What will you do when you leave school?

Ashleigh Mason, Riaan Swanepoel and Georgia Bown.
Ashleigh Mason, Riaan Swanepoel and Georgia Bown.

WHAT do you want to do when you leave school?” This a question which pupils are constantly asked. Some pupils will have an answer, although that answer may change over time as aspirations change or as new interests develop.

The key role of schools is to ensure that pupils are provided with a solid education that will assist them in answering this question.

The world is ever-changing as new jobs are being invented and others disappear. Pupils need to develop into responsible citizens who can cope with the changes facing them.

At Wembley College, our matric pupils have already written some of their exams.

Many of our pupils have decided what they are going to study next year and some of the matric pupils have been accepted into tertiary institutions and offered jobs at the end of their tertiary education. Our top three pupils have all chosen slightly different paths.

Riaan Swanepoel has been offered a training contract with Deloittes after he completes his Bachelor of Accountancy (BACC) at Pretoria University.

Riaan is taking A-level examinations for geography, history, accountancy and math. When I asked Riaan why he has chosen a career in accountancy he said, “I understand numbers more than words.”

Ashleigh Mason is another matric pupil who has been awarded a Deloittes’ training contract after she completes her studies.

Ashleigh has been accepted to study a Bachelor of Accountancy at Stellenbosch University.

Ashleigh is going to write her A-level accountancy and math exams. When asked about her career choice, Ashleigh said, “I am going to study a BACC because I have a better chance of getting a job.”

Georgia Bown has been accepted to study medicine at Stellenbosch University.

Her favourite subject is biology and she said, “I’ve always been fascinated with how the body works and I want to help people, so becoming a doctor is a great blend of the two.” Georgia is writing her A-level biology and math exam.

We hope that we have prepared our pupils for the world of tomorrow.

The Cambridge Education System embraces an innovative and progressive approach to learning, emphasising the mastery of subjects in depth, and the development of valuable transferable skills.

Deep subject knowledge, valued so highly by universities, develops pupils’ ability to solve problems and apply their understanding to new situations.

This encourages pupils to develop their conceptual understanding — a grasp of the key concepts that enable pupils to make links between different aspects of a subject.

Ian Harris, Cambridge International’s Assistant Director, says, “It is this love of learning that is so valuable in a constantly changing world.”

These habits of learning — being confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged — determine how pupils approach different situations and challenges.

They nurture pupils who love learning, and who will continue to learn throughout their lives, whatever they are doing. It is this love of learning that is so valuable in a constantly changing world. Pupils can continue to apply what they learnt at school to their lives.

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