PORT AUGUSTA SECONDARY SCHOOL- YOUTH ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY (YES)
“Supporting Young People and their Families to Stay Connected with Learning”
YES was initiated in 2011 following a school review in 2010. The implementation of YES in 2011 involved the physical creation of a space in the school and the co-location of existing programs and services to improve access, coordination, communication and the provision of more ‘joined up’ services.
In 2012 we moved – with the school’s co-location to the Stirling Road campus – into new premises, building 13, with many of our programs co-located in the community.
From June 2013 to September 2014 a consultation process was conducted with the aim to integrate YES into a proposed ‘PASS Community Hub’ in a redesigned space in the school site.
With approval granted from Governing Council in term 3 2014, ‘The Hub’ management group coordinated the implementation phase which saw: the current resource centre and IT areas moved to a new location (now known as the Resource and Technology Centre – RTC); the Industry Pathways Program (IPP) relocated to building 13 (adjacent to the PASS Trade Training Centre) enabling the consolidation of all Aboriginal Education programs in one location. All teams were operational from day one of term one 2015.
There is still a lot of work to do as The Hub evolves. To date the transition has been successful with students and staff finding the space more accommodating to student learning needs.
The Hub/YES aims to engage students with learning and create pathways into education, work and training that are personalised and flexible to cater for different student needs.
The Hub/YES is about building relationships of trust and respect; giving young people recognition that is sometimes missing from their lives and thereby the confidence and motivation to engage with learning. We value young people for who they are now and not just what they may become.
For more information continue to read through the links on our web page. If you have any questions or would like to be part of our program please contact the YES team at Port Augusta Secondary School on 8647 3320.
Karen Wallace, Assistant Principal YES
Would you like to see a snapshot of Port Augusta life?
Click here to view ‘A Day in Port Augusta’ – which some of our students helped Anthony L’Huillier from ABC Open to create.