Western Heights College has a sequential transition program, assisting students to transition from one year into the next, assisted by their own individual learning mentor. All students have their own dynamic personal learning plans (PLP) that become their pathways plan (MIPs).
Year 5 and 6 students and teachers from our local primary schools join the college for special events. Year 6 students are supported into our college through specialised transition programs, including orientation days, parent information evenings, and introductory activities and camp at the start of the year.
Students are supported through the subject selection process by both their parents and their learning mentor. Parent information forums are integral to this process for each year level, providing information about curriculum and subject offerings, including timelines and procedures for subject selection and confirmation. The Pathways Fair, supported by Course Handbooks, enables students and parents to understand curriculum offerings suitable for different pathways and interests.
Year 9 students explore a range of career options in Focus, a compulsory unit of study. This unit is guided by the prompt, “I can be …..”. Guest speakers, workplace visits, research and discovery opportunities invite students’ curiosity about a range of careers prior to selecting their Year 10 course.
All Year 10 students participate in a holistic Work Experience program to assist them to experience the world of work and make informed subject selections, guided by their career preferences.
Later years students participate in structured, scheduled appointments with our specialist MIPS Co-ordinator, assisting them to make informed choices to achieve their future and desired pathway.
Our close partnership with Deakin University provides opportunities for students in preparing for Higher Education. VCE students are selected to join the College’s Forty Plus Club, where students attend specialised tutorial sessions to extend their achievements, assisting them to fulfil their dreams.
At the end of the year, every student transitions into their next year of learning; into their new subjects, with their new teachers, making a flying start to the year ahead. Our pathways approach to learning means that students see the relevance of their learning, making the links between their present learning and their future desired careers.
The Western Heights College Careers Blog ‘Careers@WHC’ is used to communicate important pathways information. It includes monthly updates from Tertiary Institutions, Apprenticeship and Traineeship opportunities, Work Experience Opportunities and Information, Open Day Dates and other relevant information about different careers.
Parents, students and members of the community can subscribe to the blog to receive regularly updated information.