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High school students swap the classroom for campus

Summer School Program

Year 10 representatives have been experiencing life as university students through a fun initiative aimed at providing them with insight into higher education.

The Summer School Program (26 - 29 November) was coordinated by the University of Tasmania’s Schools Engagement team, in partnership with the Department of Education. 

Around 40 students from across the State checked in to Newnham for the residential learning experience.

Participants built animal habitats with the School of Architecture and Design, constructed items out of clay with the School of Creative Arts and got hands-on with health at the Launceston Clinical School.

They also toured the specialist facilities of the Australian Maritime College (AMC) while observing live demonstrations.

The program culminated with a graduation-style event, where students were presented with certificates in recognition of their summer school work. 

Brett Williams, Project Manager for the University’s Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Quality and Schools Engagement), said it was pleasing to see the program returning after its inaugural year.

“The program immerses students into key aspects of university life while guiding them as they explore the possibility of future tertiary study,” Mr Williams said. 

“We hope it allows them to see that university is a fun, welcoming and vibrant place to be, which is brimming with a tremendous amount of opportunity. 

“The initiative has grown by 33 per cent since its launch last year, with all previous participants saying they would enrol in higher education based on their experience.”

Students also spent time with the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics (TSBE) learning about employability skills and the perception of roles in society.

Participating schools were Penguin District School, Ulverstone High School, Bayview Secondary College, Lilydale District School, Mountain Heights School, Prospect High School, Queechy High School, Scottsdale High School, Sorell School and Launceston Big Picture School.

Published on: 30 Nov 2018 3:23pm