The Cranbourne East Secondary College wellbeing team are 2017 Victorian Education Excellence Awards (VEEA) finalists for this outstanding program.
When the College wellbeing team conducted an analysis of attendance data, they identified some students in Years 7 to 9 were avoiding school due to high levels of anxiety, learning difficulties and challenges at home.
Additionally, many of these students’ families did not engage with support services and were unaware of services in the local area that could help them. In direct response to this, the wellbeing team designed a dual-enrolment re-engagement program for students to learn, in a safe and supportive environment, with wrap-around services to support students and families.
From this original idea, formed in 2016, the ‘Lift Off’ program began at the start of this year with 18 students enrolled from seven local secondary schools in the region. ‘Lift Off’ aims to promote complete physical, emotional and social wellbeing through collaborative care from the family, school and community to which the young person is connected.
‘Lift Off’ provides students with a meaningful pathway to help their transition back into mainstream school. It supports their vocational skills and helps with referrals to appropriate agencies. The wrap-around program has been life-changing for many students and their families – renewing self-worth and hope for a brighter future.