Naenae College Special Needs Unit
Special Needs Unit is an inclusive, co-operative, caring environment that encourages each student to “be the best that they can be”.
Our aims are to:
Help students grow to be confident, caring young people able to face life outside of College.
Use the wider school philosophies of Te Whanau Tahi and Restorative Practice to encourage positive social interactions.
Help embrace and share their own diverse cultures through involvement in Multicultural Day.
Work closely with outside agencies for advice and guidance re therapies and programmes:
Support ORS funded students ,and some non funded , in consultation with teachers, Senior Leadership Team and families.
IEP’s—Individual Education Plan meetings are held twice a year, in Term 1 to set goals and Term3 to review and set new goals as appropriate. We include the family, Ministry personnel, teachers and other agencies as required.
MAIN SCHOOL opportunities are offered as appropriate for individual students. Students are encouraged to achieve credits towards NCEA.
SPEC: South Pacific Education Courses are offered at all levels and cover key competencies:
We are working towards:
Our students take part in LAR (Learning Advisor Roopu) and whole school events e.g. Tabloid Sports and Multicultural Day.
Senior students master life skills to assist their transition into the wider community. This Includes money-handling, digital technology, accessing community and appropriate social skills and behaviours.
Activities available for our students include:
Athletics, Swimming, Football, Cross Country, Basketball, 10 Pin Bowling
EOTC is an important part of our curriculum. We have an activities week at the end of the year. Some of our outside visits to enhance the theme topics have included Te Papa.
With agency help we explore ways for students to communicate—photo board, Go Talk boards.
An increasing number of students are using assistive technology (e.g. i-pads) to enhance their communication and academic achievement.
We always celebrate birthdays.
Pot Luck Dinner/Prize-giving: An awesome way to finish a year and celebrate success.
We encourage our students to be as independent as possible. Senior students are encouraged to mentor Junior students.