Careers and Transition

We have a well-developed Transition and Careers network which includes the team of teachers who specialise in this area. These teachers liaise closely with the guidance staff, Co-ordinators and the Principal and senior administrators to provide the best advice and opportunities for the individual student.

In 2005 Queen’s was one of the seventy-five schools selected to offer DESIGNING CAREERS, a program to support Year 10 students and their families in career education. In 2006 this was extended to Year 11 students. An important source of support may be found at www.kiwicareers.govt.nz/.

The careers team works with classes, groups and individuals to:

  • provide accurate information about careers and qualifications
  • organise speakers to talk about specific careers
  • set goals and monitor the achievement of these goals
  • set up Individual Education Programmes
  • set up Individual Vocational Programmes
  • provide advice on subjects and option choices
  • develop sound work and study skills and to monitor progress
  • co-ordinate STAR course with other training programmes
  • organise work experience

Learning and Career Plans

Learning and Career Plans (LCPs) have been developed for students to:

  • consider the range of careers available
  • help in assessing strengths and identifying the areas in which an individual can improve
  • provide teachers with information about students who need extension programmes or extra support in a subject
  • identify the reasons why a student may lack motivation and to work to solve these problems
  • ensure students study appropriate subjects

The programmes, which are monitored by form teachers, also provide the Careers Team with useful information

Gateway Scheme

The Gateway scheme allows students to participate in the work place and to prepare students for their future vocation and employment. The aim is to ensure that a student has sufficient skills and training to enter the work force.

These programmes are developed to meet the specific needs of an individual student and her parents are involved.

Year 12 and 13: Animal Care and Agriculture/Horticulture

Topics: 

  • Horticulture
  • Agriculture
  • Animal Care

Skills: 

  • Cat, Horse and Dog Identification and Health. 
  • Structure and function of Plants. 
  • Knowledge of how cows produce milk. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of horse anatomy. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of wool production.
Year 12 and 13: Early Childhood Education - Introductory

Topics: 

  • Students will learn how children develop emotionally, physically, socially and cognitively. 
  • They will conduct and observation of a child in an Early Childhood Education setting.
  • Students will discover the nutritional needs of children and have practical hands on experience in making meals. 

Skills:

  • Students will be introduced to the basic needs of children aged 0-5. 
  • Students will learn to meet the basic needs of children and will demonstrate an understanding of age related nutritional needs. 
  • Students will be creative in the making of age and stage appropriate resources. 
  • They will develop skills in interacting with young children and will demonstrate and knowledge of organisations relevant to ECE services in Aoteoroa/NZ.
Year 12 and 13: Early Childhood Education - Advanced

Topics: 

  • Explain the purpose, philosophy, structure and relevance of the NZ Early childhood curriculum Te Whariki.
  • Describe and contribute to safe practices and a safe environment for children in an ECE service. 
  • Develop reciprocal and responsive relationships with children in an ECE service.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cultural diversity in ECE services.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate a learning plan for a child or children in an ECE service. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and apply effective communication with diverse whanau/ families in ECE services.
Year 11: Foundation Skills

This programme has been developed to provide a base of knowledge for your future. It will require you to seek knowledge from different sources, work and talk with a variety of people, act on their advice, prepare and show understanding of work-related documents.  It will assist you to develop your ‘soft’ skills – skills that employers are looking for; essentially your listening, ability to work with others and your conversing skills.

Skills: 

  • Ability to breakdown a task and make a plan of action.
  • Become responsible for own actions – reflect of progress, suggest ways to improve. Be able to work with a variety of people in different contexts.
  • Understanding of the importance of communicating appropriately. 
  • Able to carry out tasks with limited or no supervision (i.e. be independent).
Year 12: Foundation Skills

This course is for you if you are looking for a challenge, interested in gaining knowledge on leadership, have a passion for ‘making a difference’No matter what direction your individual programme takes you, it will require you to seek knowledge from different sources, work and talk with a variety of people and act on their advice.
This course is designed to enable all students to achieve.

Skills: 

  • Ability to breakdown a task and make a plan of action.
  • Become responsible for own actions – reflect of progress, suggest ways to improve.
  • Be able to work with a variety of people in different contexts.
Year 13: Foundation Skills

This programme has been developed to provide a base of knowledge for your future.
Initial course work may be teacher selected, focusing on self-reflection and options for the future.
Independent learning programmes are developed which reflect personal strengths and challenge learners to work outside of their comfort zones.

Skills: 

  • Problem solving and taking action.
  • Task planning, breakdown and working to deadlines.
  • Ability to carry out tasks with limited or no supervision and manage own learning.
  • Taking responsibility for own actions – reflect of progress, suggest ways to improve.
  • Working with familiar and unfamiliar others, in a variety of situations.
     
Gateway

Gateway is an individually customised programme which caters for students keen to explore career options.  They must be work ready, mature and willing to step outside of their comfort zone at times to explore workplaces and careers which may offer interesting ideas and challenges for them.

They will be completing a range of unit standards associated with their area of interest, whilst in the work place.  These standards are likely to be linked to qualifications obtained through Polytechnics, Industry Training Organisations or a range of  other providers.

An Individual Vocational Plan is developed for each student which will include  industry specific unit standards leading to workplace qualifications.  These standards are often assessed in the workplace.

A range of training and assessment is offered to all Gateway students which may include First Aid, Health & Safety in the Workplace and/or  Learner Driver License tutorials.

There are limited places on the programme and entry is by interview held later in the school year.

Skills: 

  • The Unit Standards listed form the basis of the course which covers a wide area from children’s safety, the curriculum and how to plan a programme, through to communicating effectively with family and whanau.
  • The Unit Standards gained at Level 3 build on the skills and knowledge from Level 1 & 2 Early Childhood.

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