ALC (Alternative Learning Centre)

Stage 1 Art

Students will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of art techniques. A Contract of Work is developed and a Folio of evidence collected to demonstrate the learning that has been undertaken. A range of opportunities will be provided for students to engage with art in the community. To conclude the course, students reflect on their learning and the capabilities they have developed.

Stage 1 Community Cooking

Students will participate in 2 weekly cooking sessions. During these sessions, students engage in a range of theory and practical activities designed to enhance their cooking skills. They culminate in a group activity, where the students prepare food for a community organisation such as an Aged Care home.

Stage 1 Community Music

Students will have the opportunity to develop their skills in playing drums, guitar, bass guitar or vocals. Students will practice these skills independently and as part of a band. The culmination of the course is the opportunity to perform with the band at a community venue. Students also learn how to set up and operate a public address system.

Stage 1 Essential English

Students will write and respond to a variety of texts. 20% of the work is devoted to analysing texts and 80% to creating texts. Students are supported to identify their career interests and/or personal interests, which can determine the context of their learning and the style of texts they create. Students will be presented with a range of text types to respond to critically.

Stage 1 Essential Mathematics

Students will use Measurement in the Physical World. Skills developed include gathering, representing, interpreting, and analysing data; using spatial sense and geometric reasoning; investigating chance processes. Number concepts will be further developed, such as number patterns, relationships between numbers, working with graphical, statistical and algebraic representations and other mathematical models. Students will be supported to develop their numeracy skills to enhance their post-school options, such as further training or employment.

Stage 1 Gardening

Students will have the opportunity to develop their skills in garden maintenance and landscaping. Students are required to maintain a Folio of evidence demonstrating the development of their practical skills in planting and plant care, mulching, weeding and landscaping. The culmination of the course is the opportunity to design, plan and construct a landscaping feature such as a path, retaining wall or planter boxes.

Stage 1 Personal Learning Plan

The Personal Learning Plan (PLP) is a compulsory subject at Stage 1, normally undertaken at Year 10.  The PLP gives students the opportunity to develop skills in decision making, setting goals and strategies and evaluating their progress, and assists them in choosing the subjects and courses they will study in Years 11 and 12.
Students must achieve a ‘C’ grade or better to successfully complete the subject. Students who have not completed their PLP to a ‘C’ or better by the end of year 10 must select PLP in 2016.

Stage 1 Team Sport

Students will be required to keep a Folio of work and to complete a discussion on learnt content. The program also requires students to work collaboratively in practicals and to plan, organise and implement a Group Task. Assessment topics relate to both Physical Education and Outdoor Education. Assessments could consist of rock climbing at Wild Dog Hill, tenpin bowling, bush walking at Eight Mile Creek, orienteering with a wetlands treasure hunt and a variety of sports.

Stage 1 Workplace Ready

Students will explore their career pathways in a program called ‘Reset Your Compass.’ They also have the opportunity to complete their ‘Provide First Aid Training’ as part of this course. In a program called ‘Best Foot Forward,’ students will explore skills and knowledge to enable them to transition into employment. Participation in all course components is required to gain SACE accreditation.

Stage 1 Workshop Skills

Students will investigate safe operating procedures in the workshop and the safe operation of welding and woodwork equipment. Students will have the opportunity to design a project incorporating these skills and knowledge. Students will have the opportunity to build their individual project and then reflect on the learning undertaken.

Stage 2 Community Projects

Community Projects provides students with the opportunity to learn in a community context, both within and beyond the school environment. The community provides the framework in which students develop capabilities that enable them to contribute actively and successfully in community activities. In interacting with teachers, peers, and community members, students use their experiences as a means of achieving personal growth and gaining an awareness of social identity. A one semester contract needs to reflect 60 hours of activity and a full year needs to reflect 120 hours of work.

Stage 2 Research Project

Students will choose a research question that is based on an area of interest. They will identify one or more capabilities that are relevant to their research. Students synthesize their key findings to produce a research outcome, which is substantiated by evidence and examples from the research. They then review the knowledge and skills they have developed, and reflect on the quality of their research outcome. For Research Project A, students can choose to present their external assessment in written, oral, or multi-modal form.

Certificate I Education & Skills Development

Students will have a choice of tasks to complete. The course supports students’ development of self-management, language, learning and critical thinking skills, as well as the development of academic literacy and numeracy skills. Assignments are based on improving literacy and numeracy skills in preparation for SACE studies.

Certificate I Wellbeing & Health for You

Students will participate in a 90 minute session each week over the year at TAFE. These sessions address a range of health and wellbeing issues. Students are required to communicate respectfully and participate in team activities. The DECD Child Protection Curriculum is also embedded into the Wellbeing & Health for You program.