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Term 2 was a busy term with many Beacon events involving the Year 10 Beacon Student Ambassadors and the Year 10 cohort, however a big congratulations must go to Year 11 student, Brooke Bain-Gehrke, for her successful application to attend the Outward Bound Leadership opportunity.  Brooke was a 2012 Beacon Student Ambassador and was one of three Beacon students selected to participate in the 2013 National Aspiring Leaders Summit organised by Outward Bound. The summit took place in Canberra from Saturday, 18 – Saturday, 25 May, involving approximately 30 students. The event was created for young Australians who are committed to making a difference in their community. Brooke had an amazing time, met a lot of new friends and came back full of fantastic ideas. She said, “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity. We were faced with many challenges but we worked together as a team and achieved our goals. In this week, I learnt about leadership and the quality of life itself. I look forward to beginning my community theatre project in the near future”.
The Speed Careering event, which is one of the major events that involves the whole Year 10 cohort, took place on Wednesday, 8 May in the Caboolture State High School hall.  The aim of this event is to open students’ eyes to the world of work, raise their career aspirations and broaden their industry knowledge.  This is achieved by a representation of presenters from a variety of careers and industries, in positions from entry level to senior management, who possess a variety of experience and knowledge. For our event, 23 presenters gave up their own time to come along and talk to our Year 10 students.  Each presenter gave a brief snapshot about their work and why they think it is a “top job”.  The students were then broken up into smaller groups and the presenters moved around the room to talk in more depth about their job, pathway, education etc. Overall, it was a fantastic opportunity for the students as they were exposed to positive working role models and learnt about a variety of careers and industries that they may have never thought of.
On Thursday, 16 May, five Beacon Student Ambassadors participated in a Mock interview process. Held at the SKM Engineering building in South Brisbane, the students were teamed with Graduate Engineers who took them through the process.  In preparation for the interviews, students used Beacon’s suite of online tools including a resume creator and job interview preparation guide.  The students found this to be a fantastic opportunity to experience a ‘real world’ style interview in a professional setting.  The interviewers were impressed with the students and provided them with written and verbal feedback about the interview. Overall, this was a great learning experience. Ambassadors who participated: Jennifer Attridge, William Jay, Isaac Lee, Janaya Kindma and Adrianne-Joy Hutt.
On Friday, 24 May, four Year 10 students and Mr Lance Sulter attended the SKM Engineering Industry Tour held at the SKM Engineering Building in Brisbane. The students were given a behind the scenes look at a career in Engineering through a day jam packed with presentations and engineering activities. The students had a great time and were happy to have been given the opportunity to learn more about this industry, and the careers available within it. Students who attended: Stewart Davies, Joel McIver, Kurt Haggard and Logan Mosca.
Term 3 will see the ‘Tradie-Ute day’ in action, a trip to the ‘Leightons Uncovered industry day’ for 20 students, a site tour of the Sunrock Quarry at Beerburrum for ‘Holcim day’ and the Charter signing event where Year 10s will publicly make a pledge to commit to further education, employment or training by the following year. This will be held on Friday, 6 September. Further information about the Charter signing will be given closer to the event.
Thank you,
Jessica Dann
Beacon Coordinator