The CONNECT Program incorporates an inclusive, flexible learning environment that has been designed to engage students who would otherwise be at risk of leaving school early. CONNECT provides students with a positive and meaningful academic opportunity to the traditional school setting, providing a self-paced curriculum through differentiated instruction that caters for point of learning need that supports literacy and numeracy needs, 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 absence, behavioural or social/emotional issues that are contributing to disengagement in learning. 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, part-time basis or attend on a casual basis mixed with 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, and Art – all classes have an underlying wellbeing and holistic focus on our students and their individual needs. An Individual Education Plan is developed for each student in line with college wide plans and forms a basis of goals to work towards to ensure success in the program. Students are supported with Education Support staff who work directly with students or provide wrap around wellbeing services.
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.
2022 Connect Program Staff members:
Coordinator: Rebecca Brown
Teachers: Damien Tricarico, Darcy Richards, Josephine Tobin
Tutors: Michael Watson and Joseph Cushing