ED­U­CA­TOR Shona is shap­ing stu­dent path­ways

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By NATALIE LEWIS

A NEW role at Mac­quarie Angli­can Gram­mar School is set to help se­nior stu­dents fi­nalise their fu­ture ca­reer paths.

English/hsie aca­demic leader Shona Lane will step into the po­si­tion of Stage 6 Pa­tron in 2020 and is look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge.

“It’s some­thing we haven’t had at the school be­fore,” she ex­plained.

“Of­fer­ing Year 12 stu­dents aca­demic and wel­fare sup­port, help­ing them progress through school and mak­ing sure they are on track,” she said of the role.

Mrs Lane said there is al­ready guid­ance for stu­dents in ju­nior grades which pro­vides a strong foun­da­tion for their se­nior school­ing.

“Deputy prin­ci­pal Simon Mur­phy has put it into place to de­velop a path­way through to Year 12 that forms a ca­reer,” she told Dubbo Photo

In Year 7, the stu­dents are in­tro­duced to ca­reer con­cepts which are ad­vanced each year dur­ing their school­ing along­side their aca­demic and ex­tracur­ric­u­lar progress.

By Year 9, stu­dents are be­gin­ning to con­sider their fu­ture and “will have a fair idea of where they want to go”, Mrs Lane said.

In Year 10, they are as­sisted in de­cid­ing sub­ject path­ways and or­gan­is­ing work place­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Mrs Lane sum­marised the process, say­ing the school is fully sup­port­ive of stu­dent aims and needs.

“In Year 7 and 8, they are dis­cov­er­ing ca­reers, in Years 9 and 10 they de­velop in­ter­est in work place­ment and choos­ing spe­cific elec­tives. In Years 11 and 12 they can con­sol­i­date that. In Year 11, they are de­cid­ing and in Year 12 they are ap­ply­ing.

“We are re­ally en­cour­ag­ing in­de­pen­dent op­tions and choices for the sub­ject se­lec­tion process. It’s a work in progress.”

Mrs Lane is look­ing for­ward to guid­ing her stu­dents through to the next as­pect of their ed­u­ca­tional de­vel­op­ment.

“My­self and four others look af­ter the Stages,” she ex­plained.

“Stage 6 is re­ally spe­cific; kids know who they are and where they are go­ing. It’s go­ing to be good to help them with that.”

Mrs Lane will also be re­spon­si­ble for or­gan­is­ing camps, ma­jor events and fundrais­ing and will con­tinue in her ex­ist­ing role as well.

She has been at the school for nine years and is rel­ish­ing its ad­vance­ment.

“We cover all school years from Prep to Year 12, and we are grow­ing all the time, this is a next level of growth for us. It’s a big step for­ward.”

Shona Lane has been at Mac­quarie Angli­can Gram­mar School for nine years and will step into a new role at the school as Stage 6 Pa­tron next year. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS/EMY LOU

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