SIGNING ON: Bundamba Secondary College principal Andrew Peach and Beacon Foundation state manager Anita Cannon sign their agreement. Also pictured are Year 9 students Sempatike Kwizera (left) and Hannah Ross and Beacon co-ordinator Melissa Worstencroft (rear).
SIGNING ON: Bundamba Secondary College principal Andrew Peach and Beacon Foundation state manager Anita Cannon sign their agreement. Also pictured are Year 9 students Sempatike Kwizera (left) and Hannah Ross and Beacon co-ordinator Melissa Worstencroft (rear). David Nielsen

Beacon puts college in a new light

BUNDAMBA State Secondary College principal Andrew Peach hopes a new Year 10 program will further improve retention rates and job futures for his students.

The college is the first Ipswich high school to become a Beacon Foundation School, by which Year 10 students will receive specialised tutoring and exposure to business leaders during their final year of high school.

For 24 years the Beacon Foundation has worked with Australian schools to inspire students either to stay in school, or to choose a positive pathway for a successful transition to work, further education or training.

Mr Peach said the organisation had achieved outstanding results for students around Australia and he was confident Bundamba students would also benefit from the new partnership.

"Beacon work exclusively with Year 10 students on raising aspirations, giving an insight into industry with the goal of kids completing Year 12 with a purpose and a solid pathway," he said.

"That fits perfectly with us.

"We've made a lot of improvements already to our Year 10 program around career education and subject selection.

"Beacon will come in and do similar things, but using industry professionals," he added.

"Kids will also have the opportunity to go out into business and do behind-the-scenes tours and get an understanding of the skills and attitudes required to be successful in different businesses."

Beacon partners with major Australian and international companies including Coca-Cola, Leighton and Rio Tinto, but Mr Peach hopes local businesses also get involved with the program.

"This is basically about further improving student outcomes and giving them insight and knowledge to their future options," he said.

"They already have major companies involved, but we're also really keen to engage the Ipswich business community."

The Bundamba program will begin next year.



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