Year 10 student Nick Sutton had work experience at Stanwell … from left, at back row, Peter Angel-Catton, Nick Sutton, Ben Worbs; at front, Kelly English, Jacqui Downie and Darryl Otto (Photo: SMCC)

November 16, 2021

Year 10 students from Saint Mary’s Catholic College recently took part in work experience opportunities across the South Burnett.

The school has forged lasting relationships with many local businesses.

“The students were offered part-time work and apprenticeships or traineeships as a result of the time spent during the work experience week,” principal Carmel O’Brien said.

“Such offerings are not accidental. These results reflect the current work ethic and preparation the college undertakes with the students.

“Mrs Kerkow, our VET and workplace leader, along with Mrs Sullivan, Head of Secondary, work with the cohort of students to ensure they are work ready and have all the skills and resources they need.”

The following students were offered part-time work as a direct result of their efforts during work experience:

  • Eleanor Schick – Elders Dalby for the Christmas break
  • Khael Cody – BCF
  • David Taylor – Remko Engineering
  • Blaeton Cadman – Commercial Hotel
  • Lilly Weier – Maidenwell Hotel
  • Claudia Di Marco – South Burnett Kindergarten
  • Michael Blanch – Murgon Tyres and more
  • Nicholas Washington – Kingaroy Carvery

“Bohdi Woods was given a letter of recommendation from his work experience. Such a letter of recommendation is wonderful to have in your resume, as a prospective employee, anywhere,” Mrs O’Brien said.

“And Lachlan Ponder was offered a full-time engineering apprenticeship at GCS Engineering in Goomeri!”

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Year 11 student Luca Lazzaroni (Photo: SMCC)

Year 11 St Mary’s student Luca Lazzaroni is one of about 600 students from across Australia who will be taking part in the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) next year.

STEM teacher Te Ana Riddell said NYSF had been inspiring young Australian scientists since 1984.

“The Year 12 program offers an exciting range of in-person and digital science, technology, engineering, and mathematics experiences to participants across Australia,” Ms Riddell said.

“To attend the NYSF, students undergo an application process including a written application and interview where they have to articulate their future goals, passions and reasons for wanting to attend the program.

“Annually approximately 600 students get to attend the program and in 2022 Luca Lazzaroni will be attending one of the two-week long programs to learn more about careers in STEM and make connections with other like-minded people.”

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