Our Year 10 students attended The USC experience Day, which was held on Wednesday 11 June. The nature of this program was that students completed two workshops with a very ‘hands on’ approach.
These workshops included: Sport and Exercise Science-‘Being Bolt – the fastest legs in the world’ Nutrition and Dietics – ‘Are you going to eat that?’ Paramedics – ‘A day in the life of a paramedic’ Creative Writing – ‘From idea to page’. The interactional nature of these workshops with lecturers, and the Q & A environment, certainly allowed students to sample a variety of course content from a range of the university faculties.
The Tertiary Studies Expo 2014 will be held on 19 and 20 July at the RNA showgrounds, Brisbane from 10.00am-4.00pm. This is open to anybody, but it is particularly relevant for Year 12 students who are examining tertiary courses and their preferences for 2015. Year 12s contemplating TAFE –TERTIARY study are advised to attend, or to attend the relevant Institution OPEN DAY. The QTAC Tertiary Application Guides for Year 12 students are expected to arrive before the end of term.
The Sunshine Coast University Open Day is on Sunday 10 August 2014 from 10am – 2pm at Sippy Downs campus. Queensland University of Technology is on Sunday 17 August 2014 from 9am – 3pm, Caboolture campus. Christian Heritage College is on Saturday 23 August 2014 from 10am – 2pm. A full list of OPEN DAYS can be found on the QTAC website http://www.qtac.edu.au/Schools/OpenDays.htm
Applications for The Australian Defence Force GAP Year, for 2015 have opened. Any Year 12 considering a year off not only gains additional skills but is paid $44,000 for that year. So if you are deferring a course until 2016, you are already on your way to saving for University HECS fees and accommodation costs.
Our students continue to take up TAFE Certificates at a Certificate III level i.e. Certificate III in Health Administration. In this case it is offered on line by TAFE East Coast, formerly known as Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE.
Interestingly, a recent Ministerial Industry Commission Report on ‘Annual Skills Priorities’ from Deloittes Access Economics, (March 2014) has projected the growth of VET Certificates to increase by 4.2% annually, up until 2018-19.
The final Year 10 lessons on the ‘MY FUTURE’ website have dovetailed with the Christian perspective on passion and calling emphasised in motivational speaker Darren Perrera’s presentation to our Year 10 students. I found Darren’s presenting both refreshing and personally challenging.
Students are now exploring the necessary courses and qualifications for the jobs they have identified as part of their CAREER PROFILE on the My Future website. We continue to encourage the students to work in partnership with you, as their parents, with the MY FUTURE website.
Year 10 students have also been given a list of qualifications by the State Government to be funded under the VET in Schools Programs (VETiS) for 2015. The courses selected have been directly linked to the likelihood of positive employment outcomes. These are at Certificate I and II levels.
Certificate III courses will not be funded by the government unless they are done within the framework of a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship. Students will still be able to do a Certificate III in their program but on a ‘user pays’ basis with a refund to the family based upon our current financial assistance policy. This policy will be reviewed in the context of future course costs for TAFE.
The Sunshine Coast Careers Expo will be held on the 22 July. A feature of this event is the range of University, TAFE exhibitors and the number of private providers present. All Year 10 and Year 12 students will be attending. The students will have a preparation program delivered by me prior to this event.
Commencement of Year 11 SET PLAN REVIEWS has started. They are brief interviews to ensure SET PLAN information given in 2013, is up to date, and to note and record any changes in subjects or career pathways.
Mid-year holidays are approaching and a one-day holiday program on the 8 July for students aged 13-17 interested in the television industry has been offered by MEDIA POTENTIAL. The venue will be Channel 7, Mt Cootha . Anyone interested should Ring Media Potential on 3511 3455 and go to their website www.mediapotential.com.au
It is with sadness that I announce that Mrs Simmonette McMinn, my Administrative Assistant, will be finishing up at the end of this semester. Referred to affectionately by staff and students alike, as ‘Simmo’, she has been a very valued assistant, particularly in my transitioning to the role and to my predecessor Mrs Joan Ferris. We wish her every success in her future endeavours.
Future Pathways Coordinator