A number of senior students who pursue tertiary education at the end of Year 11 and Year 12 come from backgrounds where they are the first in their family’s history to study at a university and gain a degree to pursue a chosen professional career. Similarly, many of these students have not had members of their extended family or friends who have gained tertiary qualifications.
As a result, St Thomas More College, Sunnybank, have developed the Becoming M.O.R.E. Program. The program is designed to help high achieving Year-11 students who are university bound to enrich their experience of senior secondary education and maximise their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the profession they are interested in pursuing after Year 12.
Students who participate in the program complete an application form, nominate why they should be selected and outline a multi-modal project they will generate and present. This will either showcase the career or profession the student is interested in pursuing upon completion of Year 12 and/or highlight the knowledge and understanding they have acquired from their mentor and apply this to a piece of work for a subject they are studying.
Each student is teamed up with a mentor from the field of endeavour they are hoping to pursue. Over the course of the program, (which only takes place over a three-month period), the mentor is a role model, encourager, guide or critic for the student candidate. The aim is to have a professional conversation whereby the mentor discusses their journey and provides the student with a greater insight into the profession. Indeed, the mentor’s involvement in the program helps to enhance the students’ motivation to achieve success with their current studies and boost their confidence to pursue tertiary studies in the future.