Connected Programs are held on our main campus in the Double Story building. The students in the program are able to access both Connect Ed programs and mainstream classes through a negotiated timetable which is individualized to each students needs and capacity.
Purpose: Students that attend Connect Ed are teenagers aged between twelve and twenty-one, who have disengaged from mainstream education. These students present with social, emotional, behavioural, cognitive, academic and/or attendance issues. There is a focus of developing the students’ whole-self, including their academic and social development to ensure their readiness for positive post-school pathways (further education and work).
Curriculum: Each student works with their teachers to complete an Individual Education Plan which assists the students to set goals relating to their learning and achievement. The IEP also assists teachers to identify and plan individualised classes that suits the students’ needs and future aspirations. For all students the curriculum includes art, literacy, numeracy, cooking, recreational activities and self-development sessions.
Students are also encouraged to gain meaningful qualifications including their Foundation VCAL and VET subjects. Students also develop a Career Action Plan and are encouraged to undertake work experience and casual work to develop their employability skills.
How it works: Class sizes are small with some students provided access to one on one lessons which target individual needs of students. The staff are skilled in developing students social and resilience skills, and work to provide and promote strong relationships. Student academic classes are generally run in the morning, with extra-curricular activities in the afternoon to promote social growth and community connectedness. An integral part of the program is connecting to as many parts of the community as possible and provide the opportunity for students to develop positive relationships and have access to inspiring role models.
Referral Process: If you think your child would benefit from this type of program, please speak to your relevant coordinator (if enrolled at Horsham College) or contact Liam Offer directly on 0429 417 024 to discuss your concerns with main campus education. Places are prioritised by need for students aged 12-21 years.
Purpose: ConnectEd Green provides a flexible adult learning option for students who, for a range of reasons, will achieve better outcomes in this type of environment. The program prioritises forming strong relationships with the students and preparing them to enter the workplace.
Curriculum: Most of the curriculum is a dedicated VCAL curriculum (Literacy, Numeracy, Personal Development Skills and Work Related Skills). Students are also encouraged to complete a VET subject on Wednesdays, or participate in a Multi-Industry VET program on a Friday.
How it works: Students work at their own pace through booklets with support from a range of staff. Students are expected to attend Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 9.00am-3:30pm.
Referral Process: If you think your child would benefit from this type of program, please speak to the, Assistant Principal.
Contact: 5381 7100 or Liam Offer – 0429 417 024
Purpose: ConnectEd Orange provides education to students who cannot attend school in a classroom capacity for long periods of time due to severe mental health and anxiety.
How It Works: In ConnectEd Orange the teacher will make contact with students weekly. Progress and engagement are recorded. Whilst this program provides an education, equally important is to provide the student with connections to the community, especially service agencies. The main aim is to get students to a stage where they can re-engage with either the main campus or full-time employment.
Curriculum: Depending on age, students will either be working towards their VCAL or pre-VCAL. Students aged 15+ will begin to work on strands of their VCAL.
Referral Process: If you think you, or your child, would benefit from this program, please contact Liam Offer on the details below. Numbers are limited and this program should be considered as a last resort or a short-term intervention.
Contact: Liam Offer, Assistant Principal
Mobile: 0429 417 024 Email: OFFER.LIAM.R@EDUMAIL.VIC.GOV.AU
Purpose: Horsham College’s Young Parents program provides a individualised vocational option for students who have difficulty committing to full-time education due to pregnancy or parenting duties. The program prioritises supporting young mothers in continuing their education to ensure a positive future for themselves and their children.
Curriculum: Most of the curriculum is a dedicated VCAL curriculum (Literacy, Numeracy, Personal Development Skills and Work Related Skills). The Young Parents program has also partnered with Child First for supporting the parents to be able to be a part of community activities but also other services that may be able to assist in the process.
How it works: Students have classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, where a qualified childcare worker is on staff to also support the mother in caring for their child while undertaking their education. Students undertake a VCAL curriculum.
Referral Process: If you think you or your child would benefit from this type of program, please speak to Young Parents Coordinator, or Liam Offer, Assistant Principal, to discuss your needs.
Contact: 5381 7100 or Liam Offer – 0429 417 024