See what Glendyne has to offer

GLENDYNE Education and Training Centre is holding an open day next Thursday to showcase all the group has to offer students and members of the public.

Principal Dale Hansen said parents with students aged from 13 to 17 who were not doing well at a mainstream school were especially welcome to meet Glendyne’s staff and hear about the programs.

“They don’t have to make any commitment, they’re welcome just to come out and see for themselves what we do out here and what’s on offer,” he said.

“We’re not just a school, we’re a support agency for those students who have other difficulties outside of education.

“We’ll have a full-time counsellor next year, we have many youth workers, youth support co-ordinators and mentoring programs to help students not only be engaged in education but also re-engage in the community.”

Mr Hansen said many students who were referred to Glendyne responded well to hands-on learning and the centre specialised in offering vocational courses in areas such as metalwork, woodwork, hospitality and agriculture with integrated literacy and numeracy learning. He said workplace programs were incorporated into the curriculum so it was easier for students to make the transition from school to work.

Mr Hansen said the centre worked closely with many employers in the community and many Year 11 and 12 students had been offered traineeships or apprenticeships this year.

He said extra courses in furnishing, construction and hospitality were being offered next year.

Mr Hansen said the general public were also welcome to attend the open day and inspect the ropes course, gym, seminar room, oval and drama room which were available for hire.

The open day begins at 2.30pm with a general overview and tour and then visitors can ask questions and talk to staff.

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