Special Education Program
"It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test."
Here at Central, we strive to recognise the abilities and strengths of our students.
The Special Education Program at Maryborough Central State School provides a range of services to support students with disabilities, their teachers, their parents, their carers and their families under the Educational Adjustment Program (EAP).
Our support is delivered in various modes to cater for the diverse needs of our students.
Most students access their year level curriculum in the regular class setting with adjustments developed by their class teacher in collaboration with a special education teacher. Within the classroom students also have the support of special education teacher aides for some of the time. There is also plenty of opportunity for our students to be part of small group learning within the class setting.
A number of small groups are also instructed in the SEP room. These small groups target the development of specific skills; provide additional explicit teaching of important concepts, or additional scaffolding for assessment tasks. Each morning at 8:30am there is Learning Connections for the younger children - activities to prepare the children for the day’s learning.
The SEP room, known as the “Cubby House” is open and supervised for all morning tea and lunch breaks for students with social and emotional and behavioural needs that find they are not able to cope in the general playground. Children are encouraged to interact and there are a variety of games and activities available.
Other support includes:
- Providing support staff for excursions and school camps
- Providing support staff for sporting events
- Participation in the special soccer program for students with disabilities (Maryborough based)
- Liaising with outside agencies, medical personal and disability organisations
- Providing supervised transition programs for students going to high school (term 4, weekly)
- Providing transition programs for new and transferring students
- Risk management and crisis management for students with challenging behaviours
- Assessing students for Transport Assistance
- Organising special provisions for NAPLAN and QCATS
- Providing intervention programs for students with suspected disabilities
- Management of the EAP process including verification of diagnosis and profiling of adjustments
- Individual Support Plans for each student, reviewed 6 monthly
- Celebrating successes with a newsletter each term
Teachers for 2016
Emma Putney (Acting HOSES), Jennifer Watts, Donna Midgley
Teacher Aides for 2016
Karen Schneider, Kym Black, Marg Jarvis, Lindy O'Sullivan
Please have a look at our newsletters (see link on this website) which we produce each term.