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Practical side to theoretical work

Interview: Billie Fisher is assessed by Jeff James, Dieu Donne and Alyssa Hart.
Interview: Billie Fisher is assessed by Jeff James, Dieu Donne and Alyssa Hart. Bruce Thomas

ORARA High School kids are getting a head start as they contemplate a life of work.

Year 10 students are learning how skills used in completing their assessment tasks relate to life beyond the classroom so they will be well prepared for the workplace.

The portfolio project is into its fifth year and the report card is looking good so far, according to Orara High careers adviser Kim Harland.

“With this project, students' school work and tasks show evidence of employment-related skills,” Mr Harland said.

“It's showing how the school and the subjects they're studying teach these skills and that's why education is so valuable.

“It also demonstrates the transferable skills taught in school in their subjects that they are able to take with them into the workforce.”

Each student prepares a portfolio containing a resume and selected assessment tasks drawn from subjects across the curriculum which demonstrate key employment-related skills.

With the support of staff mentors, students use their portfolios to identify skills gained in self-management, initiative and enterprise, learning, communication, teamwork, planning and organising, problem-solving, technology and cross-cultural understanding.

They then present their work to an interview panel consisting of a member of the community, a teacher and a Year 9 student.



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