Students encouraged into practical pathways
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