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Primary School

SYDNEY

Primary School

SYDNEY

Within the Giant Steps Primary School, we know our students learn best when they are active participants in a program that offers them a variety of experiences and opportunities.

 

Giant Steps Sydney

Giant Steps Sydney

Sarah Rawlins

Sarah Rawlins

Co-Director Primary

Sarah holds a Master of Special Education, University of Newcastle, Bachelor of Education (Music Education), University of Sydney and a Graduate Certificate in Music Therapy.

Sarah is the Co-Director of Primary and has been working in the field of Special Education for over 15 years with a special interest in Early Childhood early intervention. She has worked closely with both families and mainstream Early Childhood education and care settings to foster and support successful partnerships and collaborative teams around the child and family.  Additionally, she has provided training and support to mainstream settings to build capacity and develop quality inclusive practices to support the inclusion of all children within Early Childhood settings.

Caitlin Millauro

Caitlin Millauro

Co-Director Primary

Caitlin Millauro holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Primary) and a Masters of Special Education through Macquarie University.

Caitlin has worked across a variety of educational programs including primary age and young adult services. She has been involved with the Student Engagement Support Team at Giant Steps particularly focusing on the area of effective data collection. In 2018-19 Caitlin conducted a school-based research project, focusing specifically on effective literacy programs that can be adapted for students with additional learning needs.

We aim to motivate our students to be part of a class group.

Our teachers and therapists work collaboratively to create meaningful and motivating programs to ensure we capture our student’s attention and imagination, while still offering them the full range of the Australian Curriculum; English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Creative Arts, Physical and Personal Education and Health.

We aim to develop our students’ knowledge and independence across all the environments they access, including home and the wider community.

Learning takes many forms at Giant Steps; not only traditional desk based work, but also movement based lessons such as music, dance, school jobs, art, library and school sport. We also have a particular focus on community access lessons, including shopping, swimming, outdoor education and excursions to the local environment, for example, the Sydney Opera House to view an Autism friendly performance.

Teachers and therapists in the primary school at Giant Steps collaborate to ensure teaching and learning is dynamic and innovative, engaging our students through meaningful content and resourcing using diverse pedagogical strategies. We aim to motivate our students to be part of a class group, focusing on togetherness, smooth transitions, social learning and independence. Families are provided with two academic reports per year based on student individual learning goals and communicated with regularly through a range of means such as newsletters, emails, phone calls and face to face meetings.

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