Sunshine Teaching Unit
WHAT IS IT?
The Sunshine Teaching Unit, located in Leith Ave Sunshine, is an alternative educational setting offering a short-term(one term/ten week) program for students with behavioural/social-emotional problems. It is run by the Department of Education, and is based at the Senior Campus of Sunshine College. The unit is presently staffed by two teachers. The unit aims to assist schools in increasing and maintaining the participation of "at-risk" students in the regular classroom.
WHO IS IT FOR?
The program caters for male and female post-primary students in the Western Metropolitan Region. They are students experiencing serious problems in schooling that are primarily of a social-emotional nature, including truancy, where school-based solutions have been tried without success. The students must have a school to attend on completion of the program, and there must be agreement from all parties involved as to the appropriateness of the placement. The student's participation must be voluntary.
Students work towards specific behavioural goals established at an assessment meeting prior to commencement. The program aims to raise students' self esteem and develop social skills that will assist them in their return to regular school. This is achieved directly through individual counseling and indirectly through class activities, which include Maths/English, Social Studies, Art/Craft, Personal Development, Sport and a weekly excursion.
Students attend the program for one term, approximately ten weeks. The program operates in normal school hours (9:00am - 3:00pm), on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Students return to their regular schools on Wednesdays.
Unit staff liaise with the students' parents/guardians during the course of the program.
Relevant staff from the student's school visit the program to facilitate continuity and successful reintegration. Program staff meet with student's regular teachers at the completion of placement, provide a written report to the school, student and parents and undertake reintegration support after the student's return to school.