St Monica’s students Noah Cain and Ashley Sobina.

THE Passions and Pathways expo took place last week, highlighting partnerships with local businesses.

More than 160 year six students from Specimen Hill, Eaglehawk, Lightning Reef and St Monica’s primary schools joined together to lead and present where they showcased the workplace projects they’ve undertaken during the program.

The event is a partnership between primary schools and a variety of local industries, that exposes students at a critical age to the range of future career opportunities available to them.

Passions and Pathways partnership manager Dzintra Martin said the shift in students’ understanding of the nature and possibilities of work, realising their own strengths and increased self-confidence are just some of the outcomes of this year’s program.

“Passions and Pathways is an outstanding partnership between schools, businesses and other organisations,” she said.

“This year we had 36 workplaces involved with our four schools.

“Listening to students talking about their experiences at the expo really shows our partners the value they add to Passions and Pathways. This is an amazing community effort.”

During the expo at the Bendigo Town Hall, students made a formal presentation of what they had learnt during the year.

They also had an opportunity to interact with attendees and demonstrate their workplace projects.