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Showcase Award for Excellence in Senior Years

19 September 2013

Showcase Excellence in Senior Years

On message... Phuong-Uyen, Karolina and teacher Adrian Cullen at Corinda State High School.

Goal-setting and perseverance are two of the principles setting the tone for the three finalists in the running for the Showcase Award for Excellence in Senior Years.

The Bundaberg cluster of Bundaberg North, Bundaberg and Kepnock State High Schools has adopted the acronym 'JETS' for its jobs, education, training and success program.

Aimed at those disengaged from school, JETS students undertake individualised programs at the Wide Bay Institute of TAFE aimed at improving behaviour and developing a wide range of skills. Since 2011, 65 participating students have recorded a 76 per cent success rate of returning to school or study or finding employment.

Corinda State High School urges students to 'Be what you want to be!' with an emphasis on preparation and staying ahead of the game.

A career program helps Year 10 students choose their best pathway, and everyone in Year 11 gets an 'academic coach' to keep their studies on track. Building skills for life beyond school, all seniors graduate with an active volunteering certificate, a competitive OP or a high end vocational qualification in fields from hospitality to construction.

Showcase Excellence in Senior Years

On the up... Yeronga State High School students Joan, Michelle, Zahra, Fabian, Nicole and Maria.

Yeronga State High School is going 'From the bottom to the top', turning poor perceptions and one of the state's lowest OP rates into one of Queensland's best with every OP eligible student getting an OP 1 to 15,.

Welfare and cultural support is helping boost academic results with community partnerships, a range of pathways and a special hub for seniors in a school where three-quarters of the 600-strong student population hails from more than 55 nations.

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