Jacob back on track with new learning style



LIFE has turned full circle for Rockhampton teen Jacob Weazel.

One month ago today, Jacob was excluded from school for fighting.

Then, after making a promising start in an alternate learning program, the 14-year-old undid all his good work by getting back into trouble.

Today, he hopes for another chance when his family meets Education Queensland representatives to discuss getting him into a trade.

Earlier this week the teenager was involved in another incident at North Rockhampton High School with a senior teacher.

He had already been excluded last month after a playground fight.

Jacob's mum Janine Weazel said the problem was an "isolated incident''.

"Looking forward, I'm confident,'' Mrs Weazel said.

"Things had been going really well. There's a mechanic who is very keen on taking Jacob on for work experience.

"If he enjoys it he could end up with a school-based traineeship or apprenticeship.''

She said the positive benefits from the alternate learning program Jacob was on had been fantastic.

He spends mornings doing traditional academic subjects, like maths, then in the afternoons it is more creative-focused subjects.

Jacob, who suffers from attention deficit disorder, took an instant liking to woodwork and has made several pieces that proudly adorn the family's living room.

"He is more happy, has got friends and is socialising,'' Mrs Weazel said.

"His whole attitude has changed.



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