Open Day was very successful one for the Future Pathways Department in terms of exposure to the career pathways Glasshouse Christian College students are currently involved in, and also what potential career pathways are possible whilst studying at school. This included a film produced by Mrs McMinn on the recently completed Year 10 work experience program.
There were many positive outcomes from the Open Day for the Future Pathways Department .We had one parent offer to put on a school based trainee in a ‘Certificate II Horticulture’, which is still available for any interested Year 10 or 11 student. There are currently school-based traineeships available in Hairdressing and Vet Nursing (Certificate II in Animal Studies) .
Year 12 students recently were given a handout on dates and deadlines for Tertiary/ TAFE applications and admissions through The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). It should be noted, that there are always early closing dates for the performing and creative arts areas due to auditions and portfolio requirements.
The online application is due by 30 September 2014. Late fees do apply. Year 12s have been encouraged to make appointments with me concerning their future directions and parents are most welcome to attend those interviews.
TAFE QLD has been undergoing significant restructuring in recent times. The Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE and Wide Bay TAFE have merged, to become known now as Tafe Qld East Coast http://tafeeastcoast.edu.au/. Brisbane North Institute of Tafe, The Southbank Institute of Tafe and Caboolture Tafe have merged to become Tafe Qld, Brisbane http://tafeqld.edu.au/. It is not clear in many cases as to where some courses will be offered in 2015 as course delivery will be dependent upon the notion of “demand drivenness”. Courses in certain areas will be offered according to the demand from the public.
The Australian Defence Forces (ADF) GAP YR provides an opportunity for young Australians, who have finished year 12 and are aged between 17 and 24, to experience military training and lifestyle, whilst gaining new skills.
The pay over their GAP YEAR is $45 000 and for any Year12 who wants to defer University study for 12 months. This is an excellent option. The GAP year not only gives you additional skills but positions you to save for tertiary study.
On 20 May we conducted a Year 10 SET Plan (an introduction to the Student Education Training Plan) information night. This was an extremely well attended night. I want to thank all the parents and students for coming and also the support from Mrs McMinn, Mr Heyworth and Mr Steffler. The feedback from the night was very favourable.
The next night will be on 6 August 6 for students in Years 10-12, which will include exhibitions from universities and training providers in the Library, as well as a focus for Year 12s and their parents on QTAC, Tertiary and TAFE admissions.