Posted on 24 March, 2023

NTPFES and St John NT Career Presentations

NTPFES and St John NT Career Presentations

By School Based Office, Sue Seears

Innovation and engagement at its best! 

Late last year Darwin High Schools’ PLP (Personal Learning Plan) Faculty Head; Sevi Redwood asked our School Based Police Officer; Sue Seears if a joint NT Police, NT Fire and Rescue and St John NT Careers presentation could be arranged for their Year 10 students’ PLP for 2023.

Senior Police Auxiliary Sue Seears is the School Based Police Officer at Darwin High School and is at the school every day! NT Fire and Rescue Service and St John NT however are limited by the availability of their Community Service and Education divisions and must consider operational requirements. It was a huge commitment from both agencies; to commit to a two full day’s lessons, six on each day, in February and August. PLP is a core subject for all of Darwin High School’s Year 10 cohort (400+ students) and students either have PLP in Semester 1 or in Semester 2.

Our agencies collaborated in January and early February to put together a presentation that would include:

  • Explanation of the different positions within each agency
  • Eligibility requirements for each position
  • Pay scales and Employment conditions for each position, and
  • the Rank Structure and Career progression for each agency.

Students were also very interested to learn that out of the six presenters on the day, only one had chosen this career path directly after finishing high school. These career paths attract people from all walks of life, different ages, culture, and work experience. Some of our presenters did not choose their respective careers until their early 30’s!

Our presenters included Senior Police Auxiliary Sue Seears, Senior Firefighter Nicolette McCourt, Paramedics Zebedee Schulz, Joshua Farrugia and Jessica Whitehead and Patient Transport Officer and Emergency Medical Dispatcher Luke Paramedics Zebedee Schulz, Joshua Farrugia and Jessica Whitehead and Patient Transport Officer and Emergency Medical Dispatcher Luke McLaughlin.

Thank you everyone for making these presentations such a success at Darwin High School. We look forward to our next session in August for the remaining Year 10 PLP students.

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