Careers & VET News

Head of Faculty – Careers & VET

Catherine Rentoule


Career News for Year 12 Students

In response to COVID-19 study disruptions, the Australian National University (ANU) has changed their admissions process for Year 12 students who are applying directly to ANU for undergraduate study in 2021. More information about how these changes will impact students is available at the following website:

James Cook University (JCU) have also introduced an Early Offer Round. All Year 12 students should have received an email from me regarding early admission application details and a two-page application form. Please return this form to the College as soon as possible so that it may be forwarded onto JCU on your behalf. We are excited to report that some students have already received offers.

For students involved in the Work Experience JCU & Mater Hospital HERO Program which was scheduled for May this year, please be reassured that you will not miss out on this fantastic opportunity. It will now take place during the second half of 2020. Further details will be made available to students closer to the time. All applications received so far will be considered for the program later in the year if students are comfortable with this.

Finally, due to the preparations required by Townsville Hospital to manage the COVID-19 response, the decision has regretfully been made to cancel the Townsville Hospital High School Health Careers Programs scheduled for June 2 and 3, 2020. At this stage the programs scheduled for July 20 and 21 will go ahead as planned.


Career News for Year 10 SET Planning

Term 3 we will focus on working with students to develop their Senior Education & Training (SET) Plan.

Developing a SET Plan will help students:

think about their education, training and career goals after Year 12

▪ structure their learning in Years 11 and 12 around their abilities, interests and ambitions

▪ decide which learning options they should choose to achieve their learning, further their education and training and career goals.

Each week, students will undertake various online activities in the Student Secure Area of the St Patrick’s College Townsville Careers Website exploring their personality, values, strengths and interests. Careers Teachers will monitor students’ completion of the set activities and provide support as required.

For more information please have a look at our website or to book a Career Interview please email:



Year 12 Hospitality students are studying ‘Food Trends’ and creating dishes that could be served from a food truck.   The girls had the opportunity to cook a gnocchi dish and sauce from scratch.  It was interesting to see how simple it was to make but at the same time quite time consuming.

Year 11 students are studying an Introduction to the Hospitality Industry in particular ‘café culture’.  Students have been cooking recipes that would normally be served in a café environment.  On this occasion they made Mini ham and cheese quiches which were a hit.  Very easy to make and can be served for morning tea, lunch or a high tea event.