SCCVC Principal Patrick O’Reilly contributes to discussion on Radio ABC702 following a public lecture from Rob Stokes MP, NSW Minister for Education.
Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College Open Day Tuesday 8 May all welcome. Enrolments packs will be available, contact us to register your interest.
“….David Williams, MWLP’s CEO, summarised the night “This is what Vocational Education and Training (VET) is all about. Not only do the students reap the rewards from work placement and the connections they make with industry, employers are linked to the future workforce. It is a win/win for everyone…”
Automotive Joseph Ayoub from Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College was hosted by Goodyear Auto Care Bankstown
Business Services Stephanie Lagos from Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College was hosted by Cablenet Technologies Group
Full article: MWLP-Linking Youth to Business Careers and Opportunity
There are a few who work in Secondary Education on their way to Public and Political life and service. There are less who come from Principal experience; and even less again who find their way into the Education portfolio and space, albeit at this point in a Shadow Ministry.
Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College (SCCVC), Burwood, were delighted to welcome Jihad Dib, MP, and NSW Shadow Minister for Education, this week. Evident in the conversation and experience was the 9 years of service as Principal at Punchbowl Boys’ High School that Jihad impressively offered-as leader, and a man committed to the best for his school and wider community.
Mr Dib was very impressed by a range of the things he observed and experienced at SCCVC, now in its’ ninth year of operation. In particular, the great opportunities and tailored pathways for hands-on learning, the state-of-the-art facilities, the flexibility and dedication of staff in their determination to provide students with a personalised and deeply supportive learning environment.
When asked whether Jihad missed the experience of school, he conceded the memory continued in echoes well beyond his move to parliament. ‘I was, until last year, still listening for bells, and when rain arrived, thinking of the impacts this would have on school activities!’.
As the Shadow Minister toured and shared ideas, he reflected on whether the current HSC really accommodates the needs and requirements of learners and graduates, all bound for life in a rapidly changing 21st century world. Jihad applauded the real world skills and experiences that SCCVC offers students, equipping and challenging them to graduate as the best people, learners and workers, and confident that they are the most skillful and employable they can be as they set sail from Secondary education.
As well as the impressive 18 VET qualifications Jihad affirmed and recognised, he was very taken by the Southern Cross Vocational Enterprises (SCVE) he observed. Students engaged with real life clients, producing goods and services and creating products-such a strength and opportunity the Shadow Minister singled out for praise. From training Restaurant and Cafe, through Hair and Beauty treatments, community projects and engagements, it was the Outdoor setting/bench the Furniture Making students are producing that captured Jihad’s attention-one of which has been ordered and likely to find a home in Macquarie St!
We thank Mr Dib for his time, his interest and acclamation, and look forward to his continued support-be it in opposition or government.
Commencing in 2010, Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College (SCCVC) is a ground breaking Senior Secondary College. As part of the Catholic Education Office, Sydney, SCCVC is committed to provision of an engaging and innovative HSC, with a deep and sustained commitment to high quality vocational learning and training. This commitment was recognised in the College winning the 2013 Australian Training Award for the ‘School Pathways to VET’ category. SCCVC is a ‘Workplace of Learning’. Through Southern Cross Vocational Enterprises, students and staff collaborate in a range of ‘real life’ learning experiences, providing quality goods and services to clients and visitors. Our Business, Industry and community partnerships deepen and extend these opportunities, and underpins SCCVC as a place where personalised learning is paramount. Southern Cross is committed to the success of young adults: that they become the best people they can; they undertake the best learning, on campus and elsewhere, they are capable of; so that they graduate as the most skilful and employable people they can be.
NSW Business Chamber- Old School/New School Forum
This month, our College Principal and Student Leaders Grace Faulkner, Jasper Dryden and Emily McGrath attended the NSW Business Chambers old school/new school forum.
If the next generation is to be ready for study and work, responsibility must be shared by government, educators, parents, students and industry. This is one of the findings of the report released today by the NSW Business Chamber entitled, Old School/New School.
Illawarra Business Chamber Executive Director, Chris Lamont, said it was vital the school curriculum is redesigned and delivers education outcomes that ensure students are prepared for work or further study. A quality education should allow graduates from the school system to contribute from day one on the job.
The NSW Business Chamber is calling on education authorities to build enterprise skills into the school curriculum and start measuring them from Year 9 on. The Report outlines what a ‘New School’ system would look like:
Responsibility is shared by Government, educators, parents, students and industry.
Innovative ways of teaching and learning, as well as tried and tested approaches are implemented Australia-wide.
Evidence informed practice is supported and educators have the knowledge they need to succeed.
Teachers are celebrated for their success, attracting the best and brightest.
Schools harness technology to facilitate a richer learning experience for students.
Education is inclusive and all students have the opportunity to learn and succeed.
Schools promote educational pathways that help realise the potential of all young people.
“Many employers advise that far too many young people they interview don’t have basic literacy and numeracy skills to start work when they finish year 12,” said Chris Lamont.
The Report notes the importance of supporting teachers and a revamped High School Certificate that provides greater access and recognition for achievement in vocational pathways as well as tertiary studies.
“A quality education is more important than ever. Reforms to the education system must ensure quality education outcomes in literacy and numeracy and enterprise skills to improve employability or there is a risk the next generation will face an even greater struggle in securing employment,” said Chris Lamont (visit the link here)
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Hear our students speak about learning in the 21st Century:
“College offers best of both worlds”
The Independent Education Union (IEU) visited SCCVC recently and discovered Vocational Education at its best!
“Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College in Burwood is a unique cross between a school and a TAFE college. The college was founded in 2010 on the site of the former Christian Brothers College Burwood, which catered for boys from Years 7-10.
In 2010 the Rudd government was offering funding for schools to set up trade training centres”
Schools in the Sydney diocese had the ground breaking idea of applying for funding en masse. The successful bid resulted in an $11 million federal grant to set up a unique trade centre catering for senior students seeking an applied learning pathway.
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On the 31st Of August Pru Car the Shadow Minister for Skills and Shadow Assistant Minister for Education and Jodi McKay Shadow Minister for Transport, Shadow Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight and member for Strathfield visited SCCVC in celebration of National Skills week. Ms Car and Ms McKay toured our College, both impressed with the facilities and the job readiness programs offered by SCCVC. Click here to read the full report:
Congratulations to Jonathan Lee who won the Gold Medal in Hospitality for the recent World Skills competition held at our College.
The Inner Western Region competition ran on Friday, August 31st as part of the WorldSkills Australia program, which aims to build a skills culture by celebrating excellence in trade skills and inspiring young people to consider a skill-based career.
The event coincided with National Skills Week, which celebrates the diversity and benefits of Vocational Education and Training.
Jonathan now moves into the zone/region competition against state. independent and other Catholic Schools Students.