The three secondary schools in Singleton have a well-established collaborative partnership that provides students from each of the schools industry standard trade training as part of their HSC studies.
Through shared facilities and teachers, Australian Christian College, Singleton High School and St Catherine's Catholic College provides vocational training in Electrotechnology, Hospitality and Primary Industries.
Practically, that means a student enrolled in Year 11 at St Catherine's may go to ACC one afternoon a week for Electrotechnology training or to Singleton High School for Hospitality training.
Whether students are in a big or small secondary school, their learning programs are enriched by having access to courses in the cluster.
Singleton's three secondary principals, along with head teachers and trainers meet together twice per term to share information about each of the programs and to ensure the smooth operation of the cluster.
It is this spirit of collaboration that sets a foundation for increased student opportunity.
Students are typically highly motivated and engaged in trade training and for good reason.
For a decade now the trade training through the cluster has provided a pathway to apprenticeships.
Trainers of each of the courses provide practical workplace experiences for students to implement their new skills.
Local businesses regularly visit students to provide training input and to offer advice about securing apprenticeships.
Each year a considerable proportion of trainees secure apprenticeships through opportunities provided by the cluster.
Are you interested in this opportunity for your child?
At the beginning of Term 3, each of the secondary schools will hold their Year 11 2020 Subject Information Nights.
Parents of current Year 10 students in and around Singleton are invited to attend each of the information sessions.
At these sessions they will find out about the trade courses and other courses offered at each of the schools.
The Year 11 2020 Information Nights are:
Singleton High School on Tuesday 30th July at 5:30pm
St Catherine's Catholic College on Wednesday 31st July at 6pm
Australian Christian College on Thursday 1st August at 5:30pm
The opportunities offered via the cluster are impressive. Make sure you get along to each of the Information Nights and make sure you are informed.