Flexibility key to education

WODONGA’S former Belvoir Special School site in Bowman Court is being redeveloped as another education resource for the city.

The school will open at the end of this month as the Wodonga Flexible Learning Centre, catering to primary and secondary school aged students who cannot attend mainstream schools for various reasons.

The developers of the centre have been at pains to point out that it isn’t necessarily the case that the students have been thrown out of other schools because of disciplinary issues.

Often they may have health problems and a blend of learning options can suit them better.

The long-term aim of the centre will be to return as many students as possible to regular schools, TAFE and employment as part of their programs.

The centre will operate as part of Wodonga Senior Secondary College in partnership with the Victorian Education Department.

Senior Secondary College Wodonga principal Vern Hilditch said the centre’s programs may be further expanded into North East Victoria, but it’s good to see the former Wodonga school being redeveloped along an educational theme that brings benefits for the wider community.