Mt Druitt Learning Ground is accepting enrolments now for Term 1 2021
OLDER ADOLESCENT PROGRAM for participants 13 - 17 years
TERM ONE: 15 February - 29 March every Monday 9.30am - 2.30pm. Morning Tea and Lunch provided.
TERM TWO: 26 April - 21 June
TERM THREE: 19 July - 12 September
TERM FOUR: 11 October - 13 December
“I’m coming back to Learning Ground this year because I’m not interested in jigging school any more and really want to be sure I can concentrate on my school work, I want to go to TAFE next year” - Year 9 student.
"At Learning Ground I matter to someone, and they matter to me, I really think I could make a life now" - Year 10 student.
YOUNGER PEOPLE'S PROGRAM for participants 10 - 12 years
TERM ONE: 17 February - 31 March every Wednesday 10:00am - 2:20pm. Morning Tea and Lunch provided.
TERM TWO: 28 April - 23 June
TERM THREE: 21 July - 15 September
TERM FOUR: 13 October - 13 December
“I’m going to Learning Ground this year because I am quite scared of going to High School next Year, my brother went there and he says it taught him to feel much better about himself” - Year 6 girl.
"I'm even getting to be nice to the cops now, the stuff we have at Learning Ground works" - Year 7 boy.
"My Mum listens to me better now, she says it's because I listen to her" - Year 5 girl.
WHAT HAPPENS THIS TERM IN THE ADOLESCENT PROGRAMS
Program is particularly suitable for teenagers who would benefit from a program encouraging development of self-esteem and stronger sense of belonging. It is found to be very helpful for those who may have experienced change in their lives, moving house, grief and loss, struggling to keep up academically, being bullied, or being a bully. Also for those experiencing change in the family structure, needing to have stronger cultural or personal family ties and for those unsure of how to make the most of each day.
Together we examine how we develop in Five Ways – Physically, Intellectually, Emotionally, Socially, and through our belief systems. It is fun learning this way together but also very helpful in learning to like ourselves and to get on with others better. We would expect over the term to develop a deeper appreciation for family, for teachers and school life, and to become much more confident in dealing with others, especially those it has been hard to get along with.
In examining our belief systems we will pay particular attention to learning about beliefs unique to Australia, dreamtime stories and their meanings, understanding Aboriginal totems and their significance, connections to land, and bush tucker tales are all a valued part of the learning. We will listen to, think about and try to remember some key words in the traditional Aboriginal language of the region in which Learning Ground is situated, the Darug language. The work we will do is important to participants of Aboriginal background but is equally important to non-indigenous and all other participants too who thrive when they find themselves part of Australia’s unique story of belonging.
“I didn’t ever talk to Aboriginal people, I didn’t even like them, and now I am so proud to have learned so much about Aboriginal culture, these ideas and learnings should take place in every school in Australia so all Australians can know the truth” - Mother of young girl.