A CYRIL Jackson Senior Campus mature-aged student is vying for a medicine degree at an Australian university, after returning to school in her 30s.
Maylands resident Tamaine Gayton (36), who hails from Katanning, is the second-oldest child out of 11 children in her family.
Ms Gayton’s parents took her out of school in Year 5.
She was homeschooled until Year 7 before she self-taught herself until Year 10.
She then started a full-time job, working up to 60 hours a week.
Following a move to Perth, she started studying Year 11 at Canning College before moving to the Bassendean school after the State Government decided to restrict Canning to overseas students.
Now, she is waiting for her ATAR results after completing Year 12.
She said it was exciting to be in the running for a spot in a medicine degree.
“I had interviews in Adelaide and Townsville,” she said.
“I applied in every state.
“I’ve always been interested in science.
“Until I came to high school, I had no idea where I would slot in or where I would rank against other students.”
She said while she was not at school for a long time, she never gave up on finishing it.
“My parents had 11 kids and I was the second girl so I spent a decade of my life helping raise eight of my younger siblings,” she said.
“They didn’t go to school either so I taught them how to read and write.
“I taught myself up to Year 10 level…I just bought handbooks and worked through them.”
She urged mature-aged people to continue their studies at Cyril Jackson.“There is a place here for every ability…everyone is really positive,” she said.
Deputy principal Anne MacDermott said Ms Gayton was a motivated student with exceptional work ethic.
“She has a clear goal, and commitment to her studies has been evident throughout the year,” she said.
“This, combined with her amiable demeanour, have ensured her success.”
Enrolments are now open for 2020 ATAR, VET and general courses.
For information, visit Cyril Jackson’s website.