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Year 10 coming to St Patrick’s


St Patrick’s Technical College in Adelaide’s north is now officially registered as a Year 10 to 12 senior secondary school.

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Currently South Australia’s only stand-alone Year 11 and 12 vocational education and training (VET) college, St Patrick’s Technical College is currently accepting applications for enrolment for Year 10 students in 2021, offering a limited number of placements for the inaugural year.

St Patrick’s Technical College principal Danny Deptula said the college was committed to having a positive impact on the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of young people and the wider community in the northern Adelaide region.

Introducing Year 10 to the college would establish a new level of education excellence, producing higher quality and trained pre-vocational students who are ready for a world of work and further tertiary education.

The college commenced strategic planning in mid-2018 with the board acknowledging the need to introduce a Year 10 stream and the ability to focus on career education a year earlier.

“Year 10 will build on students’ skills and general capabilities, begin a journey that assists them to find accurate and reliable careers information and advice on learning, training and work pathways,” Mr Deptula said.

“By matching a student’s education choices with their desired career choice, students will be able to make more informed careers decisions, leading them to a direct pathway into their desired occupation.

“Through regular discussions with industry around the need to strengthen the depth of preparedness of students pursuing VET options, it has been identified that by adding Year 10 to the college an opportunity would be created to further promote pride and excellence in trade and vocational skills training of young people in South Australia.

“Year 10 will provide young people with the chance to engage in learning opportunities relevant to their needs, enabling them to increase their chances of successfully completing the SACE, gaining an apprenticeship and realising improved social and life outcomes.’’


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