Learning Support and Special Needs

The school operates a Special Needs Unit and a Learning Support Centre. Both areas support young people in a variety of ways.

 For further information please contact Cecile Ellery (Head of Faculty)) on extension 754 or Karen Swenson (Special Needs Students) on extension 736.

 The Special Needs Unit

  • provides a base for many of our young people with ORS verification from the Ministry of Education as well as students who have high learning needs and require significant adaptation of the curriculum.
  • All students are mainstreamed, with support, for part of each day.
  • Students range from Year 9 through to those beyond Year 13.
  • Programmes are individually tailored to meet the many and varied needs of our students.

Parents/caregivers and whanau develop a close relationship with staff and other families providing important links beyond school. In the senior years there is a strong emphasis on transition to adult roles including developing work skills and independence in the activities of daily life.

 The Learning Support Centre is a place where

  •  students work on their Correspondence School programmes. This may be for supported learning or for academic programmes at senior level. 
  •  students are welcomed into our school and provided with an orientation programme.
  •  students are reintegrated after significant illness or injury.
  •  needs of students are assessed.
  •  individual or small groups work on programmes designed to better meet their needs.
  •  students work on Successmaker - a self paced computer programme.
  •  some senior students have supported study periods.

 In addition

  • Teacher aides are allocated to students and classes with identified need. This is coordinated through Learning Support.
  • Special Assessment Conditions are organised for students who meet the criteria.
  • A literacy enhancement programme is organised for small groups at Year 9.
  • We liaise closely with outside agencies such as ACC, MOE - SE, CYFS, CAFS and CAMHS.
  • Student planning meetings are organised and facilitated.