‘Through self-confidence and friendships we prepare ourselves to take on the challenges and obstacles of life’ 

Following a review of our school data in 2012, an alternate Year 9 program was developed which focused on providing students with 21st Century skills which will be crucial in providing important skills to prepare students for the challenges of life and their future pathway into the workforce.

Identified 21st Century skills that this program aims to provide include;

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Skilled Communication
  • Collaboration / Team work
  • Information Literacy / Research
  • Critical Thinking, Problem solving & Decision Making
  • Citizenship – Local and Global
  • ICT Literacy
  • Life and Career Skills
  • Learning to Learn / Metacognition
  • Personal and Social Responsibilities

WPSC programs Approach: Practice is an overarching focus spread throughout the year and includes VCE/VCAL/VET awareness, Big Day out careers day, Speed Careering, Schools Access Monash, Senior School subject selection

Term 1 – Lifestyle, Term 2 – Environment, Term 3 – Place, Term 4 – Culture


The program curriculum has been designed around experiential learning which takes student out of the classroom and promotes a ‘community of learning’ approach that cultivates strong relationships and encourages diversity. Through personal experiences with their education, we aim to have students more engaged in their learning and feeling more connected to our school and the community that they live in.

iPads and ICT

Each Year 9 Student has been allocated an iPad for the duration of the year which assists in engaging students in their learning through a range of mediums. There are a number of fantastic educational applications available and students have access to a wide variety of these. Some student comments regarding iPads are below;

‘ Having the iPads incorporated in this program is fantastic. I think it’s really great to have the school teaching us 21st Century skills. It’s also been great how we got such a big donation to purchase these iPads and just proves that the community is also supportive of our program and interested in where it is headed in the future.’

Kaila Paarlberg

‘The idea of the iPads are awesome. It’s the first I’ve used of them and I have heaps of ideas.’

Rhys Ogier

‘The iPads were a great idea for the Year 9 program, I find it easier to just take my work with me without having to hop on to a computer. They have good apps for us to use and help us to get our work finished with ease.’

Toby Smith

Student Ownership

The program began with a focus on student ownership and this paved the way for the development of the program name and the vision statement by the students themselves. The student executive committee includes volunteers from across the year level and this group made the final decisions on the name, values and vision statement for the program which was aptly named ‘PROJECT 9’.

Values and Vision Statement

Students worked collaboratively in the early stages of the program to develop the values and vision statement to guide both the direction of the program and the expected behaviours and outcomes for the students.

In their small groups, students constructed a tangible representation of what they believed the program was about from the information that had been presented to them by the team of mentors.

The values that were consistently represented by the groups and were decided on by the student executive committee were – Honesty, Respect, Friendships and Confidence.

These values guided the decision for the vision statement for 2013 which is;

‘Through self-confidence and friendships we prepare ourselves to take on the challenges and obstacles of life’

Local Community Support

We have had a great response from the community in relation to our development of Project 9. This includes generous support with the provision of iPads for every student, strengthening local community partnerships and the general financial support that comes with providing experiential learning opportunities for our students.

  • The R.E Ross Trust
  • Foundation 59
  • National Australia Bank Seed Award