1-3 Sylvester Grove, Preston, VIC, 3072 and Shop MM1 The Edge, Westfield Plenty Valley, Mill Park, VIC, 3082
Established in 2007, The Pavilion School provides an educational option for young people who are disengaged from education and training or have been excluded by schools or education providers, and who present with a complex range of risk factors, behaviours and life situations. The Pavilion School has flexible learning opportunities at two campuses – in Preston and in Mill Park. The School is a campus of Charles Latrobe College and Pavilion students are enrolled through the College. The program works in partnership with local agencies and youth services and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) in Victoria. Students are referred to the School by family, youth services and welfare agencies as well as schools, but many students refer themselves after having heard of the school from friends. Student cohorts are culturally and educationally diverse, with about 20 per cent Indigenous students. Students work towards the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). There were 195 students enrolled across both campuses in 2013. There are 205 students enrolled in 2014.
How this program works
The Pavilion School is based on the vision that everyone has the right to education. The School aims to provide a positive educational experience for all students by providing students a relevant and individually tailored program in a calm and therapeutic environment. The strategic intent of the program focuses on three key areas: student learning, student wellbeing and engagement, and student pathway and transitions. Pavilion staff endeavour to create a safe and supportive school with flexible and individualised learning plans which are tailored to individual education needs combined with personal support from a multi-disciplinary wellbeing team. Staff focus upon the psychosocial rehabilitation of each student so that the whole person can develop safely and apply the principle of unconditional positive regard. There are 8 class groups containing between 10-15 students, with one teacher, one counsellor and one teacher-assistant working with each class group. Class cohorts are formed on the basis of who will work best with each other or through a unifying factor, such as the class group of young mums. The latter is supported by a teacher’s aide with early childhood expertise. The Pavilion school philosophy is to start wher