Later Years Learning Centre - Warringa Park Campus

 

The Later Years Learning Centre at our Warringa Park Campus provides a personalised and comprehensive curriculum for students in Years 9 and 10. The curriculum is closely aligned to the Victorian Curriculum and is driven by individual Career Action Plans.

The learning environment for Later Years students consists of four classrooms, each with a teacher and one teacher assistants (Education Support Officers). The Year 9 and 10 students have access to programs run in the nearby kitchen as well as the landscaped areas which surround our classrooms. These additional facilities and environments provide students with the opportunity to access both active and passive zones.

Our Later Years programs are designed to facilitate student learning within a variety of school and community based settings. There is an emphasis on English, Mathematics, Science, Communication, Technology and Vocational Learning. English and Mathematics are integrated where possible into the practical and community based experiences. Inquiry learning is implemented to encourage students to explore focus topics in depth; developing their critical thinking skills. It encourages student to collaborate with others and allows them to engage in self-directed learning. Every student has an iPad, which is used as a primary tool for learning.

We have a Kitchen Garden Specialist who works at the school. She supports students to participate in the Edible Garden Program which links our kitchen and garden, as well as partaking in food technology classes in our kitchen.  In Horticulture classes, students are involved in harvesting produce from the garden for the animals at Werribee Zoo, Café 11 and produce to be used in food technology classes.  The students participation in these programs is shared through the Stephanie Alexander initiative found at http://www.stephaniealexander.com.au.

Students also partake in shopping programs for Café 11 and extra supplies for food technology. This is supported by the Allied Health Staff who provide visual aids and assistance to allow students to create and follow shopping lists. We aim to make our students self sufficient in shopping to the best of their ability.

Our students have access to a range of elective and specialist classes such as Art, Music, Performing Arts, Physical Education, Multimedia, Textiles and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), in addition to a range of work experience programs, which include the Werribee Pacific Library. Some of our students also access elective programs at the Bethany Road Campus.

The students are also responsible for the running of the school canteen. They distribute and collect order forms weekly. They collate orders and count money. They are responsible for shopping for required ingredients following the shopping program guidelines. They are supported to cook all the food following recipes and ensuring the orders are all filled. There is a range of responsibilities and jobs that need to be completed to make this a successful program and to ensure all students are given an opportunity to participate in the program.  The students also support the school breakfast club where they help to provide breakfast for students who may have come to school without. Once again being responsible for taking orders and cooking the appropriate foods. The school SRC supports this program.

All Year 9 and 10 students are involved in a structured transition program throughout the year between the Warringa Park and Cayleys Road Campuses, so as to prepare them for the change in Years 11 and 12.

In Later Years we aim to develop in our students skills that will be transferable to their post-school options.

If you require any further information about the programs we offer, please email Daniel Pagnoccolo at pagnoccolo.daniel.d@edumail.vic.gov.au