Waverley Christian College had several secondary students requiring high levels of curriculum adjustment. This sparked the imagination of Mr Munyard and his leadership team! The NCCD funding had changed the landscape presenting more opportunities to design a different model of education that will meet the learning needs of a wide range of abilities. Mr Munyard, together with Mrs Vilma Cardenas (LEAPS Coordinator) and Nicole Rietveld (Director of Teaching and Learning) undertook further research to find out what was happening in other schools. A proposal was prepared and presented to the Executive Principal, Mr Peter Sheahan and Campus Principal, Mr Mark Crncovik and the rest is history.
In 2020, SPARC (Supported Program of Applied Readiness for Community) was launched with 6 students (Years 8-11). Students participated as a small class in Literacy, Numeracy, Integrated Studies, Practical Skills, Food Studies, Textiles and Information Technology, while integrating with mainstream students in Physical Education, House events, camps, excursions and various lunchtime clubs. Initially, SPARC catered for students with autism and children with other significant learning challenges, but as the program took shape, the school has provided more clarity around the parameters for eligibility.