Our Early Education Program caters for children from the age of 2.8 years. It is a centre-based program that provides a support service to parents and the family. It also provides stimulation and motivation for the child, with the aim of reducing the handicapping effect of the disability or impairment. Parents, staff, professional advisers, Paediatricians and therapists work together to ensure that each child can achieve their maximum potential. We aim to develop individual programs in the areas of gross motor, fine motor, self help, language, creative play and behaviour management. We also offer support to Preschools and Daycare centres where the child is enrolled.
The Early Years program caters for school aged children from the ages of 5 to 10 years.Class sizes are kept to a minimum of approximately 8 students with a teacher and at least one teacher assistant (ESS) in each class.All students have an Individual Learning Plan which is formulated annually in conjunction with teachers, parents and other support staff who are involved with the child. These may be therapists, previous teachers and medical practitioners.There is a strong emphasis on developing communication and social skills alongside formal areas such as mathematics, reading and writing. ICT is used extensively to support all programs.We aim to develop the whole child and to create a nurturing learning environment which supports our students to achieve their full potential
The Middle Years program caters for students from the ages of 10 years to 15 years. Class sizes are kept to approximately 10 students with a teacher and an assistant. All students have individual learning plans developed in conjunction with teachers, parents and other support staff involved with the student. These may be therapists, previous teachers and medical practitioners.
There is a strong emphasis on both academic achievement as well as our expectations of respect, responsibility, safety and being a learner. We run an Up and Out program focused on getting the students active and engaged in communication and social interactions. We focus on students taking independence for their learning and encourage them to achieve their full potential.
In Senior Years we have two curriculums:
- Independent Living Skills
- Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).
Students can do a straight Independent Living Skills program or a straight VCAL program, or a combination of both. A students selection of curriculum is based on students needs and goals as identified by the teacher and in consultation with the student and parents/caregivers.
About the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning
The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a ‘hands-on’/applied option for students in Years 10, 11 and 12. The VCAL has three levels – Foundation, Intermediate and Senior. At Verney Road School we do VCAL Foundation over 3 years.
VCAL is an accredited senior secondary qualification. The VCAL focuses on applied learning.
There are four compulsory strands in VCAL:
- Literacy and Numeracy Skills
- Work Related Skills
- Industry Specific Skills: VET
- Personal Development Skills.
VET (Vocational Education and Training)
VET allows students to include vocational studies within their VCAL.
Students undertake nationally recognised training from national training packages which contribute to the Industry Specific Skills strand in VCAL.
We offer Certificate I in Hospitality, Certificate I in Information Technology and Certificate II in Horticulture. In 2013 Hospitality and Horticulture will be offered to 3rd year students.
- Certificates not fully completed at VRS can be continued post school in an adult educational facility (e.g. TAFE).
Independent Living Skills
The Independent Living Skills Unit will provide a program that offers a holistic approach within our educational setting that allows us to combine educational requirements with individual and whole group, student needs. It will establish a firm foundation for our students to transition into the home, community and educational settings, as functional, contributing members of our society.
In order to move towards independence we need to acquire a range of skills. To achieve these outcomes our students will participate in the Hume Region Independent Living Skills Curriculum