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Why community and connection are so important

Steph Ryan MP

This magazine throws a spotlight on the stories of more than 50 community groups and businesses, and over 110 people in Kilmore.

I’d like to thank each and every person who gave their time to share their stories.


Assumption College

Kate Fogarty, Assumption College Principal, says she was ‘called’ to education as a career.“ I always knew that I would be a teacher,” she says. “I love working with young people and was lucky to be inspired by some great adults when I was young.”
Assumption College school captains Nash Kemp and Ella Beveridge
Assumption College school captains Nash Kemp and Ella Beveridge

Kate, who comes from Gippsland, started out in secondary education, teaching history, psychology and religious education (RE). She is the Catholic College’s first female principal, a role which she is honoured to have, particularly as she leads more than 1200 students and 190 staff in the school’s 125th year.

“I am proud of the school,” Kate says. “It’s had an enormous history and is one of oldest institutions in Kilmore. Many of our students have gone on to be doctors, lawyers and politicians, musicians, artists and sports people.”

Kate describes Assumption, which is co-educational, as more than a school. “It’s a village with a boarding house, that runs 24/7. With activities on-site six days a week, there is not one blade of grass that’s not being used.”

Of educating the internet generation, Kate says that the world is fast moving. “We are essentially preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet. The most important skills we can teach young people are resilience, the ability to unlearn and relearn, and importantly, to communicate.”

Meet the school captains

Ella Beveridge is a keen debater who loves her role as school captain. “Leadership is something that I enjoy to a massive extent,” she says. “Assumption has a fantastic community.”

“The relationships that I’ve had, particularly this year, have changed me in unexpected ways.”

In 2019, Ella hopes to study marketing, media and communications, and is volunteering at a summer camp in the United States.

From the time he started at Assumption in year 7, Nash Kemp always looked up to Assumption’s school captains. “They were great role models,” he says. “It inspired me to give it a go. When the time came around, I gave it a crack.”

“Fortunately, I was chosen.” Nash says that the Assumption community is extremely supportive and inclusive. In 2019, he hopes to study exercise science in Bendigo, followed by a masters in physiotherapy.


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