This program at Sale College aims to assist disconnected students, from years 7 to 10, with an alternative approach to help them re-engage with the school experience.
The Hands On Learning program at Sale College aims to assist disconnected students, from years 7 to 10, with an alternative approach to help them re-engage with the school experience. It has been found that taking these students out of the classroom one day a week, connecting them to mentors and alternative peer groups in their own school, and then giving them practical and creative real activities, acts as a circuit breaker, alleviating the frustrations they have developed with mainstream schooling.
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: Engaging in creative and meaningful projects.
Giving back: Making valuable contributions to their community, building self-esteem and connection.
HOL takes ten students out of class one day a week fostering teamwork and leadership. Students and artisan-teachers share breakfast and lunch and work together to create valuable structures for the school and local community.
Most students build self-esteem, friendships, and a sense of belonging and become more content at school. Motivation, focus and the ability to set goals increase when they return to class - building the platform for improvements in literacy and numeracy.
Some of the many projects the Hands On Learning Team have been working on in Term 2.
Hands on Learning have been undertaking some large projects around the school, all these projects have taken a lot of preparation and planning by the students. There have been material lists, pricing, orders, tools training, safety training and much more.
So far we have finished the installation of two new tables and seats, completed 140 square meters of painting and undertook the bike sheds crushed rock floor and entrance, which was edged with timber sleepers and then the rock levelled and compacted. Then there is the garden/vegie patch brick walls completed for the LEC students and staff.
We still have the Koori garden to plan and recreate that will be in conjunction with Stephen Walsh the Koori Engagement Support Officer and a number of Koori students from our school. Then finally we have the installation on of nesting boxes at the Sale Common in the last week of Term. Well done to all of the students, they have been really working hard and developing their personal skills and creating a fantastic team atmosphere.