The YES Story
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 old Seaview campus and the co-location of existing programs and services to improve access, coordination, communication and the provision of more ‘joined up’ services.
In 2012 as part of the PASS amalgamation we relocated to the newly refurbished Stirling Road site and moved into building 13 – a new classroom at the back of the school. Increasing enrolments and curriculum provision led to some programs being located off site.
In June 2013 YES hosted the Department for Education Brighter Futures Forum (with then CEO Keith Bartley) as part of the department’s priority to ensure that policies are shaped with the views of children and young people. Students asked if it was possible to: “Redesign an area in the school to give us a place to go when we need help, health services, programs and learning support.” The 2013 PASS self-review identified the need to: “Identify a space for a highly coordinated integrated student/family support service”.
In response to this the PASS Hub Project Team was formed as part of a 12-month consultative process with the PASS community re the possible relocation of YES to building 4 (Resource Centre) and associated consolidation of teams within the site.
In term 3 2014 Governing Council gave their support and approved the proposed changes. A project plan was developed with a timeline for implementation. Day one of term 1 2015 – YES, TTC/IPP, Aboriginal Education and the new Resource and Technology Centre (RTC) were operational in their consolidated/new premises.
In 2016 YES was granted a Community partnership grant of $20 000 to re-establish our Certificate 2 course in Salon Assist (hairdressing pathway). A further $50 000 was gained through the Specialist Schools Program grants to develop our VET/Business and enterprise model.
In 2016 YES was able to significantly increase its capacity to support students with core enrolments of 170 students in the YES/2 programs. This number does not include students enrolled in a single program, transition program, or accessing school based health services, sports equipment program, or daily before and after school and break time activities.
The positioning of YES with Aboriginal Education in the administration hub places social inclusion as high on our school’s agenda to meet the needs of all our students and achieve: Success for all.