Stu­dents en­cour­aged into prac­ti­cal path­ways

Dubbo Photo News - - Dubbo Works - By NATALIE LEWIS

SCHOOL leavers lit­er­ally have the world at their feet these days and ed­u­ca­tion providers are help­ing to pro­vide them with end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties.

With the 2019 Higher School Cer­tifi­cate wrap­ping up this week, school lead­ers such as Mac­quarie Angli­can Gram­mar School’s deputy prin­ci­pal Si­mon Mur­phy said their aim is to en­sure pupils take the best path­way for them.

“The big­gest thing for us is to try and tai­lor school sub­jects to stu­dents’ in­ter­ests,” he said. “Rather than dic­tate lines of study, we can con­nect with stu­dents.”

Mr Mur­phy ex­plained that they have re­ally started en­cour­ag­ing stu­dents to look at al­ter­na­tive path­ways which en­hance their abil­i­ties.

“We have added VET cour­ses such as Con­struc­tion and Pri­mary In­dus­tries which has al­lowed kids to be able to do TAFE.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Mur­phy, school-based ap­pren­tice and trainee­ship pro­grams are gain­ing more trac­tion in sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion.

“Hair­dress­ing, and stock and sta­tion agents are a big trend.

“We have a strong ru­ral back­ground in cat­tle show­ing, that’s where they are form­ing the in­ter­est.”

Mr Mur­phy be­lieves that al­low­ing stu­dents to se­lect sub­jects they are in­ter­ested in gives them bet­ter fo­cus and longterm per­for­mance po­ten­tial.

“The ma­jor­ity of stu­dents are go­ing into a ca­reer, fur­ther train­ing or uni,” he said.

“Pick­ing things that you are in­ter­ested in means you will per­form bet­ter. It opens up op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“It’s def­i­nitely a pos­i­tive move and as a school we are try­ing to do as much as pos­si­ble. We are of­fer­ing NESA ap­proved cour­ses (that is, those ap­proved by the NSW Ed­u­ca­tion Stan­dards Author­ity), and bring­ing out pos­si­bil­i­ties and the op­por­tu­nity to do prac­ti­cal sub­jects.”

Mac­quarie Angli­can Gram­mar School’s Si­mon Mur­phy says hair­dress­ing and stock and sta­tion agents are two ca­reer paths trend­ing at the mo­ment. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS/EMY LOU

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