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Beacon and Caboolture State High School

​Our Beacon Ambassadors for 2013.
This year, Caboolture State High School continues to work with the Beacon Foundation to help inspire and motivate our Year 10 students to either stay in school and increase their educational engagement and attainment, or choose a positive pathway that enables successful transition to employment, further education or training.
“The Beacon Foundation, a national non-profit organisation currently working in 130 schools across Australia, believes every young Australian can develop an independent will to achieve personal success for themselves and their community. Beacon's programs support young people to develop this focus through engaging and influencing the attitudes and behaviour of the broader community. By harnessing community involvement, it works within schools to ensure young people are either earning or learning at vulnerable transition points in their lives.”
This year is our third year as a Beacon school and we have a great program planned for our Year 10s, which compliments the career education and SET planning process taking place during ACCESS throughout the year. Some of the events/programs include: 
  • Speed Careering and Ute Day- workshops are run to enable students to obtain up to date and first-hand information about their future options. A range of businesses present to students about their industry and career paths.
  • Industry Tours- Hands on tours of business/industries to learn more about a specific industry and careers available within it. (Holcim, SKM Engineering, Queensland Health etc).
  • Business Event- An event for members of the local business community to initiate, build or celebrate the school's Beacon program.
  • Business Blackboard- Businesses visit the classroom to share their knowledge with students, matching real life situations to the school curriculum. 
  • Charter Signing- Beacon's signature event where Grade 10's publicly make a pledge that by the following year they will be in education, employment or training. 
The Beacon Student Ambassador role is also a fantastic part of the program as it offers students the opportunity to drive the program through taking responsibility, using initiative, motivating peers and being involved in our local community.  Twelve students from the Year 10 cohort have been elected as Beacon Student Ambassadors and will help in organising, preparing, and hosting events, and have opportunities for self-development. Congratulations to the 2013 Beacon Student Ambassadors:
Jennifer Attridge, Jaiden Blundell, Matthew Chambers, Hayden Coffey, Bradley Davis, Jetta Ferguson-Male, Adrianne-Joy Hutt,  Abigail James, William Jay, Janaya Kindma, Shazura Lawrence, Isaac Lee.
On Tuesday, 19 February, the Ambassadors attended a training day run by Beacon at the Caboolture Hub. The day involved learning about their roles as ambassadors and the activities they’ll be involved in this year. It was also an opportunity for our ambassadors to meet and share ideas with Beacon Ambassadors from other schools.
Partnerships with businesses within the local community and community involvement are important to ensure the success and sustainability of the Beacon Program in our school. If you would like more information on how you can be involved, please call Jessica Dann on 5498 0111.
Jessica Dann
Beacon Co-ordinator