STEMming the Tide

We need more people in STEM subjects, especially girls!

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, (STEM) are all subjects that are traditionally dominated by boys.

In an effort to buck the trend, Central hosted an interactive ‘Girls in STEM’ Open Day followed by a general STEM Open Day on the 19/20 June at the GreenSkills Centre in East Perth.

Year 10 and 11 girls from across the state answered the call.  Over fifty girls descended on East Perth from places as far and wide as Pinjarra and Lesmurdie, including indigenous girls from the Follow The Dream program.

This year’s program was co-funded by the Department of Education and the Schools Pathway program and built on a solid showing last year.

The open days showcased the diverse range of career options available through STEM pathways and helped smash the stereotype that STEM subjects are a ‘boy thing’.

The days were structured to give participants a chance to try their hand at a little bit of everything. The girls were divided into five groups and rotated through activities for five different STEM pathways including building, science, engineering, resources and IT.

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Every activity featured a female STEM ambassador from Central to both answer questions and illustrate the opportunities STEM skills can lead to.

With STEM skills in increasingly high demand as business and governments look to adapt new technologies, innovations and solutions to create jobs, events such as this show potential students the vast career potential in this field.

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NAIDOC Celebrations

#LearnRespectCelebrate is the tag for this year’s NAIDOC festival and it could not be more appropriate.

This year’s festival took place over 17 -18 June in Central’s Northbridge campus and featured a variety of events to teach and entertain.

Like the tag itself, learning, respect and celebration came together in this year’s festival, to show how unique and important indigenous culture is.

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. The committee formerly organised events during NAIDOC week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

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This year’s festival featured stalls and activities to give everyone a taste (sometimes literally) of indigenous culture.

Among the crowd favourites were the Bush Tucker samples by Urban Indigenous, who served a smorgasbord of tasty treats and Ranger Red Petting Zoo, which featured Australian animals like snakes, lizards and an owl.

It wasn’t all eating and petting though. Over the two days, there was a fashion show, scavenger hunt, rock painting workshops, dreamtime movies, dance and theatre, all designed to illustrate and celebrate the culture.

Indigenous culture is often under appreciated, but it is a major part of Australian identity and heritage. It is important to take time out to appreciate and celebrate the culture of the first Australians.

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Though the main focus of the festival was Australian indigenous culture, it also served as a celebration of cultures from around the world, fully living up to the hash tag of #LearnRespectCelebrate.

Art Appeal

They call Australia the lucky country and for good reason.

Not only do we have access to healthcare, shelter, food and water, in Australia education is a right and not just for the privileged.

In so many countries this is not the case.  People struggle to put food on the table and a roof over their heads, let alone access education.

Central art student Jodie Mortadza saw this struggle first hand during a recent trip to Laos and is doing what she can to change it.

Jodie is using her passion for art to raise much-needed funds for remote communities in Laos.

“After my last trip to Laos, in December last year, I saw how many children missed out on education and basic human needs, especially suitable shelters”, Jodie said.

“Many girls are forced to live miles away from home if they want to attend school; they live in terrible conditions, in makeshift shacks. It’s just not safe”.

Since her trip to Laos, Jodie has been made a member of the Global Hands Charity Board and is committed to making a difference.

She is now preparing for her first fundraising event, The Laos Exhibition, taking place on Friday July 10, at the Central Institute of Technology Art Gallery at 12 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge.

The event will include a mixed media art exhibition, a Laotian style night market, live music and refreshments.

Funds raised will go towards building new dormitories and education programs in Laos.

To book a ticket or find our more click here.

 

 

Flat whites and sharp skills

Central MD Neil Fernandes officially opened Central’s brand new Hospitality Tourism and Events live training space today.

Chalk and Cheese at Central will be a functioning café that allows students to train in barista skills, hospitality, bar skills, restaurant service skills, customer service and events management. The dynamic space gives students the opportunity to put theory into practice with real customers and real events.  It will be operating as a training café when students are doing their vocational industry practice.  Watch this space for opening hours.

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Find out more about Central’s tourism and hospitality courses

Remembering Our ANZACS

The legacy of the ANZACs is huge part of Australian identity.

For many, it is the personification of being Australian, larrikinism, endurance, courage, ingenuity, good humour and above all, mateship.

To commemorate the legend of the ANZACS, Central revealed ‘The Poppy Project’ on 24 April 2015.

The Poppy Project was organised by two of Central’s Fashion lecturers, Anna Kotai and Ruby Glendining, as a tribute of respect and remembrance to commemorate the ANZAC centenary.

Inspired by the ‘5000 Poppies’, a nationwide, grassroots tribute of respect and remembrance, Anna and Ruby led volunteers to create individual poppies, before combining them into one.

The participants created several hundred poppies by either knitting, crocheting, or sewing different materials like felt, buttons, sequins and wire together.

Anna and Ruby then combined the individual poppies into one giant poppy using chicken wire. The finished piece was roughly 2.2 metres tall and 1.8 metres wide and weighed 12 kilograms.

The giant poppy was unveiled, along with a plaque acknowledging the role Perth Technical School (now Central) students played during the First World War, at a low-key ceremony attended by about 40 guests at 30 Aberdeen Street.

Central is forever linked with the ANZAC legend, with former students forming part of the 11th Battalion, which was among the first infantry units raised during the First World War and the first from WA.

The 11th Battalion, following stints of training in Egypt, took part in the Gallipoli landing in April 1915 a sacrifice that will not be forgotten.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Calling All Ostriches

Its so daunting working out what we want to be when we grow up, it’s hard to know where to start.

The choices are so huge most of us put off the decision in the hope it will work itself out.

If your one of the many taking the ‘head in the sand’ approach, head down to the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre and check out the 2015 Careers Expo, running until Sunday 17 May.

Whether you’re a high school student, school leaver, mature age student, post graduate, career changer or parent, the Careers Expo will help demystify the range of career options available to you.

At a time where there have never been so many career, education and training options, this is a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about taking the next step.

Central, as always is leading the way in presenting what we have to the world.

This year is no exception; Central has a team of dedicated staff to help you find the best study option to set you up for a career you love.

The free event is for anyone between 16 and 60 looking to take their career forward or make sense of their options.

So take your head out of the sand and open your eyes to a world of opportunities you may not even know about and find the right one for you.

DATES:

Thursday 14 – Sunday 17 May 2015

TIMES:

Thursday 9:00am – 3:00pm

Friday 9:00am – 3:00pm

Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm

VENUE:

Perth Convention Exhibition Centre

Admission is free for everyone, everyday.

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International student award for community-minded Thomas

Thomas Remont, an Advanced Diploma of Accounting student, has thrown himself into life in Perth, winning him the International Student of the Year Award at Central’s Student Awards 2015.  In addition to his work as a volunteer international student ambassador for Central, Thomas is also involved with a variety of organisations including Friends of Kings Park and WA Aids Council.

Thomas’ leadership skills match his natural energy and enthusiasm for life as an international student. He has enjoyed the cultural diversity Central offers. “Studying at Central Institute of Technology has really opened my horizons and exposed me to other cultures. We are lucky to have such a diversity of different cultures.”

Thomas has advised friends from overseas to come to Central, “not only because of the quality and recognition of the training, but because of the atmosphere and environment of study”.

Thomas made a conscious decision after moving from France to be proactive in his new environment by being involved in the community and different organisations.

With this strong social conscience, Thomas’ long term career goal is to work as an accountant for a non-profit organisation, such as an environmental or community services organisation.

EDITORS NOTE: Thomas has recently won the Council of International Students in Western Australia (CISWA)’s 2015 International Student of the Year Award. Congratulations Thomas!

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