December 2011 – Curran Public School

Outstanding Business of the Month:  Curran Public School, Macquarie Fields

Curran Public School was established in 1975 and its vision is to equip all students with strategies to actively pursue their learning to achieve their potential, develop productive relationships and contribute positively to society.


They offer Year 11 and 12 students, who are studying Information Technology as part of their HSC, the opportunity to experience real working life within the school.

Kathy Strong, Principal, feels the need to support students to achieve success throughout their lives and by providing these types of workplace opportunities, students are supported in a very caring environment.   Students are encouraged to work hard and are given a fantastic insight into technology in school, which is very different to a business situation.  They interact with the much younger pupils and are treated as equals by the staff.  Work is tailored to the students’ needs and their particular area of interest and they are also made aware of some of the career opportunities that exist in IT within the Department of Education.

Along with Curran Public School’s mainstream classes, they also run classes for students with intellectual disabilities and autism.  The staff’s compassion and  respect for these students is outstanding and they also encourage HSC students with special needs to undergo work placement with them.  Computer Co-ordinator, Carly Wade spoke of one of her most rewarding experiences when they took on an autistic student recently.  He had a great personality, got along well with both staff and students, but it was his talent in IT that was impressive.  Carly said, “I think he taught us more than we taught him.  He was amazing”.

Kathy says “The MWLP program is great for our school.  It’s a win/win situation for our pupils, the HSC students and our staff.  The assistance the students give us is great and it feels good to give back.  Everyone should get involved as if we don’t provide these opportunities to students then who will?”

To find out how your business can become involved in hosting HSC students for week-long work placements, please phone Peter Miller at MWLP on 4625 1863 or email

Areas of interest other than Information Technology are Automotive, Business Services, Construction, Entertainment, Hospitality, Metal & Engineering, Primary Industries, Retail and Tourism.

It’s a great way to showcase your business and it’s free.  

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