The sun shone on Friday 7th April, gloriously beaming for a day of mountain bike riding with the Brighter Tomorrow Boys group at the You Yangs Mountain Ranges. Tenacious teens tore down beaten tracks, delicately darting through fallen branches and rocky obstacles, all under the watchful gaze of Mark Monahan and Anthony Kost.
The boys were encouraged to support each other at all times during the ride, with the more confident cyclists patiently assisting those still finding their riding rhythm. The rugged, lonely natural landscape and the emphasis on team work brought out the best in the group, and the individual strengths of each student became evident.
What do you know about the flexible learning centres ?
Albert Park Flexible Learning Centre (APFLC) began in 1990 at the Albert Park Amphitheatre as an education initiative by the Brisbane City Council for homeless young people. It was founded by Gwen Zietch. In 2000 the Albert Park Flexi School (as it was then known) moved to the Lady Bowen Building in Spring Hill and finally to its current location at 1 Hale Street Brisbane in 2004.
Albert Park Flexible Learning Centre became a registered school through Edmund Rice Education in 2006 and is now part of Edmund Rice Education Australia, a national and unified network of Australian schools and educational entities.
A large group of former students of the Middle School Program, together with former staff, met on campus and renewed old friendships. Mass was celebrated by former student, Father Richard Gates, Parish Priest of North Ryde and Gladesville. This was followed by a celebratory meal accompanied by sharing of stories of student days.
The Middle School Program, developed by Br. Jude Butcher, was approved by the Higher Education Board and was acknowledged as a model for all teacher education courses. Some critics had declared it to be a program that would produce good practitioners but that students would have no future.