Last Minute Advice for Year 12s
To all our very precious year 12 students, enjoy your last week of school and make some lasting memories. Here are some suggestions from Mrs McMinn and Mrs Ferris.
- Don’t forget that there is a heap of information for you on our Moodle Future Pathways pages. This covers career questions, employment, training, apprenticeships and lots more. This is not password protected so you can access it over the holidays.
- If intending on studying at uni next year you should be applying for scholarships. Some applications (eg QUT, Bond) close soon. Go to the uni website and have a go. Every year tertiary institutions have scholarship money left over in kitty because not enough eligible students apply for it. If you don’t get one for next year apply again in later years.
- If you don’t get the OP you were hoping for, the unis run sessions in the week before Christmas to help you redesign your QTAC application. USC will be doing this on 16 December and QUT Gardens Point 17 December and QUT Caboolture 18 December. More information on their websites or on our Moodle Page. If in doubt talk to someone at the uni or at QTAC who knows what to do.
- Students need a tax file number. Students in a Commonwealth supported place at uni who are eligible to defer their fee payment through HECS-HELP must provide a TFN. Any students who will need this and have not already applied please contact the Australian Tax Office and complete the application form as soon as possible because it can take a month to process.
MOST IMPORTANT: to all our Year 12s, we congratulate you on completing your schooling and wish you well. We send you off with love and blessings and wish for all of you a truly wonderful life.
To Jon Lythall who has just completed a Certificate II in Aeroskills traineeship with Acclaim Apprentices at the Queensland Institute of Aviation Engineering. Acclaim Apprentices awards outstanding trainees at the end of each year. Jessica Taylor from Acclaim came out to the College to give Jonathon his award at Assembly on Monday 28 October. Well done to Jonathon and to all our trainees and apprentices and many thanks to Acclaim and all our employers for their ongoing support of our students.
Year 10 Mock Interviews
A very busy day was had by the Year 10s on the 16 October as they lined up to have a mock interview. Business owners and employers from the community came into the school to interview the students and give them feedback to assist them with future job selection processes. The students did a great job, despite some nerves. Most students agreed it was really helpful to go through this experience in a supported situation before facing up the real thing outside the community. On the whole the interviewers were very impressed with the students’ interview skills. Well done to the Year 10s.
Year 9 Work Experience
Thanks to all the parents and students who turned out in stormy conditions last Tuesday night for our Information Session about work experience next year. All students in Year 9 have now received a pack including a Placement form and various other documents. Those not able to attend have been given packs either at school or through the mail.
We are asking that all Year 9 families discuss career ideas and work experience suggestions together and approach suitable workplaces as soon as possible so that next year we can get all the paperwork completed in time for students to go out for Week 10 Term 1. Please fill in the placement form including a workplace which has accepted the student for that week, and return to the Future Pathways office before the end of this term, preferably by 22 November. This will enable us to email the workplace and confirm the placement so all is ready for getting things rolling in 2014. If you are not sure how to go about this or just want to discuss the program please contact either Mrs Ferris or Mrs McMinn so we can help you out. We would much prefer to be helping you now than trying to do it next year when we will be very busy completing the arrangements for all our students.
Some families have already returned their completed forms. Thank you for that and we look forward to receiving the rest of the forms in coming weeks.
Congratulations to Angus Allen in Year 10 who has started an apprenticeship at John Page Machinery in Caboolture. Angus undertook his work experience in the business and was then invited to consider an apprenticeship. Angus will be completing a Certificate III in Agricultural Mechanical Technology during his training. Here he is after his sign up with Daryl Heinrich from JP Machinery and one of the patients needing fixing.
Year 9 QUT Experience Day
All Year 9 students visited QUT Caboolture last week to see how universities work and to meet staff and students. Everyone had a great day with lots of information about uni life, interesting activities and even lunch provided! Some of the activities included life as a Primary School Teacher, as an Engineer, life in Creative Arts, life in a court room and life as a Podiatrist. The uni staff and students were very generous with their time and gave our students a fantastic experience of what university is like. This was a great way to follow up our career and work experience discussions from the night before. As the students approach the end of Middle School they are already thinking about future pathways in the Senior School. A very nice parting comment from the QUT staff was that our school was one of the best they had had going through this event and that we would always be welcome back! Well done to the Year 9s for being wonderful ambassadors for our College.
New Email Address
There are changes afoot in Future Pathways including a new email address. Please send all emails to email@example.com and we will attend to it. Thank you.
Mrs McMinn and Mrs Ferris