WorkWise Program

Last year’s Year 10 students were invited to participate in an exciting new initiative during the holidays.

Students were encouraged to seek out a work placement they were interested in attending in the December/January holiday period. The length of the placement could be from three to ten days. Students were required to complete Occupational Health & Safety requirements before attending their placements. The girls were also required to organise a Santa Maria staff member to visit them whilst at their placement.

Felicity Dixon was one student who took up the opportunity. Felicity spent her time at Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre, in January.

During her time there, Felicity fed the animals and birds, cleaned out cages, and generally helped out. Staff member, Melissa Marshall was her supervisor and mentored her whilst she was there.

Felicity says, “I enjoyed interacting with the residents, and education birds, learning about dingoes, and learning in the clinic. Although I did find working outdoors in the heat, the physical labour, and some of the repetitive tasks challenging. The experience helped my love of animals and I learnt how complex the needs of wildlife are, compared with domestic cats and dogs.”

This year’s Year 11 students can contact Careers Coordinator, Maryanne Hughes in the Careers Centre if they would like details about a placement during the April, July, or September holidays.

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