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Wave & FLO

Wirreanda Adaptive Vocational Education (WAVE)

The WAVE program is an alternative pathways program for students that have disengaged from mainstream schooling options. The WAVE program actively engages students through a specialised case management approach.This allows for identification of students individual barriers. Programs are then tailor-made to allow for meaningful and accredited/recognised learning and earning pathways throughout the school year. Students that are part of the school WAVE program are classified as Flexible Learning Options (FLO) students.

Through the WAVE Program students will have access to Case Managers from Relationships Australia South Australia (RASA).

What is FLO? 

Flexible Learning Options (FLO) is a Department for Education enrolment strategy to successfully engage and retain identified students in secondary schools.

FLO provides secondary schools with some learning resource funding options to enable disengaged or disengaging young people to re-engage with learning and earning pathways.

A FLO enrolment allows the WAVE Program to provide students with individualised case management and a learning program through a Flexible Learning Transition Plan (FLTP), facilitating successful learning outcomes within a wider learning space.

To be eligible for the WAVE program the young person must:

  • not be enrolled in another Department for Education school
  • be 16 years or older.

To enrol in the WAVE Program the clients and their parent/caregiver must attend an interview with Paul Sherman and Rose Irving. An agreement, which specifies the expectations of the course, must be signed prior to entry into the program.

The Venue 

The venue for the WAVE program is located on the grounds of Wirreanda Secondary School in classrooms separate from the mainstream school.

WAVE aims to actively engage students in meaningful and accredited/recognised learning and earning pathways throughout the full school year.

WAVE will:

  • Encourage young people to discover their hopes and set appropriate goals
  • Provide opportunities to discover career options and develop employability skills
  • Affirm young people in their personal strengths, abilities and develop their confidence
  • Engage in successful learning experiences
  • Have respect for self, others, and the environment
  • Encourage young people to have a sense of control and responsibility for their behaviour and their own lives
  • Provide opportunities to develop healthy relationships and networks
  • Develop interpersonal skills
  • Cultivate the use of initiative when identifying and solving problems
  • Foster leadership skills and teamwork
  • Establish an atmosphere where young people feel comfortable in learning to manage their emotions
  • Promote an attitude of life long learning
  • Prepare young people to make a positive contribution to society
  • Empower young people to become productive citizens
  • Build resilience and provide students with the tools to cope in the wider community

Staff and Case Management

Students will encounter close contact with teachers, Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) trainers, an Employment Assistant Mentor, Case Managers from Relationships Australia South Australia, health workers and guest speakers.

All WAVE participants are provided with opportunities to discuss any problems and issues they may face in their lives. Case Management will be an integral part of each WAVE student’s Learning Plans.

Work Placement / School Based Apprenticeship / Part Time Employment

All WAVE participants are encouraged to engage in one or more of the following:

  • Work Placement as part of their Vocational Education Training (VET) course
  • An Australian School Based Apprenticeship
  • Part time employment
  • Volunteer work

Employment Assistance 

WAVE will provide employment assistance through Mandy Sherman. Mandy will engage individually with each participant to help them gain the skills to obtain work experience, apprenticeships, traineeships and part time or full-time employment. It is anticipated this will be achieved by Mandy developing the students’ skills in:

  • Goal setting
  • Resume and job application writing
  • Approaching employers
  • Communication
  • Interview preparation
  • Personal Presentation
  • Job search skills

Personal Development / Community Visits / Guest Speakers

This aspect of the program is to provide young people with the opportunities to develop their lives on a more personal level. Issues such as anger management, relationships, stress, mental health, social skills, sexual health and decision-making will be covered.

Community visits and guests speakers are viewed as essential components of the program to enhance prospects of employment and/or personal development for young people.

Guest speakers may include:

  • Sammy D Foundation
  • The Smith Family
  • Maxima
  • Encounter Youth
  • Relationships Australia South Australia
  • Australian Defence Force
  • Headspace

Community Based Learning Program

WAVE has been running a Community Based Learning Program for over 10 years. The program aims to enhance the culture of WAVE by offering students the opportunity to participate in positive physical and creative risk taking activities outside of school.

WAVE’s Community Based Learning Program involves taking young people away from their usual environment and engaging them in new, adventurous, cultural or community based activities. This program promotes independent decision making for personal development.

The aim is to improve students self-esteem, social and life skills and provide an alternative to boredom and negative activities, giving students a chance to get out of the classroom and see each other in a different environment.

Certificate Courses and SACE Accreditation

Students within the WAVE program will have access to:

  • Personal Learning Plan (PLP)
  • Stage 1 Essential Maths
  • Stage 1 Essential English
  • Stage 1 and 2 Community Studies
  • Stage 2 Research Project
  • Stage 1 Aboriginal Cultural Program (Integrated Learning)
  • Stage 1 Art (Integrated Learning)
  • Stage 1 Inner Connect (Integrated Learning)
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Operation Flinders
  • VET courses (Certificate I to IV)
  • Short courses (First Aid, Barista, White Card, RSA, Prepare to Drive, Traffic Zone Management)

Elective Programs

A choice of engaging, high interest electives are available providing the opportunity for young people to develop skills and connect with others. These include Bake It, Adjust It and Play It.

For further information, please contact:

Kerry Thomas
WAVE Administration Officer
Phone: 8329 7253

Rose Irving
WAVE Coordinator
Phone: 8329 7253
Email: Rose.Irving601@schools.sa.edu.au

Paul Sherman
Senior Leader
Phone: 8329 7253
Email: Paul.Sherman728@schools.sa.edu.au

To express interest in the program, please complete an expression of interest form below and email or post to our school, attention Kerry Thomas.

Expression of Interest

The following links provide further information on the WAVE program.

Riding the Alternative Learning Wave

On the record (University of SA – Jemma Pietrus)

Case Study of WAVE (Victoria University)


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