SERVICES ACADEMY

INTRODUCTION

The Services Academy programme has been established at Kelston Boys High School with the support of The Ministry of Education and the New Zealand Defence Force.

It is a 1 year programme.

The Academy’s role is to:

  • Identify
  • Support
  • and Up skill 20 Senior Students

To ensure that they have the best possible start in a career within the New Zealand Defence Force with our guidance and mentoring.

PHILOSOPHY

To provide an effective teaching and learning environment that is both purposeful and stimulating. Enabling personal achievement in all areas of both life and career education.

VISION

We aim to foster skills and values that enable students to take a positive role in society in the career of their choice and their local community.

AIM

The aim of this academy is to provide an opportunity for the students to push individual boundaries, find new physical and mental limits, to encourage teamwork, discipline, and competitiveness and to develop skills that will ensure a career within the NZDF.

OBJECTIVES

  • To provide a link between the societal skills and Career aspirations and create a meaningful learning experience that allows the Academy members to achieve to the best of their ability.
  • To expose the students to skills required making self and grouping improvements in a meaningful context.
  • To identify and enhance the Academic and physical skills and knowledge of the students participating
  • To promote Leadership, discipline, self pride, goal setting and self-assessment to ensure that all AM (Academy Members) reach their full potential and achieve the ultimate goal of being recruited in their chosen field and service.
  • That the students become role models within their own families, peer group, schools and local community.
  • Create and reinforce community links with Academy members participating and contributing to community events/projects.

CAREERS

The School’s Careers department is available to help parents and students with;

  • Career planning
  • Career pathways
  • Subject choice/selection
  • General Careers/vocational/work related information.

Career planning becomes critically important in Years 11 and 12.It is better to have a plan /goal and then change it than it is to have NONE at all.  The key is to keep “options” open and to study subjects that the student is interested and motivated to work.

English and Mathematics are essential to at least Year 12 as Tertiary study requires a high level of Literacy and Numeracy.

With NCEA, students must be aware of what the “Common Entrance Standards” are to attend University and Polytechs are, as they start in Yr 11.

The careers department offers a number of Career Assessment opportunities: (Careerquest, Futureselves, Career Interest Test, Pathfinder and Self directed Search) both in and out of the class as well as looking at the World of Work.

Any parent/guardian wishing to discuss their sons “future” can call and make an appointment both in and out of schooltime.

The Careers Counsellor is Mr C Parsons (Grad Cert in Career Development, AUT)

GATEWAY

This is a programme which opens the gate between school and the world of work, and which allows students to gain experience in a local workplace. The focus is to gain workplace industry credits. Topics covered in the classroom include: Site safety, Customer Services, CV writing, Interview Skills and Personal Career Planning. Students spend one day week out of school in the workforce, gaining relevant skills and experience.

The Gateway Programme is a structured workplace learning opportunity for senior students (Years 11-13). It is an opportunity for senior students to gain hands-on experience relevant to their field of study or in the industry they want to work in when they leave school.

Enterprise Waitakere and Kelston Boys High School negotiate the placement of participating students with suitable employers. The safety of the learning environment is ensured and students are closely monitored whilst on Work Placement.

An individual Work Place Learning Plan will be designed for each student and will provide details of study and assessment in the workplace.

Students gain credits towards industry standards (NZQA) or National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEDA).

STUDENT BENEFITS;

  • A realistic insight into working life and real work experience
  • An understanding of available opportunities and possible future career prospects
  • Placements could lead to an apprenticeship opportunity
  • Gain workplace confidence by applying theory and practical skills learned in the workplace
  • Practical work experience (Highly valued by employers).
  • Credit achievement towards National Qualifications and NCEA

”This is not a work experience programme, nor is it a programme for underachievers. It is a programme designed to assist schools to make learning relevant to the needs of all students, and to ensure that young people have a smooth transition from school to work.”

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