The McAuley Champagnat Programme focuses on the holistic development of the students in an effort to gain the maximum education, wellbeing and training outcomes. We tailor educational programmes to meet the individual needs of each student. To do this we draw on a range of Victorian and National programmes including:
- the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)
- the Certificate in General Education for Adults (CGEA)
- Certificate II in Engineering
- Certificate II in Hair
We also run an elective programme with a range of options available to the students including:
- Community Service
- Farming and Horticulture
- Jewellery Making
- Music and Drama
- Outdoor Education
- Scrap Booking
To support the students in their learning and to maximise their learning outcomes we also provide:
Individual Learning Plans
- An Individual Learning Plan (ILP) is developed for each student and is a core component of the students success and educational achievement. Students and families work with staff to develop the ILP's which include;
- Each student is allocated a welfare worker who is their “go-to person”. The welfare worker offers daily one-on-one support to students for all welfare, emotional and physical needs.
- Students at risk receive intensive case management.
- We provide healthy home-cooked meals and snacks to meet nutritional needs including breakfast, morning tea and lunch each day.
- Regular health sessions and dental and medical checks are run during the school year to promote well-being.
Small Team Learning Environment
- To help meet student's individual learning needs, students are placed in small teams of ten to fifteen under the leadership of a teacher, welfare worker and an educational aide.
- Individual behaviour management plans are developed for each student.
- Teams implement strategies in their classrooms to combat issues such as depression, self-harm, anger, abuse, drug and alcohol use etc.
Opportunities for Family Involvement and Support
- Families, guardians and/or carers are involved in decision making, planning for students and celebrating success.
- Staff communicate weekly with family units to promote the best possible outcomes for students.
- Student Welfare and Discipline meetings are held with students and parents/guardians when required to discuss behavioural issues that are preventing the student achieving educational success, suitable consequences and ways forward are also determined.