Do I have to go?
No! Placement at the Unit is voluntary - it's the student's decision. Students should agree to
attend the Unit only if they are serious about making changes to their
behaviour at school.
Doesn't my school want me
Schools do not refer students to the Unit as punishment, but in
the belief that, with assistance in a small group setting, students will
be able to change their behaviour and make full use of their education.
How much does it cost?
There is no cost to parents. All excursions from the Unit
are paid for from Unit funds. Transport tickets are also provided for
students. Students need only to provide their own lunch. The Unit receives
funding from the Victorian Department of Education Western Metropolitan
Region's Alternative Programs Budget and from referring schools.
What do students do at the
Students, parents, teachers
and welfare workers are welcome to visit the Unit and chat with the Unit
staff. Contact us to arrange
a visit. A copy of the Unit's weekly timetable may be viewed by clicking
here - View Timetable
Detailed information regarding the Unit's curriculum is available in
the About the Unit page
in this website.
How successful are you?
The Unit's success at
maintaining students at school was last measured by an Outcomes
Survey conducted in 1998. In brief, this survey found that a very high
percentage of students (86%) were still in school two years after the
completion of their placement.
The Unit's success is, of course, very dependant on students being
motivated to change their behaviour at school.
Won't my daughter fall
behind in her work at school?
While students obviously miss an amount of work at their regular
school, they do complete academic work at the Unit, much of it focusing on
areas in which they have difficulties. Many students comment on the large
amount of work completed at the Unit. If students achieve their goals at
the Teaching Unit, they find their improved behaviour and concentration
means that considerably more work is completed in class at their regular
school. Students are not penalised by their schools for work not competed
due to their placement at the Teaching Unit.
Do you kick students out?
Students are occasionally expelled from the Unit due to a complete and
continued lack of effort toward their goals. Students sometimes choose to
leave the Unit prior to the completion of their placement.
What happens if the
placement isn't a success?
When a student returns to their regular school full-time, the school
would put into place appropriate consequences for the student's behaviour.
How do I get there?
Sunshine Teaching Unit is in
Leith Avenue, Sunshine - a short, no-through road off Hampshire Road next
to Sunshine Primary School.
The Unit is about five minutes walk from Sunshine Railway Station. The
station is also a major stop on about seven bus routes.
Melways Reference: Map 40 G2