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Dear Students and Parents,
I am very proud of our Individual Pathways Program. For our students thinking and planning for the courses and pathways they may choose for the following year is an exciting but challenging time. Our curriculum structure gives students a wide number of options and pathways at every year level from Year 8 through to Year 12. Students can also be recommended to complete units across two or more levels. Having choice and pathway flexibility also means that students need to put time and thought into the course selection process. When completed well we know our students will be happier, more engaged in their learning and achieve better results because they have courses that better suit their needs, interests and abilities.
The processes in place will support students to make well informed and relevant choices. Firstly, all students will complete a pathways information program in learning group sessions. This should build student’s understanding of their strengths, weaknesses and interests and how these may translate to a future profession.
Course Selection Interviews with Careers & Pathways Advisors are welcome for all current Year 9 to 11 students but are compulsory for:
- all current Year 9 students who wish to undertake a VET course in 2020
- all current Year 9 students who plan to take an early-access VCE subject
- all current Year 10 students
- current Year 11 students who wish to change two or more VCE subjects going into Year 12
- current Year 11 students wishing to change from VCE to VCAL in Year 12
Interviews will take place in the Careers office in the second half of term 3. Booking can be made via the Sentral Parent Portal. Students entering Years 8 and 9 in 2020 will be guided through the process by their LG teacher.
The comprehensive course selection guide is available on the DSC website and outlines all pathways and units from Year 8 through to Year 12. Students should carefully read about any units of interest. Some students will be considering accessing units across multiple year levels, for example, a year 10 student may study a Year 11 VCE unit. The course selection evening on August 9th will cover the requirements and possibilities for each level. We will also have curriculum and careers experts available in all areas.
It is important that both students and parents understand that when making these decisions you should not rely solely on the course selection guide for information. Please take advantage of the range of opportunities available for course and pathway counseling. Students should also ask teachers about the units of study they teach and talk to students already doing those units about their experiences and the nature of the learning activities.
The course selection process should be a partnership between parents, students and our staff. I encourage you to talk with your child about their future aspirations and use this guide to become familiar with the pathways and units available. Please do not hesitate to seek clarification of any aspect of the course structures. I urge all parents to take a keen interest in your child's course.
I wish students well as you plan for the next exciting phase in your secondary schooling.
Ms. Deb Gentle