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2013 Programs

Term 3 funding round for North and South clusters now open
Please find attached guidelines and expression of interest form for the current round of SFYS Flexible Funding. The document is in word format for easy completion. The applications are due in by Friday February 13th, 2014.


1.      Northern Bay College: Boys Transition Program

The school nurses from Northern Bay will worked in partnership with headspace, Corio Police and the City of Greater Geelong to deliver an eight-week program to support the transition of selected students from Year 8 into Year 9.  Students who are experiencing difficulties academically, behaviourally or socially were selected to participate. 


2.      Lara Primary School: Mentoring Program

Lara Primary School worked in partnership with Lifeway Christian Church to recruit and train a group of 10 volunteer mentors to work with a group of Grade 5/6 students. 

Students who were becoming disengaged from school were targeted.  The program linked in with a whole-school prevention and early intervention model.


3.      Barwon Centre Against Sexual Assault:  Sexual Assault Prevention Program

CASA engaged with Clonard, St. Joseph’s and Nelson Park to deliver the Sexual Assault Prevention Program for Secondary Schools.  CASA provided training to school staff, and then worked alongside these staff members to implement the Sexual Assault Prevention Program for Secondary Schools with all year 9 students in each of the secondary schools. 


4.      Lara Secondary College:  Applied Learning Program

Lara Secondary College partnered with Lara Men’s Shed to involve Year 7/8 students in an applied learning program.  The program runs over the school year and will look to engage disengaged students.  Students will work on a number of different projects throughout the year.  The school  provided  two staff members to support the program, and the students involved.    


5.      Geelong English Language Centre:  GELC Vegie Patch

This program involved newly arrived refugee students attending North Geelong Secondary School in a project to create a vegie patch on the school grounds.  GELC worked with Cloverdale Community Centre, Diversitat and the Men’s Shed to complete the project.   


6.      Newcomb Secondary College:  Hands On Learning

Newcomb Secondary College established a Hands On Learning program to engage a group of 20 disengaged students in a structured applied learning program.  Two separate groups have been delivered over 2-days each week for the whole year.


7.      Bellarine Secondary College:  The Shed

Bellarine Secondary College Ocean Grove campus wellbeing team worked in partnership with Scripture Union (Elevate) to redesign and renovate a school wellbeing area.   A group of selected students learnt and applied practical trade skills to renovate the designated area.  Volunteers and tradespeople mentored students.


8.      Geelong English Language Centre:  AusKick for Refugee Students

Newly arrived refugee students learnt the skills, rules and culture of AFL in an exclusive Auskick program.  Students from five different primary schools came together with the Auskick facilitator.  Parents were invited to join in the program as Auskick coaches or coordinators  


9.      Western Heights College:  Mentoring in a Virtual World

This Western Heights program was able to better connect students to their learning and a suitable post school pathway.  The mentors were recruited from the Vines Road Community Centre, Vines Road Senior Citizens and Geelong Regional Library.  160 senior school students participated in the program.  Each mentor worked with three students.  The mentoring mostly took place on-line in a virtual learning community however, some face-to-face meetings occurred.   Mentors were trained and supported to participate in the program.  The program built stronger connections between the school and the local community and improved the participation in further education and training.    


10.  Northern Bay Family Centre: Young Mums in Corio

The Northern Bay Family centre partnered with CatholicCare and Northern Bay College to deliver a creative journaling project with young mothers.  The therapeutic, educational group work approach engaged young mums in learning, goal setting, and establishing positive connections between mother and child, develop basic parenting skills, build support networks and promote young people in a positive light.  


11.  North Geelong Secondary College:  Health Support Program

This program supported a group of recently arrived students who were interested in pursuing a career in health support services.  Certificate II in Health Support Services was customised to meet the needs of this group of students and develop their employability skills.  The funding was used to link students to workplaces together via a workplace supervisor.  The Gordon, Geelong Region Local Learning and Employment Network and the Multicultural Aged Care Service were key partners.  


12.  St. Francis Xavier Primary School: Fuse Dance Program

Students across all year levels worked with Fuse Dance Company to develop dance skills.  This program addressed a lack of arts programs that allow students to express themselves in a creative way.  Students from Sacred Heart College helped to facilitate the dance lessons for grade 5/6 students.  Grade 5/6 students then took on a facilitation role with the other grades.  The program culminated in a community performance.


13. Birregurra P.S.: Identity, Community and Environment

Birregura P.S. worked with a local nursery, Otway Forestry and the Upper Barwon Landcare

group to develop an indigenous garden including outdoor sculptures and a mural to enhance the area.  The target group was year 5/6 boys and girls currently experiencing varying degrees of disconnectedness due to rural isolation


14. Lavers Hill P-12 : The Quollity Program

Lavers Hill school worked with the Cape Otway Centre for Conservation, the local tourist authority and Peter Day a local artist to create a multi-faceted Year 9 program with strong links to their small, rural, remote community.


