Parents go back to school to offer some lessons of their own

Following on from the recent record exam results achieved by pupils at Firrhill High School, parents are now going back to the school to offer career advice.

Firrhill High School is hosting its first parent/ pupil job fair for S5 and S6 students this Friday 7 September from 9am to 12 pm.

A successful evening pilot event for S2 and S3 classes took place earlier in the year.

The idea of a parent/pupil job fair came from the work of the Business and Enterprise working group attached to Firrhill's Parent Council. The group wanted to offer pupils the opportunity to find out about as many different and varied careers and occupations as possible.  It is hoped this will give pupils a better chance of knowing what they want to do when they leave school.
Councillor Paul Godzik, Education Convener said; "This is a great initiative to give pupils the opportunity to learn more about the wide variety of occupations there are out there today.  What better resource to use than parents who will provide a wide variety of examples of this?"

Parents asked to take part work in a variety of professions, including Graphic Design, Animation, Biochemisty, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Theatre Design, Mechanics and Marketing. Parents and pupils will take part in an informal discussion on a one to one or small group basis.  Parents are being encouraged to talk about how they got into their job, what made them want to do it, the good and bad parts of it and what opportunities are within their role.

Sarah Brown, Head Teacher at Firrhill said, "The enthusiasm and support from parents has been outstanding and has confirmed the contribution that parents can make in enhancing the school experience for both pupils and teachers. The aim of the event is to give pupils the inspiration to think 'This is something I would like to do' and encourage them to pursue it further. I would like to thank all involved for helping us pull this important event together."

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