Nankeri nanggi (Good day),
In the lead up to Reconciliation Week our school has reflected on our reconciliation action plan and the commitments we have made to understanding the concept, history and progress of reconciliation in Australia. We were very excited to welcome a group of Elders into our school to talk to our young people and be involved in current learning practices. Under the guidance of Visual Art teachers, Year 9 and 10 students have engaged with our Ngarrindjeri community on the theme ‘be the voice for generations’. After workshopping ideas they have begun the process of bringing their designs to life by creating four massive mural outlines. All staff and students have had the opportunity to be part of creating a small part of this tremendous art piece and demonstrate their commitment to reconciliation. A number of activities are also planned for Naidoc Week coming in Week 10.
As a child I remember fondly reading the book Little Women, and caring deeply about the four sisters who made up the March family. Last Tuesday I was delighted to relive the story in a play put on by the year 12 Drama class. As always these types of events don't happen without the behind the scenes support and time of volunteers including Kiera Stavast, Blake Ascione, Jack Love, Ros Schulz, Kaylene Donhardt and David Brown. I particularly want to acknowledge teacher Robyn Page who took on the role of Mrs March whilst also directing and coaching the students to be able to give their best.
Providing meaningful opportunities for students to experience the world of work in order to be able to identify where their passions can align with future goals and careers has always been a challenge. Previously, traditional work experience programs have been able to cater to a small cross section of career pathways. This year, year 10 students have selected an area of interest and have been arranged into groups of approximately 15 students who share that common interest. Each group will participate in a series of planned career talks, hand-on activities and local tours with people from our community that currently work in those industries, over the week starting June 19.
This year immersion activities are being organised under the following categories, based on data collected from current year 10 students:
- Primary Industries (This includes things like zoology, veterinary science, agriculture, farming, environmental science, park rangers, agronomists etc)
- Automotive (This includes things like mechanics, panel beaters etc)
- Engineering (This includes things such as metal fabrication, welders, boilermakers, fitters and turners etc)
- Building Trades (This includes things like carpentry, plumbing, electrical, plastering, painting, bricklaying, etc)
- Education (This includes things like teaching, SSO, childcare, youthwork, etc)
- Emergency Services (This includes things like police, fire, ambulance and defence force)
- Health and Sports Sciences (This includes things like doctors, nurses, psychologists, physiotherapy, dentists, allied health professionals, etc)
- Hospitality and Tourism (This includes things like hospitality, food preparation,, working in local government, tourist attractions, etc)
- STEM and IT (This includes things like coding, computer science, engineering, mathematics)
- Creative Arts (This includes things like photography, film making, media arts, music, etc)
None of this is possible without our local employers putting their hands up to share their knowledge and expertise with our students, and I thank them most sincerely. We will be putting the spotlight on these amazing contributors during career immersion week through our social media feeds.