As we approach the middle of the year, there are significant events underway for Year 10. The vast majority will continue on next year with Year 11 studies. A small number will be eligible to leave prior to the minimum leaving age of 17, if they take up employment with a significant training component, such as an apprenticeship. Our Careers Department (Mr Athavle, Mrs Barry and Mrs Allchin) have been overseeing a proactive approach to preparing our students through the Wellbeing program. It works equally well for school leavers or continuers.
The Year 10 to 11 transition involves the process of subject selection. The Careers Department begins this with a multi-stage process. The first stage has Year 10 students completing surveys covering work tasks, work environments, leisure activities, occupations, and work skills to produce a profile about the type of jobs that reflect their interests and capabilities. Analysis of the survey results helps students identify occupations that may suit them. The second stage involves a resource from UAC (Universities Admissions Centre) that takes their interests, qualities and skills and connects them to areas of study, potential tertiary courses and then possible related HSC course to choose. Information about University courses, and which HSC subjects are prerequisite or recommended, is provided. This process means that as subject selection activities begin later this term, our students are well prepared to engage, having thought about the relevant issues. When faculties present information about courses offered, students are already thinking about potential paths they may wish to pursue.
For students who may be bound for the workforce at the end of the year, this process has helped shape their thinking. Along with the Work Experience Program, also run by Careers, they have a fantastic opportunity to trial workplaces that interest them. If there are other places they want to try out, subsequent work experience placements can be sought. The Careers Department is available to students every recess and lunchtime in M1.
Our motivation to serve our students is expressed well by the apostle Paul, who wrote: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:8-10
In His service,
Deputy Principal – Senior Studies