Tak­ing on school in leaps and bounds

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - CLASSES AND TUITION - For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact: gen­eral man­ager and prin­ci­pal Carolyn Thomp­son, on 0499 070 734 or email car­olyn­thomp­[email protected]­s­col­lege.nsw.edu.au.

FOR some stu­dents, school seems like an over­whelm­ing ob­sta­cle in life.

This might be be­cause of bul­ly­ing, some­thing we read and hear about fre­quently these days, or the chal­lenges may be more in­di­vid­u­alised.

Re­gard­less, we want our young peo­ple to have op­por­tu­nity in life, to cor­rect school dis­en­gage­ment and break from dis­ad­van­tage.

Find­ing the best fit for young peo­ple to re­main in school is an in­di­vid­ual and so­ci­etal goal.

Each school has their own strength and dif­fer­ence and for some young peo­ple, Coffs Coast Ale­sco School is the right choice. Hay­ley Payne chose Ale­sco and said: “I came from a main­stream school at Year 9. It was a good school but it didn’t quite reach what I needed.”

The dif­fer­ence for Hay­ley was the fo­cus on per­sonal growth, the smaller class sizes and def­i­nitely the teacher sup­port.

And there were other fac­tors.

“No home­work is the big­gest bonus. I think it lets me come to school fresher in­stead of go­ing home and keep­ing on study­ing and stuff. I was tired.”

Ale­sco staff and stu­dents are ex­pected to not just at­tend but to make a con­tri­bu­tion to Ale­sco School, be that by sup­port­ing peers and col­leagues, prac­tis­ing em­pa­thy and in­clu­sive­ness or fo­cus­ing on per­sonal growth.

“It was my choice to come here. Mum didn’t re­ally want me to at the start but now she’s very happy that I did come here be­cause I’m a bet­ter per­son than I was be­fore.”

Hay­ley has com­pleted Year 10 and gained her Record of School Achieve­ment (RoSA).

“Next year, I start at a phar­macy where I started out with work place­ment. I’m re­ally ex­cited about that.”

Photo: Ale­sco School

GOOD MOVE: Hay­ley Payne chose to at­tend the Ale­sco School and said she loved it.

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