Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College: Paving pathways for senior secondary students

Roslin Brennan Kemmis, Patrick O'Reilly

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    Abstract

    Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College (SCCVC) provides young people with a very different pathway to the Higher School Certificate. The school offers nationally accredited vocational programs in a range of industry areas and supplements this study with a range of courses that equip young people for work and training and for active participation in, and contribution to, the wider community. This article explores how this is done and how learning facilitator commitment to research and investigation of their own practice contributes to the 'quality' of the student experience and further, how this research assists these young people to realise their sometimes hidden potential and the opportunities that are available t them. In particular this article focuses on the ethos of the school, the characteristics ad practices the students bring with them, and reports on five learning facilitator lead action research projects and their results. The article goes on to show how initiatives that began as 'projects' have been absorbed into programs, strategies and the provision of professional development within the school that have resulted in the creation of an environment where both staff and young people are encouraged explicitly to 'realise their opportunity'.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)46-57
    Number of pages12
    JournalVOCAL The Australian Journal of Vocational Education and Training in Schools
    Volume9
    Issue number2011-2012
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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