Students wiser after Smart Steps

By Jocelyn Watts

It was a huge learning curve for Pialba State Primary School’s Year 6 and 7 students when they visited USQ Fraser Coast for the Smart Steps: Jobs to Go – Tertiary Trial Day on Wednesday, May 22.

Smart Steps project manager Liz Blight said that as well as learning about careers, many of the 150 students visited a public library for the first time.

“About one third of these students have never visited a public library before,” Ms Blight said.

“They were surprised to learn the Hervey Bay Library wasn’t just about books but also had games, toys, DVDs, magazines and a computer lab with internet access as well.”

As part of Wednesday’s Smart Steps program, USQ library staff organised a shape hunt to help familiarise students with the range of facilities available. In the games room, Lanaya Appo, Montana Silver and Narakye Monaghan found a star while other students searched for shapes in the various other areas.

The students also participated in mini lectures and social activities during the day.

Pialba State Primary School principal Simon Boss-Walker said Smart Steps was an exciting program that gave primary students the opportunity to think about their subject choices before they started high school.

“There are a lot of pathways to university and the Smart Steps program lets them see some of the options first-hand. Some of the careers the students talked about today included medical practitioner, architect and engineer.”

Smart Steps: Jobs to Go is a career awareness program primarily targeting school students in Years 5 and 6. It aims to build awareness of the variety of careers that potentially lie ahead for students, reinforcing the value of both school education and further learning or training beyond school.

Further information is available from Smart Steps: Jobs to Go Project Manager Liz Blight, phone 4194 3128 or email smartsteps@usq.edu.au.

Caption: Pialba State School teacher James Goodfellow (left) with students Lanaya Appo, Montana Silver and Narakye Monaghan who found a star in the Hervey Bay Library’s games room. Photo: JOCELYN WATTS
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