Start thinking early: Stage 5-6 career information & study opportunities

Students undertook  a survey so that we can assist them in their pathway. Some students have met with Mrs Fitzsimons to set goals, predict their ATAR and what courses they would like to do once they leave. It can be a challenging and difficult conversation to try and decide what the future holds.

Students will be receiving emails on a regular basis informing them of early offers, apprenticeships, workshops and any other information that may assist them with their pathway.


Information for Parents

Start having conversations with your teenager about what they might want to do when they finish school as early as when they are in years 9 and 10. Even if your son/daughter is planning to go on to Year 12, exploring their options early will help them to focus and prepare for the future. This will also guide them in choosing senior subjects that are relevant to their aspirations.

This can be a daunting process, so I've compiled some tips for helping your child assess their career options and selecting the career path for them.

  1. Encourage your child to take the Skillsroad Career Quiz to assess their personality style and the types of occupations that may suit them.

  2. Talk to your teen about what they actually want to do – their ideas about their future may differ from yours, but it is important to remember that a happy worker will always be more satisfied than one who is stuck in a career they do not like. Talk to them about what they are passionate about as they are far more likely to stick with something if it aligns with their passions.

  3. Encourage them to use the internet to research the career paths of people in the public eye or people that they admire. You might be surprised at the route that took them to their final career!

  4. Talk to them about your career journey and how you got there. Also suggest talking with other family members, friends, neighbours and your colleagues and associates.

  5. Suggest that your teen talks with their careers advisor and teachers at school, about what other students have done and how they got there. They can also advise them on other resources and opportunities for finding out about careers.

  6. If your teen is specifically interested in a field, help them find potential events/talks that they could attend to find out more.

  7. Visit career fairs and skills shows with your teenager.

  8. If you can, take your teen to work with you one day, or see if another family member or friend would be prepared to do this so that they can get some insight into working life.

  9. Talk to your teen's school about work experience opportunities. The opportunity to have a go and experience a typical day in the workplace will give them a great taste of what it is like to work in a particular field.

  10. Lastly, encourage and coach your young one to ‘have a go’. Remind them that people have to start somewhere when launching their careers, even if it means making a few changes along the track.

Opening your teenager's eyes to the possibilities that are out there is important in helping them choose the right path for them. The earlier they start doing this the better!


Other important information

UCAT – University Clinical Aptitude Test

From 2019 the UMAT will be replaced with the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). The UCAT moves to computer-based test with more flexibility in the test window and an expansion in the number of test venues available to the candidates.

When to register for the UCAT?

Registration will open March 2019 and close in mid-May. For more details are on the UCAT website

Has the test changed?

Yes, the UCAT is a 2-hour computer-based test and will be offered on a choice of dates throughout the month of July, rather than one single date.

Which courses or programs will require the UCAT in 2019 and 2020 entry?

You will need to sit UCAT if you are interested in any of the following courses:

  • University of Auckland (Medicine)

  • University of Otago (Medicine, Dental Surgery)

  • Monash University (Medicine)

  • University of Adelaide (Medicine, Dental Surgery)

  • University of Newcastle/University of New England (Medicine)

  • University of New South Wales (Medicine)

  • University of Western Sydney (Medicine)

  • University of Queensland (Medicine - conditional entry, Dental Science)

  • University of Tasmania (Medicine)

  • University of Western Australia (Medicine, Dentistry)

  • Curtin University (Medicine)


Stage 5 – YES Program

Some Yr 10 boys and girls have been very fortunate to participate in the YES program at the Nirimba TAFE. This is a unique experience only offered to our students due to the nature of the Nirimba precinct.

On Tuesday for 9 weeks, some of the students will be involved in a course called Game Design where they will complete the following tasks

Within the program we can cover a wide range of games design and digital media topics including:

·  Illustration

·  Storyboarding

·  3D Character Design

·  Concept Art

·  2D and 3D Modelling and Animation

·  Photoshop

·  Game Concept

·  Blender 3D

·  Video Production

·  Graphic Design

·  Game Theory

On Friday a different group of Yr 10 students will have the opportunity to be involved in a course called Introduction into the music industry. The students will earn about all aspects of production, live performances and events, including audio, costume, front of house, lighting and staging. This course will also be completed for the duration of 9 weeks.

At the end of the course, students will be presented with a certificate of attainment.

Every term there will be different courses running.