The University of Newcastle, Australia

Getting involved in Education Week

Friday, 25 July 2014

A number of schools will experience an outreach program delivered by the University of Newcastle during Education Week that aims to build literacy skills and raise career awareness.

Students participating in a Careers Through Reading activity

The highly successful Careers Through Reading program is run by the AIM High team and introduces children in Year 5 to a variety of career and study options over five weeks. 

During Education Week the program will be running at Kurri Kurri, Fennell Bay, Gorokan, Wyong and for the first time at Waratah West Public School. 

After hearing about the program through an AIM High team member, the Principal of Waratah West Public School recognised that the program would be beneficial for students in developing their literacy skills and encouraging them to think about career options after high school. 

"Our students are really enjoying participating in the program and are amazed at the number of job opportunities that are available for them to choose from. Each Tuesday morning at assembly when we make announcements of what's happening for the day, Careers Through Reading gets a very enthusiastic response from the students," said Waratah West Principal, Julie-Anne Kelly. 

"These programs are extremely important for students as they have not been exposed to the notion that they have the ability to attend university. Education Week is an ideal time to run the program as Careers Through Reading reinforces and promotes education as valuable and achievable," she added. 

The program engages almost 20 primary schools across the Central Coast, Hunter and Mid-north Coast regions. 

"It is excellent to see more and more schools get on board an initiative like this," said Equity and Diversity Manager, Belinda Munn. 

"The feedback we have received from schools really shows that these young students are engaged with the program. It provides them with information to get them thinking about their education and career options. It's never too soon to start inspiring students," she added.

  • Matt Lumb
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