Graduate now Working with Children

Hard work, volunteering and focusing on her goals has seen John Tonkin College graduate Rebecca Pearson achieve her dreams to graduate high school and work with children. Rebecca joined the Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success program as a Year 11 student when she came to the College in 2011. Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success Mandurah co-ordinator Andrea Tacko said Rebecca was already showing qualities of being a caring individual with a genuine concern for those less fortunate when she joined the program.

“She has played an active part in the life of the community through her involvement in Relay for Life and participation in volunteer work in Zollas Op shop on holidays and weekends,” Andrea said. “Aspiring to achieve her dream, Rebecca chose subjects to best prepare herself for a successful senior school and that supported her interest in caring for others and particular small children.”

Rebecca received her first ever ‘A’ grade in Independent Living and was awarded the prize for this subject at the end of 2011. Rebecca’s Statement of Results showed Rebecca receiving numerous ‘A’ and ‘B’ grades for many of the subjects chosen in 2011 and 2012. Rebecca also achieved her Cert II in Children’s Services and her host employer gave Rebecca a job while she completed her traineeship. The employer then went on to offer Rebecca full time employment after graduation at the end of 2012. At her graduation ceremony, Rebecca was awarded the Positive Image Award – School Ambassador, the Lions’ Endeavour Award and the Noongar Mooditj Kaadadjiny Award. Rebecca was also awarded Advanced Standing – Academic and Extra Curricular.

“As a Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success student I looked up to and was supported greatly by both co-ordinators Andrea and Isobel,” Rebecca said.

“I used the Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success Learning Centre to study in a quiet environment and the tutors helped me to understand and extend my comprehension of content,” she said. Andrea said Rebecca always showed respect for the Learning Centre and tutors and modelled this to other students, including other Year 12s she spent time with. Currently Rebecca is employed by the Centre that hosted her for her traineeship and she is about to begin her Diploma in Children’s Services.