SOUTHERN River College has claimed two awards at the Beacon National Conference Awards.
The Beacon Foundation helps young people in disadvantaged communities and areas where there are high levels of youth disengagement to think more about their future after they finish school.
The school won the award for the best integration of Beacon programs into the school curriculum and the best leadership award.
The college was also nominated for three other awards – best business partnership, best blackboard lesson and school of the year.
College Beacon co-ordinator Terry Healy said the college was happy to win the awards.
“What we find is we try to expose students to different careers and opportunities and that helps stimulate what they are thinking about,” he said.
“We expose kids to different professions through their high school career – that is why we are one of top best schools in the south-east corridor.”
Mr Healy said the college was career-focused because it was important to look at what students wanted to do when they finished, before they started Year 12.
“We are very career-minded – for example we had a flight attendant come,” he said. “We have a lot of really inspiring students who come from challenging backgrounds.”
The school, which has more than 1000 students, pays a fee each year to be a part of the Beacon program, and this was its third year of involvement.
He said the awards were important for the school.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do, but there is a lot of good stuff going on at the school,” Mr Healy said.
“It really is their award.”