Little champs at Savernake

May 25, 2017

Cooking up a treat! Abbi Ferguson, Zac Ferguson, Jayden Arnold, Penelope Bruce, Jessica Arnold, Ana Bruce and Liam Davis with relieving principal Angelique Bruce and graduate teacher Melissa Brown.

Two awards – for Small Schools Swimming Champions and the Small Schools Percentage Points Trophy - won against bigger schools. Savernake Public School students, from left, Ana Bruce, Penelope Bruce, Abbi Ferguson, Jayden Arnold, Zac Ferguson, Jessica Arnold and Liam Davis with relieving principal Angelique Bruce.

It was the smallest school in their small schools cross country event recently and in the swimming competition back in February.

But Savernake Public School - which currently has just nine students - had plenty of success, returning home with two shields against students from the larger Mulwala and Lowesdale schools.

In February, it was a marvellous result when five students were announced as age champions in swimming at the Yarrawonga Swimming Pool.

 Liam Davis won Senior Boys and Jessica Arnold claimed the Senior Girls title. Oliver Bruce was best 11 Year Boys.

Jayden Arnold won Junior Boys and Penelope Bruce was Junior Girl Champion.

“It’s outstanding - the kids have done an outstanding job,” acting principal Angelique Bruce told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.

“I don’t think that just having nine students is a hindrance. It just shows that even though we’re a small school we have high performances. And it’s just not sporting wise, but academically as well.”

In May, Jayden also had an excellent day, finishing second in cross country which was held at Urana.

Friday afternoon at Savernake Public School includes cooking by students. Garden produce grown at the school by the nine students contributes significantly to healthy and delicious meals.

“We pick a theme - generally on the country - explore things and choose the food to go with our produce,” Mrs Bruce said.

“Students choose the menu. There are three groups of students for the three courses, entree, main and dessert. We swap them around.” And the result? “Delicious!” Mrs Bruce said. “Students are prepared to try things they normally wouldn’t have at home.”

 Admiring the keenness and ability displayed by students was graduate teacher in her first teaching job, Melissa Brown from Cobram, who spends three days a week at the excellent facility Savernake school.

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