The Year 12 Pastoral Care Program at Good Shepherd Catholic College provides students with their final opportunities to participate in secondary school life.
Year 12 Pastoral Care caters for all students, allowing for success in both tertiary and vocational pathways.
For students studying an OP (overall position) Pathway, fantastic teachers, after school tutorials and a year long QCS preparation program ensures that all students have the best possible opportunity to achieve our school goal. This goal would see all OP eligible students completing Year 12 with an OP between 1 - 15. For those students in Year 12 working towards their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) there are many extra-curricular opportunities available. The Real Work program is delivered to students during Pastoral Care lessons; this is a program designed to assist with the decision making process that all Year 12 students undertake when considering potential career pathways. The Careers Department also works closely with Year 12 students, organising work experience and school based traineeships and apprenticeships. A QCE is something that must be earned and as a school, we will provide students with support and guidance so that all students can achieve our school goal: 100% QCE achievement.
Another opportunity Year 12 students have at Good Shepherd involves participation in the leadership program. This process allows interested students to nominate for the Student Leadership Team, a group which is divided into seven different portfolios; students are also given the opportunity to nominate for the eight roles of House Captain. The challenge of leadership is skill that will stay with students throughout their adult lives and is something that we at Good Shepherd foster in all of our Year 12 students.
Year 12 Retreat creates another chance for students to demonstrate their leadership potential. This trip takes students out of Mount Isa for one week and provides them with an opportunity to reflect on the 12 years of schooling that will soon be behind them. During this time of reflection, students will form an extremely close bond with their cohort, and will return to Mount Isa ready to face the remainder of the year with a refreshed attitude and perception of life after Year 12.
By the time November rolls around, students have finished the majority of their exams and all begin the count down to the most anticipated event of the year (other than QCS of course!!). Graduation is the students last formal school event and allows parents to celebrate the completion of compulsory education with their children. After a week of preparation and final group activities, the graduation mass and night time ceremony presents students with one final opportunity to celebrate with their peers.
The Year 12 Pastoral Care Program at Good Shepherd can be intense; however, if students engage in the activities they will leave school ready for the wide world that lies ahead.