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Pathways at TAS
By Roxanne Piers-Blundell - Head of Pathways
There are incredible bright individuals who, at a very young age, already have some sense of what they want to be; what action they want to take and the direction their path will go. It is an exciting time to be in education, and to be around young adults who have ideas and want to start their journey as early as possible.
Officially, the Head of Pathways role is to support and facilitate students who wish to pursue TAFE, School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships and University pathways. This might look like starting a Certificate III while also working one day a week at a local mechanic. Alternatively, it can look like enrolling into a University level Human Anatomy and Physiology course while completing Year 10. It could even look like taking on an additional subject through online Distance Education – perhaps a language, like German or Japanese, or Psychology or Design. All of these students must show initiative, direction and discipline in order to complete their assessment on time, log in and view lectures online, and complete activities sometimes outside of our regular school timetable.
As the year progresses, I will be working with community members and pathway partners to facilitate the Career Insights; these are opportunities where we contact parents who work in various industries to come in and enlighten our Year 9 students about what life is like in the real world. During the second half of the year, students in Year 10 have an opportunity to participate in a Mock Interview series, which leads into their weeklong Work Experience. Year 11 students participate in Coffee and Conversations; a similar but less formal way to work closely with various industry professionals, gaining that more intimate understanding of what goes on in the workplace, while they gear up for their final year of Secondary school.
Alongside all these activities, there are subject selection information evenings for students and parents, Queensland Tertiary Admissions information sessions, part-time job vacancies, resume writing workshops and much more!
Each of these options show our TAS students that it is all about acting; striving after your passion and choosing a path that suits you. I am just grateful to be alongside them for the ride. To find out more about our pathways, head to our Pathways website