Issue 3
Monday, 27 March 2017
Charles Darwin University
CDUSSP mentor Kyaw Naing (left) shows participants around campus
CDUSSP mentor Kyaw Naing (left) shows participants around campus

NT high achievers set course for future

By Leanne Miles

Charles Darwin University has launched a new program in partnership with the Department of Education designed to enrich and extend educational opportunities for high-achieving senior secondary school students. 

More than 80 Year 10 senior secondary students from across the Northern Territory took part in the first of several activities on Casuarina campus in the three year-long CDU School Scholars Program (CDUSSP).

CDUSSP co-ordinator Sonya Mackenzie said the program was a unique opportunity for the students to meet experts in their field, explore and experience pathways to university degree and career opportunities. 

The students took part in a wildlife talk and tour to learn about research on threatened species and had a glimpse into clinical simulation and hands on activities including critical care, clinical invasive procedures and infection control. 

“These activities gave students a clinical insight into health sciences, nursing and midwifery and the environmental studies programs on offer,” Ms Mackenzie said. 

Students also attended workshops in the areas of exercise and sport science, engineering, arts and design, business and economics, humanities and social sciences, nursing, computing and information technology, music and creative arts, education and teaching, and law and legal studies. 

Bachelor of Commerce student and CDUSSP mentor Kyaw Naing said that part of his role as a mentor was to provide answers to students’ questions to ensure they could make the most of their experience.

“We are here to advise or guide wherever we can; the students just need to ask,” Kyaw said. “Throughout the year they will be able to contact us to talk about any challenges they have or even just to find out where to go or who to contact at the university.”

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks welcomed the first group, saying the program marked the beginning of expanded opportunities for high school students and also reinforced the commitment of the Department of Education and CDU partnership.

“We have a priority to expand student access for senior secondary students,” Professor Maddocks said.