Kirsty and Hannah Maher are sisters who have both commenced School-Based Traineeships whilst working towards completing their HSC’s at John Edmondson High School.

Whilst Kirsty and Hannah have different career aspirations, they share a dedication to their education and an exceptional work ethic which is laying a great platform for their transition from high school into tertiary education and employment.

Both Kirsty and Hannah have been part of Souths Cares Liverpool Opportunity Hub for the past three years.

Older sister Kirsty is currently in Year 12 and is completing her Certificate 3 in Business Administration at the School’s front office. Having her workplace and schooling at the same location has been a blessing for Kirsty as she juggles her busy HSC study commitments whilst developing her administration skills and experience.

Kirsty explained working within the school closely aligns with her future goal of becoming a Teacher.

Kirsty Maher, Year 12 Student and School-Based Trainee

I have found the School-Based Traineeship very rewarding and a great experience working in the front office at school. I hope that when I finish school I am able to continue to work in schools while completing my teaching degree.

Younger sister Hannah is currently in Year 11 and is completing a Certifice 3 in Tourism at Taronga Zoo. Travelling from South Western Sydney to Mosman on public transport involves a three hour round-trip, which she initially found challenging.

Hannah has a passion for working with animals and is considering a career as a Vet, however is keeping her options open and has plenty of time to decide on a career pathway.

Hannah Maher working at Taronga Zoo

"The School-Based Traineeship with Taronga Zoo has opened my eyes to many different career opportunities. It has always been my passion to work with animals and I am excited to see where this leads me and my career journey", Hannah said.

Both girls have been strongly engaged with the Liverpool Opportunity Hub, attending extra-curricular activities such as Leadership and Cultural Camps, performing at the South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL Indigenous Round, representing their school at community events and attending the Hub’s Education Employment & Wellbeing Expo.

Kirsty and Hannah will receive additional mentoring support during their School-Based Traineeships through Souths Cares Barranggirra Program.

The Liverpool Opportunity Hub and Barranggirra Programs are proudly supported by Training Services NSW.

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