The CONNECT Program incorporates an alternative, flexible school setting that is designed to engage students who would otherwise be at risk of leaving school early. CONNECT provides students with a positive and meaningful academic alternative opportunity to the traditional school setting, providing a self-paced curriculum through relevant instruction with the goal of connecting students to their learning and community.
CONNECT is provided for students from years 7-10 that have been identified at risk due to absences, behavioural issues or social/emotional issues contributing to disengagement. CONNECT provides a safe, nurturing environment that gives a great starting point to re-engage with their education. Students may be part of the program on a full-time basis or attend on a casual basis from their mainstream classes.
Classes are held in a separate flexible learning area on the Eaglehawk Secondary College school grounds that encompasses a garden area and outdoor classroom. A well-rounded curriculum is delivered and subjects include Literacy, Numeracy, Physical Education, Health, Science, Cooking, Art and Music – all classes have an underlying wellbeing and holistic focus on our students and their individual needs.
The aim of CONNECT is to break down barriers to learning in a non-threatening, supportive environment. The program provides the opportunity for students to learn skills that will allow them to successfully return to mainstream schooling or other educational pathways.