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Health Careers Expo Gives Hands on Experiences

Hands on activities were presented to students who attended the Health Careers Expo at the Hawke’s Bay Hospital in early July. Eighteen Year 10 and 11 students filled dental cavities, sewed up pigs trotters, dressed for surgery and performed key-hole surgery on a wrapped sweet at the expo hosted by the DHB.

Professionals from a range of health careers answered questions and spoke about the highlights and challenges of their jobs, their training and day-to-day work. The DHB is one of the largest employers in HB and it is through the Incubator programme and the Careers Expo that students learn of the range of jobs on offer. The Incubator Programme is aimed at Year 12 and 13 students who attend more in depth presentations over the year and the Health Careers Expo gives a snapshot of the types of jobs performed by health professionals.

Our students loved the hands-on aspect of the Expo and being able to ask questions of the very approachable health professionals.  This was the first time we had gone and will definitely be attending next year.


Zoe, Grace and Sarah gowned up.


Sewing pigs trotters.


Esther and Catie talking to an anaesthetic technician.


Esther and Catie filling a tooth.

Access the most up-to-date careers information

Where do you go for the most up-to-date careers focused information? http://dreamcatcher.school.nz/

Follow the link and watch the video to see an overview of what Dreamcatcher offers.

The Dreamcatcher Careers Programme implementation is well underway with Mrs Knight working with mentor groups. This is a multi-faceted resource useful to students, parents and teachers.

Students can:

  • Record their involvement in extracurricular activities and work experience so they have a bank of their activities to draw on when applying for scholarships, courses, hostels and part time work
  • Use the interactive tools to assess their strengths, skills and interests
  • Find out about tertiary courses
  • Contact relevant liaison people for the most up to date information and advice about an area of interest
  • Find out about tasks performed in an industry or job
  • Find out about the prospects of employment and salary within a sector
  • See what career related events and presentations are coming up.

Parents and caregivers have access to Dreamcatcher via their user name and password. This was sent to parents and caregivers in Term 1. If you cannot find this please contact Mrs Knight and she will reset this so another password will be sent. Having access to Dreamcatcher should enhance those career focused conversations between students and their parents, caregivers and teachers. Feedback about the use of the site will be gathered later in the year so please take the time to see what Dreamcatcher offers you and your daughter.

Mrs Pam Knight, Careers