The school has had the opportunity to engage in various experiences and partnerships that have involved local Universities and organisations.
Professional Experience (PEX) Hub
JFHS has been giving the amazing opportunity to engage in a partnership with Charles Sturt University to become a PEX Hub school.
The Professional Experience Agreement between the NSW Department of Education and Charles Sturt University identifies James Fallon High School as a “hub” school, the only high school in a rural area to be identified, with an exclusive relationship with Charles Sturt University in the field of professional experience.
The aim of the program is to identify innovative practices that can be employed in teacher education professional experience programs, to address issues of professional development for teachers on staff who are re-training, and to provide insight into sustainable effective professional experience in a rural high school.
Teacher Education students will be selected from the Albury cohort of the Bachelor of Education (K-12) students in third year through an Expression of Interest and interview process. The successful applicants will work closely with staff at JFHS and immerse themselves in all aspects of the school. They will be appointed Teacher Mentors from various faculties within the school, who will support them during their Professional Experience.
La Trobe University
Liaising with La Trobe University and its campuses through student participation in ongoing workshops highlighted the higher education opportunities for our students in the Albury area as well as providing them with a tertiary experience. The students have been provided with skills and time to reflect on their aspirations and their exit plans from school, whilst considering how school education can support them in those plans. In 2018, 26 Year 12 students have been provided with a conditional offer to La Trobe, with mentoring and transition support to university.
MICEEP crew (capable and ready to work) program
A partnership between the three high schools, including JFHS, and MICEEP has been developed to deliver engagement under the Links to Learning Funding Agreement. This involved 12 students from each high school to engage in a program called Capable and Ready for Work.