A place to belong
A physical sanctuary at school.
People to belong to
Small teams working together, sharing meals and building strong relationships.
Real things to do
Engaging in creative and meaningful projects.
A chance to give back
Making valuable contributions to their community, building self-esteem and connection.
HoL 101


A practical school wellbeing program that builds engagement and develops social and emotional skills, confidence and capacity. Ten students spend one day every week outside the classroom working collaboratively on authentic creative projects around the school and in the local community.


A carefully defined day with expectations, boundaries and consistent parameters, real projects, and structured reflective practice is at the heart of the Hands on Learning methodology.

HoL Cafe

The possibilities and process

Considering HoL Primary? HoL Secondary? HoL Café? 

Discover more about each implementation and the process to start Hands on Learning at your school.

Support for schools

A ready to go suite of tools and resources make it possible for partner schools to hit the ground running with support and training from the beginning and throughout the partnership.

Support for schools Training

Partner school locations

We partner with primary, secondary and special schools in both the state and catholic sectors across rural, regional and metropolitan settings in Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland. Hands on Learning implementations have grown by more than 400 per cent over the last 10 years due to the scalable methodology and strong evidence base. 

Take a virtual tour

Take this opportunity to peak inside the established precinct at McClelland College and discover why the creation of a place to belong is the cornerstone of Hands on Learning.

McClelland Virtual Tour
Celebrating student projects Brookside Pizza

Real and meaningful projects

Hands on Learning engages students in a range of authentic and readily achievable projects – tasks that build self-confidence and self-esteem.

Projects adding value to communities

Connecting young people with their community is a perfect opportunity for them experience belonging, take pride in their achievements and foster self-esteem.

Upcycled projects

A culture of recycling materials and repurposing them into creative projects, along with a determination to discover the treasure in everything, has been a core value of Hands on Learning since its inception.