A Head Start

31 July 2015

Congratulations to four of our Year 11 and 12 girls who successfully completed Headstart courses through the University of Southern Queensland. Headstart is a program for school students that allows selected students in Years 11 and 12 to complete university courses that guarantee them entry into related degree courses at USQ.

The first course completed is free, and courses also contribute points towards the Queensland Certificate of Education. Our successful Headstart graduates, from left to right in the photograph, with Mr Farmer are:

  • Charlotte Gehrmann (Year 12) - Cinematic Language
  • Nicola Sainsbury (Year 11) - Engineering Materials
  • Christine Mundell (Year 11) - Introduction to Marketing
  • Bree Gardoll (Year 12) - Human Anatomy and Physiology

The girls were awarded their graduation certificates at the Graduation Ceremony at USQ on Tuesday evening.  Well done girls!

Bree says of her experiences in the Headstart program:

"Over the summer of 2014 and 2015, Semester 3 for universities, I had the privilege of completing a USQ Headstart Course in Human Anatomy and Physiology. It was one of the most worthwhile decisions I have made regarding the exploration of tertiary education options. It gave me a taste of university whilst complimenting my senior studies at Glennie. Through USQ’s distance education facilities and online learning centres, I was able to study externally whilst at home in Goondiwindi, participating in the same lectures, forums and quizzes as my internal cohort. As one of the components of Human Anatomy and Physiology is laboratory sessions, I was also able to attend a three day residential program where I met other Headstart participants and a variety of external nursing and science students. This was particularly valuable, as many of the full time students had practical advice on how to manage the transition into tertiary study and what to expect during a degree.

The support which USQ provided throughout the duration of my course, definitely helped me to achieve, and the teachers at Glennie helped me to juggle my school and university commitments when it came to exams".

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