Education week 2018: Skillset is school, just not as you know it

Classrooms fill up: The Skillset Senior College team has had great success reigniting students' desire to return to school and continue learning. Photo: SUPPLIED.

Classrooms fill up: The Skillset Senior College team has had great success reigniting students' desire to return to school and continue learning. Photo: SUPPLIED.

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They do things a little differently at Skillset Senior College (SSC). And Abbey Barrett, manager Skillset Senior College, wouldn’t have it any other way.

The small school, nestled at the foot of Wahluu or Mount Panorama, is an innovative, independent senior college which focuses on student wellbeing and personal achievement. Ms Barrett said SSC is built on a strong foundation, with three principles underpinning all the organisation does.

“We adopt a student-centred approach to learning, are strength based (speaking to students’ potential) and solution focussed,” she said.

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The 70 students across years 10, 11 and 12 who are striving to achieve their Record of School Achievement  or Higher School Certificate are always encouraged to “dream big”. 

“We have an incredibly innovative teaching team who are at the forefront of education is terms of curriculum and curriculum delivery, and importantly they have a full wellbeing focus,” Ms Barrett said. “And that is what sets this organisation apart from other mainstream schools.

“Our students value SSC. They want to be here, want to participate and have a great sense of pride for their school. 

“It is quite amazing.

“They are excited about their educational journey and excited about learning.

“Our students’ commitment comes from the sense of belonging and connection which they make here. They know they’ve got a whole team around them to guide them every step of the way.”