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Barbara Climo —

It has been a very busy year in Careers in 2019. We are enjoying our location in the Learning Commons. Many students and parents drop in to see us for a chat or for some information. In 2020 students will be able to book appointments online to see me. This is available on the Careers Google Site.

In 2019 we had 14 students on dual enrolment programmes at either Ara or SIT. They have been studying a wide range of careers. These students have thoroughly enjoyed participating in this programme. Some of them have gone on to full time courses in 2020 and others are remaining at Hornby High School to complete their NCEA Level 3.

This year we had 40 Year 11 students participate in Star taster courses at Ara. This is a great opportunity for our students to see what tertiary study looks like. Students attended a variety of taster courses: flight engineer, outdoor education; sustainability, the art of hospitality –restaurant, the art of hospitality – cookery, hairdressing, beauty therapy, medical imaging, art, design, automotive, introduction to nursing, science and our environment, mechanical engineer, and animal science.

This year we have taken students to a wide range of careers events. Some of them were: Ara Open Day, UC Discovery Day, Otago University Dare programme, Pasifika Careers Expo, UC Year 10 Ekea, and Careers Expo. We also had two students participate in a 4 day camp at Lincoln University during the April school holidays. This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to find out about the primary industries. 

We ran a barista course at school in the 1st week of November for 20 Year 11 and 12 students. This was thoroughly enjoyed by all of the students and they all achieved NCEA credits for the course. The teachers also enjoyed tasting their creations. 

Mai Biz ran in Term 1 and this was yet again a very successful event and our students certainly demonstrated how creative they are with the products that they designed and marketed. 

We had the Māori Womens Development Incorporation come in and facilitate a business programme for Māori students.

This year we have subsidised students’ driver’s licences and this has helped to encourage students to study for and sit their licence. It is very important that our students get their Driver's Licence whether it is to get them to University or to their employment.

In 2020 I am hoping to establish more links with businesses within our community. I am planning on taking students out to visit local industries and businesses. I would like our students to be able to make the link between what they are learning at school and what happens in the workplace. I am looking forward to another busy year in 2020. The calendar is already filling up with lots of interesting opportunities for our students.