There is no doubt that Term 2 has looked quite different from what we would have expected at the start of 2020. We are experiencing an unprecedented event in our history and I believe there is great learning in that.

When I reflect on the skills that employers are seeking in their employees, there is no doubt that remote learning has provided our students with the opportunity to enhance their employability. Finding a job in an increasingly competitive (and fast-moving) labour market can be difficult and employers want prospective employees to provide evidence and examples of their skills.

What better way to demonstrate resilience, problem solving and advanced technology skills than successfully navigating remote learning?

Although all Victorian students are in the same boat, what could differentiate CGS students from other job seekers is their ability to articulate these skills, providing specific examples of where/how they have demonstrated them.

I would encourage our Senior School students to use the upcoming holiday break to reflect on what they have learnt over the last term; consider how these skills could relate to the workplace.

Consider the following:

  • What new technology did you use? Can you see how this technology could be applied outside the classroom (i.e. in the workplace)?
  • How did you manage your time? What strategies did you use to ensure you completed your work? Is there anything you could improve?
  • What did you enjoy about remote learning? What did you dislike?
  • Did you find it difficult/easy to maintain communication with your teacher/s and/or your peers?
  • Has remote learning changed how you communicate with others?
  • Has remote learning helped you to identify strengths in: How you learn? How you communicate? How you organise your time?

I would also encourage you to document your reflection/s; use this evidence to update your resume and cover letter and prepare for future interviews. 

Preparations for Term 3 (Year 12)

In Term 3, things will certainly ‘ramp up’ for our Year 12 students as they start making decisions regarding their 2021 plans. I will be meeting with each Year 12 students to support them with this process.

I will also deliver a series of Information Sessions for our Year 12 students focussing on the following:

Early entrance programs

VTAC application process

SEAS (special entry access scheme)

Scholarships for 2021

I would encourage parents/guardians to engage with their children throughout this process. If you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Swinburne University of Technology – Swinburne Early Entry Program

Swinburne University of Technology has recently announced their 2021 Early Entry Program. Their program offers an ATAR-free alternative pathway into Swinburne in 2021. This Swinburne program is in addition to early entry programs that already exist at ACU (i.e. CAP) and Latrobe (Aspire).

Overview of Swinburne Early Entry Program:

Swinburne have identified which courses this scheme will apply to. For a full list, visit this link.

Students will be required to submit a ‘recommendation’ from the School to support their application.

Conditional offers will be made from August (subject to passing their VCE and achieving a study score of 20 in English).

Formal offers will be made via VTAC (as normal). Students will still need to submit a VTAC course application, with the Swinburne course their first preference.

For further information, visit link.

Responsible Service of Alcohol (July school holidays)

Chisholm Institute will be running two Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) classes over the July school holiday period, via Zoom. If your child is interested in completing their RSA (online), please encourage them to contact me by 5:00 pm on Monday 22nd June. The courses are subject to the number of enrolments.

Session 1

Date: Wednesday 1st July 2020

Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Cost: $55 per student

Session 2

Date: Wednesday 8th July 2020

Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Cost: $55 per student

I wish you all a very happy and safe break. I will see you in Term 3.

Mrs Sarah Blythman

Head of Careers and Student Pathways