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of these investigations to climate change,
they're more likely to study Chemistry in
Students from Vale Park Primary School
and East Marden Primary School, which are
partner schools with Marden Senior College
where I teach in north-eastern Adelaide,
recently made short documentary films
demonstrating their learning about climate
change. They were awarded com mendations
from Geoscience Australia for their efforts.
A culture of enthusiasm to learn about the
Earth, from the perspective of geoscience,
has become a feature of both schools.
Marden Senior College is an adult re-
entry school, specialising in providing for
the completion of secondary schooling.
Some students aspire to enter university or
vocational training, to update skills or sim-
ply to investigate possible future pathways.
Geology and geoscience students at the col-
lege are offered multiple pathways to further
training, university or employment in the
resources industry. While significant num-
bers of Year 12 Geology students continue to
study Geology at university, some that have
acquired an interest in Physics or Chemis-
try either return to the college to complete
studies in these areas or undertake cou rses
majoring in Geophysics, Geochemistry or
Groundwater Studies at university.
Marden's Vocational Geoscience course,
which won a 2007 South Australian Train-
ing Award, has led many students to further
training for the Diploma of Geoscience at
Technical and Further Education South
Australia (TAFE SA), since the nationally-
accredited modules offered at Marden
articulate directly with courses at TAFE SA.
Vocational Geoscience and Year 12 Geology
have become so popular that we began offer-
ing day and night classes in 2008, with addi-
tional staffing allocated accordingly. Voca-
tional Geophysics, which we began in 2009,
similarly articulates with TAFE SA training.
The many successful outcomes of
these courses include the direct employ-
ment of workers retrenched from the SA
car industry, the employment of Ugandan
refugees and many others who have success-
fully retrained for a change of career and
improved opportunities. These vocational
education and training (VET) courses have a
hands-on practical focus. They're essentially
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