Port Augusta Special School provides modified and alternative learning programs for students identified with intellectual (and other) disabilities from Reception to Year 12. Enrolment occurs after assessment and recommendation by guidance officers and disability coordinators and in consultation with families. The school provides a specialised learning centre for the whole of Port Augusta and surrounding areas, such as Quorn & Wilmington to eligiable students. There is a strong focus on literacy and numeracy skills, for living and independence, and social skills and communication.
The school receives professional support from goverment and non-government agencies, such as Novita and Autism SA, provide consultative services. These agencies provide a wide range of services to the students, staff and families to enhance learning opportunities. Students have the opportunity to participate in an extended swim program, the Premier's Reading and Be Active Challenges, the annual basketball carnival for students with disabilities (in Adelaide)and local community excursions.Transport to and from school is funded by DECD and is available to eligiable students.
The school provides a modified and alternative learning programme developed within the Australian Curriculum Framework and addressing all areas of learning. Post-compulsory students are enrolled in the new South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) as part of a transition plan to adult life, and can participate in a comprehensive work experience program which includes community and school-based work. Class sizes generally have no more that 10 students and learning is supported by a full time teacher and school service officer in every class.
Our program is stimulating in order to expand childrens intellectual, physical, social and creative capacities and deepen their capacity to think and learn. We aim to meet the needs of each child and provide opportunity to include childrens voice at every opportunity to enhance dispositions for learning. Our school community has been active in developing well-presented and purposeful facilities that assist in creating an effective learning environment. The school is well resourced and works towards ensuring students are matched with resources needed to equip them for their future.
We believe that young children learn best when they have a sense of belonging they are actively engaged and interested. Children need time and opportunity to make choices think critically and creatively to problem solve act independently and to work collaboratively with their peers.Staff also recognise the importance of supporting student well-being developing positive behaviours and having a healthy approach to life. We believe positive relationships are essential to quality teaching and learning and that parent involvement strengthens our programme and student outcomes
The classroom programmes are developed from the Australian Curriculum and reflect an approach that caters for a spread of learning needs. We have programmes and strategies for supporting students with particular learning needs as well as ensuring we challenge and extend students. Teaching and learning programmes focus on developing a depth of skill and understanding at each students level. The development of learning skills and knowledge are fundamental in all our work. The culture at the school involves a team approach to educating and supporting all children.