Last week, all Year 10 students participated in Futures Week. The activities of this week support the learning provided by the Personal Learning Plan (PLP) and give students an opportunity to explore a variety of aspects related to their future, including pathways, career development, financial literacy and keeping themselves and their friends safe.
The week opened with the girls having the chance to spend a day at one of the following Universities: the University of Adelaide, University of South Australia and Flinders University. The purpose of this day was to see what university life is all about. All students had a tour of their chosen campus, but each university provided different focus workshops. Students at Flinders University attended a psychology workshop and explored the anatomy museum as part of a tour of the Medical School. Students at the University of South Australia City West Campus became artists in an animation and illustration workshop and learnt more about the role of interior architecture.The third group at the University of Adelaide had two workshops to attend. One titled, "What is Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematical Sciences", and the other one that looked at the science behind your body and the universe.
Tuesday saw two different activities. The girls were informed and entertained by Leana from the Start Smart Program. Start Smart is sponsored by the Commonwealth Bank and focuses on financial literacy. The girls completed workshops in smart spending, earning and saving, and learnt how to handle and manage their money. The students were telling me that the key to saving was to put away 30% of their earnings, and told me that this little amount can grow very quickly. The second activity of the day was new to Futures Week. The program is called Save a Mate and is run by the Red Cross. This program teaches young people how to look after each other in situations where they might be at risk, including drug and alcohol incidents.
Wednesday was a career readiness day presented by old scholar, Elise, who runs her own recruitment business, WorkItGirl. Elise explored many aspects related to applying for a job, and spoke about how to be the best candidate for any position. Topics of discussion included how to create the best resume, how your social media profile affects your application, the importance of networking, group interview processes and developing your own business.
Thursday was a visit to Flinders University’s Tonsley campus and an opportunity to view their new facilities. The girls had an opportunity to develop an app, see how screen and media works and explore the STEM opportunities available at the Tonsley campus.
For the last day of the week, and for the first time this year, a visit to TAFE SA was included to explore the options TAFE has for future pathways. At the City Campus, the students attended a fashion design workshop, where the process of creating a “mood board” was explored. This was followed by a make up workshop in the hair and beauty school where a willing volunteer was used to demonstrate a variety of techniques. The students also attended the Regency Campus for a tour of the hospitality facilities and a chance to be involved in a workshop in the baking area. Here, they learnt a variety of cake decorating techniques and arrived back at school with brightly coloured iced cupcakes with chocolate decorations.
I now look forward to receiving feedback from the students as to what sessions they thought were the most beneficial and how we can continue to improve this program in the future. If parents have any feedback as a result of discussions about the program with your daughter, I would appreciate hearing from you via my email.
Acting Deputy Principal