The Personal Development circle of learning enables Yiramalay students to build their self-confidence, awareness and understanding, as well as a greater sense of pride in their culture and community.
Through the Personal Development component of the SYLF, students develop:
- self-confidence through undertaking new challenges
- leadership and teamwork skills
- social and cultural awareness.
Students take part in a variety personal development activities and experiences, including:
- community-based projects including visiting local schools
- voluntary work, such as charity fundraising
- activities that explore identity and culture including living on the land, Aboriginal art workshops, and traditional hunting and food preparation
- opportunities to actively share their culture with others, for instance, sharing their stories and languages with Wesley College students.
Throughout their Personal Development learning, Yiramalay students negotiate the unfamiliar and reflect on their evolving self-awareness and understanding – both as individuals and as members of a community.
Teachers and mentors guide students through each activity, encouraging students to set goals, plan and reflect upon their experiences.
Students complete 400 hours of Personal Development learning over Years 11 and 12, which is verified through teacher assessment, journal reflections and logbooks.