Gosford Campus Mental Health Awareness Day BBQ

On Tuesday 31 October, Gosford Campus’s Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service is hosting a Mental Health Awareness Day event. Staff and students are invited to attend a FREE BBQ and browse information stalls provided by the Neurological and Mental Health Support Unit, the Physical and Medical Support Unit, the Multicultural Educational Support Unit, the Library and the Aboriginal Learning Circle.

The event will be held at Gosford Campus in the courtyard opposite Blocks A, B, C and D between 11:30 am and 2:00 pm.

The focus of this year’s event is “Share the Journey”, highlighting the importance of social connectedness with respect to better mental health, improving one’s ability to cope with life’s challenges and building resilience.

We look forward to seeing you there!


A Timely Reminder … Bushfire Season

In the event of an emergency call 000

On the 18th January 2017, TAFE NSW Kurri Kurri experienced firsthand the threat that a bushfire poses. The fire surrounded the campus from the nearby towns of Kurri Kurri, Weston and Heddon Greta. As the day progressed, this positioned the TAFE in the middle of thick smoke and flames.

Enrolments for the new academic year were taking place in the morning. As the threat loomed closer, some of the staff and students managed to flee. By lunchtime, approximately 60 people had taken shelter in P Block, Plant and Heavy Vehicle. Fire authorities instructed people to assemble there as it was close to a dam and it was the furthest location from the fire. However, fire can and does change direction and the fire was heading for P Block. The authorities then decided it was in people’s best interest to leave. By late afternoon, the NSW Rural Fire Service had downgraded the fire from emergency to watch and act. It was the decisions that were made on the day and the preparedness of staff that prevented any deaths or severe damage.

The NSW Rural Fire Service website https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/ contains useful information on fire safety including Get Ready for a Bushfire: Four Simple Steps to Making Your Bush Fire Survival Plan

Cessnock R U OK Day

Cessnock held an R U OK Day function last month on 6th September 2017 with a Soup and Damper Day, Smoking Ceremony and wonderful library display by Casual Librarian Bronwyn McKinnon.

Jeremy Coward conducted a very inspiring smoking ceremony, a first at Cessnock campus (at least within recent memory).

Soups included pumpkin, leek and potato and sweet potato with apple. Some students who usually drink Redbull and eat Macca’s even had seconds!!