Hands On Learning

Hands on learning is an innovative education program that caters to the different ways young people learn.

Hand on Learning fosters strong, long term relationships that helps young people develop the skills and abilities they need to succeed in work and life like collaboration, problem solving, communication, resilience and empathy.

Small groups of cross age students work collaboratively with two artisan-teachers. They form strong, long term relationships by engaging in significant building projects that benefit the school and the community.

What We Do

Two Artisan teachers work collaboratively with small groups of cross-age students on authentic building projects. These projects provide a platform for students to engage, grow confidence and achieve success at school.

A Place To Belong

A Place To Belong
A Physical Sanctuary at School

People To Belong To

People To Belong To
Small teams working together, sharing meals and building strong relationships

Real Things To Do

Real Things To Do
Engaging in creative and meaningful projects

A Chance To Give Back

A Chance To Give Back
Making valuable contributions to their community, building self-esteem and connection

A Chance To Give Back - Can We Help?

Making valuable contributions to the community builds self-esteem and connection, and provides tangible opportunities for young people to prove their value to themselves and the community by doing something that benefits others.

At Warrnambool College the team has created exciting new spaces around the school, landscaped and erected structures at the school entrance and built a pizza oven! They have also built community relationships with Warrnambool Food Share, Flagstaff Hill, Woolworths and Bunnings Warehouse.

Across Victoria our teams have worked on projects ranging from bush fire recovery fences and Scout Hall renovations through to possum boxes for relocation programs, sensory gardens for kindergartens, park benches, landscaping and tree planting, developing mountain bike trails, erecting bridges in local parks, or making picnic tables for a local primary school.

How it Works


Strong relationships, small groups


One day a week in H.O.L., four days in normal class


Positive experience at school, not sending students away


Ongoing training and support from the not for profit charity - Hands on Learning Australia

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    More Info

    Phone Warrnambool College: 5564 4444
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    Website: www.handsonlearning.org.au

    Warrnambool College
    Grafton Road, Warrnambool
    Victoria, 3280

    03 5564 4444
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    Warrnambool College is accredited under the Department of Education and Training’s CRICOS registration (CRICOS provider name and code: Department of Education and Training, 00861K). For further information refer to www.study.vic.gov.au

    © Warrnambool College 2019