Courtney Pilcher, Clinton Weazel and Jakken Brand
Courtney Pilcher, Clinton Weazel and Jakken Brand

School gives connection and hope to alienated students

THE Kutta Mulla Gorinna Special Assistance School has been successful in supporting vulnerable and disengaged youth with an influx of students enrolled in further education and training programs.

Since opening at CQUniversity's Mackay City campus a year ago, the Kutta Mulla Gorinna School has provided secondary schooling opportunities to young people who are disconnected and alienated from the conventional school system.

Despite the disruption caused by COVID-19, the students transitioned back to school-based learning and have been involved in a variety of hands-on activities to help develop core literacy and numeracy, communication and life skills.

With more than 53 students currently enrolled in the school, Executive School Director Justin Giblett said many were focused on their future and embraced the pathways available to them for further study, training and employment.

 

Riley Poli (STN student – Cert II Engineering) and Damon Langlands (SUN student – Bachelor of Music)
Riley Poli (STN student – Cert II Engineering) and Damon Langlands (SUN student – Bachelor of Music)

 

"Over 40 per cent of our senior cohort are currently enrolled in either Vocational Education and Training through the Start TAFE Now program or university-level classes in the Start Uni Now program at CQUniversity," he said.

"Unfortunately, some students missed out on enrolment for this year due to COVID-19 but will be enrolled in the next intake."

He explained how the partnership between the Kutta Mulla Gorinna School and CQU's Start TAFE now program has led to a surge in enrolments for 2021.

"We have seen a huge influx of students undertaking a VET certificate in 2021 with a 371.42 per cent increase in enrolments.

"Twenty-six students will be studying a VET qualification as part of our compulsory Senior Syllabus (Educational Program)."