Approximately 200 Year 9 students from the Clarence Valley will converge on the University of New England (UNE) over the coming weeks to experience life as a ‘uni’ student.
Coming from schools in Grafton and Maclean, the students will participate in activities covering zoology, theatre studies, medicine & nursing, law as well as hearing about scholarship opportunities, early entry schemes and student support services provided by universities to ease the transition from high school to tertiary study.
The visits are being organised by Stellar, a joint UNE and Southern Cross University program.
Stellar is an initiative funded by the Commonwealth Government’s Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) to improve the participation rates of students from communities under-represented in higher education.
Stellar was developed by the Clarence Valley Industry and Education Forum (CVIEF) and works through a whole of community approach to support students to reach their goals.
Stellar provides information and support to students, families, carers, school staff and community groups necessary for young people to aspire to university.
According to Brian See, Project Officer with Stellar it’s not just about the students learning about courses, visiting libraries and lecture theatres.
“The students will have ample time to socialise with students from the other schools, explore the campus and burn off some excess energy with a host of sporting activities,” Mr See said.
“Last year’s visits were really enjoyed by all that attended; the feedback from students and teachers was very positive. We have the students staying in one of the residential colleges overnight so overall they can get a good feel for what to expect when they go to university.
“We will have the Year 9 students eating, breathing and sleeping university for a couple of days so hopefully they will realise this is an avenue that is achievable and that they want to follow when they finish school.”
The Stellar program works with students from Year 6 to Year 10 and facilitates a wide variety of activities aimed at increasing their confidence, exposing students to career opportunities, promoting what financial assistance is available to assist with the costs of university and regularly brings the participating high school students in contact with current university students so that they can see that people just like them can achieve their goals when they set their minds to it.
Contact: Brian See, Project Officer (Schools and Community) ‘Stellar Project’
Mobile: 0427 733 498