Students making promise for future

John Ingram, and Beacon ambassadors Ebony Darlow, Rhiannon Whitson, Cody Fennell, Kyrah Howell, Nara Langdon, Ally Harrington, Elysia Wheadon, Maddison Brook and Teri Jackson

From left, Colac Secondary College assistant principal John Ingram, and Beacon ambassadors Ebony Darlow, Rhiannon Whitson, Cody Fennell, Kyrah Howell, Nara Langdon, Ally Harrington, Elysia Wheadon, Maddison Brook and Teri Jackson.

COLAC Secondary College students will make a promise next week about their own futures.

The school’s Year 10 students can attend a charter night on March 28, where they will sign a pledge to either stay in school or go on to further employment or training.

Geelong Cats footballer Tom Lonergan will be a guest speaker on the night, which parents can also attend.

The school has chosen nine student ambassadors to lead the school’s Beacon activities this year.

Beacon aims to raise student skills and opportunities by linking schools with businesses.

Ambassador Teri Jackson said signing the pledge was a commitment.

“If you sign it, you’ve got to be willing to do it, not just sit and do nothing,” Teri said.

She said she wanted to become an ambassador because she wanted to improve her public speaking.

“And I just wanted to try something new and be able to talk to people without hesitation.”

Fellow Beacon ambassador Maddison Brooke said the program gave the group a chance to organise events.

“There’s going to be a lunch with 20 Year 10 girls where inspirational women come and talk to them,” Maddison said.

She said the school was looking for sponsors for the inspirational talks.

Ambassador Rhiannon Whitson said the group was also organising the school’s annual business breakfast to strengthen ties with businesses.

Rhiannon said other events on the agenda were a polish program, where students learnt how to present themselves in interviews, and mock interviews with business leaders.

Beacon Foundation regional partnership manager Sonia van Kempen said the program’s results “speak for themselves”.

“Students attending schools in which the Beacon program operates are five times less likely to be disengaged from earning or learning than the national rate,” she said.

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