Montrose Bay High School students volunteer experience

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FIVE Montrose Bay High School students have embarked on a work experience journey by volunteering with Hobart City Mission.

During August, the students will undertake the volunteer placement as part of Montrose Bay High School’s 10-week Big Picture Program.

The Big Picture Program is an Australia-wide program that facilitates student directed learning in schools and includes a work experience component.

Montrose Bay High School workplace coordinator Elaine Mead has helped the students find work experience placements.

“The Big Picture Program helps students to feel more engaged with their learning,” Ms Mead said.

“they are in control of what they want to study and gain real life skills to prepare them for the workplace.”

Hobart City Mission contacted Ms Mead to offer the students a week-long volunteering opportunity during National Student Volunteer Week, which starts 10 August.

Ms Mead said the call came at the right time, as COVID-19 had made it difficult to find workplaces who could take students for the 10-week program.

“The students are excited about volunteering with Hobart City Mission,” she said.

“Four of the five students haven’t had much experience in the workplace, so they are really curious and ready to go – they’re looking forward to getting to do something different.

“They’ll be starting in the City Mission Op Shops Sorting Warehouse initially.

“Some of them are also really keen to gain some retail experience in the Op Shops too.”

Jack is one of the students who will be volunteering with Hobart City Mission.

“I haven’t been in a formal workplace before, although I have had some experience in public speaking through my work with autism awareness,” Jack said.

“I’m hoping to learn some new skills.

“I’m feeling a little bit nervous, but mainly excited.”

For more information about student volunteering opportunities with Hobart City Mission, contact Sara Shepherd at

Caption: Montrose Bay High School student Jack during work experience volunteering with Hobart City Mission.

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