Riverdale School holds career day for young pupils

Belinda Cadzow from the New Zealand Fire Service, shows Riverdale School pupil Jimi Gray how to dress as a firefighter.
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Belinda Cadzow from the New Zealand Fire Service, shows Riverdale School pupil Jimi Gray how to dress as a firefighter.

Inquisitive Palmerston North primary school pupils were inspired by a careers day, with many vowing to knuckle down to their studies so they can get their dream job.

Riverdale School held a careers day on Tuesday to show 8 and 9-year-old pupils why skills they learn at school were important, and how they were relevant to certain career paths.

Teacher Lynette Kenyon said they had a discussion with their pupils about what they might like to do when they grew up.

"It's more of, 'this is why it's important and to be a hairdresser. You still need to do maths and that's why we teach [it]'."

The day would also show pupils what careers they could pursue, depending on what they were good at.

"If I'm good at maths, these are the kinds of things I can do.

"So it's relating it to their every day really."

Kenyon said the day would also show why subjects like English were taught at school.

The day was well received.

"They're buzzing, absolutely buzzing, lots of really good questions."

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A variety of people come in to speak, including an Air New Zealand pilot, police, a Fonterra truck driver, a journalist and even a dancer.

Alana Holroyd, 9, said she liked hearing from the professional dancer.

"I like that you get to see what peoples' jobs were.

"I like the dancer, teacher, and I also think I want to be a vet nurse."

She said after hearing people speak she thought she might have to work harder at maths.

Keanu Mooney, 9, said he enjoyed listening to the builder and the truck driver talk.

He was thinking about becoming a builder when he grew up, but said he might have to work on his reading.

 - Stuff

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