Senior Secondary Education

Individual Pathway, Learning and Network (iPLAN) program

Developing students’ skills and independence towards successful post-school transitions through meaningful and engaging learning experiences is the focus in senior school. To support this, our senior school students participate in the iPLAN (Individual Pathway, Learning and Network) program.

The iPLAN program provides students with a personalised pathway plan to develop the most appropriate skills for a successful transition beyond school. Students’ specific individual learning goals are identified through early and comprehensive planning, in consultation with parents and providers, for the development of Individualised Pathway Plans that prepare students for entry into further study, entry to the workforce and/or transition to an independent and prosperous life without limits.

The curriculum is designed to embed Literacy, Numeracy, Independent Living, Life-skill and Career Education that is personalised to student needs, interests, skills, abilities and aspirations. Learning activities are meaningful and engaging, aligned to the WACE Preliminary Course Units, ASDAN endorsed courses and the Australian Core Skills Framework. This framework provides a detailed guide to the development of Reading, Writing and Oral Communication skills across the Personal and community; Workplace and employment; and Education and training contexts.

Collaboration with local training providers ensures that students are provided the opportunity to achieve nationally recognised qualifications through Vocational and Educational Training (VET) courses in relevant industry areas. These may include gaining Certificates or Units of Competency in Permaculture, Construction, Retail and / or Hospitality.

The practical application of these skills are reinforced through student involvement in Enterprise Education, the School Café program and the Authority Developed Workplace Learning endorsed program (ADWLP). Students are supported to attend workplaces in the local community and consolidate their skills through participation in school-based enterprise projects that simulate work places.

Students are supported to undertake the Certificate I in Permaculture, led by our specialist trainer, in our Malibu working garden. Units of Competency as part of this Certificate, provide hands-on learning to develop awareness of safe working practices and employability skills within an industry of interest.

The Malibu Café offers an authentic service industry work experience with real customers and hospitality challenges, in a safe learning environment. Through engagement in the Café, students develop communication, presentation, numeracy, independence, food technology and health and safety skills that enhance their core vocational skills in a workplace.

Students with an interest in the horticulture/garden industry are guided by our qualified trainer to gain a hands-on, practical experience and work towards the ASDAN Horticulture certificate and/or Permaculture Certificate I Units of Competency.

The nature of the iPLAN program provides students with the personalised opportunities to develop their self-esteem and industry competence while preparing them for work experience and life in the broader community.