In the mid 1960s, at Boroondara Primary School, there was one place that you didn't want to end up ... in the principal's office.
In those days it was all about Cuisenaire, John and Betty, free milk, VFL, avoiding "the strap" and of course watching the moon landing.
Last week I spent almost an hour in the principal's office at the Horsham West Primary School. Meeting with principal Andrew and the four school captains gave me a good insight into their school and their shared priorities.
We inspected the grounds and visited various classes.
The young people were engaging and happy.
The "reading" methodology was a bit different to "my day", but the inquisitive questioning was still a hallmark of young people keen to learn.
Also last week, we witnessed the opening of the senior site building at Holy Trinity Lutheran College.
Once again, young people being prepared for the big wide world ... with caring staff and, from my observations, another happy place.
TOUR: Mayor Ron, from Hindmarsh Shire recently hosted mayors from around the Wimmera.
A local tour included Rainbow, Lake Albacutya, the beautiful Pella Church with its amazing pipe organ and the construction site of the new weather radar facility.
It is exciting to see the subject of much local advocacy, over a long period of time, being realised.
TRAINS: Council's advocacy for the return of the passenger train continues, and another important step was achieved last week with a productive meeting with representatives of the Department Of Transport.
There is a long way to go, but, as long as people, in good faith, keep talking, we will get there.
VALE TIM Fischer: The late Hon. Tim Fischer was a true "train buff". He had a genuine interest in the Wimmera and last year paid us a visit in Horsham.
There are many characteristics of the former Deputy Prime Minister that made him a "man of the people" and a role model for leaders ... in all spheres of society, for today. Vale Tim Fischer.
BUSHFIRES: Finally, we think of our cousins in both Queensland and New South Wales fighting bushfires.
It is not too early to start preparing for our own bushfire season with wise property maintenance and opportune clean ups.