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Special Education

 
At William Ross State High School we value all students and their specific learning requirements.
 
As a result we offer a Special Education Program that is designed to encourage the development of essential skills, growth and lifelong learning.
 
Students identified to receive support from the Special Education Program will be placed into classes that provide modified curriculum and/or will participate in regular classes with the assistance of extra classroom support if available.
 
Students are required to follow the Australian Curriculum in the mandated subjects: English, Maths, Science, Humanities and Health and Physical Education. The curriculum will be differentiated to meet the needs of the individual student. Enrolment into the elective classes will be by negotiation and discussed at the enrolment interview.
 
Services provided to students with a recognised disability include:
  • Student support in the classroom, with assessment and homework
  • Case management/ case co-ordination
  • Liaising with parents/carers, Administration and teaching staff
  • Liaising with other government departments
  • Referral to support personnel (Advisory Teachers, Guidance Officers, School Nurse/ Chaplain, Youth Support worker, Community Education Counsellor), community agencies and programs
  • Developing Individual Curriculum Plans/Support Plans
  • Advocacy for students within the school and community
  • Organising transition programs - primary to secondary, post school

​SEP COMPUTER SKILLS - Recorded Subject

Recommendations - Enrolment in this program by invitation only. Student must show a willingness to work with computers.

 

This course will assist students to obtain basic computer skills required for the workplace and personal use. The duration of the course is 3 years. This program focuses on computer generated activities and is based on student’s level of ability. Basic computer skills are learnt via a variety of computer programs.

 

Topics of Study

  • Workplace Health & Safety
  • Identifying & naming parts of the computer
  • Basic computing skills
  • Use of the internet - searching safely
  • Word processing skills & application
  • Presentation software

Statement of Achievement on Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA) or as a level of achievement on school report.



SEP OUTDOOR RECREATION - Recorded Subject

Recommendations - The subject is by invitation only and an interview with the Head of Department Special Education Services is required prior to selection of this subject.

 

Outdoor Recreation provides opportunities for students to gain life skills and develop confidence in themselves and their ability. The duration of the course is 3 years. A large part of the course is hands on – learning by doing. The practical components of the course will be supported with course notes, theory and ongoing evaluations.

 

Topics of Study

  • Community Sports & Recreation
  • Interpersonal and Leadership Skills, Team Building
  • Safety and Risk Awareness
  • Independent Living, Healthy Lifestyle
  • Sun Safety, Environmental Awareness
  • Employability Skills, Computer Skills

Practical experiences vary however may include:

  • Nature Observations, Orienteering/Navigation
  • Camping Skills, Hiking
  • First Aide, Bush Awareness, Fishing

 

SEP PRACTICAL ARTS - Recorded Subject

Recommendations - Enrolment in this program by invitation only. Student must show a willingness to work with different art mediums.

 

Through education in the Arts students develop creative talents and skills that can be transferred to their recreational lives. The duration of the course is 3 years.  

 

Topics of Study

  • Drawing, Painting
  • Ceramics, Printing
  • Digital Imaging

Learning Experiences

  • Students will be engaged in a range of activities that:
  • Express ideas, feelings and experiences through the practical arts
  • Develop skills and techniques
  • Explore a range of media
  • Display art works
  • Acquire a basic knowledge of the elements and principles of design 


SEP ENGLISH - Recorded Subject

Recommendations - Enrolment in this program is by invitation only.

 

Students will be able to pursue their interests, and will be encouraged to further develop their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The duration of the course is 3 years.  

 

Units of work involve students in a wide range of language uses, the emphasis being on communication skills, personal development and confidence building. The major focus areas of study are understanding and communicating in our society

 

Students will be engaged in a range of:

  • real-life activities which provide opportunities for students to think, speak, listen, write and read for real purposes;
  • real-like activities which provide opportunities for students to engage with simulated contexts;
  • focused learning episodes which allow students to build confidence to participate in communication activities

Focused learning episodes which allow students to build confidence to participate in communication activities.



SEP MATHS - Recorded Subject

Recommendations - Enrolment in this program is by invitation only.

 

Students will have an opportunity to practice basic maths skills and extend their understanding of skills in activities based on practical real-life situations. Students will be encouraged to build upon their maths knowledge and skills in a supported and structured environment. The duration of this course is 3 years.

 

Core

  • Basic Skills – Basic numeracy, use of calculator, problem solving.
  • Measurement and Geometry –time, common shapes and sizes, position and spatial relationships, concept of area, direction and map reading.
  • Data Collection and Display –conduct surveys. – reading charts, timetables and graphs and present the information graphically.
  • Money – calculations using money; budgeting, costing, saving, spending.


SEP TRANSITION - Recorded Subject

Recommendations - The subject is by invitation only and an interview with the Head of Department Special Education Services is required prior to selection of this subject.

 

Development of skills to support the successful transition to post school – school to work and community living. The duration of this course is 3 years.

 

Topics of Study

  • Work Skills, Occupational Health and Safety
  • Workplace relations, Employability Skills, Expectations
  • Know your local community
  • Sexual Health, Personal Presentation, Self Esteem
  • Relationships and Conflict Resolution
  • My World, Learner Driver, Olympics
  • Making good decisions and self-advocacy, Becoming Independent


ASDAN - Recorded Subject

(The AWARD SCHEME and DEVELOPMENT and ACCREDITATION NETWORK – Bronze Award)

Recommendations - The subject is by invitation only and an interview with the Head of Department Special Education Services is required prior to selection of this subject.

 

This course is an activity based curriculum that supports the development, demonstration and accreditation of personal and social skills within a variety of contexts.

 

Topics of Study

  • Information Handling
  • The Community
  • Sport and Leisure
  • Home Management
  • The Environment
  • Health and Survival
  • Number Handling
  • Technology

Statement is recorded as Statement of Achievement on Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA) or as a level of achievement on school report.