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Year 9? Break Free! Create Your Magic

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If you say “Yes” to just one of these opportunities you may find a pot of gold at the end of that rainbow. You can create your own magic by saying “Yes”.

These opportunities are designed for middle school students.

People WANT you to join them. If you say “Yes” to any of these opportunities people will welcome you.

Duke of Edinburgh

Duke of Edinburgh

Discover Your Potential

Age: 14 – 24 There are 4 sections:

1.      Adventurous Journey

2.      Physical Recreation

3.       SkillsVoluntary Service

4.       Gold Residential Project



Coding for Fun

Ages 7 – 17

Run by volunteers in libraries, unis and community centres. Young people and volunteers get together to learn to play with coding.


WAAPA Short Courses

Age 6 – 18

Acting, music and dance short courses are run on weekends and holidays.  There are classes for young kids through to those who already have some experience.

Youth Mentoring

Australian Youth Mentoring Network

Get a mentor. Their support can change your life. There are often more mentors offering services than students wanting to engage.

Government Youth Programs

Local Government Youth Programs

Every local government council has youth programs. Check out your local government to see what it has on offer.

University Open Days


University Open Days

Year 10 is when you start checking out university open days and TAFE events. The University Open Days are like a big party. The TAFE events are more like “getting into computing” or “try a trade”. As these events are announced they will be announced in this newsletter.



Age: 12 – 19

Fun with Robots

Teams make and program robots and compete in different challenges. This is big in WA and the kids seem to have a great time.



Age 12-18

Students hack together geodata information to create some brilliant problem-solving ideas.


ConocoPhillips Science Experience

Age: 13 – 15

The ConocoPhillips Science Experience is a fun 3 or 4 days of science activities for Year 9 and 10 students.

Campus Quest

Campus Quest

In Campus Quest you’ll play as a university student and experience all the pitfalls and successes of campus life. This is just for students, not for teachers.

Real Lives Game

Real Lives Game

Something for gamers. Create your world and solve problems.

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Author: Bev Johnson

A fantastic careers teacher may have changed my life. I've spent my career going from job to job. After washing cars and working in bars I went into marketing. I then became an English teacher. Teaching has been the foundation for a lot of my career. I went into TAFE where I designed participation programs, then into HR, then developed training programs for industry.  I taught e-commerce and developed systems to make it easier for organisations to work together. I kept going for scholarships and going back to uni along the way. At one time I became a world expert on collaboration frameworks, and discovered it was tricky having a conversation about THAT with anyone I knew!! I now focus on delivering information that helps careers teachers to be fantastic. You can tap into my expertise by subscribing to my newsletter. Contact me at or M: 0434056412

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