Holy Eucharist Campus
Year 9 Career Pathways — Futures
The theme for Term 3 at Holy Eucharist is ‘Futures’. On Wednesday 23 July, the 2019 Year 9 Careers Program was launched at our innovative, dedicated Year 9 Campus.
The Year 9 Campus stands on the traditional land of the Wurundjeri people. The protocols for formally welcoming guests to Country have been part of their culture for thousands of years, a tradition they call ‘Tanderrum’. Mr Perry Wandin, a Wurundjeri elder welcomed the assembled students in Woiwurrung language and spoke about his family’s history in Victoria.
Our keynote speaker, Mark George, a past student from De La Salle College’s class of 1983 had a remarkable story to share. The theme for Mark’s speech — ‘Anything is Possible’, resonated strongly with our students, as they begin to navigate through the possibilities for their own futures.
As one of the few people to climb the seven summits‐ the tallest peaks of each continent in the world, Mark’s story epitomises the achievement of making a dream become a reality, but not by accident.
In 2012, he became the first and only Australian to reach the South Pole solo and unsupported on skis from the Antarctic Coast, a journey taking just over seven and a half weeks. Amongst other adventures, he has Sea‐Kayaked across Bass Strait leaving from Apollo Bay and recently completed a world record crossing over 1000 sand dunes in the Simpson Desert dragging 200 kilograms of water behind him.
The second week of the Careers program, ‘University Whispers’ featured representatives from four Universities. Monash’s Rock Precinct, Deakin University’s Cyber Security programs, RMIT’s Architecture and Design Facility and the ACU’s Paramedicine course were all showcased to our students.
The third week will take students through a Career questionnaire on WIRL, which will generate pathway suggestions based on students’ responses, helping to guide these students as they begin their subject selection process.
Mrs Caroline Fitzpatrick