School a place to set pupils up for life

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NIE | HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS -

IT IS an age old de­bate within the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem: How do stu­dents learn best?

It has al­ways been ac­knowl­edged that not all stu­dents learn the same way.

Some are vis­ual learn­ers need­ing to see the task laid out be­fore them, some learn best recre­at­ing the les­son with their hands, while oth­ers thrive with a text­book read­ing late into the night.

It is for this rea­son St Joseph’s School pri­ori­tises the need to sup­ply stu­dents with a va­ri­ety of ed­u­ca­tion path­ways so to give op­por­tu­ni­ties for dif­fer­ent styles of learn­ing.

An area in which St Joseph’s ex­cels is the pro­vi­sion of a su­pe­rior Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gram.

Sec­ondary pro­grams such as Young Wine Mak­ers, cer­tifi­cates in hos­pi­tal­ity and cater­ing, out­door class­rooms and ex­cur­sions as well as the op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to take part in School Based Ap­pren­tice­ships (SBA), all aid in en­com­pass­ing every style of learn­ing.

Seven­teen stu­dents at St Joseph’s are cur­rently en­gaged in the school based ap­pren­tice and trainee­ship pro­gram work­ing with lo­cal busi­nesses in the fields of ed­u­ca­tion sup­port, wine op­er­a­tions, re­tail, hos­pi­tal­ity, hair­dress­ing, elec­tri­cal ser­vices and me­chan­i­cal trades.

Year 12 stu­dent Hol­lie Grasso will fin­ish her school­ing in Novem­ber with a Cer­tifi­cate III in Early Ed­u­ca­tion which she com­pleted in Septem­ber.

Hol­lie has been em­ployed by the school to work on the pri­mary cam­pus since the start of her cer­tifi­cate in 2016.

Hol­lie’s suc­cess is shared with fel­low stu­dents Eli­jah Smith, Kieran King and Clau­dia Har­ley who have also used their time in se­nior sec­ondary to at­tain ad­di­tional cer­tifi­cates.

The SBA pro­gram is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for all stu­dents, whether they are on a path­way to fur­ther study at uni­ver­si­ties and other in­sti­tu­tions, or the work­force.

We thank our sup­port­ive em­ploy­ers for their con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to our stu­dents and their fu­tures!

As spring fi­nally takes hold and the sun shines (most days), stu­dents on the pri­mary cam­pus look for­ward to the ex­cit­ing new sports and ac­tiv­i­ties that come with Term 4.

The much an­tic­i­pated Dance Fever is back with all new rou­tines for the youngest of the pri­mary stu­dents, while Year 3–6 have been hon­ing their skills on the golf course dur­ing PE ses­sions.

The school re­ceived new golf equip­ment as part of the sport schools grants which stu­dents are ex­cited about.

With the pri­mary swim­ming car­ni­val loom­ing, Prep to Year 6 will also take to the pool once a week, a nice re­prieve from the heat.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

LIFE SKILLS: Swim­ming ses­sion have re­sumed for St Joseph’s pri­mary stu­dents.

St Joseph’s High School stu­dents have the op­por­tu­nity to un­dergo train­ing while still at school.

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