Each year, the University of Newcastle summer schools give secondary students the opportunity to experience campus life and explore the world of career options available to them.

The Girls Choices Summer School and boy’s LIVE IT! programs are two five-day residential university experiences for Year 9 students who:

  • are from socially or financially disadvantaged areas
  • have a disability
  • are from a non-English speaking background
  • live in a regional or remote or area
  • are Indigenous
  • have not been exposed to a family or community tradition of going to university.

The programs are designed to inspire students, encourage them to succeed in years 10, 11 and 12 and expose them to a wide range of study and career options that exist for HSC graduates.

During the camps, students will live and breathe campus life. They will stay on campus in university accommodation and complete activities in lecture theatres, laboratories and classrooms. They will also take field trips to local organisations to explore possible career options; participate in anti-bullying Rock and Water self-awareness activities; and visit Blackbutt Reserve for a Natural History Illustration lesson.

The summer schools are part of the AIM HIGH Program run by the University’s Equity and Diversity Unit. AIM High is one of the ways that the University is responding to the Australian Government’s focus on encouraging more students from low SES backgrounds to undertake university studies.

Read what past students had to say about the programs, here.

Media opportunity:

The Girls Choices Summer School will run from Sunday 2 December until Thursday 6 December. 125 Year 9 girls are expected to attend.

The LIVEIT! Boys program will run from Sunday 9 December until Thursday 13 December. 125 Year 9 boys are expected to be present.

Media Contact: Belinda Munn, Equity and Diversity manager, 0408 095 243.