Welcome to Whyalla Special Education Centre

Whyalla Special Education Centre develops independence through education, focusing on communication, problem solving skills, through interacting safely with the community. We strive to provide high quality educational opportunities, with focus on independent living skills, for students with complex learning difficulties and disabilities.

Whyalla Special Education Centre is a centre of excellence focusing on independent living skills, for students with complex learning difficulties and disabilities. Whyalla Special Education Centre develops independence through education, focusing on communication, problem solving skills, through interacting safely with the community.

Whyalla Special Education Centre facilitate the access to a wide range of services to support students and families.

These include the following:

  • Kilparrin Teaching and Assessment Unit
  • Autism Association
  • Child and Youth Health

Others are accessed through NDIS plans these include:

  • Down Syndrome Society
  • Novita Children Services

The support personnel include speech pathologists, consultant teachers, psychologists, School Support Officers and health professionals. Their role in the school is negotiated using a service agreement, and families have access to most service providers for informal and formal meetings.

History

The Whyalla Special Education Centre began as the Whyalla Child Occupation Centre on July 16th, 1962 in the old Commission building in Horwood Street, Whyalla which is now a car park. The first teacher was Margaret Minajluk who had the responsibility of six students on her first day, some of whom came from the Whyalla South Primary opportunity class, now Memorial Oval Primary school. On July 30th, 1963 the centre reopened as the Whyalla Special School. In 1968 the school moved to Plum Street, Whyalla Norrie to the Education Department classrooms. currently this is the Road Safety Centre. In 1973 after a new school was built on Billing Street, Whyalla Norrie, this was opened by Premier Don Dunstan. A new site was built on Russell street, Whyalla Norrie and the students and staff relocated in January of 2014. At this time the name changed from Whyalla Special School to Whyalla Special Education Centre. On the 25th July 2014, Hon Jennifer Rankine MP, Minster of Education and Child Development officially opened the site.

The curriculum being used today has developed significantly from the 1960s. Students at the school have the same educational opportunities as students in any mainstream school with curriculum planned in seven areas of learning. These areas are english, mathematics, art, health, physical education, society and environment, science and technology. Senior students achieve Modified SACE.

The school has grown from its early days of one teacher and six students to a current enrolment of 53 students from reception through to year 12. Staff at the school comprises the principal, coordinator, eight teachers and support staff.

Parent Information

How do I enrol my child into Whyalla Special Education Centre?
To be enrolled at the Education Centre, you will have to ring the Education Office and talk to a Special Educator. The phone number is 08 86456568 and they will provide you with all the information you need.

How much are the School Fees?
If you are on School card your School Fees are automatically paid for, if you are not on School Card then the School Fees are $231.00 per year

What does this cover?
All materials that your child will need to complete the Educational programmes. The only extra expenses are camps, sleepovers, or special outings. A permission slip is sent out with information about the event and the cost.

How is the School day broken up?

SCHOOL TIMES
School Day: 8.30 am – 3.15 pm
Session 1: 8.45 am – 11.00 am
Recess: 11.00 am – 11.20 am
Session 2: 11.20 am – 1.00 pm
Lunch: 1.00 p.m – 1.30 pm
Session 3: 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm

What is the colour of the SCHOOL UNIFORM, and where can I get it?
School colour/uniform code is navy blue or maroon. All students are expected to be wearing these school colours. Click on here for the policy.

Does my Child have to attend school?
All enrolled students are expected to attend school full time – 8.45am-3.15pm in accordance with the Education Act. Any change in attendance needs to be negotiated with the Principal.

What if my Child is ill or sick?
If your child is unable to attend school due to sickness, please inform school as soon as possible. Also, please inform the taxi company. If your child is an independent traveller to school it is essential to inform school by phone, so that we know that they have not had an accident on their way to school.

How does my child get to school if I don’t drive?
It is the families responsibility to ensure their child attends school, transport may be supported through the NDIS process.

How will the teacher let me know what is happening at school?
All students will have a diary for communication between home and school. Please feel free to use this diary or contact the class teacher by the schools phone number 8645 7261. If you wish to discuss something at length with the class teacher, it is preferable to make a mutually convenient time so that the teacher is able to give the appropriate time and attention required.
A school newsletter is sent home regularly.

What if my child needs to take medication at school?
Please refer to our Student Health Support Policy brochure. The Student Health Support Policy reflects DECD policy and provides important information regarding responsibilities and partnerships between school, family and medical services. This is on the Medication Management and Health / Personal Care Plans completed by a medical practitioner.

As a parent how can I be involved in my child’s Education?

NEP’s
Each student at Whyalla Special Education Centre is on a Negotiated Education Plan. This plan is negotiated with parents around the goals and future direction of their child or young person. We encourage families to take an active part in planning for and assisting their child achieve their full potential.

GOVERNING COUNCIL
Governing Council meets twice during the school term. Members of Governing Council are elected each year at the Annual General Meeting, usually held in February. Governing Council meetings are open meetings for all parent/caregivers however, only elected members have voting rights.

FINANCE COMMITTEE
This is a sub-committee of Governing Council comprising Principal, Finance Manager and Treasurer – usually meeting prior to Governing Council meetings.

Arrivals
Staff are on duty from 8.30am to receive students
* Students should not arrive before 8.30am.
* Students are greeted at the front gate from 8.30 am – 9.00 am.
* Gates are closed at 9.00 am, and after this time students need to enter via the front office.

Departures
* All students depart from the school via the front gate around 3.10 pm.
* Parent/Caregivers collecting students prior to 3.00pm must report to Administration

Any changes to normal routine to student departure, please notify the school administration.

Arrivals
Staff are on duty from 8.30am to receive students
* Students should not arrive before 8.30am.
* Students are greeted at the front gate from 8.30 am – 9.00 am.
* Gates are closed at 9.00 am, and after this time students need to enter via the front office.
Departures
* All students depart from the school via the front gate around 3.10 pm.
* Parent/Caregivers collecting students prior to 3.00pm must report to Administration
Any changes to normal routine to student departure, please notify the school administration.

Planning and Reporting

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Annual Report

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Context Statement

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Site Improvement Plan

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Policies

Whyalla Special Education Centre develops independence through education, focusing on communication, problem solving skills, through interacting safely with the community. We strive to provide high quality educational opportunities, with focus on independent living skills, for students with complex learning difficulties and disabilities.

Contact Us

Principal: Ms Alison Kennedy

Phone: 08 8670 7984

Email: dl.0559.info@schools.sa.edu.au

Street Address: Russell Street Whyalla Norrie SA 5608
Postal Address: 103 Nicolson Avenue Whyalla Norrie SA 5608

Partnership: Whyalla

Feedback and complaints

Let us know if you have feedback or a complaint, or if you want to give us a compliment. Feedback is valuable as it helps us shape our services to meet your needs.

Department for Education and Child Development trading as South Australian Government Schools & Preschools