A 10 year long tradition came to Dubbo last week, with Dubbo hosting its first ever Croc Festival. The Croc Festival's message Respect Yourself, Respect Your Culture, was spread to local students, encouraging them to attend school regularly, respect themselves, make healthy life choices and achieve their full potential.
More than 2000 students from 52 schools turned out in Dubbo to participate in a range of educational activities and performances over two days and nights.
Students got a taste of TAFE with workshops run by TAFE NSW - Western Institute, Dubbo Campus designed to educate, inspire and entertain.
The TAFE workshops offered demonstrations and participation in a number of trades and work skills including building, carpentry, sheep shearing, cooking, nursing and fine arts. Music students from TAFE's Yarradamarra Aboriginal Visual and Performing Arts Centre also performed throughout both days.
Loami Wilson, Head of Administration at Dubbo Campus has worked on planning the TAFE Skills workshop over the last six months and was delighted with the final results, especially the contributions of full and part time teachers and students. She said that event organisers had commented, "Dubbo TAFE's Croc Skill's Feature was the best that has been done so far".
Helen Sjoquist of Global Rock Challenge Holding and Producer of Croc Festival said, "TAFE did an amazing job with the range of skills that were showcased. Congratulations!"
Loami Wilson is anticipating that another Croc Festival will be staged in Dubbo in 2008 and she said. "I'm hoping the experience gained this year will make it easier for TAFE to present a similar Skills Feature next year - if not an even better one!.
"I am arranging to survey the staff and students involved to make sure the experience is not lost," she concluded.