More

Lily Gibson and Caitlyn Knight walked 100,000 steps in 19 hours for Make a Wish

Lily Gibson and Caitlyn Knight competed many of their 100,000 steps along Sturt Street on Saturday. Picture by Kate Healy In the end it took about 19 hours for Lily Gibson and Caitlyn Knight to walk 100,000 steps to help grant the wishes of seriously ill children. → Read More

'Office lady' Jenny Middlin marks 40 year milestone in school administration at Woodmans Hill

Jenny Middlin has worked at Woodmans Hill Secondary College and its predecessor educational institutions for 40 years. Picture by Kate Healy As a school "office lady", Jenny Middlin has seen generations of the same family come through the doors at Woodmans Hill Secondary College. → Read More

Ballarat is home to more than 100 students studying medical degrees through Deakin, Melbourne and Notre Dame universities

More than 100 medical students are training in Ballarat this year across three university clinical campuses, with new research showing those who train in regional and remote areas are more likely to work there in the future. → Read More

VET fashion design and technology course at Ballarat Christian College helping build careers in the fashion industry

VET Applied Fashion Design and Technology trainer Jo Hall and students Tatum Millsom, Cindesty Lucas, Freya Manton, Isabella Munro, Adaleeta Watson, Bella Smith and Siena Grant. Picture by Kate Healy Racks of gowns from a now-closed fashion business have provided inspiration to students taking part in a fashion design course hosted at Ballarat Christian College. → Read More

CFA issues community information alert for visible smoke from Wendouree grass fire

Community information alert for smoke from Wendouree grass fire The CFA has issued a community information alert for smoke from a grass fire on Ring Road in Wendouree. → Read More

Ballarat Grammar make 40,000th sandwich for Eatup Ballarat providing free lunch for students in need

Ballarat Grammar students Lucy, Baylee, Alexis, Sadie, Max, and Tom with Alfredton Rotary member and Eatup Ballarat coordinator Deb Robertson. Picture by Lachlan Bence COVID, rising interest rates and cost of living pressures are driving increasing demand for sandwiches to fill the hungry tummies of primary school students who head to school with no lunch. → Read More

Avalon Airshow is not just about the fast jets as Ballarat's Simon Kinnersly's home-built aircraft proves

Simon Kinnersley with his Sling 4 at Avalon Airshow in 2019 where it won the award for the best presented home-built aircraft. Picture supplied Ballarat business owner Simon Kinnersly built his plane in his back shed at home, and at the last Avalon Airshow his hard work was rewarded with a prestigious award for the best presented home-built aircraft. → Read More

Literacy focus behind Lal Lal Primary's NAPLAN success

Lal Lal Primary School grade six pupils Liam, Billy, Patrick and Rebecca work on their literacy skills. Picture by Kate Healy Lal Lal Primary School might be small in numbers but its NAPLAN results are big news for the small school south of Ballarat. → Read More

Reach Foundation's runs first Heroes Day workshop for Ballarat teens

Phoenix P-12 Community College students Licifer, Tamati, Lincoln, Ella, and Bryce were among around 300 students who took part in Reach Foundation's first Heroes Day personal development event. Picture by Lachlan Bence A music festival vibe marked the Reach Foundation's first large-scale Heroes Day workshop for teenagers in Ballarat. → Read More

MySchools data shows big drop in attendance at Ballarat's secondary schools in 2022

Isolation requirements, emotional and mental health issues impact teens. → Read More

The UFS Priority Primary Care Clinic is helping reduce non-urgent cases in the emergency department

UFS chief executive Matt Vagg and UFS primary care operations manager Danielle Trezise in the Priority Primary Care Clinic Almost 4500 patients have visited the UFS Priority Primary Care Clinic for treatment in its four months of operation, reducing demand at the nearby Ballarat Base Hospital emergency department. → Read More

Newlyn, St Brigid's Primary Schools among region's small schools with big prep numbers

St Brigid's Primary School Ballan pupils Brodie, Alice, TJ, Clancy are among 25 new preps to start at the school - a big increase from the eight preps who started last year. Picture by Adam Trafford Some of the region's smallest schools have recorded some of the biggest jumps in prep enrolments, a sign of continuing growth across Ballarat and surrounding rural towns. → Read More

Ballarat's Cops and Kids camp helps make memories

Cops and Kids campers enjoyed trips on a water police vessel on Port Phillip Bay. Picture supplied Almost 30 very special young Ballarat residents had a weekend to remember with thrills, spills and beach time on the annual Cops and Kids Camp. → Read More

Ballarat's St Patrick's College partners with Clontarf Foundation

Laine Scott, St Patrick's Clotarf Academy director Dave Friebel, Marc Tedcastle and Cobain Tipiloura chat about their school day. Picture by Kate Healy St Patrick's College has a new partner to help support its Indigenous students and work to improve their educational and life outcomes. → Read More

Ballarat Grammar to support Born to Soar program for gifted students

More support for gifted students is coming to Ballarat. Stock image A new centre is set to open in Ballarat to offer extra educational support for gifted and talented students from as young as three. → Read More

Big turnout at FECRI Ballarat Cycle Classic helps fund vital cancer research

Ria, Mila, Oscar and Madeline cheer on the finishers after completing the 6km Lake Ride. Pictures by Michelle Smith Professor George Kannourakis and his team at the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute know they have the support of a city behind them as they work to beat cancer. → Read More

Federation TAFE student Barbara Muller stepped up when a trainer left

Celebrating the Federation TAFE Awards for Excellence. → Read More