More families are finding that the one-size-fits-all approach to schooling is not always the best option.
This realisation, with growing mainstream recognition of the successes of alternative pathways to learning, has contributed to a rise in enrolments at TAFE Queensland’s Senior College.
For those who want to know more about the program, the TAFE Alexandra Hills Campus will hold an open night on Monday, September 17 from 5.30pm to 7pm.
TAFE Queensland’s Senior College program deputy principal Adrian Wilkinson said the increase in enrolments at the college was largely attributable to word-of-mouth from students and their families.
“Last year all of our graduating students achieved a Queensland Certificate of Education and this year our goal is the same,” he said.
“A large number of these students were on track to drop out of school at the end of Year 10 and now they are excelling and about to graduate.
“We are the only education facility in Brisbane that offers students the option of a QCE, OP education alongside VET and workplace qualifications.”
Set up more than 30 years ago, the college offers Year 11 and 12 students the opportunity to complete their studies in a flexible, personal and mature learning environment.
“Still today there are a large number of students who have either fallen through the cracks or left traditional high school environments,” Mr Wilkinson said.
“These students still need and deserve a high school education and our school and teachers are geared towards helping these students achieve success.
“Our hope is that every student here feels welcome, regardless of their circumstance, and we will support them in their educational journey.”
Year 12 Student Sarah Rolland struggled at her previous high school, but has found happiness and success at senior college.
“I found it hard to concentrate at my previous high school because the classes were so big and there were lots of distractions,” she said. “It was hard to get one-on-one time with teachers because their focus was on helping the whole class, not necessarily the individual.”
Register for the event at http://go.tafeqld.edu.au/Senior-College-Info-Night-Sept-2018.html