In­spir­ing young minds

Southern Telegraph - - Opinion -

Stu­dents at Hill­man Pri­mary School (HPS) in Rock­ing­ham got a taste of the ca­reers on of­fer at Al­coa, when Kwinana re­fin­ery per­son­nel at­tended the school’s Ca­reers Day in late June.

Ap­pren­tices Sinead Com­mer­ford and Verushka Pot­ter (pic­tured, rear right and left re­spec­tively, with year one stu­dents [L-R] Marion Vickery, Wil­low Cargill and Michael Har­ris) in­spired the chil­dren with sto­ries of their jour­neys from work­ing var­i­ous jobs to se­cur­ing their ap­pren­tice­ships.

The most pop­u­lar per­son at the Al­coa dis­play, how­ever, was Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence Se­nior Tech­nol­o­gist An­drew King, who brought along a se­lec­tion of Un­manned Aerial Ve­hi­cles (UAVs, or drones) and gave sev­eral fly­ing demon­stra­tions, much to the de­light of the stu­dents… and the adults!

HPS Prin­ci­pal Aaron Young said the Ca­reers Day was not about ask­ing a ten-year-old to make a ca­reer choice now, but about in­spir­ing the stu­dents and rais­ing their as­pi­ra­tions for the fu­ture.

“The pur­pose of the day was to en­hance our stu­dents’ per­sonal and ca­reer de­vel­op­ment in or­der to equip them to make in­formed de­ci­sions and be­come more aware of op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to them,” Aaron said.

“We are very grate­ful to busi­nesses like Al­coa, that al­lows us to con­nect our stu­dents’ ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ences to the lo­cal com­mu­nity and gain a sense of what they can do in the fu­ture.”

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