Wollondilly high school students prepare for university life

HEAD START: 23 students, including from Picton High School and Wollondilly Anglican College, celebrate completing the University of Wollongong program.

HEAD START: 23 students, including from Picton High School and Wollondilly Anglican College, celebrate completing the University of Wollongong program.

A group of Wollondilly Year 12 students have worked extra hard to prepare for university life next year.

Picton High School and Wollondilly Anglican College were represented in this year’s University of Wollongong’s University Preparation Program at UOW’s Moss Vale campus.

Participants completed a 20-week program which provided subject-based tutoring with current UOW students.

The program assisted Year 12 students in their studies ahead of the final Higher School Certificate exams starting on October 18.

UOW outreach manager Tamsyn Richards said this year’s program was a success.

“It was evident from talking to students and parents that they had a great university preparation experience,” she said.

“The program is designed to get the students to start becoming familiar with the university environment and learning platforms.

“This will provide them with the academic and soft skills which will make their transition to university much more successful.”

Participants completed a weekly seminar series to build their awareness of the skills required for university life.

Students also received assistance to submit applications for early admission to UOW.

The program capped off with each student attending a mock interview in preparation for their formal early admission interviews that will take place this week.

The students will learn the outcomes of their early admission interview on October 15. 

Twenty-three students from Picton High School, Wollondilly Anglican College, Bowral, Picton and Moss Vale high schools and Chevalier College completed the program.

Participants were interested in a range of UOW courses, from biotechnology through to law, business, teaching and creative arts.

UOW Southern Highlands campus manager Stephen Lowe praised all students for attending the program each week during terms two and three.

“The focus on career development, effective study habits and other soft skills have given them a confidence boost which will be valuable going into the formal interviews in Wollongong,” he said.