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HoLA has merged with Save the Children





Hands on Learning Australia (HoLA) and Save the Children joined 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, took effect from 1st April 2017, bringing 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.

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


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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.

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Federal Minister Birmingham visits HoL

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”

Sen Madigan and Min Birmingham fhs 17 Nov 2015

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Christopher Pyne gets hands on with Hands On!

CP gets hands on with hands on

Today was a real first for HOL – the first time a federal Minister has left Canberra to come and experience what we do.

Minister Pyne even rolled up his sleeves and worked with our long time supporter Senator John Madigan to focus on how we can provide a real solution that prevents young people falling through the cracks.

The Hon Christopher Pyne joined Senator John Madigan in forging a Ned Kelly helmet and other blacksmith items in a visit to Hands On Learning at McClelland College, Frankston.

Senator Madigan invited the Federal Minister for Education and Training to come and see HOL for himself, and they took the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and work with students using Senator Madigan’s forge.