Maria College Petrie Wayne Chapman with Year 12 student Adam Weldon.
After a visit by
University of the Sunshine Coast UniSC students spruiking Headstart programs,
Mt Maria College Petrie student Adam Weldon was inspired to tackle
university-level learning in Applied Mathematics while in his final year at
The result? A distinction and a credit towards a UniSC degree.
Less than a 10-minute walk from his Mt Maria College Petrie high school
classroom, Adam attended seminars and tutorial sessions on site at the UniSC
Moreton Bay Petrie campus on Friday mornings. He completed the program over 13
weeks alongside first year university students, followed by a two-week exam
Adam said he knew he could achieve a distinction and was pleased with the
result. He shared that he enjoyed attending the course as it was a contrast to
“I enjoyed the environment as a contrast to school, as it was more relaxed and
self-directed, with people from all walks of life there,” the Year 12 student
Mt Maria College Petrie Leader of Learning Ms Sally Carr said Adam worked hard
and is committed to high achievement in his studies overall.
"Adam continues to demonstrate independence, perseverance and excellence
as he strives to achieve great outcomes in his studies this year.”
Further Ms Carr said she was looking forward to what comes next on Adam’s
After graduating high school, Adam shared he aims to study engineering or
mathematics and wants to work in the aviation industry.
Adam’s advice for other students looking to complete a Headstart program at
UniSC is that the course was worth doing ‘as it gives a good indicator for what
university will be like’.
Mt Maria College Petrie Principal Mr Wayne Chapman said: “Supporting students
in academic achievement is our core business, as is ensuring they are
developing as well-rounded individuals who are prepared for their future, no
matter which pathway they pursue.”
“As a college community we congratulate Adam on his achievement, he’s a
fantastic role model and inspiration for all our students,” Mr Chapman said.
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