Work Experience Year 10 2013
This year, year 10 students will have the opportunity to do Work Experience for one week in any of the three term breaks.
The school encourages all year 10 students to participate in Work Experience. It is invaluable for students to investigate and sample an area of work that they may have an interest in for the future.
The process also assists parents and students with course selections for upper school. Upper school selections are made during term 2 so to gain the most advantage from Work Experience it is preferable that students complete Work Experience in the April school holidays where possible.
WORK EXPERIENCE DATES FOR 2013
April Term Break - Week 1 - Tuesday 22ndApril - Friday 26th April
- Week 2 - Monday 29th April - Friday 3rd May
July Term Break - Week 1 - Monday 8th July - Friday 12th July
- Week 2 - Monday 15th July - Friday 19th July
October Term Break - Week 1 - Monday 30th September- Friday 4th October
- Week 2 - Monday 7th October - Friday 11th October
Students are required to find their own work experience placement. Suggestions for ways of finding placements will be covered in your child's Vocational Education classes. Students often find placements through family friends and contacts but where that fails it may be a case of working through the phone book and making calls or sending letters to local businesses and organisations. It does require persistence and it may take many phone calls to find a place.
Once a placement is found students are required to fill out a green Work Experience Reply form and place it in the box in the Careers Centre. These forms are available from your child's Vocational Education teacher or from the Careers Centre. There is a very tight timeline and closing dates for receiving completed forms will depend on which term holidays you choose. Please note that these deadlines are strict and no late forms will be accepted.
Due dates for green Work Experience reply forms:
- April Work Experience on or before Friday 22nd March, Week 7.
- July Work Experience on or before Friday 21st June, Week 7.
- October Work Experience on or before Friday 6th September, Week 7.
Once we have received the forms the school will organise insurance which covers students for personal accident insurance whilst on work experience. Most employers will not accept students without this insurance so it is important that your form be submitted on time so this insurance can be organised prior to work experience beginning. Students are also required to complete their Work Safe Smart Move Certificates which cover occupational health and safety in the workplace prior to going on work experience.
If you have any enquiries regarding work experience or if you can help out by offering a year 10 student a placement in your business or place of work please do not hesitate to call Mrs. Kate Hewitt (Mon) on or
Ms. Gina O'Keefe (Tues - Thurs)
Mrs K Hewitt & Ms Gina O'Keefe
- Community- Based Endorsed Courses for WACE
The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (formerly known as the Curriculum Council) recognise that significant learning opportunities can be provided by community-based organisations and other private providers. Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 who successfully complete certificated or award programs can gain WACE (Western Australian Certificate of Education) unit equivalence and have the results of these courses added to the WACE certificate that they achieve at the end of year 12.
Community-based organisations which offer endorsed programs include: The Australian Music Examination Board, Australian Army Cadets, Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dance, Callisthenics' Association of Western Australia, Royal Life Saving Association of WA, The Duke of Edinburgh WA, Gymnastics Australia, Girl Guides Australia, Surf Life Saving WA, The Scout Association of Australia, just to name a few.
To check if the community based organisation your child is a part of has WACE accredited courses go to the School Curriculum and Standards Authority Website and check the full list.
This website contains the full list of Community Organisations that have Endorsed Programs accredited for WACE. You will need to click on the name of the organisation on this page to check and see if the specific courses your child has done are awarded WACE credit. Note not all courses offered by these organisations have WACE credit available to them.
If your child has completed an accredited community- based course or qualification and would like these awards accredited to their WACE you will need to complete the form available from Mrs. Hewitt and attach a copy of the award or certificate(s) achieved. They can then be given directly to Mrs. Hewitt or placed in the box in the careers centre.
Please note that courses can only be added in the year they are achieved so I can only process courses where the certificates were awarded in 2012. I will collect forms each term but the final date for collection of certificates for accreditation will be Monday the 23rd of September for Year 12 students and Monday October 21st for Year 10 & 11 students. Please hand certificates and forms to me as soon as they are received to prevent a last minute rush.
If you have any queries relating to Community -based Endorsed Courses you can contact me on Mondays on 92439100
Kate Hewitt (Careers Coordinator)
What Should I Study and Where?
Deciding what and where to study can be a daunting prospect for students. The information in the course prospectuses produced by the universities is often brief and still leaves unanswered questions. To assist in the process we strongly recommend that students go along to university open days and the information evenings held by the various universities in order to gain more information and assist in the decision making process.
Each of the universities has events and open days throughout the year as well as specific information evenings and in some cases “day in the life of a university student’ experiences. These are advertised on the universities websites. See the links below. One of the best ways to find out more about university life and decide what to study and where is to go along to some of these events.
University of Western Australia
Edith Cowan University
http://www.curtin.edu.au/ (advertised under What’s On)
Notre Dame University