The College was established as an independent CARE school in 2011 by SMYL Community Services (SMYL) in pursuit of its work to alleviate distress and build capacity within people and communities.
SMYL is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation with a 30-year history of working in the pre-employment sector. SMYL assists people to transition to employment assisted through a range of education and training programs and develops opportunities that encourages all levels of participation in community.
The College is governed by a voluntary School Board of industry and educational experts who are committed to advancing the work and ethos of the College addressing instances of disadvantage which restrict educational achievement in order to provide the best opportunities for all students to achieve their full potential. The ‘Educational Philosophy’ of the College is that it is an alternative educational institution that:
• provides hope and opportunity to young people who have disengaged or who are at-risk of disengaging from mainstream education;
• provides a secure, safe and supportive environment;
• offers individualised learning and project-based teaching; and
• empowers young people by giving them the skills, knowledge and self-reliance to be able to make a positive contribution to the community, such as through gaining employment or engaging in further education or training.
A part of achieving an inclusive and safe learning community we ask our students to accept our College principles
• Board and Staff
• College Aims
• College Principles
• Our Curriculum