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Last week we were able to take all the Year 11 students to a Careers Expo, held at the Caufield Racecourse. Having not attended one of these events for many years I was amazed to see the variety and range of opportunities available to students once they finish their secondary schooling. It was a valuable chance for students to gain knowledge and ideas and continue their thinking and planning for their future pathways.

A conversation I had with my Year 12 Thrive class also reminded me of the difficulties of the last few years. In the past many students in their senior years would have already visited University and TAFE open day events but this has been hard to do during lockdowns. Actually physically visiting and exploring a campus is an important step in planning future study plans, and we recommend students and families take the opportunity to investigate the courses and facilities they are considering applying for. Most of these Open days are held in August. For more information on Open Days visit: https://www.vtac.edu.au/opendays.html

We are planning a special event for the Year 12’s in the last week of term to help provide them with experiences and ideas about future pathways. More details to come.

Paul Donaldson
Assistant Principal and Senior School Leader

Year 10 Work Experience

Year 10 Work Experience placement will run the last week of term 20th – 24th June and is for all Year 10 students.

Work Experience is a pivotal component of the Year 10 Careers Program providing knowledge about the workplace and career opportunities that can’t be delivered in a formal classroom.

With only 5 weeks to go before this program is launched it is critical that Work Experience arrangement form is completed and signed off with the employer, student and guardians. This form needs to be up loaded to Compass Learning tasks for Thrive (or a hard copy handed to Ms Grunberg or Ms Rundle for final signature of the Principal).  Please ensure you have done this by 14 May 2022.

You can download a Work Experience Arrangement form here: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/school/teachers/teachingresources/careers/work/WEarrangefrmamended.pdf

In addition students must complete their Safe@work certificate which is attached to their Placement form. This is an online task: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/students/beyond/Pages/quiz.aspx

If you have any questions please do not hesitate in contacting me, Liz.Rundle@education.vic.gov.au

Careers Expo

On 28 April, Year 11 students attended the Resources for Courses Careers Expo at Caulfield Racecourse. This excellent event provided students with the opportunity to talk to Tertiary providers, Industry representatives and attend VCE / Careers Seminars. The students had many fruitful conversations and came away well resourced to make decision about their next step.

Senior School Career Action plans – THRIVE – Planning the next step.

Years 10, 11 and 12 have been introduced to the My Career Portfolio website. The goal is for all senior students to have a documented Career Action plan by the end of Term 2.

Having a documented plan is critical because it encourages students to focus, and be proactive in their future plans; researching and set goals. Success comes to those who make things happen.
Goal setting and future planning provides students with motivation and purpose at school. Giving students a reason to achieve their very best, no matter what their goal is; University, TAFE, Apprenticeships, Work.

The My Career portfolio website also allows students to build a portfolio with spaces to store their resumes, achievements/awards, and exemplary work samples.

It is vital that students establish these resources digitally ready for their launch into the changing world of work.

The My Career portfolio website also provides excellent links to access links to current information and resources to support course and career exploration. 
https://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/teachingresources/careers/Pages/my-career-portfolio.aspx

In order to access this brilliant resource, it is critical that student have activated their Department of Education email address. All students have been provided their link and access code and should have activated this address by now.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate in contacting me: Liz.Rundle@education.vic.gov.au

Compass Careers News

Parents and Students are encouraged to check out the Compass careers News letter published every 2 weeks. This resource contains details about Careers events, industry profiles and Training profiles for a new Career every addition.  Grab a coffee, log onto Compass and check it out.

Year 11 Studio Art 

Year 11 Studio Art class had a ‘special’ guest artist demonstrating how to use the pottery wheel. Our special guest – Mr Stokes (Year 11 and 12 Coordinator) gave a demonstration and shared some tips to inspire the students to use the pottery wheel as an idea for their sculpture task.

Year 12 Formal

Students and staff are looking forward to the Year 12 Formal.  This is a night for our senior students to get dressed up and make memories surrounded by their friends, cohort and teachers in an external venue.  Parents please make sure you have paid/consented through Compass Events by 24 May 2022.

DATE: Friday 10 June 2022
LOCATION: Sky High Restaurant, 26 Observatory Rd, Mount Dandenong VIC 3767
TIME: 6:30pm-10:30pm

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