Orbost Secondary College
Arnold Street
ORBOST VIC 3888

Tel: 03 5154 1084
Fax: 03 5154 2469
Text: 199 100 10

orbost.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au

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Community Learning Project

CFA / Advance

Men’s Shed

Mohawks Program

Student Exchange

Programs (Rotary Club)

The Parents, Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA)

Public Relations

Orbost Regional Health

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Role in the Community

 

Students of Orbost Secondary College have the opportunity to participate in a number of programs which give them access to additional learning opportunities either from within the College, from members of the community or from external community organisations.

Community Learning Project

The Community Learning Project gives students in Years 9 and 10 the chance to develop and implement a project that has a benefit to the College and wider community.  It is also the support group for any students that attend the School for Student Leadership.  Students plan, budget, organise and complete projects in small groups.  Project groups are required to develop contacts with community organisations as well as manage relevant approval and permissions processes.  Examples of projects include restoration of seating in the College grounds, landscaping at the Orbost Post Office, fun day for junior primary students and raising money for community organisations.  The current major project involves raising money to purchase equipment for the Orbost Men’s Shed.

CFA


CFA/Advance is a course held over two years on Wednesday afternoons at the Orbost CFA building. The students work towards achieving CFA Minimum Skills Certificate and First Aid Level 2 Certificate. The students are picked up from/returned to school in CFA vehicles (fire tanker, pumper, 4x4). They wear CFA uniform when undertaking practical activities and thus represent the CFA. The course comprises theory and practical activities, including practise on real fires and use of current CFA equipment. The students travel to Sale for external practical skills assessment.

 

 

Men’s Shed

The Orbost Men’s Shed program is an initiative between Orbost Regional Health and Orbost Secondary College. It is a mentoring program designed to assist our students in developing interpersonal skills by meeting older members of the community whilst learning basic woodworking and cooking skills at the Men’s Shed in Forest Rd Orbost. 

Mohawks Program

The Mohawk gardening and yard maintenance program is an initiative between Orbost Regional Health and Orbost Secondary College. It is designed to assist elderly or infirm residents who have been assessed by ORH as needing assistance to remain in their own homes and is part of a total care package that may include services such as Meals on Wheels and visits by the Community Nurse. Mohawks involves students, in teams of three, working under the direction of a supervisor from Orbost Regional Health for one day per week. Tasks include weeding, pruning and operation of powered gardening equipment.  Interaction with sometimes socially isolated members of the community is also an important part of Mohawks. Student learning is supported by a VET Rural Operations class for one session per week.

Student Exchange Programs (Rotary Club)

The Rotary Youth Exchange Program allows students to spend up to twelve months attending secondary school and living with host families in other countries.  This provides students with the opportunity to study other cultures first hand, broaden their own outlook of the world and experience day-to-day challenges in an environment completely different to the one they have experienced at home.  Many students from Orbost Secondary College have taken part in Rotary Youth Exchange, and the school has also hosted many international students taking part in this program.

The Parents, Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA)

The Parents, Teachers and Friends Association meet once a month and support college initiatives and assist with fundraising activities.  All parents and community members with links to the college are invited to become a member of the PTFA.

Public Relations

Public Relations allows students to define and develop an area of interest or need in interacting with the school and broader community. Students are supported to develop problem solving, presentation and organisational skills, self-confidence and teamwork.

Orbost Regional Health

Orbost Secondary College and Orbost Regional Health have a strong working relationship which provides students with many opportunities to develop leadership and empathy within our students. ORH and OSC have run ICT sessions for the elderly that again strengthens communication, thinking, empathy and respect within.  OSC and ORH has run a Planter Box program over the past three years which allows our students to strengthen skills outside the classroom environment. The Planter Boxes once finished are delivered to the elderly which provides them with a raised garden bed to plant produce.