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Get hands-on at Open Day 2019

It's a given that at Open Day, you can meet the teachers and ask questions about courses and student life at Melbourne Polytechnic. But what else is there to do? 

Our 2019 Open Day is bigger and better than ever, this year at Preston campus you can also:

  • chat with current students (yes!) 
  • check out specialised facilities
  • make a pizza
  • bandage up an injured pupper (don't worry, not a real one) 
  • find out if the course you think you want to do is really the right one for you
  • and if it's not the right one, discover the course you never knew you wanted to do

Real-life pet rescue

The Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing course is taught at the Epping campus, but staff will be in Preston with their interactive model pets, providing a bandaging station so visitors can get some hands-on experience of caring for sick animals and see how to give CPR to a dog.

And lecturer Courtnay Baskerville says people can surprise themselves: ‘We did have one student last year who was at Open Day to get some more information on a course in agriculture and she met and talked to one of our staff members who is an amazing veterinary nurse who is hugely passionate and the student came and did veterinary nursing, just from talking to our staff member.

‘It can really help if you’ve never thought about a career in a particular industry, talking to people who are really passionate about our profession can be really beneficial.’

What’s cooking?

The hospitality department will be showing off its six recently updated specialty kitchens, for patisserie, bakery and commercial cookery, featuring the latest technology.

They will host pizza-making classes every 30 minutes throughout the day so people can get in and roll the dough, top the base, bake it and of course eat their handiwork.

There will also be mocktail-making by hospitality and events students, patisserie and bakery demonstrations, tours of the kitchens led by student chefs – and food and coffee prepared by students for sale on the day.

Staff and students will be on hand to answer queries on a range of courses in hospitality, events, patisserie, bakery and commercial cookery, from apprenticeships and Certificates III and IV, to Diplomas in Hospitality and Event Management.

Gary Paterson, Manager of Hospitality says: ‘The best way to see hospitality is hands on, active, in the actual environment.’

A comfortable place to study

Prospective students thinking about Higher Education can explore their options in the education field and get a real feel for the place they may spend four years studying at.

Jane Williams, course administrator of Bachelor of Education (Early Years) says: ‘Sometimes people are absolutely deadest they know what they want to do but they need to find the place to do it.

‘We get so focused on the what that we don’t think about the where. The where is important. We want you to be comfortable to be here for four years.’

Open Day can also help people already studying to think about transferring to an institution that is a better fit for them.

And those who have no clear idea what they want to do can explore options that are easy to get to – in their neighbourhood, near a relative’s or friend’s place, on a bus line, or within a bike ride.