The Hands On Learning program continues to grow in the Wimmera. The Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN has played a key role in bringing the program to our region and providing significant seed funding to schools to implement the program. Six schools have established this effective program which engages ‘at risk’ students in Years 7-10.
Students work one day a week on ‘hands on’ projects and four days in the classroom. The program is delivered at Edenhope, Horsham and Murtoa Colleges, Rainbow and Hopetoun P-12 Colleges and Warracknabeal Secondary College. A feature of the Horsham College program is the participation of Horsham Special School students one day per week.
The Hands On Learning students have completed significant projects within their schools and also out in the community. Projects include town and main street beautification projects, construction of a large shed, extension and repair of school sprinkler systems, building of outdoor seats and tables, landscaping and painting of school infrastructure.
Teachers report that the program has a significant impact on improving student engagement and attendance. Students build many things but, most importantly, their social skills, self worth and their confidence. Our thanks go to our schools and Hands On Learning Australia for their ongoing support of this great program.
Hands On Learning Australia (HOLA) is a PBI charity – with DGR status – committed to preventing the harm of early school leaving.
Read this article from the Wimmera Mail Times about the Hopetoun Hands On Learning program.
To find out more about Hands On Learning, visit the Hands On Learning website