Hands on Learning
Five schools have collaborated to bring the well regarded innovative education program Hands on Learning to Campaspe.
Hands on Learning began in Frankston in 1999 and now operates in more than 90 schools in Victoria.
It is an innovative education program that caters to the different ways young people learn. Small groups of students work collaboratively on authentic building projects that provide a platform for students to engage, grow confidence and achieve success at school. Hands on Learning fosters strong, long term relationships that help young people develop the skills and abilities they need to succeed in work and life like collaboration, problem solving, communication, resilience and empathy.
Echuca College, Echuca Specialist School, Kyabram P-12 College, Rushworth P-12 College and St Joseph’s College are working together to bring the program to their students.
The schools are working together with agencies under Campaspe Youth Partnerships to deliver a range of programs aimed at helping young people remain engaged in their education. Hands on Learning is the latest addition.
Together the schools are sharing the employment of an Artisan Teacher. Jamie Harding is the Artisan Teacher and he works for a full day in each school. St Joseph’s and Echuca Specialist students are combining to work together on the same day. In each school the Artisan Teacher and the Hands on Learning students are supported by key staff. This level of cooperation has developed and strengthened over seven years through Campaspe Youth Partnerships.
Moama Bowling Club provided a grant for the purchase of a trailer and tools.
School Focused Youth Service is providing funding for materials for the construction and gardening projects at each school.
Hands on Learning commenced in our local schools at the end of term two. Students have been working a various construction and gardening projects using both new and recycled materials.