HOL students have refurbished and donated two shopping trollies to the local Food Share program. Read more from The Standard: Students lend a hand for volunteers _ The Standard.
Read the full story online here or click this link: Fitzroy High School program engages students interested in practical learning _ HeraldSun
ABC broadcaster Dave O’Neil interviewed Richard O’Donovan about HOL on Melbourne 774 Afternoon program. Listen to it below.
Once again Independent Senator for Victoria John Madigan encouraged the Federal Minister for Education and Training, now Simon Birmingham, to take a hands-on approach to education when he puts on a blacksmithing workshop for the Minister and a group of Fitzroy High School (FHS) students on Tuesday 17 Nov 2015 .
The HOL program at FHS operates out of an historic W-class tram and both Senator Madigan and Minister Birmingham worked together with the students to forge a Ned Kelly helmet and tools for a pizza oven the students are building at the school.
Senator Madigan, a long-term supporter of HOL, said: “Everyone learns differently and the classroom doesn’t give all kids the chance to shine.
“HOL offers new ways to learn, engaging students who are not having a great deal of success in their traditional studies. These kids are often good with their hands and prefer practical tasks like building and making things to being cooped up in a classroom.
“HOL gives them a sense of achievement, boosting their self-esteem, while also helping them recognize the value of what they are being taught in class.
“Most importantly, HOL gives them hope, keeping them in school longer, and helping them to develop the skills needed to succeed in our twenty first century economy. This is critical given the sometimes grim prospects of those who don’t finish high school.”
Minister Birmingham congratulated the staff and students on making such positive contributions to the school and keeping engaged with their learning. He described HOL as “a great program keeping kids engaged with school”
Penny, Michael and the Fitzroy High HOL team are featured in today’s Age. Read the full story here.
Red Symons took a light hearted interest in the traumatisation of children, but found out a whole lot more when he spoke to HOL artisan-teacher Penny Stray this morning on 774 Breakfast. Listen for yourself by clicking here.
The two independent Federal Senators for Victoria, John Madigan & Ricky Muir spent time at Sale College today (22 July 2015) showcasing HOL to the local WIN TV News station.
Watch the report here.
Senator John Madigan is quoted by the Wimmera Time describing HOL as “engaging students who fall through the cracks and young people need hope,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s a valuable program because it is proactive not reactive – prevention is better than cure. ‘‘I fully support Hands On Learning, both financially and by coming out to visit the schools giving young people hope they can do things with a little bit of help and a little bit of encouragement.’’
Read the full story here.
The Wimmera Mail-Times featured a story on HOL at Hopetoun P-12 College and their community project constructing a new building at the Lake Lascelle Mallee Bush Retreat. Read all about it here.
The Gippsland Times & Maffra Spectator covered the visit of Federal Ministers John Madigan and Ricky Muir to Sale College recently.