Taking on school in leaps and bounds
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.”
GOOD MOVE: Hayley Payne chose to attend the Alesco School and said she loved it.