LILLY Dawson of Lithgow High School has undertaken a school-based traineeship as one of her Higher School Certificate subjects. As part of the Indigenous Youth Careers Program, Lilly works one day each week at Cooerwull Public School and has already learnt a lot since she began the course last year.
Some of her duties has included assisting students with their work and listening to the children read both individually and in groups. Lilly has also worked with School Learning Support Officers helping students in MultiLit and Quicksmart programs which are designed to improve skills in literacy and numeracy.
In a partnership between Lithgow High School, Lithgow TAFE, Skillset and Cooerwull School, Lilly is studying Certificate III in Eucation Support.
Her TAFE classes are held by way of video conference sessions with other trainees from as far afield as Mudgee, Cowra and Forbes.
Once a month the trainees meet in Orange for face-to-face classes and discussions. After completing her HSC this year Lilly will go on to study Certificate IV in Education Support at TAFE in 2016, and then attend university to become a teacher. Lilly enjoys working at Cooerwull School and loves helping the children and being a part of their progress. “Lilly has made a positive contribution to the learning of many of our students,” Cooerwull Principal Mark Snow said. “We have seen a wonderful growth in her confidence and abilities. “She has proved popular with both the children and the teachers'.
Original Story first published in Lithgow Mercury 12 May 2015