What is The Gateway School?
Why was The Gateway School established?
The Gateway School is auspiced by Roxburgh College. Based on the Pavilion School Model, an alternative setting founded in 2007. Its aim will be to meet the needs of children and adolescents who cannot learn effectively in a traditional school environment and have disengaged from schooling. In the Hume municipality we face a growing number of young people being disengaged and marginalised from government and non-government schools due to the critical circumstances they face such as; financial, physical, psychological and behavioural.
Currently within Hume, young people unable to participate in mainstream education, either by choice or by circumstance would be referred to existing alternative education providers including:
• St Joseph’s North Melbourne
• The Pavilion School
• Coburg Island
• Sydney Road Community School
• Kensington Community
• Harvester Technical College Sunshine
The Gateway School provides an accessible option for young people in Hume.
The Gateway School is available only to students who have disengaged from mainstream school for 6 months or longer. It will not be an automatic option for students who misbehave and face expulsion at a mainstream school. These students will need to find a place in another mainstream school. Only in extreme cases, when a young person’s psychological and behavioural issues, including substance use and abuse, depression, and violence are serious enough will the Gateway School be offered as an option.
The Gateway School operates out of Hume City Council Youth Services building, Youth Central at 37 Pearcedale Parade Broadmeadows, creating a partnership that explores the possibility of integrating education opportunities and social/clinical services in one place to facilitate learning.
What is the aim of The Gateway School?
The Gateway School aims to provide its students with the opportunity to enhance their education in tandem with their social development, and to negotiate their transition into further education, employment or training at their own pace. The Gateway School value the importance of setting high expectations which are both realistic and challenging in order to offer all students equal opportunities.
The Gateway School conducts weekly electives which rotate each term in order to provide students, who are willing and able, to participate in a more complete timetable with multiple interest areas. Regular electives include; horticulture, bicycle mechanics, art therapy, drug and alcohol education, mental health awareness and anger management.
Student self-refers or is referred by a family member, case worker or significant other by submitting an expression of interest form online.
• Intake Process:
Prospective students will meet with the campus manager, administration staff or student wellbeing staff member to discuss suitability for the program. Over several meetings information is gathered regarding the students needs and an enrolment form is filled out. An Individual Learning Plan that consists of a negotiated curriculum, assessment and reporting process and contractual agreements regarding participation, transition and behavior is developed.