EDUCATOR Shona is shaping student pathways
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