An exciting new initiative at Claremont College is the Claremont College Academic Pathways Program (CCAP) which is designed to mentor and support students studying Level 3 and 4 subjects. Its goals are to inspire students to aim high, through community engagement and a series of targeted activities, as well as building confidence and strategies to become successful at tertiary study. Students are supported to explore a university pathway.
Staffed by experienced teachers representing all the main subject areas of the curriculum, the program involves regular group meetings and planned experiences. Community excursions and informal social gatherings build networks while other activities, such as study skills sessions, a guest speaker roster and a tutorial program, develop skills and help students to expand their future horizons. The CCAP Program works closely with the UTAS uniHUB.
Students visited the University of Tasmania and heard from the student ambassadors who then acted as tour guides for them to explore the campus. They experienced university lectures and activities with UTAS staff.
Sailing and Salamanca Experience
It was all hands on deck as the Lady Nelson sailed down the river. Team work was the key to success with students taking up the challenge of hitching sheets and hauling halyards, instructed by the expert volunteer crew.
The old IXL Jam Factory in Hunter Street is now the site for the UTAS School of Art. The history of the building and its jam making past was an interesting discussion topic for CCAP students. Gallery Salamanca gave the students an excellent talk on Tasmanian art and glass making.
Marine and Environmental Science Focus
The Marine Discovery Centre was a day to discover possible career pathways and explore current environmental issues. Students went aboard the centre’s 13.5 m research vessel, the Penghana and explored the waters of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and were able to examine marine life including sea cucumbers, hermit crabs, scallops, starfish and sharks. They conducted a range of mini experiments including modelling the carbonisation of water and looking at plankton under the microscope. At the end of the day the group was engaged by a presentation about micro-plastics in the environment and ways to reduce the use of single use plastics.
Students experienced firsthand the power of individuals to make a difference to the preservation of species when they visited Raptor Refuge at Kettering, set up twenty years ago by Craig Webb to rehabilitate Tasmanian birds of prey. Conservation scientist and Antarctic footprint expert Dr Shaun Brooks, along with volunteer staff from Raptor Refuge, captivated our students with their knowledge of wedge-tailed eagles, white-bellied sea eagles, peregrine falcons and other raptors, outlining the threats to them, especially with only an estimated 350 breeding pairs of wedge-tailed eagles remaining. Several students expressed a desire to volunteer in the program.