High school experiences
We offer a number of experiences for secondary schools.
Hour of Code
Hour of Code aims to increase knowledge of career pathways in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), strengthen student engagement with computational thinking and challenge gender constructions and stereotypes within this area of study.
Hour of Code has a focus on Year 7-8 female students to explore the under-representation of females in the field of ICT and is an entry point for a conversation with students about knowledge and skills they might need for the future.
My Big Tomorrow aims to inspire young people to think more broadly about their future careers. It is also designed to give them the understanding of the skills they will need in order to succeed in their chosen career.
Designed for Year 9 and 10 students, the My Big Tomorrow website features 93 careers with accompanying films, information and educational tasks that have been developed in line with the Stage 5 syllabus. Students have the chance to explore the site across multiple devices in their own time or the site can be used to assist classroom teaching or career advisor sessions.
The Next Step
The Next Step program was introduced in 2014 and is designed to provide Year 10 students with skills and information to make informed choices about their post-school educational options and pathways.
The program is held on both our Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses which gives students an opportunity to experience the facilities first-hand. Talks are provided by the University of Newcastle, Hunter TAFE and The Australian Defence Force to provide students with a wide range of career options. Students also participate in choice and resilience workshops during the day.
Resilience and HSC Coach Workshop
The Resilience Workshop explores senior high school study support strategies with a focus on changing relationships with stress.
Designed for Year 11 and/or 12 students, this activity covers strengthening student values to help make the HSC a more meaningful challenge; practical tips for managing the study environment; identifying stress, knowing when it is helpful and when to get help; and relaxation techniques to support success.
The HSC Coach support tool provides students with digital access to high-quality annually updated, courses-specific HSC expertise.
In addition to the online resource, versions of the content are provided on CD so that students who may not have internet access at home can still benefit. For schools utilising HSC Coach, the program is accompanied by Resilience Workshops, which aim to provide senior students and their families with the tools needed to get through the final two years of school, such as goal setting and stress management techniques.
Access to the site is free, visit www.hsccoach.com.au to set up an account, and take advantage of the resources available.