Rossbourne School is an independent secondary school catering for students with additional needs who do not meet the criteria for a special school but still require a more supported environment than a mainstream school may be able to provide. Students who attend have a range of developmental or mental health issues such as, for example, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Severe Language Disorder, Specific Learning Difficulties, mild cognitive impairment.

Students select a Friday Activity from a range of activities on offer. The activities reflect the passion/interest of the staff members who run them or areas of known interest for students. Some examples of activities currently on offer are: sports experiences, exploring the suburbs/city, photography, art, creative writing, and Lego. The activities can change each semester and year depending on staff expertise and interest.

The role

The role would involve helping run one of the activities (you get to choose which one). This could be school-based or involve taking a group out locally or using public transport. We are always looking for new ideas so if you have a particular passion or talent that you could offer we would be happy to consider starting up an activity in that area. Teaching staff are allocated to each activity and are responsible for the group.

No particular experience is required, just an interest in interacting with young adults. Our students will get value out of meeting and making connections with you.


  • Working with Children Check (WWCC)
  • Interview with School staff

When and where

The program runs throughout the school year, each Friday afternoon of school term from 12pm - 3:30pm.
  • Term 1: Friday 7th Feb - Fri 20th March
  • Term 2: Friday 17th April - Fri 19th June
  • Term 3: Friday 17th June – Fri 4th Sept
  • Term 4: Friday 9th Oct – Fri 4th Dec

Rossbourne School, 131 Power St, Hawthorne, 3031 

Applications are currently closed

There is a maximum of 2 placements at a time.

Before applying for this opportunity please ensure:

In the 'Message' section of your application please note:

  • Any area of passion/talent/skill that you might be willing to share with students within the Friday Activities framework.

By applying to ACU Engagement for this opportunity, you acknowledge that your ACU email address and the information you provide in your application will be shared with the organisation that offers this opportunity. The organisation will keep your personal information confidential. 

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