The Practical Academics 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 Victorian Curriculum domains (academics) but these are based around life skills e.g. mathematics involved with shopping and budgeting, money skills, literacy may be based on signs in the community, reading timetables, recipes etc. etc. Students are encouraged to join in a variety of programs offered at Croxton such as ADVANCE, Interschool Sport, Bike Education, Travel Training, Horticulture, Community Access, Supported Work Experience 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.