The Performing Arts and Living Skills Centre caters for students between the ages of fifteen and eighteen. It is based at Croxton’s main campus. The emphasis of the program is to develop the students’ overall independence and ‘life skills.’

The students are encouraged to carry out daily tasks which simulate daily living conditions and skills. They are taught a variety of domestic duties that are required to run the centre. Parents / Carers are encouraged to specify tasks or skills that they see as a priority for their son/daughter. Students are encouraged to carry out all tasks associated with their home environment. This may mean attending to their personal hygiene, preparing a meal, washing dishes, vacuuming etc. This is an integral part of the program.

Students are also encouraged to become independent travellers and are involved in a travel training program, both individually and as a group. PALS students are involved in the various Ausvels domains (academics) but these are based around life skills e.g. mathematics involved with shopping and budgeting, money skills etc.

They are encouraged to join in a variety of programs offered at Croxton such as ADVANCE Life Saving, Bike Education, travel training, TAFE Tasters, Horticulture, and Performing Arts.

Student future pathways are also a priority and we assist families in making this important decision. The PALS Program is designed to allow students who may not be academically inclined to reach their full potential and discover employment avenues or go onto various TAFE courses. Students who leave the PALS Program do so with confidence in their ability to be valued members of their communities.

The Pre-CAL program is an applied ‘hands-on’ option for Year 10 (or similar level) students, offering practical work-related experience and learning. The program is a new initiative being undertaken and will look to better prepare our students for a pathway that leads them into the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), whilst also giving them a range of life skills.

Students will gain skills and experience in a range of areas which will include development of their literacy and numeracy as well as personal development and living skills. There will also be a strong focus on applied or ‘hands-on’ style learning and students will aim to develop their work ethics and their employability and life-skills.

It is anticipated that after a successful year in this program students will be able to more smoothly transition onto the VCAL Foundation Level program. The VCAL Foundation Level operates in the majority of mainstream and special schools and is a state-wide and a certified two year course.

Alternatively, the program provides the flexibility and capacity to provide other pathways for students if necessary.