About 50 residents were wined and dined under the roof of Good Shepherd’s newly renovated sports shed on Tuesday night.
Principal Peter Scott said the night was about thanking businesses in town for offering work experience and traineeships to students, and blessing the new shed.
Only about 20 per cent of students at the school plan on going on to study at university, which means the majority need to be prepared to find a job right out of school.
More than 60 students have been placed in businesses around town already this year.
“It is a really really important connection between us and the community,” Mr Scott said.
“We offer quite a number of certificates in engineering, fitness, hospitality, and these are the things that help set them up for a trade.”