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HoLA is merging with Save the Children

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We’re excited to announce that Hands on Learning Australia (HoLA) and Save the Children are joining forces to make it possible for more young Australians to stay connected to school and improve their educational and life outcomes. HoLA and Save the Children share a bold vision – that all young people at risk of disengaging from school will have a genuine opportunity to receive and learn from a quality basic education.

The merger, taking effect from 1st April 2017, brings together HoLA’s long-term ambition to prevent early school leaving and Save the Children’s vision of a world in which every child attains the right to a quality basic education. To date, HoLA has successfully partnered with over 65 Victorian schools. And, through an innovative education program that caters to the different ways young people learn, it has helped in excess of 7,500 disengaged young people stay at school.

Read more about this exciting development here.

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Local MP Gabrielle Williams congratulates Doveton College HOL team on winning inaugural HOL Video Competition

The HOL team at Doveton College have won the first ever HOL Video Competition. In 2 minutes they did an amazing job of capturing the essence of why HOL is so effective.

The school welcomed local MP Gabrielle Williams who presented the team with the latest GoPro HERO5 as first prize. HOLA Chair Rod Glover also attended to congratulate the team, and also presented the video director Zach Gleeson with his own smaller action camera.


Watch their fabulous video here



Somerville SC HOL Table Auction

The HOL team at Somerville Secondary College have built beautiful table 2400mm long x 1010mm wide using donated reclaimed furniture grade messmate timber.

This handcrafted table is a solid testament to what a bunch of talented teenagers can achieve working together.

The team is now selling their prized work on ebay so they can purchase a priority list of specialist tools.

For more details click here.

Brimbank Leader article April 2016
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Rob, Dale and Seral and the HOL team at Brookside College in Caroline Springs have been working on a project to restore donated furniture for a local western suburbs charity that supports people in emergency situations like house fires, domestic violence and refugees.
The local Brimbank Leader highlighted their work in last week’s newspaper which can be read here or  here.
Kris at Brimbank
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Federal Shadow Minister for Education Kate Ellis visits our 60th HOL school

Federal Shadow Minister for Education, the Honourable Kate Ellis MP visit our 60th HOL school – Elisabeth Murdoch College – today.

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Ms Ellis was joined by local Federal Labor candidate Peta Murphy (above speaking with HOL artisan-teacher
Isobel, and one of the HOL students).

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Both politicians were impressed with the progress that the HOL team had made in turning an old shed
into a new home in such a short space of time.

Mses Ellis & Murphy spoke with the fresh HOL students, and met with Principal Dean King and Ciro Ferra,
congratulating them on their leadership in implementing HOL at the school.