History and Philosophy
FAME Flexible Learning Centre is a Catholic school steeped in the Edmund Rice tradition. The school strives to follow the original work of Edmund Rice of empowering young people from the streets of Waterford Ireland in the early 1800s. He did this through a special form of education that enabled them to rise from poverty and raised them to the status of men. FAME first began as a mobile service in the Christies Beach / southern suburbs of Adelaide for young people who had disengaged from mainstream schooling. The young people came from complex backgrounds. Since this time FAME has undergone various partnerships with schools where it existed as a flexible learning program. FAME also operated out of various locations in the Hackham and Christies Beach area. In 2015, FAME became registered as a special assistance school within EREA Flexible Schools Networks. The school moved locations in 2016 and now operates across two Onkaparinga council youth centres, the Wardli Youth Centre, Christie Downs and Base 10 Youth Centre, Reynella. FAME FLC works within the EREAFSN framework and practices. These practices include working within the four principles (Respect, Participation, Honesty, and Safe and Legal), and invite staff and young people onto a “common ground” where everyone has a voice in making decisions and establishing working agreements to foster a positive environment where young people can achieve positive educational and wellbeing outcomes.