On Saturday 22 June 2013, over 70 students currently studying in high school and 190 parents attended an education seminar held by BAPS at Klemzig Primary School, Adelaide. The primary aim of the seminar was to disseminate information on secondary education. The Education Seminar featured a presentation on the Australian education system, a talk by an experienced teacher and parent and a panel discussion involving successful professionals. The opening presentation on the Australian education system dispelled common misconceptions that parents and students have and provided a perspective on how they can better select their subjects and apply for university. The stimulating speech reached out to all parents to better understand and support their children as they go through a very stressful but rewarding stage in their life.
The panel discussion provided different perspectives regarding parental expectations, student expectations and the common distracting factors in education. The panel discussion further guided parents and students on effective study balance, time management, career opportunities and the importance of satsang during school.
Representatives from leading universities in the state, The University of Adelaide and Flinders University were present to answer questions about enrolment, university life and entrance requirements. Representatives from the South Australian Education Board also gave valuable insights to students and parents about current day education.
The seminar received outstanding feedback from parents and guests alike.
Lekha Gupta, a student from Flinders University, said, “It was a great night. Good to have all the universities, SACE & Scholarship Stalls.”
Ms Hilda Neville, a member of the South Australian Certification Board, commented, “A very positive experience. Your community is very passionate about education. Very impressed by the respectful manner of your volunteers.”
Mayuri Shah, one of the parents, said, “Very informative. The panel discussion provided valuable parenting tips.”
During the informal session afterwards, many parents asked further questions to the presenters and panel members at the stalls. The seminar was well received by both parents and students and helped to create a common understanding which will benefit all in the long run.