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Ballarat Specialist School Partnership

The Carpentry 1 class have embarked on a weekly Personal Development Skills community  project in the city of Ballarat. The project involves students partnering up with a class of students at the Ballarat Specialist School and delivering to them weekly tutorials and mentorship programs aimed at inspiring and engaging the younger students. After their first visit, Harvester Carpentry 1 students eagerly began planning for the next week as excitement was brewing. Through a whole-class-approach to the decision making process, Carpentry 1 decided in the early weeks of the program that they would like to read their BSS class the story ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ written by Maurice Sendak, and then spend time in pairs creating their very own ‘Wild Thing’  using a range of  different materials. Carpentry 1 was in charge of writing the lesson plan,  creating resources and running the lesson from start to finish. The activity was a great success and everyone had a fantastic time. Other weekly projects have involved ice cream making as well as in house classroom craft activities and much more. Well done guys – looking forward to seeing what you plan for your end of year wrap up visits!

Our partners include:

  • The Western Health – Sunshine and Footscray Hospitals
  • Mind Australia – Multiple Community Services sites
  • Other local schools
  • Local government services