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”