Cressy students make the grade for charter

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A 100 PER cent retention rate was yesterday celebrated at Cressy District High School's annual Beacon Foundation charter signing.

This year, 40 grade 10 students from the school signed the charter, which asks students to make a pledge to further their educational or find employment.

The results for this year are huge, according to Cressy Inspiring Futures co-ordinator Katie Lester. "From today until March 31, 2015, our mission is to find placement for the students," Ms Lester said.

"We tell our kids they need a competitive edge to find a job these days and need to go on to further education to gain that."

She said things such as Facebook groups and community contact allowed the school to support the ongoing development of former students.

Ms Lester said access to college information days and programs allowed students to experience a variety of disciplines and trades.

"The colleges are amazing for letting us come in from grade 9 and 10," she said.

"We regularly go out there to education nights and really prepare them for a huge range of education."

She said the charter signing assembly was attended by local business owners, politicians and past students of the school.

"Northern Midlands Council is a huge champion of our cause, especially Mayor Kim Polley, and the Beacon Foundation," Ms Lester said.

"Those are the two linchpins to our success of 100 per cent retention - without that support, it really would be much harder."

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