The Student Pathways & Futures Faculty oversees P-12 Learning Enhancement, Gifted and Talented, English as and Additional Language, careers education and development, career counselling services and the monitoring and support of students in Years 11 and 12 studying a Portfolio Pathway (non-ATAR) Program.
The faculty is committed to providing a future focussed, safe, and supportive environment where students feel nurtured as they learn. We recognise that each student learns differently, requiring the tools and confidence to have a greater understanding of themselves, their abilities and interests.
Careers & Portfolio Pathways Program
The St Margaret’s Careers and Portfolio Pathways Program is designed to assist students in making informed and effective decisions regarding their chosen pathway, so they are better prepared for the challenges of tertiary education and the world of work through the school’s individually focussed Careers Education Program.
This applies to all students whether they follow a tertiary studies pathway or a vocational education pathway. The program aims to enhance the opportunities offered to students through an established network of mentoring and practical real-world experiences provided by both internal and external individuals, business and educational institutions.
The St Margaret’s Student Pathways & Futures team support students with their subject selection, SET planning and career guidance, ensuring students build resilience, leadership capabilities and life skills.
Under the leadership of the Head of Faculty – Student Pathways & Futures and the Careers team, St Margaret’s works to support current students in making the best possibly decisions related to their work and study. Through various opportunities and activities targeted to specific individual needs, our aim to provide students with all possible opportunities to succeed in their desired field.
The Careers & Portfolio Pathways Program is tailored to a student’s requirements on a case-by-case basis and is dependent upon their year level and aspirations for the future.
The Student Pathways & Futures Office (Careers & Portfolio Pathways) is located in the Senior Library and open to all year levels. Students are most welcome to drop in before and after school or during break times. Parents and students requiring a longer meeting, or specific time, should book an appointment through the POD page.
All St Margaret’s parents and students are encouraged to visit the Student Pathways & Futures POD page which will keep them up to date with the latest career news and opportunities.
The Learning Enhancement Program at St Margaret’s reflects the school’s commitment to ensuring that each student is given the opportunities necessary to succeed and thrive. It incorporates the provision of support to students with learning difficulties/disabilities and mental health/wellbeing needs and extends to the provision of opportunities to challenge gifted and talented students. It also includes students requiring assistance with fluency in English. In this instance, students may join our English as Additional Language (EAL) Program to receive support with English to support learning and have access to specialist teachers across the curriculum.
The Student Pathways & Futures Faculty’s aim is to enable all students to achieve their potential and experience personal success. The team work closely with parents, classroom and specialist teachers and, where appropriate external consultants aimed at maximising individual learning potential.
Classroom Programs to Support Literacy and Numeracy
Students who require support in literacy, numeracy or with English as an additional language are able to engage in classes specifically designed for these purposes. Entry into these classes is based on needs assessments from academic staff.
Individualised Learning Program
Students with specific, identified needs are provided with individualised learning plans to participate and engage in learning to their fullest capacity.
Gifted and Talented Program
Students who are achieving academically to a very high standard or who are identified with outstanding academic potential are supported and extended both in differentiated classroom learning and through enrichment and ongoing mentoring provisions. These provisions are designed to identify distinctive student ability or talent, to develop personalised strategies that extend students through increasing challenge, depth and complexity, and to facilitate opportunities for independent projects that develop students’ gifts or talents within and across disciplines
An enrichment program engages student interest and collaboration with others through a wide range of activities such as the Ethics Olympiad, Tournament of the Minds, Maths Competitions, annual Literary Challenges, and a diverse and dynamic program of academic specialty workshops and programs.