The McAuley Champagnat Programme is an innovative educational programme of Notre Dame College, designed to meet the educational needs of disengaged students in the Greater Shepparton Region that are not being met by current education providers.
We follow in the footsteps of Marcellin Champagnat and Catherine McAuley who focused their energy on looking after the needs of the poor and the vulnerable of eighteenth century France and Ireland. Our holistic approach to educating young people is recognized as “cutting-edge” and we are witnessing extraordinary success in seeing youth transform their lives from hopelessness to a future full of potential.
Our students have complex and multiple needs. Many have learning difficulties, multiple behavioral problems or severe anxiety issues, are victims of crime, abuse or neglect, and are in out-of-home-care or under the care of the Department of Human Services. Many live in poverty and some are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The multiple barriers to education they face make it difficult for them to attend “mainstream” schools. Consequently, many arrive at the McAuley Champagnat Programme with little self-esteem, low expectations and limited numeracy and literacy skills.
What makes us Different?
- A strong welfare focus for students and families coupled with a structured hands-on and vocational training curriculum in a safe environment creates a balanced foundation for learning, personal development and recovery from trauma.
- Strong boundaries and consistent pastoral care provides a platform for students to learn how to manage their own behaviour and become respectful and happy young people.
- State of the art facilities and highly qualified staff provide students with a sense of worth giving them every opportunity to turn over a new leaf and reach their potential.
- We are a programme of second, third, fourth …. chances. We never give up on a child. We always provide hope.