Australian Business Week (ABW)
As part of our CAS program all Year 11 students take part in the Australian Business Week (ABW) Enterprise program which will run in Opportunities Week (last week in Semester 1). This curriculum-based activity meets the students’ requirements for the major project component of their CAS program. Participation in this program will also earn each student 1 QCE point.
What is ABW?
ABW is an intensive, but fun-filled, one week program during which students undertake a series of activities which replace their normal weekly curriculum. These activities are aimed at enhancing students’ creative skills, testing their time management and focusing on their ability to work as part of a team.
Students are allocated to teams of 10 participants. Each team forms its own company with a focus on the students’ preferred career pathway eg, medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, sports medicine, engineering etc. In the course of one week, students run their company over a computer simulated two-year period in competition against other student companies. ABW Programs are practical and hands on, encouraging team work, decision making, time management, leadership and responsibility in a fun and innovative format.
The week culminates with the prestigious Awards Presentation Dinner where we recognise the hard work and success of our students. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend the dinner to celebrate in the success of their students. A letter containing further details regarding the program this year will be issued to all Year 11 students shortly.
Students are supported throughout the week with presentations by industry representatives in the areas of Finance, Web design, Marketing and Business Operations. To assist the teams business mentors visit the teams to provide guidance for business decisions the teams have to make.
Certificate III Active Volunteering (CHC30608)
(a nationally recognised qualification incorporated within the Community Services Training Package – delivered and assessed at QAHS and given RPL by Volunteering Queensland)
This course is delivered in partnership with Volunteering Queensland and with the support of community services practitioners as guest speakers and the Multicultural Communities Council Gold Coast.
- to give Year 10 students the skills to be effective volunteers in the community,
- to assist Year 10 students in making connections with Community Service groups for their CAS Service in Year 11 and 12 when undertaking the IB Diploma.
- to assist students to gain 8 QCE points
This qualification covers people working in a volunteer capacity and builds on the foundation skills required by all volunteers, to deliver competency outcomes including:
- Undertaking tasks that involve basic operational knowledge, preparing data using spread sheets and presenting information using computer presentation skills
- Acquiring strategies that will assist them as volunteers to communicate more effectively with clients especially in the health industry and from multicultural backgrounds and be able to apply known solutions to a limited range of predictable problems
- Engaging in safe work practices, and applying basic operational knowledge in moderate range of areas relevant to the job
- Developing a defined range of skills that will assist them as volunteers to work effectively with colleagues (paid and volunteer) and take limited responsibility for their work output and learning
- Acquiring skills to work/volunteer within an ethical and legal framework in various areas of the community sector
Certificate III Laboratory Techniques (PML30104)
Southbank Institute of Technology (SBIT) & Queensland Academies – Health Sciences Campus provide Year 10 students with the opportunity to gain the Certificate III in Laboratory Skills qualification. The program, which includes 5 days of intensive Lab program at SBIT and online assessments, is held in the second half of each year.
The Certificate III in Laboratory Skills (PML30104) is nested in the Diploma of Laboratory Technology (PML50104) program. Students may choose to continue on to Diploma level after their Certificate III.
Certificate III in Laboratory Skills qualification prepares students to perform better in IB Internal Assessments and University studies. It also gives qualification and skills to work in Labs as a Laboratory Assistant. Students attain 8 QCE points from this qualification.