Year 11 students are currently undertaking a two week program of work experience. The majority of students are working in Melbourne. For many this means exposure to a ‘whole new world’! The city is so different to the country. Students have to be able to self navigate themselves to work catching a variety of transportation – trams, trains, buses and walking. They are exposed to many different cultures and types of food. Budgets are limited so keeping their finances in order is a priority and finding healthy but cheaper eats essential!
There are night activities to undertake – exploring the nature of the Melbourne CBD, ice skating, lighting festivals, public gallery walks in the laneways, the movies, risk taking by going out on “The Edge” at the top of Eureka Sky Deck and so much more.
A variety of work experiences have been organised for these students giving them a taste of what big cities offer, as exposure to a variety of businesses and occupations, is limited in small country towns or rural areas.
Nine Year 11 students spent two weeks in Melbourne, at two different YHA hostels and working at two different placements over the past fortnight. Job placements included Knox Private Hospital, Australian Education Union, Hearld and Weekly Times, Revolution IT and the Melbourne Children’s Court. There were many night time activities to explore Melbourne: Lebanese meal in Sydney Road Brunswick, Ice skating, swimming at the Aquatic Centre and a five course meal at the Sofitel Hotel, where students met the chef in the 5-star kitchen.
Year 11 work experience is an exciting opportunity that allows students to become confident using public transport, gives them a new perspective on urban life and prepares them for tertiary education and employment. Many past students have recalled it as the highlight of their school years and teachers and parents have noticed the mature and resilient attitude that students return with, after two weeks in the ‘big smoke’. Thanks to Mr Poynton for organising this experience over many years, as well as Mrs Ballard and Mr Quinlan who have continued to provide this excellent opportunity for Hawkesdale students.
Congratulations to the students in year 5, on their fabulous behaviour on this week’s 3 day school camp to Melbourne. We had a great time because everyone was so willing to cooperate, do the right thing and make this a fabulously fun experience. We went to the brilliant Melbourne Icehouse where 20 students started off shakily on iceskates, and ended up speed racing each other by the end of the 2 hours. A special mention to Mrs Butters who lasted way longer than Mrs Brown or Ms Murnane, and who actually made it across the ice with only one fall. We then went on a one hour cruise down the Yarra River, followed by a really interesting tour around the MCG. We finished off that night with a visit to Laser Skirmish where the teachers were well and truly silenced by cheeky children who were determined to make sure our laser lives were short. A game of 10 pin bowling and an icecream at Southbank, finished off a fun first day. Both the laser skirmish and the 10 Pin Bowling are located in the Galactic Circus, the largest indoor interactive theme park in Australia.
On the remaining 2 days, we saw a brilliant 3D movie at IMAX called Ghosts of the Abyss.This movie is about the TITANIC and movie director James Cameron’s dive to the bottom of the ocean, some 3.8kms deep, on an adventure back to the final grave of this beautiful ship, almost a century ago. “In this unprecedented motion picture event, made especially for IMAX 3D Theatres, Cameron and his team bring audiences to sights not seen since the sinking 98 years ago and explore why the landmark vessel – more than any shipwreck – continues to intrigue and fascinate the public.”
We then took part in a role play at the Old Melbourne Gaol, called a Courtroom Drama, followed by a really interesting tour of the Gaol itself. This included lots of information and a couple of ghost stories which made the hair stand up on the back of our necks. During the afternoon, we visited the Melbourne Zoo where we managed to see Mali, the baby elephant, still playing with his mum. Dinner that evening was at Universal Pizza in the famous Lygon St in Carlton, where we enjoyed pizza and pasta – all you can eat. (Ask Paddy how many slices of pizza he managed to eat!) We finished day 2 with a trip to the top of the Eureka Tower, which includes a very fast trip up in the elevator, which covers 8 metres per second!
Our final day was spent at the Melbourne Museum, seeing the Titanic Exhibition. “This fascinating exhibition features over 280 real artefacts recovered from the ocean floor along with room re creations and personal stories; each highlighting a different chapter in the compelling story of Titanic’s maiden voyage in 1912.” An hour and a half at the Queen Victoria Market, completed our awesome visit to Melbourne and we arrived home after a 3 hour train trip, to the Warrnambool Railway Station. This trip was an awesome experience and thanks must go to Mrs Butters who did the bulk of the organisation and to the beautifully behaved students who allowed us to have so much fun.
Our Year 11 students are enjoying their second week of work experience this week, after overcoming the challenges of getting to their work places, mostly on time, by public transport. We have students working at various locations including the Public Records Office (Sharra), Peter Stevens Motorcycles (Brayden), Melbourne Girl’s College (Chloe), Howard Florey Institute (Ben) and Lamborghini Melbourne (Jamie). We have students working in various jobs, including hairdressing (Carly), childcare (Kelly Hogan and Kelly Lucas), fashion (Amy and Hannah), financial planning (Nikki) and architecture (Brianna).
Some of the evening activities have included the Skydeck at Eureka Tower, a tour of St Hilda’s College at Melbourne University, a trip to the Australia-Japan soccer match at the MCG, movies at Crown and Lygon street, a meal in China Town and swimming at the Melbourne Aquatic Centre. Twenty students participated in the first week and fourteen continue with their second week in Melbourne, while the remainder have local job placements. We thank Judy Ballard, who has replaced Graeme Poynton, for her excellent organisation of this wonderful opportunity for our students.
Four Year 11 students and Mrs Gow attended the Science Careers Breakfast at RMIT on Tuesday morning. The presentation “Science for the Real World – Everything is Relative” included an opening speech by the Hon. Gavin Jennings, Minister for Climate Change, the Environment and Innovation, Victorian Government. We also heard from industry representatives, recent graduates and current students about the ways in which science impacts on our everyday life. Daniel, Naomi, Alice and Jayne had the opportunity to attend this event due to their interest and potential to study in a science, technology or engineering field.