Disability Unit

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Our dedicated Disability Unit supports students with a range of disabilities.  Enrolling your young person in the Disability Unit is completed through the local Education Office in term 1, when your young person is in year 7 (year 6 from 2022). A transition program is then instigated in terms 3 and 4 of the year to prepare them for the following year.

Fondly known as ‘The Unit’, the program is based in a self-contained set of 6 specially designed classrooms connected to the mainstream school, with a cohort of approximately 50 students. One of the classes provides a ‘special class’ curriculum and supports students through a modified curriculum with smaller class sizes, additional School Services Officer (SSO) support and any other requirements the student may have. We also have specialised Star classes (middle Star for years 8 and 9,  and senior Star  for years 10 – 12) with more intensive support to cater for students with sensory needs.

Students in the disability unit are grouped loosely by year level, with students moving to other unit classes depending on their developmental and achievement level in individual subjects. In addition, unit students access specialist learning areas such as Performing Arts, Technology, PE and Home Economics.

Teachers from our mainstream classes work hand-in-hand with our unit teachers to provide enriched learning programs that allow students to feel engaged and included in the school community.

Our students take part in a rich offering of co-curricular activities aimed at developing their independence and life skills.

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Our curriculum

We cater for students from year 8 to year 12 and offer Australian Curriculum through years 8 and 9 with a focus on general capabilities. Year 10 sees the first modified SACE subjects introduced and for students in years 11 and 12 the focus is on modified SACE.

The Unit achieves success by delivering a creative, innovative and dynamic curriculum that focuses on students abilities, interests and post-school goals. Our curriculum is underpinned by each student’s individual SMARTAR Goals which are reviewed each term with formal meetings in term 1 and 3 of each year.

In addition to the academic curriculum, Unit staff support students in the following areas:

                  • transport training
                  • social skills
                  • life skills
                  • executive functioning
                  • community awareness, safety and access
                  • enterprise skills
                  • post-school planning

Enrolment in the unit is done through a statewide placement process. For more information, please contact the Department of Education’s Para Hills Office on (08) 8314 4000.

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