Dis­cov­er­ing life out­side school

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - REXINE HAWES

Dan­niella Don­nelly is colour­ing up her life.

The year 12 Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent works one day a week at U B U Hair De­sign Lim­ited through the col­lege Gate­way pro­gramme.

She, along with two other Gate­way stu­dents, works un­der the su­per­vi­sion of U B U owner/op­er­a­tor Wendy Ross.

Wendy is a pas­sion­ate teacher and she en­joys hav­ing the stu­dents in her sa­lon.

‘‘I love teach­ing. My fa­ther was Scout leader for 30 years, so I see it as my way to give back to the com­mu­nity like he did.’’

Through Gate­way, Dan­niella is gain­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in not only hair­dress­ing, but is ex­pand­ing her com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills by tak­ing calls, con­vers­ing with the clients in the sa­lon and gain­ing valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence in ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Mata­mata Col­lege Gate­way teacher Kym Bolton-Hamp­ton says Gate­way has been great for Dan­niella, to help her see her po­ten­tial out­side of a class­room.

‘‘The great thing about Gate­way is Dan­niella can see her­self be­yond school. She needs to able to see her po­ten­tial that isn’t solely tied up in school. So get­ting ex­pe­ri­ence is in­creas­ing her skill set so she can ap­ply for a job.

‘‘She will be bet­ter at in­ter­views and in­crease those soft skills that stu­dents need that make them bet­ter in the work­force in gen­eral.’’

For Wendy, she can see first hand how Gate­way has helped Dan­niella grow as a per­son.

‘‘I find her de­light­ful. She is shy, but we make her ring clients and com­mu­ni­cate with them, so she is com­ing out of her­self.

‘‘Dan­niella could make it in hair­dress­ing 110 per cent. She turns up at 8.30am and al­ways goes that step ex­tra and that’s why I would em­ploy her.’’

Dan­niella went into hair­dress­ing be­cause styling hair is some­thing she likes to do and wanted to learn more about the in­dus­try. Through Gate­way and un­der Wendy’s men­tor­ing, she has gained just that.

REXINE HAWES

Mata­mata Col­lege Gate­way stu­dent Dan­niella Don­nelly.

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