While the Higher School Certificate has been around for a long time and you might think you know everything there is to know about it, we share some interesting facts about the HSC you may not be aware of, courtesy of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).
Vocational education has come a long way since the parents of today’s high school students were students themselves.
Today there is a plethora of Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses available, teaching a variety of workplace skills, through nationally recognised training, for a wide range of occupations.
The Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, has addressed the first ever graduates of Trinity Grammar School’s pioneering Certificate II Leadership Through Cadets Course at the inaugural graduation ceremony held on Tuesday evening, 19 September 2017.
By Michael Leadbeatter, Dean of Technological and Applied Studies
The Technological and Applied Studies Department at Trinity Grammar School has had another busy year. I would like to recognise the great work of our students – we are so proud of their unique achievements. I’d also like to thank our staff members who have dedicated themselves to ensuring Technological and Applied Studies students get the best possible opportunities. They have spent many hours undertaking professional development, making sure they keep up-to-date with the latest technological and educational practices.
Year 12 student Nicholas Capovilla from Trinity Grammar School, was announced the winner of the School-Based Trainee of the Year for the Southern and South-Western Sydney region at the NSW Training Awards which took place at the Liverpool Catholic Club in June 2017.
The award recognises Nicholas’ excellence in the training sector, along with his commitment and innovative approach to formal studies at school and in the workplace. This is an outstanding achievement in the hotly contested Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, and has proven valuable for Nicholas in gaining industry skills and high levels of achievement in the construction industry.
Trinity Grammar School recently hosted a joint Old Trinitarians’ Union (OTU) and Registered Training Organisation (RTO) Careers and Industry Expo at the Summer Hill campus. The event was designed to provide Years 10 to 12 students with an academic and vocational focus in creating future pathways, planning transition pathways, exploring career futures, strengthening student outcomes through vocational learning and building networks and connections.
In the midst of all the demands that school makes on young people, it is often difficult for them to see past Year 12, let alone make decisions about what to do after school and plan how to get there.
While some young people have a clear career path in mind and find the process of choosing a first career exciting and empowering, for many young people, it can be difficult to take a step back and look at the options objectively. Making the best career choices requires:
- Self-awareness and knowledge of personal strengths and preferences
- an understanding of what different occupations encompass.
With schools now offering vocational training as an alternative to the HSC or International Baccalaureate, the options for students to find a mode of learning suited to their individual needs has never been greater. For those that take the vocational path, it means getting a head start on their trade without sacrificing an ATAR.
Students at Trinity Grammar School are learning the skills they need to help them with life after the HSC or International Baccalaureate (IB) through a series of workshops. “Our students are learning important life skills that will help them to make smarter career choices. It gives them a head start with university or vocational options, and makes their transition into the workplace much easier,” said Trinity Director of Vocational Education, Dr Frederick Osman.
Trinity boys that choose the Trinity Vocational Academic Course (TVAC) pathway are put in the spotlight, as they share their stories, successes and opportunities in seven minute presentations to peers, teachers, employers and family members at the Trinity ‘Bringing Traineeships to Life’ event. The evening’s focus is to celebrate school-based traineeships and the boys that participate.