Kurri Kurri High School’s focus on giving students positive pathways to the real world was brought into the spotlight at its annual business luncheon on Thursday.
Now in its eighth year, the event (previously held as a breakfast) was attended by about 50 business and community leaders.
The school’s year 11 hospitality students cooked and served the lunch, and student ambassadors spoke about work-readiness programs including the long-running Authentic Assessment, the Studio (a new format for non-ATAR senior students), and partnering with local businesses for school-based traineeships.
Students also demonstrated the Maker Party in a Box robotics and coding equipment, which Telstra donated to the school in November last year.
Telstra NSW corporate affairs manager John Hewitt spoke about the importance of investing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and the need for students to obtain skills in these fields.
“Digital technologies play a central and empowering role in our lives,” he said.
“Everything that can be connected will be connected – there will be careers involving new and exciting jobs.
“We are recognising the need to prepare for change and the need to build new skills.
“We have a responsibility to prepare the young people of today for the changes of tomorrow.”
Mr Hewitt said praised Kurri Kurri High School for showing the initiative and embracing programs like robotics and coding.
“It’s fun for schools, and it develops vital STEM skills that people will need for the jobs of the future,” he said.
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