Year 9 Challenge Program
Our Challenge Program aims to engage students in their own learning and to develop well-rounded, independent learners. Research across the Western world suggests a range of approaches that are more likely to lead to such learners. The program is concerned with the individuals, their families and their communities and presents with academically and socially responsible programs.
Students work with two committed teachers for a total of 20 periods per week, with PE and elective classes making up the remaining 10 periods.
Other significant aspects of the Challenge Program are:
Challenge Community Project
As part of the Year 9 Challenge program, all students are required to complete a community project, where they have the opportunity to give something back to the broader community of Horsham.
The aims of this project are to:
Students are expected to work in a small group where they identify a need and work towards a common goal that will ultimately benefit members of our community. This is not volunteer work, however students might need to work with one (or more) of many community organisations in order to achieve their goal.
Students work through a range of challenges as outlined on the actual certificate – these challenges relate to personal growth, development of leadership skills, participation in various aspects of the Challenge program outside core classes, school improvement and support for the community. Levels of the Challenge Certificate are bronze, Silver, Gold and diamond, depending on the level of completion of the tasks.
Extracurricular Activities in the Challenge Program
Students in the Challenge program participate in: The Wimmera Machinery Field Days; The Dream Job career experience; CFA training at Longerenong; First Aid Level I; Save-A-Mate program (Red Cross) as well as opportunities offered to individual classes.