New classes and certificates for Saint Mary's in 2019
SAINT Mary's Catholic College are introducing new electives and certificates for children to participate in by early 2019.
Principal Angela Myles says the College boasts a new STEM elective for the students in Years 9 and 10.
"It's the first time we've run something formal. It's been elements of STEM, and we've done a little bit of robotics and dabbled here and there, but this is the first formal program that we've run,” she said.
"It's all about using Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in an integrated way, not only about learning about the maths and science, but also about learning how to be a creative thinker and working collaboratively with others.”
The children are also excited to sign up and get involved.
"We've had a team of teachers working on the units at planned delivery and the resourcing of that program, and there's really big interest from students. This means there'll be decent sized classrooms. It's exciting, fun, hands on, engaging, and the kids will love it,” Mrs Myles said.
As well as the STEM class, Saint Mary's is also planning to bring in more certified courses.
"The Health Support and Community Services Certificate will be available from the start of next year, which students have already had a lot of interest for,” Mrs Myles said.
"it's something that we were aware of the need within the community, because a lot of employment prospects within the community are huge in that area. Whether it be for aged care or through the local health care services, or the community services especially. There are a lot of avenues for employment in this area.”
Saint Mary's have also made plans to connect with the Kingaroy Hospital through this certificate.
"We started talking with the hospital and spoke about what they're looking for with qualifications when hiring, and they have given us some support and capacity for work placements,” Mrs Myles said.
"They're a great connection, and being so close to our school, it's a very practical educational resource to tap into.”
As well as a Health Certificate, Saint Mary's is considering introducing a Certificate of Agribusiness.
"Investigating bringing Agribusiness into our school, which is something our parent community have a real interest in pursuing. That's not quite ready yet, but we are in plans for it,” Mrs Myles said.