Director of Campus Report

Welcome back to school and an exciting term 3.  Another busy term with our students joining the students from the Mornington and Rosebud Campuses preparing for our School Production. Tickets are selling very fast.

This term we are starting our pilot of Hands on Learning. This will run for one day a week at our Tyabb campus with an opportunity for Mornington and Rosebud students to be involved. The focus of the pilot is on our Year 7 and year 8 students.

Hands on Learning (HoL) is a practical in-school program that caters to the different ways young people learn, helping build confidence, engagement and achievement at school. Students thrive learning by doing – developing the teamwork, self-discipline and interpersonal skills vital for the 21st Century workforce. HoL was first piloted in 1999 and now runs in schools in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, and Tasmania.

The program is supported by Focus Plans, which facilitate reflection and target specific areas of student behaviour, enabling students to make important connections between their success in Hands On Learning and their overall education outcomes.

Focus Plans are developed and measured with students' input each morning and afternoon to identify the main issues that they will face that day and plan how they intend to approach them. Crucially, the artisan teachers do the same and this helps to build relationships, model responsibility and show that self-development is a life-long process.

Students are organised into small cross-age groups of 10 who meet for a full day each week. Groups comprise students who have come to the programme for a range of reasons.

We are currently selecting and offering places to students and will keep you all posted on the progress we make as we set up this new space for our students.


Rob Knight

Co Director Tyabb Campus

Peter Kerr

Co Director Tyabb Campus