John Pirie's 'quality' students to receive endorsements

QUALITY: Teacher Aaron Ward, second from left, with candidates for the certificate, Kyah Dienhoff, left, Hannah Simpson, Alex Giles, Tash Chary, Briannah Blatchford and Chelsea Meyer. Hannah and Tash are holding the certificate which will be signed by the school and the city's commerce group, Business Port Pirie.
QUALITY: Teacher Aaron Ward, second from left, with candidates for the certificate, Kyah Dienhoff, left, Hannah Simpson, Alex Giles, Tash Chary, Briannah Blatchford and Chelsea Meyer. Hannah and Tash are holding the certificate which will be signed by the school and the city's commerce group, Business Port Pirie.

Good, reliable students will be given “endorsements” by John Pirie Secondary School in their hunt for jobs.

The revolutionary scheme recognises those who may not be the most gifted academically, but who are “quality” people.

The Work Ready Certificate of Endorsement is the idea of teacher Aaron Ward.

Mr Ward spoke to commerce leaders at the Business Port Pirie executive committee meeting at the campus.

“The certificate means the student is reliable and respectful and will attend,” he said.

He said later that young people moving through the middle school were “really exciting to work with”.

“We are reacting to this and developing programs to support excellence,” he said.

“This certificate will serve as a quick and easy way for potential employers to identify our quality young people.

“We haven’t used academic excellence as criteria for this qualification.

“Instead, we, as a school community, are vouching that the young people who earn this qualification are reliable, respectful, diligent and just simply employable.”

He said the students first had to show in the classroom those values that they would display in the workplace.

In a sign of support, Business Port Pirie has agreed to co-sign each certificate. Principal Roger Nottage praised the scheme.

“We are saying to employers these guys are ‘gold’ – get them while you can. It is like a referee check on a piece of paper,” he said.

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