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NEW SKILLS: Additional programs create opportunities for young people to discover their talents and gain experiences out of the classroom. Photos: Supplied

At St Pius X we recognise that not everyone learns the same way. The school has identified that relationship building is paramount for each of our students. Children are individuals and what works for one may not work for another.

Many students are part of a variety of programs which involve learning by using your hands. These programs increase student achievement, engagement and self regulation by creating opportunities for young people to discover their talents and gain experiences through practical learning out of the classroom.

At St Pius X school we have students accessing a variety of programs.

There are alternate afternoon programs where students engage in cooking, building, scientific investigations, developing their sporting skills, gardening and community service.

Learning with their hands

There are alternate afternoon programs where students engage in cooking, building, scientific investigations, developing their sporting skills, gardening and community service.

Hands on Learning program. A practical school-based program that runs in more than 100 primary and secondary schools across Australia.

With the support of a teacher and a learning support officer, who are both role models and mentors, students are equipped with the social and emotional capacities they need to succeed in work and life while gaining building and cooking skills.

Men's Shed. Ten students from the senior school are very fortunate once a week to attend the Men's Shed in Hyland Street. This partnership has been going for three years.

The members of the Men's Shed plan a project for the students and then assist them in developing building skills to complete the project. The students and the members look forward to this session each week as they have developed a rapport with each other. The students value this time and benefit from this great mentoring.

Relationship and Regulation teacher. This teacher is responsible for developing a stimulating alternate learning environment by using a variety of styles and approaches to cater for emotional regulation and learning.

This teacher coordinates alternate morning entry to class as required and is a go to person for teachers and students to assist when needed.

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MAKE A DIFFERENCE: Rachel Wilks from Beyond the Bell encourages local youth aged between 12-19 from all six local government areas to join the conversation to plan and action initiatives in the community. Photo: Supplied

Young people from across South West Victoria are needed for the Beyond the Bell Youth Conversations Phase 2 project.

Interested people aged between 12-19, from all six local government areas, are encouraged to join the conversation to plan and action initiatives in the community.

Beyond the Bell Youth Conversations project officer Rachel Wilks said a minimum of one young person is needed from each LGA.

"We want to make sure the representation is as wide as possible," Ms Wilks said. "It is important we make sure young people are driving this phase of the conversation and work ahead.

"The young people involved will form a reference group in 2022. They will receive training and be able to build their own advocacy, leadership and teamwork skills which they can take back to their own communities."

We want to make sure the representation is as wide as possible.

- Rachel Wilks

The Youth Conversations Phase 2 project will build on the recently released Phase 1 report (find the report here) which heard from over 700 young voices regarding education, training, community and future employment opportunities across south west Victoria.

"Nine recommendations were identified in the Phase 1 report," Ms Wilks said.

"The Phase 2 reference group will examine these and select their top priority areas they believe young people in our communities want actioned.

"All of the work will be done in line with the Beyond the Bell strategic plan focus areas of social and emotional wellbeing, disadvantaged young people and engagement with learning opportunities for young people across our region."

The areas to be examined include education and career pathways, community engagement and the impact of the pandemic on children and young people in south west Victoria.

"This project aims to collaborate with local young people and select strategies and plan actions to support education and learning engagement throughout the region," Ms Wilks said.

Executive Officer, Kate Roache can't wait to hear the ideas and innovations the young people will come up with.

They have guided the development of the first Youth Conversations report and are the key to driving this next piece of work for the region.

If you know, or are a 12-19 year-old living in South West Victoria who would like to be a part of the next conversation, email info@btb.org.au.