Year 12 students at Esperance Anglican Community School will showcase their hard work and dedication over the course of their ‘Big Picture’ learning.
Big Picture provides students the chance to study something they are interested in, with the support of the school environment.
Students will introduce the Big Picture program and showcase their work to community members between 5:30pm and 6:30pm at the Esperance Civic Centre on Wednesday, September 12.
Demi-Lee Barker has produced a girl’s skateboarding magazine, Darby Smith has been studying security via telephone with the Defence Force, Sarah Butler has used animation to explore conservation, Tylah Kennedy is studying child care with a focus on disability care, Ayla Rae Anthonysz has explored sports science, health and well-being and Harry Tobin has worked with the Bijou Theatre on his passion of acting.
Ms Butler said the program allowed her and her fellow students to learn what they wanted to do later in life.
“It provides a lot more opportunities to go out and do pracs, instead of an ATAR course which is focused on getting a good score in your school work now, and then figuring out what you want to do a bit later,” she said.
“You get a head start.”
Big Picture adviser Lisa Marquis said the program was for students pursuing any educational pathway.
“It opens doorways for students who don't know exactly where they want to go,” she said.
“There’s a lot of work, but because it’s about your passion it doesn't seem to be as much.”
Ms Marquis said Big Picture did not prevent students from taking their project as far as they wanted to go.
“Traditionally, if you picked an ATAR pathway you were university bound, if you picked a vocational pathway you were TAFE bound and if you picked a general pathway you were employment bound,” she said.
“Big Picture gives kids across any area the opportunity to design a portfolio for all three of those pathways.
“It’s still up to the child to produce a portfolio of work that is deemed successful by the universities, but the opportunity of knowing your pathway hasn't been cut short in Year 10 is a really nice thing for students.”