Learn­ing for life

Monto Year 10 students find fu­ture paths

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - ❏ Ge­orge Smith

A GROUP of Monto students has pledged to learn and earn for life.

Monto State High School’s Year 10 students signed a pact last week to re­main ac­tive in a learn­ing or earn­ing ca­pac­ity.

The cer­e­mony was con­ducted in front of the school, as part of the Bea­con Char­ter Foun­da­tion’s com­mit­ment to the next gen­er­a­tion of work­ers.

Spe­cial guests in­cluded Coun­cil­lor Faye Whe­lan and Bea­con Queens­land man­ager Anita Can­non.

Prin­ci­pal Peter O’Brien said the students had ded­i­cated most of the year to de­cid­ing a path for their fu­tures.

“This is the cul­mi­na­tion of a year’s work,” he said.

“They are not think­ing about it to­mor­row, they have al­ready thought about it all year.”

The group has also been build­ing re­al­world re­la­tion­ships with lo­cal busi­nesses.

“It is ba­si­cally aim­ing to keep kids from be­ing un­em­ployed or un­der­em­ployed,” Mr O’Brien said.

Miss Can­non said she was im­pressed with the Year 10 group.

“Ev­ery young Aus­tralian has the right to reach their full po­ten­tial,” she said.

The students spent time in Bris­bane in Au­gust, learn­ing how to con­duct in­ter­view and sell them­selves to po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers. Vis­its were made to Sun­corp Sta­dium and the Imax The­atre, with a view to iden­ti­fy­ing jobs and how to get them.

Bea­con is a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that works with students, schools, busi­nesses and community.

Photo: Ge­orge Smith

CREAM OF THE CROP: Emily Knap­man cuts the cake with Ch­eska Her­rera, Cassie Stephan, Jolie Kenny, Wil Smith and Malitha Cooper at Monto State High School’s Bea­con Foun­da­tion char­ter sign­ing.

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