The Northholm Careers Evening
We live in a rapidly changing world and schools have a responsibility to prepare students to seize opportunities and find solutions to emerging challenges. Schools need to prepare our young men and women to have the ability to navigate through uncertainty by developing core skills such as critical thinking, curiosity, resilience and self-regulation. Our students will need to appreciate and respect the perspectives and values of others; the need to cope with failure and rejection and to move forward in the face of adversity. Part of the narrative will be the aspiration to get a good job and a high income, however, the bigger picture is also to care about the well-being of themselves, their families, their friends, the community and the world.
The Careers Evening held on Thursday 6 June evening was an important educational opportunity for our students to develop their knowledge, skills, and attitudes in making informed decisions about their life, study and work options and enable successful participation in their future working careers. School is about preparing students for life.
I would like to thank the many parents and friends of the Northholm community who had given up their time to share their expertise and experience with our students. We had a diversity of professions represented on the night which will provide students with some great ideas and considerations for the future. It was terrific to have our parents represented across K-12 giving up their time to engage with our students. I would also like to thank our distinguished panelists which include Dr Michelle Byrne (Mayor – The Hills Shire Council), Adjunct Professor Dr Jim Taggart OAM, Dr Jason Donnelly and Carina Sirolli for sharing with our community their insights and differing perspectives on school, life and career choices.
Finally, thank you to the parents and students of Northholm Grammar School for your enthusiasm and involvement. Our motto is to ‘Learn with Purpose; Live with Passion’ and our focus this year has been on scholarship, excellence and character. The Careers Evening is one of many opportunities for Northholm to showcase its commitment to these principles so we can best prepare our students for life after school.