Why REBOOT? Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Paediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains how the repeated stress of abuse, neglect, anxiety and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This has a huge impact on learning and is why we at the YMCA School look to empower and support students in giving them a Real Opportunity to succeed and help them reverse this cycle through our wellbeing programs and holistic approach.
The YMCA Vocational School offers courses and the positive environment in assisting disengaged students to achieve their full potential through positive educational studies, activities, and outcomes. At the YMCA young people will experience student centered programs dedicated to enhancing practical and personal skills, at a pace that ensures school attendance, engagement, and confidence.
Clem Jones Campus & School Administration
Moreton Bay Campus
“We believe all young people have the right to achieve their full potential irrelevant of circumstance. That the development of the whole person is of utmost importance and we are guided in developing this through the YMCA’s own philosophy of valuing a person’s Mind, Body and Spirit. We believe that this holistic approach is best delivered through a flexible individualised learning environment to maximise positive outcomes for every individual.”
The YMCA Vocational School is a registered Non State School and designated as a Special Assistance School. The YMCA School operates under Y Care SE Qld which is the benevolent arm of the YMCA of Brisbane. The YMCA of Brisbane was Formed in 1864 and works from a base of Christian values, to provide opportunities for all people to grow in Mind, Body and Spirit. The services provided at the YMCA help young people who find it difficult to gain an education through mainstream education.
The YMCA School Clem Jones Campus is located in Mary Street, Kingston, Queensland and is the first YMCA school of its type in Australia. The school caters for 12 to 17 years covering year’s eight to twelve and provides a flexible and imaginative program providing core Curriculum studies and vocational subjects. Learning is hands on delivered at a pace students are able to cope, with the intention that all students will succeed through a holistic approach we call “ReBOOT”.
All our work is underpinned by the YMCA of Brisbane’s guidance to achieve our mission with the following Christian values:
- The dignity and intrinsic worth of all people regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or belief
- The whole person, consisting of a body, a mind, and a spirit each of which is of equal importance
- Healthy communities based on relationships between people which are characterised by love, understanding, mutual respect and a sense of belonging
- Equality of opportunity and justice for all people
- The diversity of people, communities and nations
- Acceptance of personal responsibility
Head of School