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Wirreanda Adaptive Vocational Education (WAVE)
The WAVE program is an alternative pathways program for students that have disengaged from mainstream schooling options. The WAVE program actively engages students through a specialised case management approach.This allows for identification of students individual barriers.Programs are then tailor-made to allow for meaningful and accredited/recognised learning and earning pathways throughout the school year.Students that are part of the school WAVE program are classified as Flexible Learning Options (FLO) students.
Through the WAVE Program students will have access to Youth Workers and Case Managers from Bedford Group, Re-Engage Youth Services and Relationships Australia.
What is FLO? (www.ican.sa.edu.au)
Flexible Learning Options (FLO) is a DECD enrolment strategy to successfully engage and retain identified students in ICAN secondary schools.
FLO provides ICAN secondary schools with some learning resource funding options to enable disengaged or disengaging young people to re-engage with learning and earning pathways.
A FLO enrolment allows the WAVE Program to provide students with individualised case management and a learning program through a Flexible Learning Transition Plan (FLTP), facilitating successful learning outcomes within a wider learning space.
To be eligible for the WAVE program the young person must:
- not be enrolled in another DECD school
- be 15 years or older.
To enrol in the WAVE course the clients and their parent/caregiver must attend an interview with Paul Sherman. An agreement, which specifies the expectations of the course, must be signed prior to entry into the program.
The Venue and days for Attendance
The venue for the WAVE program is located on the grounds of Wirreanda High School in a series of classrooms separate from the mainstream school.
The participants can attend WAVE for 5 days a week with Tuesday and Friday used for individual interviews for Community Studies and Research Project. (Each student will have an individual timetable, which may include external certificate courses).
WAVE aims to actively engage students in meaningful and accredited/recognised learning and earning pathways throughout the full school year. WAVE will:
- Encourage young people to discover their hopes and set appropriate goals
- Provide opportunities to discover career options and develop marketable skills
- Affirm young people in their personal strengths, abilities and develop their confidence
- Engage in successful learning experiences
- Have respect for self, others, and the environment
- Encourage young people to have a sense of control and responsibility for their behaviour and their own lives
- Decrease inappropriate behaviours
- Provide opportunities to develop healthy relationships and networks
- Develop communication skills
- Cultivate the use of initiative when identifying and solving problems
- Foster leadership skills and teamwork
- Establish an atmosphere where young people feel comfortable in learning to manage their emotions including anger
- Promote an attitude of life long learning
- Prepare young people to make a positive contribution to society.
- Empowering young people to become productive citizens
- Building resilience and providing students with the tools to cope in the wider community.
Staff and Case Management
Students will encounter close contact with Teachers, Community Studies Mentors, Youth Workers, Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) trainers, Musicians, an Employment Assistant Mentor, Case Managers from Bedford Group, health workers and guest speakers.
All WAVE participants are provided with opportunities to discuss any problems and issues they may face in their lives. Case management / Mentoring will be an integral part of each WAVE student's Individual Learning Program.
Work Placement / School Based Apprenticeship / Part Time Employment
All WAVE participants are encouraged to engage in one or more of the following:
- Work Placement as part of their Vocational Education Training (VET) course
- An Australian School Based Apprenticeship
- Part time employment
- Volunteer work.
Each of these will be used to gain SACE accreditation through Community Studies, Skills Development or Integrated Learning.
Employment Assistance with Mandy Sherman (Wednesday & Friday)
WAVE will provide employment assistance through Mandy Sherman. Mandy will engage individually with each participant to help them gain the skills to obtain work experience, apprenticeships, traineeships and part time or full-time employment. It is anticipated this will be achieved by Mandy developing the students’ skills in:
- Goal setting
- Resume and job application writing
- Approaching employers
- Interview preparation
- Personal Presentation
- Job search skills
Personal Development / Community Visits / Guest Speakers
This aspect of the program is to provide young people with the opportunities to develop their lives on a more personal level. Issues such as anger management, relationships, stress, mental health, social skills, sexual health and decision-making will be covered.
Community visits and guests speakers are viewed as essential components of the program to enhance prospects of employment and/or personal development for young people.
Guest speakers include:
- Sammy D Foundation
- Second Story
- Drug Arm
- Encounter Youth
- Uniting Communities
- Australian Defence Force
Mums and Dads (MAD) is a program to promote and provide company, support and parenting information for families attached to the Wirreanda High School community, particularly our students. It is facilitated by the Youth Worker and Skills Development trainer and held once a week on a Wednesday. While a program is set out covering a term or ten week span concentrating on the development of parenting skills and play based learning, the idea is to encourage the parents themselves to come forward with what is relevant and useful to their own needs and interests. It is expected that this will promote ownership and ‘safety’ for the participants.
Topics covered in the MAD program are:
- Sexual health
- Financial literacy
- Housing: rent versus buying
- Baby/child development – milestones in emotion, physical, educational development
- Health and nutrition
- Local community services for families
- Circle of Security training for parents
- Centrelink and benefit support
Community Based Learning Program
WAVE has been running a Community Based Learning Program for the past three years. The program aims to enhance the culture of WAVE by offering students the opportunity to participate in positive physical and creative risk taking activities outside of school.
WAVE’s Community Based Learning Program involves taking young people away from their usual environment and engaging them in new, adventurous, cultural or community based activities. This program promotes independent decision making for personal development.
The aim is to improve students self-esteem, social and life skills and provide an alternative to boredom and negative activities, giving students a chance to get out of the classroom and see each other in a different environment.
Certificate Courses and SACE Accreditation
Students within the WAVE program will have access to:
- Personal Learning Plan (PLP)
- Stage 1 Maths
- Stage 1 English
- Stage 2 Community Studies
- Stage 2 Research Project
- Stage 1 Healthy Lifestyles (Integrated Learning)
- Stage 1 Delta and Motion (Integrated Learning)
- Certificate I and II Skills Development
- Duke of Edinburgh Award
- VET course (Certificate I to IV)
- Short courses (First Aid, Barista)
For further information, please contact:
Wirreanda High School
105 Richards Drive
Morphett Vale SA 5162
Telephone: 8329 7253
Mobile: 0409 796 387
Fax: 8326 3546
The following websites provide further information on the WAVE program.
Learning Choices (Case study undertaken by The Victoria Institute for Education,Diversity and Lifelong Learning)
On the record (University of SA - Jemma Pietrus)