Participating in the RIJI mock interviews in early July was a worthwhile experience for Year 9 students. We started preparing early Term 2 as part of one of the five rotations of our Connect program. We had to find an entry level job and then respond to the ad by creating a cover letter and resumé. This was a lengthy process due to all of the editing and refining we had to go through in which teachers revised our work. On the day of the mock interviews, we brought our documents and our interviewer asked us many questions (most of which we were prepared for). This was an opportunity in which only a few schools have the privilege to participate. We highly recommend that the upcoming year levels attend this day, we promise you won’t regret it! We now feel more prepared to enter the workforce and have gained more interpersonal skills.
an ex-student, it was an absolute pleasure to come back to Spensley Street and
see all my primary school teachers. I haven’t been back in a few years and it
was great to see how things have changed
since I’ve been gone.
is a class that all Year 9 students complete at Fitzroy High. It involves
different programs such as visiting organisations where we learn about what
kind of things are going on there and we can decide if we are interested in
volunteering there later on in the year
essentially about connecting with community members and helping out those in
term, Year 9s have been to Salvation Army where we learnt about homelessness
and how it affects the lives of more Australians then we think, Yarra Youth
Services to find out about sports, art and cultural programs, and Spensley
Street where we got to help out in the classrooms. After each excursion we
reflect on what we have learnt, how we helped out and how we could help out in
I returned to Spensley Street I was reminded how important primary school was
for me and I realised how valuable the Connect Program is for us and the wider
community. I’d like to thank Spensley Street, teachers and students, for
welcoming us into the classrooms and helping us learn about the community and
how things work at Spensley Street.
Alex Castles Krusec 9Y
Our class experienced a
taste of volunteering in various sectors of the workforce; specifically
education, youth services, humanitarian, and aged care. The Connect program
helps us experience different parts of Melbourne and our community and how it
all comes together. It was nice to experience a different part of our community
while visiting Ruckers Hill Nursing Home, talking to residents who enjoyed our
At times it was a
confronting and challenged us to communicate in a different way with people who
have aged care needs, such as dementia. We heard different life and work
stories from the residents, some of which were; a London toy maker, a furniture
removalist, a physiotherapist and activist, and a pilot. Overall it was fun but
a rewarding experience.
Spensley Street Primary School helped us connect to younger children and their teachers, helping out in the classroom, music, art or with physical education. We really enjoyed visiting Spensley Street, being with young children is a very uplifting and fun. Our next step is to focus on a charity sector that we are interested in and try to find our own volunteer experience for five weeks in term 3.