Collie Senior High School moving with the times to prepare students

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times
Collie Senior High School principal Dale Miller is proud of the innovative upgrades at the school.
Camera IconCollie Senior High School principal Dale Miller is proud of the innovative upgrades at the school. Credit: Stuart McGuckin

Collie Senior High School has long played a role in preparing the town’s next generations for industry and trades through specialised programs.

Two years ago more students from the school gained apprenticeship and traineeships than anywhere else in the South West.

As uncertainty about the future of the town’s major industries continues to grow the school has taken a proactive approach to moving with the times.

Principal Dale Miller said CSHS continued to work with local industry and the town’s chamber of commerce to adjust the specialised pathways it provides.

Industry, the school and the chamber have come together to form the Collie Education Trade alliance (CETA).

“Our focus is about moving forward,” Mrs Miller said.

“CETA looks at preparing students for apprenticeships and traineeships in traditional trades, new trade areas and school-based traineeships.”

“In the coming weeks we will be having another meeting about how employers can take on school-based trainees which develops new skills and abilities.”

She said the school’s facilities were constantly being assessed and upgraded to cater for changing needs.

The latest upgrade focuses on combining science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines opened at the school on Monday.

“That will looking at developing solar-powered cars,” Mrs Miller said.

“That’s an area where students can design it, make it, trial it and then actually enter into competition - in conjunction with the mines - at the end of term one.”

“It’s about using different skills and new facilities, but still preparing them for industry in whatever form that industry may take.”

“Industry feeds back to the school what skillsets they require from young people so it is a real team effort.”

Other facilities in the works will cater for emerging sectors in the town such as tourism.

“Industry is only one side of it,” Mrs Miller said.

“We’re also building a commercial kitchen and student cafe. If tourism is something that grows and develops then we need to prepare our students for that in Collie and elsewhere,” Mrs Miller said.

Traditional ATAR pathways are remain a big part of the curriculum.

“If they want to go to uni there will always be that option,” Mrs Miller said.

“Our course are developed on student feedback so they are motivated, engaged and best placed to achieve.

“Whatever career our students choose they still need the same underlying skillsets of communication, teamwork, problem solving and resilience - we can prepare them with those life skills.”

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