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K-6/Middle School

K-6

The K-6 program, comprising of 6 classes, caters for Kindergarten through to Year 6. Operating 5 full days a week, the class programs are based on the Board of Studies curriculum and incorporate outcomes from across all the Key Learning Areas. In addition, each class program's shape and form reflect the unique learning styles of its students, their sensory considerations, and their individual strengths and needs. The class programs are created, implemented and assessed collaboratively by the team of Teachers, Therapists (Speech, Music and Occupational Therapy), and Educators. The culmination of this transdisciplinary approach is the delivery of motivating and challenging learning experiences which equip children with skills and knowledge for engagement in all aspects of life.

The K-6 Program prides itself on delivering a functional program to support its students' engagement and learning. For instance, teaching Maths concepts of number; addition, subtraction and the value and handling of money, has led to the design of our 'financial literacy program'. Through the delicate differentiation of the curriculum, the use of resources and adapted environments, children move from learning in their classroom spaces to engaging in real life community experiences on a weekly basis. These activities are often the most challenging for many students with autism as the wider community is highly unpredictable and brings them into contact with unfamiliar people. Our teaching team provides all the necessary supports for the students to be included in the community and develop important skills in a meaningful way.  These activities include using public transport, using a bank, shopping in supermarkets and stores, and swimming in the community pool. Whilst financial literacy and exchanging money is the primary objective, these activities also provide additional opportunities to integrate other areas of the curriculum including learning about the environment (HSIE), reading to gather information (English) and road safety (PDHPE) to name a few.  In addition they also have the opportunity to try new experiences which may have seemed inaccessible including sailing, horse riding, attending community events like the Royal Easter Show and going on overnight camps away from their familiar home environments.

Our integration program also forms an important part of the K-6 Program.  The school and its extended community are strong advocates for the inclusion of our students into different contexts to support the students learning, especially in the area of social skills development. Integration may occur as an individual student visit, or in a small group where students will join peers of a similar age in a mainstream school either in their local area or in the local area around our school. The benefits are for both our students and for the host school, where their students and professionals gain an increased awareness and understanding of autism and how to support and include those with special needs.

Middle School

The Middle School program, comprising of 3 classes, caters for those students preparing for adolescence and the movement into our Secondary Program. It also operates 5 full days a week, and according to the Board of Studies curriculum. Like the K-6 Program, the Middle School class programs’ are based on the individual needs of their students; more specifically providing age appropriate supports in the form of skills and knowledge to accommodate the change from children to growing adolescents. Our transdisciplanery approach is mirrored within this program.