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HMAS Stirling welcomes School Pathways Program

25 October 2012
The School Pathways Program- Defence Industries in partnership with Chief Petty Officer Toni Ralph from the Navy Domestic Engagement Program facilitated a visit to HMAS Stirling

HMAS Stirling welcomes School Pathways Program

The School Pathways Program- Defence Industries in partnership with Chief Petty Officer Toni Ralph from the Navy Domestic Engagement Program facilitated a visit to HMAS Stirling, Garden Island for 40 students from Como Secondary College and John Tonkin College. The Year 11 Physics students from Como won this opportunity by participating in, and completing surveys regarding, the School Pathways Program Careers Expo last year. John Tonkin Physics and Engineering students are focus classes for the SPP and identified this opportunity as having direct relevance to their curriculum. Five staff members, including Science HOLA’s, accompanied the students on Thursday 25th October 2012.

Students were addressed by Engineers from HMAS Perth and provided with an excellent overview of relevant training and paraprofessional pathways in engineering and electro-technology. Specific opportunities available to females in engineering were also highlighted. Students and their teachers visited active Navy Frigate HMAS Perth, Supply ship HMAS Sirius and the Submarine Underwater Escape Facility. Pathways to engineering from TAFE to University were emphasised.

Being on board an Australian Navy Frigate, seeing crew busy with their day to day tasks and being addressed by serving members of the Navy gave students an excellent understanding of the skills required if they intended to join the Navy in a science or engineering related role. Speakers were clear and concise about their roles and the skills they had developed. Practical applications of the science and maths students are learning at school were motivational for both students and staff.

Students were fortunate to have a guided tour of the control room and engine room of the two ships to see a working system and how engineers isolate sections of the ship to perform maintenance, trouble shoot potential problems and provide the power requirements of the ships in an operational context.

Students were provided with an excellent overview of engineering pathways and potential career and travel opportunities in defence and allied industries with such qualifications.

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Teacher comments included; “Outstanding excursion. Well planned/organised and very informative for students.” “ Very motivational.” Student comments included; “It was fantastic to see the workings of a real ship!”

HMAS Stirling welcomes School Pathways Program
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