A number of life skills programs are offered at Baringa School.
This Program operates for a full day each Thursday. Students at around 15 years of age participate in the Advance Program which aims to teach young people about volunteering and forming community based partnerships.
Students are involved in delivering Meals on Wheels on a weekly basis, helping in the kitchen at aged care facilities, as well as helping in Child Care centres and Opportunity shops.
Pre Work skills are offered as part of the Middle Years curriculum. Students learn to write resumes, prepare job applications, and identify hazards in the workplace, search for jobs and describe the qualities of successful. They also practice interview skills, and demonstrate appropriate behaviours and attitudes. Work Experience placements are organised for students once they reach VCAL.
Across the school, learning Social Skills and how to get along with others is the most important aspect of this program.
Students learn about respect for themselves and others. Health education healthy practices learning about the physical and emotional changes of growing up, puberty, drug and alcohol education, sex education making good choices, keeping safe, understanding feelings, relationships and much more.
Helping students to become as independent as they are able is the goal of this Program. A range of programs sits under the umbrella of ILS.
These include cooking (food preparation), travel training, shopping and budgeting, familiarisation with the local community and its services, and the development of self care and personal grooming skills. Students run the school canteen once a week as part of this program area.
Baringa School has developed a program growing fresh vegetables in our own vegetable program and using these vegetables in cooking programs. Staff design cooking programs around principles of the Healthy Together Latrobe Program to support students to understand how to make healthy meals and make healthy lifestyle choices