Hands on Learning Program

On Monday 5 August, we started our first day in Hands on Learning (HOL). Ten students from Years 7 and 8 with a mix from all Campuses. HOL runs every Monday at our Tyabb Campus.

Hands on Learning is an innovative in school program designed to increase attendance and student achievement by building personal and social skills whilst supporting the different ways young people learn. Hands on Learning is made up of four fundamental elements that build a platform for students to grow in confidence, engage and achieve at school.

The four pillars are:

A place to belong:

A physical sanctuary at school.

People to belong to:

Small teams working together, sharing meals and building strong relationships.

Real things to do:

Engage in creative and meaningful projects.

A chance to give back:

Making valuable contributions to their community, building self-esteem and connection.

Our first two sessions have been very busy. The days have been carefully structured with expectations, boundaries and consistent parameters outlined, enabling our students to achieve in a safe environment. Our students participate in work gear, in small groups. Lunch is a shared time with students spending recess and lunchtime in HOL. We have been working together setting up our new space. Mr Helisma from our Rosebud Campus kindly donated part of a kitchen. The students have cleaned and reassembled this into our new space. We are currently building some outdoor furniture in-between making the HOL space work for all. We will keep you posted on our progress as the semester progresses.

Rob Knight
Co Director Tyabb Campus