3 December 2015
'You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose' - Dr Seuss
As the school year comes to a close, we can reflect on another successful and wonderful year in the VET and SBA office. Three of our students, Savannah Collard, Angus Xerri and Madeline Zoch, shone at Crown Casino as finalists in the Victorian Training Awards in the school-based apprenticeships (SBAs) category. Jack Whitty, from the class of 2014, was also a finalist in the trainee of the year category.
Recently I farewelled some year 11 students who have changed their SBAs to full-time apprenticeships. They have been attending TAFE and working for their employer and can now make an informed decision on their career paths. I have counselled many students and watched them bloom as they become excited about future possibilities.
After a recent review of VET, the cost of all VET courses offered on campus (Hospitality, Events, Media, Applied Language, and Sport and Recreation) will be covered by school fees, so no extra charge. External VET courses will cost $350.
Seventeen students will sign up to school-based apprenticeships for 2016 at this stage, and many will continuing their training. Our VET Hospitality course will again host students from other secondary schools in the area next year, and the wonderful Marlhes Restaurant will again be booked out quickly, so reserve a table early.
I thank parents who help me support their sons and daughters to become the best they can be. I couldn’t do it without you. I know when I need a student to get something done, if I cc parents in an email then things do get done. It is wonderful to have such support.
I thank employers for their support of our students, because without them there would be no school-based apprenticeships, work experience or structured workplace learning. The role employers play cannot be underestimated. They contribute to the education of the employees of tomorrow. It was wonderful this year to have the first breakfast for employers, where we told them about the opportunities they have in partnership with ACK and its students. We hope to run another in 2016.
I look forward to Tonya Frost, who has been a familiar face in the learning Enhancement Centre, working with Jenny Pendlebury and me in the pathways team. Tonya will also be the new Victorian assessment software system (VASS) administrator at Assumption with the departure of Vincenzo Rovetto; very big shoes to fill indeed!
I thank Enzo who has been my close partner in all things VET and SBA in my nine years at the college. His knowledge, commitment and ability to get things done efficiently will be sorely missed. I could not have done my job without his unbelievable eye for detail and the exceptional support he has given other staff, students parents and me. He has been here for 33 years and will be be missed but never forgotten.
Wishing everyone a merry Christmas, and I look forward to working with you in 2016.
Carol Fisher - VET/SBA Coordinator