Yearbook 2021

Library window display Posters on the front window of the library highlighted careers in the construction industry – this is currently one of the strongest growing industries in Australia. Inside the library Students could browse through a number of University Course Guides or take them home to further research their ideas.

Each day on COMPASS 'Job Spotlight' articles were posted to COMPASS and on the House pages

Year 13 online Expo The Year 13 group conducted an online careers Expo for 3 days, there were webinars on firefighting, car racing, music, acting, jackarooing and much more. Tuesday’s Staff Careers Quiz At our after school professional development session on the Tuesday, Hennessy staff had the opportunity to guess the previous careers of their colleagues. Some worked in some amazing jobs and enjoyed reliving old memories including the fun times at Hog’s Breath, Subway and Luna Park! Wednesday - Break 2 - Careers Quiz Students made up teams of 4 and joined in the Careers Quiz during break 2 on Wednesday. Lots of prizes were on offer including canteen vouchers for the winning team! The winners were the Year 11 Girlies team of Sarah, Hannah, Grace and Samantha with a score of 19.5/30. Year 10 - Subject Selection Session While my main focus here at Hennessy is to assist our senior students in their transition to life after school, I also aim to provide our younger students with career information as much as possible. This year, because of COVID, we did not manage to have our Year 10 subject selection parent information night however we did run the usual student subject selection market and they participated in a session aimed at helping them understand different HSC courses, VET and Uni terminology and school based traineeships and apprenticeships. My goal is always to help them make the link between subject selection and post school options including universities, jobs and apprenticeships. Year 10 – Future Focus week Unfortunately, the COVID virus also meant that the 2021 Year 10 work experience week was cancelled but in its place the students carried out a number of activities aimed at learning new skills for the senior years and their future beyond Hennessy. ‘Future Focus’ week enabled students to experience hands-on workshops around study skills, buying a car, safer driving, resumes, job interviews, team building and much more. Each afternoon the students participated in fun activities including lawn bowls, movies, team quizzes and yoga as well as some community service activities. I extend my thanks to members of the Young business community and staff who gave their time to assist our students during that week. Part time and casual jobs Despite the impact of the pandemic on local businesses, there have been a host of part time and casual jobs advertised for students of all ages. It is encouraging to see our students willing and able to secure employment and gain really important personal skills that will give them a real head start and stay with them for the future. It is also wonderful to walk into a local store or employ a local tradie and see our fine young men and women as new apprentices, contributing to their community and making their way in life.

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