Wirreanda Adaptive Vocational Education (WAVE)

105 Richards Drive, Morphett Vale, SA, 5162

Established in 2003, Wirreanda Adaptive Vocational Education (WAVE) is an alternative educational program of Wirreanda High School, supported by the South Australian Government’s Innovative Community Action Networks (ICAN). WAVE studentsenrol under the Flexible Learning Options strategy for secondary students that are disengaged or disengaging with mainstream schooling. WAVE students re-engage in specialisedcase management and individually tailored learning and earning activities that are recognised and accredited. The program caters for secondary students aged 15 or older who may be homeless, young parents, experiencing anxiety or living with a disability, mainly in Years 11 and 12. The program is cost-free to all students. In 2013, 130 students enrolled at WAVE.

How this program works

WAVE-4-397x650WAVE aims to actively engage students in meaningful learning pathways that affirm their personal strengths and enable them to experience success, discover their hopes and set appropriate goals. With strong support provided by teachers, youth workers, counsellors, case managers and mentors, students develop healthy relationships and networks, holistic learning and life skills and are empowered to make a positive contribution to society.

Located at Wirreanda High School, WAVE occupies several classrooms where students may attend Monday to Friday, according to their individualised timetable. WAVE students undertake the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE, Year 11 and 12) in Personal Learning Plan, Maths, English, Community Studies, Research Project, Healthy Lifestyles, and Delta and Motion (music production and performance). Students may also choose from a broad range of Vocational Education and Training (VET) options and short courses, including Certificate I-IV courses on and off-site with Registered Training Organisations, The Duke of Edinburgh Award, First Aid and Barista. All students are encouraged to participate in Work Placement, School-Based Apprenticeship, part-time employment or volunteering and the employment assistance program. The Community-Based Learning and Personal Development programs promote self-understanding, independent decision making, creative risk taking, and enhanced employment prospects through community visits, guest speakers, outdoor education, challenge camps, creative arts projects and driving lessons. The Mums and Dads (MAD) program for students who are parents provides company, support and parenting education as they complete their studies.

Outcomes

Positive outcomes, indicating the success of this program, include: student re-engagement, motivation and accessing extensive community networks, vocational, educational and wellbeing outcomes.

Credentialed attainment: In 2012, WAVE students undertook 147 Cert I-III VET programs, including: 56 students in Hospitality, 17 in Hair and Beaut