Juvenile Justice

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“Personally this program allows me to build stronger relationships with my students due to the interactive lesson structures and delivery. My students were given the opportunity to exercise their creativity, build relationships with peers and staff and have their opinions on literature valued, listened to and extended.” Laurinda Motion, Shepherds Park Education and Training Unit

Since 2015, STC has delivered drama and literacy workshops to students in Juvenile Justice Centres in Western Sydney and regional NSW. STC Teaching Artists work closely with classroom teachers to design and deliver workshops that engage students, using drama and storytelling techniques. 

A major focus of the program is to build the confidence and capacity of teachers to use drama in their regular teaching practice. In a recent program at a Juvenile Justice Centre in regional NSW, both teachers and students were engaged and collaborated with each other. "To see the energy and excitement coming from the teachers for the day's drama classes was amazing," says Rowan Freeman, STC Teaching Artist. "I was excited by how the boys, some old enough to be out of formal schooling, engaged and committed to the program each day."