At Orion we strive to give every learner the opportunity to gain academic achievement at their own level, despite the barriers and difficulties they face. Learners in the Skills Stream have an Individual Education Plan which personalises their learning opportunities and the required intervention to help them meet their full potential. The subjects covered are English, Maths and Life Skills.
In the Primary School, Skills classes provide opportunities for children to grow in their world knowledge through project based learning. The children are encouraged to source information and compile it into a project that requires some form of practical skill.
The High School further the practical skills through wood work, cooking gardening and other useful skills for life. The focus is on developing independence and preparing these learners for life outside of school and the world of work.
In 2018 the Skills Department will be accrediting all project work through the ASDAN International Centre, which will provide certification for learners in this stream. ASDAN is a curriculum development organisation and registered awarding body. Their courses explicitly grow skills for learning, skills for work and skills for life. The ASDAN programmes cater for all ages and abilities and will run across both the Primary and High School phases. We will be introducing new ASDAN courses in 2018 in each phase, which will run over several years:
Foundation Phase: 8 – 11 years Intermediate Phase: 11 – 13 years High School: 13 – 18 years