Learning is a complete package

14 September 2020|Community News| Off Comments off on Learning is a complete package|

A NEW learning program at Montrose Bay High School has been giving students industry experience, helping build their confidence and keep them engaged in education.

Packages of Learning has been running in select schools across the state for year nine and 10 students, with students undertaking core curriculum subsects such as Maths, English and Science through an industry lense involving a number of trades.

Montrose Bay High School Packages of Learning teacher Geoff Doig said the program had been running all year and he had seen an improvement in the way the students had engaged with it.

“Packages of Learning was put together to give these kids an avenue to get into trades and into the workforce without having to necessarily go to college,” he said.

“It leads to apprenticeships and real-world experiences, which really helps them get a grip on their future.”

Mr Doig said they had been working with industry professionals on a number of projects, but were still seeking community support.

“We did the orchard, garden beds, there’s kids laying pavers for our seating area – we’ve done stacks of different projects around the place,” he said.

“We can come in and do a plastering day, we can have a brickie day, we can have a plumbing day, we can have a building day

“The idea is that we want to call this the Montrose Community Garden and have it all set up for the community to be part of this – any support we can get from the community would be great.”

Fifteen-year-old Harry Apps said the program had led to him having some work experience with the Department of State Growth.

“I was hoping by the end of the year to have a school based apprenticeship or leave high school with an apprenticeship to go into Tafe or college.

“I’ve learnt to have a good work ethic as well as heaps of construction stuff in general.”

Daniel Dunbabin, who is 16-years-old, said he had learnt a lot of real life skills he could use in the future.

“In mainstream classes I never really knew where I was going to go, I never had a certain goal that I wanted to get, but since joining this class I have been much more directed,” he said.

“I know where I want to go and where I want to be – it’s helped so much.”

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