The McAuley Champagnat Programme focuses on the holistic development of the students in an effort to gain the maximum education, well-being 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 Curriculum
- Certificate I Employment Pathways
- Certificate II in Hair (Certificate II in Salon Assistant)
- Short courses including Barista, First Aid and Construction Induction Training (white card)
We also run an elective programme with a range of options available to the students including:
- Art and craft
- Service to the community
- Cultural Connections
- Farming and Horticulture
- Outdoor/Physical Education
To support the students in their learning and to maximise their learning outcomes we also provide:
Personalised Learning Plans
- A Personalised Learning Plan (PLP) 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 PLP'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. With a focus on developing life skills to equip students with the necessary social and interpersonal skills.
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 from achieving educational success, suitable consequences and ways forward are also determined.