History and Philosophy
The St Marys FLC began as a registered school in 2015, having transitioned from an annex of St Dominic’s College, Penrith.
In 2016 we built upon the work done previously in the foundation skills area, specifically introducing the Cert II CEGA. We concentrated on strengthening a number of key community relationships, particularly with other education and training providers to enhance ongoing pathways for our young people. The year saw an increase in community support and awareness of our school within in the educational landscape of Western Sydney as a special assistance school offering varied flexible learning options.
St Marys FLC offers an inclusive and non-discriminating learning community to young people who, for a variety of reasons, are disenfranchised from mainstream education. Young people are enrolled from both genders, from a variety of language, cultural and religious backgrounds, with particular sensitivity to Indigenous culture, and from backgrounds of socio-economic disadvantage. Young people are exposed to learning experiences that develop understanding and appreciation of the diverse cultural values that constitute Australian society and that specifically address the needs of young people and families from the Western Sydney Nepean region. Importantly young people are encouraged to participate in decision making processes that affect the school community, their own lives and the society in which they live. Learning is focused around the individual needs of young people and progress is carefully documented and monitored. Young people, in conjunction with their teachers and youth workers, draft learning plans with articulated education pathways. Each of our classes function as a small community lead by a teacher and a youth worker who operate as a partnership to facilitate learning options and support young people’s wellbeing and social development.