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School students Check It Out at CSU in Orange

Sunday, 21 Jun 2015

Ben MorrisApproximately 120 primary school students from Parkes and Wellington will experience university life at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange on Wednesday 24 June. The Year 6 students from Parkes Christian School, Parkes East Public School, Parkes Public School, and Wellington Public School will participate in a selection of fun and interactive workshops as part of a 'Check It Out' day to give them an authentic first-hand university experience. CSU Future Moves program coordinator Mr Ben Morris said, "By introducing young people to the world of university study, students are encouraged through a positive experience to become more engaged in school studies and more confident in considering tertiary study as a realistic post-school option." Students will participate in two hands-on faculty-based activities, then explore the library, tour the campus and its facilities, and enjoy lunch in the student dining hall. They will end the day by donning mortar boards for a mock graduation which will include a special presentation by a Future Moves leader or CSU academic. The Check It Out days are part of CSU's Future Moves program, which has been developed to encourage aspiration for higher education among students in rural and remote NSW and Victoria. Future Moves is a federally-funded initiative, run through Charles Sturt University and aligned with the Australian Blueprint for Career Development.

Media contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mr Ben Morris (pictured) or photo opportunities of students participating in experiments, classes and the graduation ceremony.

To obtain more information, talk to a Future Moves program coordinator in your area:

Albury – Ms Ilena Young 0427 283 101

Bathurst – Mr Ben Morris 0427 714 807

Port Macquarie – Ms Sandra Wallace 0407 205 452

Wagga Wagga – Ms Ravnita Sharma 0428 413 107

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