A spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion

Southern Riverina news - - FOCUS ON EDUCATION -

Co­bram and District Spe­cial­ist School was es­tab­lished in 1978 in Co­bram.

The school’s fa­cil­i­ties in­clude five class­rooms, an art/mu­sic room, sen­sory room, a mul­ti­pur­pose fa­cil­ity and kitchen.

Its ex­ter­nal fa­cil­i­ties in­clude play­ground equip­ment, an as­phalt open play area and a sen­sory gar­den.

We were for­tu­nate to re­ceive a grant last year, which en­abled us to build a new ju­nior play­ground ex­clu­sively for our younger stu­dents.

Se­nior stu­dents are able to ac­cess Co­bram Pri­mary School’s oval at lunchtimes.

The school’s vi­sion is to pro­vide pos­i­tive learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, which al­low stu­dents to achieve their op­ti­mum level of aca­demic, so­cial, emo­tional and phys­i­cal in­de­pen­dence.

The school aims to en­sure that its val­ues of ‘Re­spect, Safety and Try Your Best’ un­der­pin all ac­tiv­i­ties of the school.

The school has a whole-school ap­proach to be­hav­iour man­age­ment through the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Pos­i­tive Be­hav­iour Sup­port.

Each child has an In­di­vid­ual Learn­ing Plan, which is based on the goals set in the Stu­dent Sup­port Group meet­ings.

Our small en­vi­ron­ment of­fers stu­dents a unique learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with ex­tremely skilled and ex­pe­ri­enced staff.

We are able to of­fer pro­grams in­clud­ing bike ed­u­ca­tion, swimming, Rid­ing for the Dis­abled and com­mu­nity ac­cess all year round so stu­dents have the chance to suc­ceed in th­ese ar­eas.

The school’s cur­ricu­lum sup­ports achieve­ment at dif­fer­ent stages of learn­ing as de­fined by the Vic­to­rian Cur­ricu­lum.

Other key com­po­nents of the school’s pro­gram in­clude spe­cial­ist classes in art, phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, Bluearth, dance and drama.

The se­nior unit is di­vided into VCAL and In­de­pen­dent Liv­ing Skills gro­gram.

The ju­nior stu­dents have a sleep­over at school.

Our mid­dle years stu­dents are at­tend­ing Cam­paspe Downs Camp, Kyne­ton this year and our VCAL stu­dents are spend­ing a week at DOXA camp in Mel­bourne, while our other se­nior group is at­tend­ing the Li­cola Wilder­ness Vil­lage as part of their Duke of Ed­in­burgh Award.

We also of­fer Leos club, yacht­ing, open wa­ter learn­ing and the Sport­ing in Schools pro­gram.

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