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Curriculum

What is curriculum? 

'The curriculum is all the planned learning opportunities offered by the school to learners and the experiences learners encounter when the curriculum is implemented'.

 

Our curriculum is:

  •  student-centered
  • inclusive
  • structured by learning areas
  • balanced
  • delivered in ways to suit the learner
 

 

As a secondary special school, our core purpose is transition education and this embedded within our school motto of 'Learning for life'. Everything we do at school is focused on learning for life now and in the future. Our approach is succinctly encapsulated by the following statement: 'when a student first sets foot in our school, we are immediately getting them ready for our first step out of school'.

 

As such, the three primary objectives of our curriculum to maximise our student's ability to:

 

1. Engage in individually meaningful activities.

 

2. Access the community as independently as possible.

 

3. Develop a social network beyond the school context.

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

Our school's curriculum is organised with separate programs for our Junior and Senior areas of the school. Whilst containing different learning areas, each area's curriculum has a consistent focus on our school vision and is personalised based upon the individual needs of our students.

 

We have a strong commitment to maximising the potential of each unique stuent, and we provide access to Vocational Education content as part of our curriculum, which can entail attainment of Certificates in Volunteering, Agrifoods or Hospitality to name a few.

 
Our teachers are responsible for planning and delivering educational programs for all students. To assist with this, they often call on advice and input from a range of therapists and specialists that are based at or visit our school.
Our school has a Specialised Team that consists of physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists. Our Therapists Team support students in the achievement of specific individual and educational goals.  They work collaboratively with school staff and families to provide input into both individual and group programs.
Therapists use a combination of assessment, consultation and professional development for school staff to support students programs.  Areas addressed include:
·         mobility
·         communication
·         self-care
·         physical fitness
·         mealtime management
·         literacy
·         work skills
Our school is also supported by a Guidance Officer.  The role of the Guidance Officer is diverse in that they undertake a range of cognitive and adaptive behaviour assessments, provide advice to teachers and information to parents.  The Guidance Officer also plays a significant role in assisting students to move to/from our school.