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In Sydney with the Cathy Freeman Foundation

In the first week of May, staff members Natalie and Sean flew to Sydney to spend seven working in partnership with the Cathy Freeman Foundation. The camp was the first one for the year and involved 16 indigenous students in years 11 and 12, from four communities around Australia. The students were selected to participate […]

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From the City to the Surf with our Mentors!

During the second week of the school holidays, Cottage by the Sea welcomed back a small group of our older mentors on a three day camp. The 15 participants, all of whom are in year 10 to 12 and come from all different regions across Victoria, know the Cottage and its staff all too well, […]

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Saving lives and fighting Bac!

School holidays have just begun for Victorian school students and for Cottage by the Sea that means we are in for a whole lot of fun with our Mentors! Over the past week, we’ve had 32 of the year 8 and year 9 Mentors visit us. We’ve played fun games, studied extra hard and learned […]

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Meet our newest REEF kids!

This week, Cottage by the Sea welcomed our newest REEF participants who were selected from two separate schools in Wendouree, the most populated suburb located within the City of Ballarat, regional Victoria. 16 Students from Forest Street Primary School and 14 Students from Yuille Park Community College, all of whom are in grade six, took […]

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Second Year REEF Camp Out

Our second year REEF kids visited us for their second camp this year, where they spent 3 days at the Cottage over a weekend in late March. Although the camp was a bit shorter than the usual camps they are use too, the staff had nonetheless packed a variety of activities into their program. Arriving […]

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What A Hit!

On Friday, the 10th of March 2017, Queenscliff Golf Club held their first annual fundraising event in co-operation with Cottage by the Sea. The proposed partnership gathered plenty of guests to the golf course on Swan-Bay Island, where participants accomplished the entire 18 holes within four hours and competed in a putting contest for an […]

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A Ferry Good Time

Tuesday morning at the Cottage was a morning like any other. The staff had arrived early to prepare for a new week of kids and with a sunny forecast on the cards who wouldn’t be excited! The beds were made, the lunch was cooking and the treasure in the sandpit had been buried. Now all […]

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WELS – What an adventure we’ve had!

The Western English Language Schools consist of co-educational primary and secondary based learning which operates under the government in many different areas throughout Victoria. They are a school that takes on students who have recently migrated or found refuge within Australiaand aim to teach the children basic English skills, all the while focusing on many […]

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8 Boys, 6 Beaches & 1 Birthday

Recently, eight young boys connected with the Kyabram Integrated Family Service were selected to participate in a four day camp held at Cottage by the Sea. Getting on the road early Monday morning to travel over 200km south of Kyabram to a Melbourne service station where two of our friendly staff were awaiting with smiles […]

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The Most Fun ‘Yuille’ Ever Have!

Last week an array of students from, Yuille Park Community College in regional Victoria, stay by the seaside for a change and spent their time on camp participating in all the adventurous activities that Cottage by the Sea has to offer. In the few days that they visited, these kids did it all! From exploring […]

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A Long Drive, But A Great Week

This week we had 24 new friends join us all the way from Mahogany Rise Primary School in Frankston, along with four of their teachers. After a long bus journey taking up most of their Monday morning and early afternoon, they finally arrived in high spirits and soon settled in to the Cottage. After enjoying […]