About EdSpace Our Educational Philosophy At EdSpace we focus on best practice underpinned by strong evidence-based guidelines, never losing sight of our aim to build on our student’s strengths and unlock their potential. A Project of Capability Building Incorporated Capability Building inc T/A EdSpace Education and Training Centre believes in and upholds the Principles of Australian Democracy We believe in an accountable, democratically elected government. We believe in equal rights for all before the law, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender, or other attributes. We respect and observe the rule of law and believe that no person is above the law. We believe not only in the freedom of religion, but also the need to practice tolerance and understanding of others' beliefs. We believe in the value of freedom of speech and freedom of association, yet also acknowledge that we have a responsibility not to abuse this freedom. We believe in the values of openness and tolerance, and value and respect all members of the school community regardless of background. All Victorians—irrespective of the school they attend, where they live, or their background—should have access to high quality education that: enables them to realise their learning potential and achieve their best inspires lifelong learning enables parents/guardians to actively participate in their children’s education. Our EdSpace Education and Training Centre is a safe and calm learning environment that exists to provide personalised training for students aged 11-18 who have medical or developmental issues which make it challenging for them to thrive in a mainstream school setting. The focus of our work with young people is: Supporting both physical and mental health, alongside the traditional teaching methods Encouraging students to be active participants in their communities Developing important social skills All of this is achieved not just sitting at a desk learning in a traditional way, but by making the most of our brilliant community resources. By visiting the local library, shops, swimming pool, gym and the Ovals we encourage our students to learn, develop and grow through everyday interactions in our community, strengthening integration and inclusion for the future. Our Educational Philosophy At EdSpace we focus on best practice underpinned by strong evidence-based guidelines, never losing sight of our aim to build on our student’s strengths and unlock their potential. We go the extra mile, using a multi-disciplinary approach which allows us to focus not only on education, but on wider health needs. Our support extends to the needs of the entire family. This additional support, sometimes known as ‘wraparound’ considers the individual complexities of each of the families we support, and it’s at the core of absolutely everything we do at the school. The programs on offer Our specialist teams create education plans for each of our students, tailored to focus on each individual’s strengths. Based on the Victorian Curriculum our students have access to all subjects, but a particular focus on human relations and living skills as well as sexual health. Qualifications Study for your VPC We’re registered to provide the Victorian pathways certificate. The VPC is a brilliant hands-on option for our senior students. Our successful VPC students are awarded a certificate and statement of results detailing their areas of study. Sound interesting? Get in touch to speak to us about a place Vocational studies A gateway through to the VPC program, our vocational education and training program (VET) allows our students to develop their interests and gain credits towards a future VPC qualification. Our current in house VET Certificates and School Based Traineeships are Certificate I in Sport and recreation: Certificate III in Hospitality: Certificate II in Animal studies and Certificate II in Creative industries. We’re lucky to have three businesses based on site to provide the perfect opportunity for our students to get stuck into school-based traineeships- bringing what they’ve learnt to life. They can choose between: Our EdSpace IT Cafe for hospitality training Wheelie Awesome for keen cyclists and mechanics Benalla Dogs for Life for animal lovers EdSpace IT Support for budding IT enthusiasts. All of these offer our students both the opportunity to learn new skills, but also to learn all about running a business broadening their skills to include excellent communication and customer service. Apply for a place at EdSpace now EDSPACE'S COMMITMENT TO CHILD SAFETY All students enrolled, and any child visiting EdSpace Benalla, have a right to feel safe and be safe. EdSpace actively works to listen to and empower children. EdSpace has systems to protect children from abuse, will take allegations very seriously and will respond to them consistently in line with the organisation's policies and procedures. EdSpace is committed to promoting cultural safety of Aboriginal Children, cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and provide a safe environment for children with a disability. WE, CAPABILITY BUILDING TA EDSPACE EDUCATION AND TRAINING CENTRE, ACKNOWLEDGE THE TRADITIONAL CUSTODIANS OF THE LAND. WE PAY OUR RESPECTS TO THEIR ELDERS PAST AND PRESENT AND TO ELDERS FROM OTHER COMMUNITIES.