Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Scuba Diving in Rockingham

 There are many different types of sea life in the ocean at the  Rockingham Wreck Trail which goes down to around about 24 metres in depth so you can see a variety of sea life such as:
·         Crabs
·         Octopi
·         Seahorses
·         Starfish
·         Salmon
·         Jellyfish
·         Dolphins
·         Flathead fish
All different types of fish I could go on forever, there could also even be sharks I`ve never seen one myself but I`ve been told by other divers they have seen them.


Rockingham Wreck Trail

There are many things to see in the ocean at Rockingham. There are many different types of sea life. There are different wrecks such as planes that are called (King Beech) which is the bigger plane and (Cessna) which is the smaller plane, boats (Old Timer) and (Bony).  A cage which everyone calls the (chicken coop), also is a tyre reef which isn’t much to look at but lots of different types of fish swim around it.
(This photo is all correct just the metres on the photo are out of proportion).


Where to get a Diving Ticket

You can get your Diving Ticket from a Scuba Diving shop that advertises that they do the course that you have to take to get it. The course itself doesn’t take too long as I did it in two days for two weeks but that was only because I worked and didn’t have time to do it in the four days straight. There are four different test you need to do such as:

·         Fitness & treading water for a certain amount of minutes.
·         Breathing and swimming around in a pool for 30-40 minutes.
·          How to get yourself ready and do a buddy check.
·         A little book work, nothing hard just how to work out how long you should wait to fly or go back down into the depth of the ocean after you dive.

At the end of all that they take you out on a boat and take you to Rottnest on a boat and you get to do a boat dive. If that’s provided in the course, as it was for mine, then you go diving and exploring the reef. It’s a whole day event and really amazing what you see and at the end of all that you go back to the Dive Shop and you get your Diving Licence.


Students Brush Graffitti Aside

 I am very fortunate to work in a team of teachers/lecturers who have diverse skills and interests and share those with others so generously. This can be seen in all sections of the college and all areas of vocational expertise. This example is a  program run by Emma Margetts,  an accomplished artist herself, who is using those skills to improve educational outcomes for students and the community all at the same time.

"South Metropolitan TAFE (SM TAFE) students are collaborating with the WA Police Graffiti Team to replace unsightly vandalism with artistic murals.

The first targets for improvement are telecommunication huts along the Kwinana Freeway in South Perth, which have warranted a large volume of complaints.

The task of revitalising this visually unappealing area is being undertaken by students studying a Certificate II in General Education for Adults (CGEA) or a Certificate I in Gaining Access to Training and Education (GATE).

GATE and CGEA are bridging programs at SM TAFE for disengaged young people who have struggled, for a wide range of reasons, with mainstream education. 

The programs offer literacy and numeracy development and support in a safe, adult learning-environment. The programs also assist young people with career, education and employment pathways as well as improving their employability skills through engagement with community-based projects". For more information, you can click on this link.

( Extracted from - 17.5.17). 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

South Metropolitan TAFE - New Library Services


Good news for students of South Metropolitan TAFE you now have access to a new library website. New features include  instructional videos  as well as links to all the updated Subject Guides, Supersearch and many other resources. There are also fantastic library staff at each of the campuses who are always happy to help. For more information you can click on this link.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Welcome to the Create and Engage Community 2017

Welcome to the blog created for, and by, CGEA students at Rockingham Campus.  Please spend some time exploring the blog and the many useful links and articles. I am sure that you will agree that previous students have done a fantastic job and you will find articles/posts on a very wide range of topics. 
As part of your studies you will also be writing a post/article and adding it to the blog on a topic that is of interest to you. Over the weeks you will learn many skills in relation to blogging and by the end of this course you will be able to call yourself a 'blogger'. I hope that you enjoy this experience and are able to share what you have learnt with others and have fun doing so.
We will be working and learning together this semester. I am looking forward to this and to having you join the Create and Engage Community and sharing your special skills, knowledge and interests. Best wishes, Caron

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Tattoos and the facts!


Tattoos are a great way to express yourself, or even just because you love the way it feels! But it’s important to be 100% confident in your choice and to know all the facts.
Home Job Tattoos

It has become even easier for the “average joe” to purchase a tattoo kit so more and more people are getting home job tattoos. This is a MASSIVE no no. Home job tattoos are extremely risky, the cleanliness and correct sterilisation of all the equipment is the most important part of getting a tattoo- and it is almost guaranteed that a home job environment is constantly contaminated. Also the “artist” may have no idea how much pressure to apply or what needle to use at what speed, along with an almost endless list of other risks. Below is an image that clearly shows the difference between a home job tattoo and a professional one.

Making the right choice
Doing your research and being confident in your decision is key. Don’t just get inked with the first picture you see – It might help to save or print out your image/idea and come back to it every now and then, look at it with a new perspective. You may notice something you hadn’t before, or maybe you wake up and have no idea why you fell in love with it in the first place. Tattoos are not easy or cheap to be removed or covered up – not to mention the pain and scarring this can cause. It’s also important to find a professional studio and artist that will work well for you – these days it is extremely easy to find feedback on almost any good tattoo artist or shop on social media. Just remember to communicate with them and be honest – this will be on you for life!
Finally – some good points!


Like the good old Pringles saying goes –  ”once you pop you just can’t stop!” Tattoos can be painful, don’t get me wrong, but everybody’s tolerance is different. I have several tattoos in many different spots, and some definitely hurt more than others. But it’s an experience you will either love or hate, there is no in-between. The end result can be an extremely beautiful work of art. Below are some personal favourites of mine and a great insight into how the end result can look. Thanks so much for reading and don’t forget to DO YOUR RESEARCH.



Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Mixed Palette Community Arts


I found out about this lovely little community based art organisation which caters for all people, with or without disabilities within our community.


Inspiring creativity
Mixed Palette Inc. was founded in 2006 through the Nulsen Disability Services ( and originally called the ‘Community Art Room’.  Over the last five years Mixed Palette has been running as an independent, volunteer based, not-for-profit organisation and was awarded the 2012 Community Inclusion Award by the City of Rockingham.


Weekly Workshops
Mixed Palette offers a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment, where you will get to work with a professional artist, use quality materials, learn about different art styles and attend exhibitions.

These workshops will allow you to explore your own creativity and learn new techniques so you can work towards having your works selected for future exhibitions.


Workshop Times & Location

These two hourly sessions run every Friday during these workshop programs, at the Star of the Sea out-of-school care complex.  For more information you can visit the website or email