15. Oberon H.S.: Boxing Program

Oberon H.S. together with the South Barwon Salvation Army delivered the ‘BOXING PROGRAM’ which is designed to provide young people who are experiencing issues of low self-esteem, poor mental health, depression, anxiety, anger or disengagement/disconnection from schooling an outlet for expressing emotions in a structured and positive environment through the disciplined physical activity of Boxing - complimented with therapeutic support.  


16. Grovedale College: Rock and Water

Grovedale College, the City of Greater Geelong Youth Development Unit, Health Republic Gym and Zenshin Martial Arts worked together to deliver  the Rock and Water program which was  implemented and adapted for specific groups of Year 8 boys and girls.


17. Forrest P.S.  : Forrest – Our Place

Forrest P.S together with  a local artist, author and the Neighbourhood House  delivered a program called ‘Forrest – Our Place’ which was an innovative project telling stories through the visual and literary arts about the  communities between Forrest,  Barwon Downs,  Gerangamete and Yeodene.  This project directly engaged the community in shared learning.  The project engaged students in a range of social and academic outcomes, with the final product being a published book.


18.  Elliminyt P.S.  : Entrepreneurs

Elliminyt P.S. and Peter Bell  developed an entrepreneurial program with the target group being 10-12 Year 5 & 6 students.  Other Year 5 & 6 students  rotated throughout the year to be part of the program. The students and partners were responsible for developing the program, on-going care of the plants and chooks, organising marketing, transport, purchasing of materials, doing written reports for school assemblies etc.


19.  Colac Specialist School : Garden Growth in Gellibrand

Colac S.S., Andrew Barber from the Colac Otway Shire, The C.F.A and residents from the Gellibrand Community Action Group contributed to the Gellibrand community by developing and maintaining a Sensory garden. Students were seen as valued members of the community and developed a positive commitment to the community


20. Belmont H.S.  : Year 8-9 Girls Program

Belmont H.S., Barrabool Hills Baptist Church, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, In Sync Fitness and a dietician worked together to develop a program aimed at providing groups of students with: positive female role models, improved attendance, increased social skills and provided education around healthy living


21. Highton P.S. : That’s Amore!

We have worked with a group of disengaged boys in grades 5/6 (they all had individual reasons for being in the group ranging from Autsim, Aspergers, single parent homes, poverty, shy, angry, anxious, low self esteem, not fitting in, etc.) Highton P.S. incorporated woodwork, sculpture, design and innovation to create unique and productive pieces of art in and around the school.  The school partnered with City of Greater Geelong transfer station, the Men’s Shed, a local artist in Deans Marsh, our school council president who is qualified in building/ construction area, Lisa Herrera, a  parent and qualified horticulturalist and Narana Creations.


22.  Highton P.S. : Leaving a Piece of Me Behind

This program enabled a group of girls to foster supportive and meaningful relationships and promote social inclusion and provide equitable access to information, social support and skills development within a framework of personal empowerment. The program involved a group of girls who suffered from low self esteem, poor self image, eating disorders or social exclusion; a group of parents with expertise in pottery, craft, sewing, design, beading, mosaic, metal and sculpture; a staff member who has studied Fashion Design at the Gordon TAFE; a parent who is an artist and has expertise in mosaic design; a member of the community who has worked in the industry for many years;  the Y’s Girl program;  a social worker;  a School Nurse and two volunteers from St. Lukes Uniting Church (carpentry).


23. Roslyn P.S.  : Art Therapy

Roslyn Primary School proposed running a program of art therapy creating a lasting and very visual mural focussing on building social skills, resilience training, confidence building and strategies of life coping targeting students in grades 4, 5 and 6.  The school will be partnering with the Deakin Uni Arts Faculty and Liz Flaherty a private facilitator.


24.  Surfcoast S.C. :  Boys At Work

To conduct a program aimed at developing ongoing relationships in the Torquay Community.  A Personal Development Program for all Year 9 Boys (approx. 25) especially the at risk students will be operating throughout the year with a mentor. This program will enable to boys to build their capacity to develop effective and sustainable relationships with Community Groups. The program will be supported by Stephen Lewry, Life Coach, the Torquay Men’s Shed, Torquay R.S.L., and the Salvation Army.


25. Colac S.C. : Wood Oven

A disengaged group of Year 7-9 students, who required an alternate program to engage them into the school program. The aim  was to develop skills that are transferrable to the workplace. It aimed to improve students’ self-esteem  through developing work skills.  Students worked as part of a team

to construct a wood oven pizza. Other partners included:

Victoria Police – Colac Youth Liaison Officer

Youth Connections- Kath Johns

School Support Service – DEECD Colac/Corangamite (School Psychologist)

Kerrie Bauer- Colac Business Group.


26. Elliminyt P. S. : Gym Group.

The program targeted a group of students who had anger management issues, some with diagnosed depression, some students who had issues due to traumas in their life, family issues and behaviour issues. These students needed additional support to improve their engagement with education, their learning and their peers. This program better connected students to their community services and school.