Second chance sets the scene for successes

STUDENTS from Warakirri College’s Fairfield campus were keen to begin the school term this year.

The independent high school caters for disadvantaged young people aged 16 to 22.

Year 12 student Jason Quintal of Bonnyrigg is looking forward to finishing HSC studies.

‘‘I couldn’t blend into a mainstream school because I just didn’t get along with everyone there,’’ he said.

‘‘The teachers here care about each student and how their coping with everyday life, including dramas happening at home. It feels like a family here and I think that’s what a school should be.’’

Leading teacher Marilyn Paul has been teaching for 38 years.

‘‘We’re not a discipline school,’’ she said. ‘‘We’re a second-chance school, giving teenagers who mess up a second chance.’’

The Fairfield campus was established in 2011 after the college was founded in Parramatta in 2007.

Students are taught through the Board of Studies year 10 program and HSC program.

The school has 33 HSC students.

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