Work Experience, Community Service, Careers

Work Experience – Year 10

Our Year 10 students participate in work experience for a week as part of their school year.  They go to work at a real job with real people, and experience a slice of real life.  It’s invaluable to ‘jump the counter’ and experience life as a check out chick, or a golf course designer, or a veterinary nurse.  There is no substitute for direct experience.  

So, the aim of our work experience program is to introduce students to the world of employment – with its attendant joys and frustrations – all within the framework of the school experience.

Work experience allows the students to grow in a number of ways (not just up!)  They gain the opportunity to understand the work environment, along with an increased level of awareness and self confidence in stepping outside of their personal comfort zone.  Interaction with different personalities and adapting to unfamiliar situations are all part of this growth experience.

Community Service – Year 10

Year ten is the perfect time to introduce community service to our students.

Service in their community speaks to the essential being of the young adolescent.  At this age they long to take their part in changing the world so that it meets their ideals. It mobilizes their emerging sense of idealism and compassion. 

This work may take many forms, for example interacting with the elderly or disabled, working on community tree planting or neighbourhood projects, or assisting people who are vulnerable or at risk.

Each student is asked to consider what they will choose as community work at the end of class nine.  In class ten they will commit themselves to their chosen area of service, and with the school’s advice and support begin the task.

Towards the end of the year they will report on what they have achieved.

Careers – Years 10 – 12

Individual help and advice is made available to all students in the form of careers counselling.  Information is consistently displayed and fortnightly bulletins are issued, keeping students up to date with developments in the tertiary sector.

Information is given on the nature of VCE, apprenticeships and traineeships as it is made available to the school.

Individual counselling is given to year 12 students at any time during the year, but particularly in term 3.  All students receive subject choice counselling, advice and information at the end or the school year, or as needed.

In all our interactions we seek to convey realistic information and to advise with warmth and optimism, offering students clarity and wisdom to assist their decision making.