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Microsoft Office Specialists

​Students participating in the Microsoft IT Academy Open Day.

25 of the school’s top IT students were invited to the official launch of the Microsoft IT Academy on Friday 23rd May. They learnt about the IT Academy provided by Education Queensland and how to use it to develop their IT skills. They were then introduced to the GMetrix software, recently purchased by the school, to assist them with practicing their Microsoft Office skills in an exam situation. The software also provides assistance if the answer is incorrect, giving detailed instructions. Students then sat a practice test. The results were given out of 1000 and many students received well over 500 with the top students achieving over 900. After a BBQ lunch, students who wanted to sat the official Microsoft Office Specialist exam. 5 students achieved a pass thus recognising their skills using a specific Office program. Those who are now Specialists in using PowerPoint are Culum Maitland, Emily Bass-Drake, Rebecca Lee, Sean Brannigan and Rob Bartlett achieved a pass result in Microsoft Excel. Many other students sat the Word exam, just missing out by a couple of marks. IT Technician Angie Ezzy and School Resource Manager Melissa Pascoe are now organising regular meetings to allow students to learn, practice and test their skills. “Achieving a Microsoft Office Specialist certification is fantastic as it is an international qualification that all employers recognise. It is not just for the IT Industry. Computers are used in every business around the world and this certificate recognises their skills” explained Melissa Pascoe. For more information about being a part of the club, please contact Angie or Mrs Pascoe in the Resource Centre.