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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.


Kilmore Primary School

“There is nothing more fulfilling than making a positive impact on a child’s life,” says Kim Laffan, Principal of Kilmore Primary School.
Kilmore Primary School captains Gemma, Matt and vice captain Holly with school dog, Asha

Kim is deeply committed to public education and has spent many years teaching. She describes it as a calling and displays commitment, passion and tenacity.

“Ultimately, it’s about helping each child be the best they can be,” Kim says.

The educational philosophy of the school is rooted in the principles of growth-mindset and positive psychology, and is known as “The Kilmore Way.” School captains Gemma and Matt, and school vice-captain Holly, say that learning is “fun.” Their roles come with the opportunity to develop their leadership skills.

While leadership and growth-mindset skills are important, the curriculum also has a technology (STEM) component. Holly explains that coding is the main focus and that they play Minecraft as a way to learn how to build a town. “It’s a game that teaches us how to plan,” she says. “You know, what a town will need for the future.”


Funded from Parliamentary Budget   Authorised by Steph Ryan, 25 Bridge St, Benalla VIC 3672