Choosing subjects at the senior end of secondary education is a great opportunity for you to make decisions that will help shape your destiny. No doubt the process is assisted if you have a clear understanding of where you want to head in the future. However, regardless of whether you have certainty or are still in a process of discernment there are three rules that I recommend you follow. First, choose what you need. Select subjects that are required for courses you may want to apply for in the future. Second, you should choose what you are good at doing. This is not a strict rule, as you may need the subject because it is a prerequisite even if it is not one of your best. Preferably though you will undertake subjects that best suit your skills and aptitudes. Third, you should try to choose what you enjoy. Success is more likely achieved when you have an affinity with a subject. One word of caution about these rules - please be informed as much as possible before making any final decisions.
Accordingly, being informed occurs when you understand your interests, skills, occupations which might be compatible with your character, the balance of subjects and qualifications that are right for you. Be informed about exactly what is involved in a subject, including the knowledge, skills and forms of assessment.
Doing research to become more informed also requires that you talk with your parents because they know you best. Then your teachers and even your friends can offer insights into your strengths and talents. Before you begin studying this handbook and the subjects you would like to study, perhaps you could engage in some preliminary thinking by following the guide below.
Skills - things you are good at, like working with numbers, drawing, fixing things, organising things.
Knowledge - what you already know, such as speaking a second language, or experience you may have gained in a part-time job.
Interests - things you enjoy doing in and outside school, such as hobbies, sport or studying particular subjects.
Personality traits - ask yourself, friends, teachers or parents to describe how they perceive you.
Match your list of interests, skills and knowledge and personality traits with a list of possible occupations.
As an example, if you like working with computers and technology, you may consider becoming a web designer.
To find out what qualification you need to work in your desired occupation, you will need to know answers to the following questions:
Will you need to do an apprenticeship? Study a degree, diploma or certificate qualification? Work experience?
How long is/are the course/s and who offers them?
Can you live at home and if not what are your out-of-home options?
There are so many options for students, especially those entering years 11 & 12.
VCE - Victorian Certificate of Education
VCAL - Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning
VET - Vocational Education and Training in Schools, On-Campus
VET - Vocational Education and Training in Schools, Off-Campus
Remember that it is a good idea to keep your options open by being broad in your choices. Take the time to talk to people who know you best and make choices that are right for you.
If you have questions about the subject offerings and pathways at the Kildare Campus you may like to ask one of the following people.
|Design and Technology||Ms Nelson|
|Health and Physical Education||Miss Morrow|
|Digital Technologies||Mr Wright|
|Director of Learning & Teaching (7-12)||Mr Van Berkel|
Years 7 to 9 Curriculum Coordinator
|Senior Learning Program Co-ordinator||Ms Brown|
|Enrchment Co-ordinator||Mr Lebbe|
|VCAL Coach||Mr Szkwarek|
|Inclusive Learning||Ms Bianconi|
|Careers & Tertiary Information||Ms Sizeland & Mrs Scholtes|
|VET Information||Ms Sizeland|
|Literacy Coach||Mrs Widrich|