Gloucester High School year 10 students take on work experience

Chantel Martin and Sapphira Snow spent time at their old primary school. Photo Sharla Gammage

Chantel Martin and Sapphira Snow spent time at their old primary school. Photo Sharla Gammage

Gloucester High School's year 10 students went out into the work place to experience what working life is like outside school.

The students were able to choose which occupations they were interested in to see what it would be like as a job for their future employment.

With the help of GHS teacher Mike De Angelis, they set out to do just that. 

The very first thing the students had to do was to, of course, choose the employment they wanted to do.

At the end of last year, while still in year nine, the students took part in a 'Try-a-Trade' day where they got to test out a job or two that they were considering for work experience.

This day often helps a lot of the students decide what they would and wouldn't like to do.

Students could have either chosen one job for the full two weeks, or two different jobs, one for each week. For me, I chose to do two jobs, for the first week from Monday April 1 until Friday April 5, I worked at the Gloucester Advocate, where I conducted interviews and wrote news stories like this one. For the second week, I headed down to Sydney to work at a photography company.

For the last two weeks of term one this year, the students had lined up their work experience and set out into the 'real world'.

Jaime Dangerfield, Marlene Sadler, Chloe Rozynski, Josh Anniwell with a few of the clients at the cottage. Photo Sharla Gammage.

Jaime Dangerfield, Marlene Sadler, Chloe Rozynski, Josh Anniwell with a few of the clients at the cottage. Photo Sharla Gammage.

During week one, Sapphira Snow and Chantel Martin were learning what it's like to be a teacher at the Gloucester Public School.

As Chantel is considering a career as a teacher, she thought work experience at a school would help her to see what it would be like, and it turns out, she loves it.

"I liked all of it," Chantel smiled.

Sapphira said she liked how each class and year group she went into had something unique about it.

"When I was working in one of the year 1/2 classes, I noticed the way they were taught spelling was very different compared to when I went to school here," Sapphira said.

She also got the chance to help mark some of the students work which was one of the highlights of her time at the school.

"I love correcting people's mistakes," she smiled.

I liked all of it.

Chantel Martin

On the other side of town, Chloe Rozynski, Josh Anniwell, Marlene Sadler and Jaime Dangerfield tried out work at 'the cottage', which is part of the Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group. When asked about their experience, they all agreed it went really well and everyone was very nice.

"It is very eye-opening to see what people with disabilities have to go through everyday and how they cope," Josh explained.

Chloe, who had spend time at the cottage for Try-a-Trade, said she enjoyed it so much the first time, she decided to do it again.

"It's given me an awareness and an understanding of how people with disabilities have to go through their daily lives, and how people without disabilities can take their life for granted," Chloe said.