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Careers News

Andrea Williamson —

On Thursday 17th June a group of eight Years 12 & 13 students went to the Girls with Hi-Vis Day held in Christchurch.

The students heard from many different speakers about possible career pathways in the Infrastructure industry.  The Girls with Hi-Vis Day is held every year to give our future young women an inside look at the varied pathways that exist at every level of the four infrastructure sectors, Civil, Water, Energy, and Telco.

The girls enjoyed listening to the varied speakers and some have already found a pathway that may be of interest as a result of the day. 

The photos show Isabella Urbani, Brigitte Stace, Olivia Gifford, and Manaia Simpson trying their skills with the virtual digger.

Satisfy Food Rescue

We are delighted to have student volunteers in the community at Satisfy Food Rescue in Kaiapoi. As well as contributing their time, the students learn valuable work skills, such as working in a team, following workplace instructions, and learning why volunteering is important. Our first two volunteers (pictured with Food Rescue staff) are Ella Popplewell and Alyssa Paduganao.

Investigating career pathways

Year 13 students have been busy this term considering different tertiary study options and possible career pathways. They have heard from universities and taken part in visits and field trips, such as the University of Canterbury's Law Day and Criminal Justice Day. Students pictured at the Law Day are William Murray, Liam Duckmanton, and Luke Thom.

North Canterbury Youth Futures Careers Expo

Many Kaiapoi High School students attended this event, held on 19th May at Rangiora High School, along with their parents and caregivers. It was a successful event with over 1100 people attending and our Head Students provided their services as guides. The event had many local North Canterbury businesses, educational institutes, and industry organisations on hand to discuss a wide range of job opportunities and training. The date has already been set for the next one, Wednesday 22nd June 2022. 

Otago University Health Science talk

On Friday 25th June I took some Year 13 students considering studying Health Science at the University of Otago to a careers expo at their Christchurch Hospital campus. Students heard from students who had followed various health pathways, a current student at the University, and a student who had just qualified as a doctor. They were able to interact and complete hands-on activities with different health professionals to gain an insight into what that career involved. The areas covered were medicine, nursing, radiation therapy, public health, genetics, pharmacy, pathology, physiotherapy, and biomedical sciences. Hopefully, the students felt inspired to consider health sciences and research opportunities with the University.

Health Careers Study

Some of our Year 11 Science students were lucky to receive a visit from a range of students completing their health careers study. The guest students spoke to the classes briefly about their rural background, studies, and career pathways. Then students rotated around five different stations learning about some career pathways, including medicine, nursing, midwifery, dentistry, ophthalmology, physiotherapy, and pharmacy. Hopefully, this will develop students' interest in future careers, along with studying why science is important.

Trip to Waikato University

"Waikato University recently offered an amazing opportunity to a number of schools around New Zealand, fully funding the flights and accommodation for students looking into tertiary education to come to their campus and get a feel for uni life at their school. This enabled Amiria, Olivia, and myself to visit the campus, meeting new people, sitting in lectures, and dining in the uni halls; a brief glimpse into our potential future as students of the university. At the end of it all, we walked away with a deeper understanding of what university would hold for us, a handful of new friendships we made with students from all over the country, and the conclusion that Hamilton is the Alabama of Aotearoa".  Amber Forbes-Kean Y13