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​We provide programs for students who have been diagnosed with an Intellectual Impairment, Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and in some cases Speech Language Impairment as well as mild Physical Impairments. These students must qualify for Education Queensland's Education and Adjustment Program (EAP) or be in receipt of one.

Global aims

The aim of the Special education unit is to help each individual student reach their full potential so that they can develop into socially responsible adults who have the necessary skills to lead a rewarding and productive life in the real world.

Course organisation

Modified or Alternative Programs are offered in the core subjects areas. There are delivered in small groups.

Year 8 and 9

English, Maths, Science, Social education and Social skills.

Year 10

English, Maths, Life Skills, Vocational science and Vocational leisure.

Year 11 and 12

Vocational English, Maths, Work readiness and Vocational leisure.

We have also developed a number of school based subjects to meet the needs of students as they prepare to enter the workforce. These include such subjects as Work Readiness, Vocational Leisure and General Maintenance. Students in years 11 and 12 work towards the Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA) detailing their skills, abilities and achievements. Students in years 9 to 12 may also access the SuccessMaker program (reading retrieval) as well as English

Elective subject support services

Support is given by SEP teacher aides in all elective subjects in years 8, 9 and 10 e.g. Manual Arts, HPE, Art and Technology. Where possible, support is provided to senior students in their elective subjects. If this cannot be arranged the case manager will liaise with the class teacher and student to provide an individualised approach to learning.

Work placement program

Once a student reaches 14 years of age they are legally allowed to participate in the work placement program. This decision is at the discretion of the Head of special education services (HOSES), as not all students are ready to undertake this program. Teacher aides provide support where resources are available while students negotiate a new and unfamiliar situation.

Personal future action plan (PFAP)

A PFAP is developed with student, family and staff in Year 10 which works in conjunction with the Senior Education and Training Plan and directs the family, student and school staff towards the student's goals for their future. As students work towards their goals, the school develops a close working relationship with Supported Employment Agencies to try to gain traineeships and work trials to aid the transition into the workforce.

Social and emotional well being

Throughout the student's school life we focus on developing their social and emotional well-being. We encourage our students to participate in a variety of excursions and camps which help build self-esteem, awareness of others, problem solving and independence. Some of the items on our fabulous Outdoor Education Program include: The Gold Coast Eisteddfod for young people with Special Needs (where students shine and show off their talents), Trek for Rec (fund raising for Gold Coast Rec and Sport) and the Special Athletics Carnival. These provide valuable life experiences for the students. In addition, days at the beach promote surf safety and travel training is undertaken through trips to Brisbane and local community activities.