Message from the CEO: MCC Starts a New High School in Carlingford

Message from the CEO: MCC Starts a New High School in Carlingford

22 September, 2020

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Gateway Community High: A place for young people to reconnect with their love of learning

As someone who has always believed in, and benefitted from, the empowering force of education I am thrilled and delighted to announce that the brand new Gateway Community High will be opening for enrolments in 2021 at our site in Carlingford. 

Gateway Community High is a key strategic initiative of Macquarie Community College, the school is targeted to young people who will thrive outside a mainstream educational environment.

 

Achieve. Belong. Grow.

Gateway offers an opportunity for students to thrive by gaining a real sense of confidence and belonging. Our alternative approaches will be unique - our students will be expected to be the drivers of their own educational destiny. It’s a place of flexible, engaging and practical learning where students can reconnect with their learning.

With so many disruptions to education this year, there’s never been a greater need for a community school like this. It will enable students to complete the Year 10 NSW Record of School Achievement (ROSA), and provide a gateway to ongoing education or training, whether that be Year 11 and 12 or vocational training.

 

Pathway to Empowerment

Education is the pathway to empowerment. If a student misses a chunk of learning, for whatever reason, this can have significant consequences for their future and the future of their community.

Seventy years of providing highly successful support-based vocational education for adults who face barriers to learning gave us insight into how we could develop a program that would revolutionise the education experience for disengaged high schoolers.

We are creating the opportunity for students to participate in a positive, personalised and inclusive learning environment. We engage students in experiential-style learning, provide specialist language, literacy or numeracy help where necessary, and build in additional time for students to pursue their own interests and projects. We have a strictly no homework policy and incorporate a healthy exercise program that enhances individual health and wellbeing. We’re confident this program gives students the boost they need.

Gateway Community High is not a special needs or behavioural school – It’s an alternative high school with tailored support and special assistance dedicated to students who are unique in their own way and who:

  • Will thrive outside a mainstream educational environment

  • Are looking for a place of belonging and safety

  • Are interested in learning and willing to put in the effort to succeed

  • Would benefit from extra support and attention to re-engage in their education

  • May have missed some language, literacy or numeracy fundamentals

  • Are looking to build their pathway to future Vocational Education Training (VET) or Year 11 and 12 studies.

Funded by the Commonwealth and State Governments as a Special Assistance School Gateway’s $50 per term fees are all inclusive of curriculum resources and extracurricular activities.

For more information please visit our website www.gatewaycommunityhigh.nsw.edu.au, call (02) 8845 8835 or email info@gatewaycommunityhigh.nsw.edu.au.

 

Press Enquiries

Theresa Collignon
CEO, Gateway Community High
E: info@gatewaycommunityhigh.nsw.edu.au
M: 0466 336 962

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