Our purpose is to engage our students in innovative and high quality education and social programs in a friendly and caring environment. The school is a place where learning is fun and our students achieve in ways which provide a basis for continued learning. Our school community forms part of a diverse and larger community, and our focus is on the ability of our students to participate in this local community and beyond.
Vision: EXCELLENCE IN LEARNING
We aspire to achieve Excellence in Learning through our positive school ethos and a climate of respect and trust, underpinned by shared values across the school community.
ALL MEMBERS OF STAFF CONTRIBUTE BY
- Promoting a climate in which children and young people feel safe, secure and respected.
- Building supportive, positive and trusting relationships where children and young people will feel valued and listened to.
- Modelling behaviour which promotes effective learning and wellbeing within the school community.
- Being sensitive and responsive to each child or young person’s wellbeing and learning needs.
- Fostering partnerships between students, staff, parents and the wider community.
- Students have access to a rich, diverse, purposeful and viable curriculum that is sequential and engaging and caters for the diverse learning styles and needs.
- Students engage through innovative teaching practices and have opportunities to develop knowledge and skills to be successful when they leave school.
- Students are supported to access an inclusive curriculum in a safe environment.
- Programs reflect current research and pedagogical practice, integrate technology and AAC tools and involve the wider school community.
EVERY CHILD, EVERY OPPORTUNITY, EVERY DAY
We are extremely proud of what we do every day at Yarraville Special Developmental School.
Yarraville SDS caters for students aged from 5 to 18 years old with a diagnosis of moderate to severe intellectual disability. It has a current enrolment of 60 students.
The school is committed to providing a learning environment that values the ability and individuality of each student. Keeping the students in the centre, our dedicated staff members support our students to learn in ways that provide a basis for continued learning as they grow into safe, respectable and responsible citizens. The school provides a safe, stimulating and flexible learning environment by ensuring that students have access to tools, programs and resources that give them the best opportunity to engage and succeed in their learning.
We are committed to providing EVERY CHILD, EVERY OPPORTUNITY, EVERY DAY to maximise the potential of each and every student.
There is a friendly atmosphere within the school and parents are most welcome and vital partners in their children’s educational programs. RESPECT, SAFETY and RESPONSIBILITY is fundamental to learning, personal growth and quality relationships as staff, students and parents work together to achieve and celebrate ongoing success.
I look forward to discussing our school with you and your family.
Assistant Principal / Primary Learning Area Leader
Leading Teacher/ Secondary Learning Area Leader
Primary Learning Area Assistant Team Leader
Secondary Learning Area Assistant Team Leader/ Specialist PLT Leader
Transport between school and home is provided by Mee’s Bus Lines within a designated transport area, which includes Moonee Ponds, Aberfeldie, Kensington, North Melbourne, Ascot Vale, Avondale heights, Maidstone, Footscray, Spotswood, Newport, Williamstown and Altona.
Buses arrive at the school at 9:00am and depart at 3:00pm.
There are supervisors on all bus runs. Students may attend from outside the designated transport area however, in this case, transport is the responsibility of parents and the above times apply.
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The following is a breakdown of the major school activities and the responsibilities for the School Council:
- Student management
- Buildings and grounds
- Staff employment and management
- Strategic planning
- Policy development and review
School Council meetings are every fourth Tuesday of the month, commencing at 6:30pm.
Proposed School Council Dates 2018
- 27th February 2018
- 27th March 2018 and Annual General Meeting
- 24th April 2018
- 22nd May 2018
- 26h June 2018
- 24th July 2018
- 23rd October 2018
- 27th November 2018
- 8th December 2018 End Of Year Meeting
School council members
DE&T School Council representatives
Principal – Executive Officer
Parent School Council representatives
School Council President
School Council Vice –President
School Council Treasurer
Partnerships with Parents & Carers
Establishing and developing relationships with parents and carers is a central part of our philosophy. It is important to us that the youngest members of our community feel secure, supported and engaged in their learning and play. To achieve this we establish trust and open communication with families so that there is a consistency in our approach. Children learn best when the school and parents work together and we value the contribution that parents make to our school and endeavour to provide many opportunities where parents are involved in school life, such as SSGs, a daily communication book, surveys, classroom visits, Parent morning groups, resource making, assemblies and celebrations at the school.
Child Safe Standards
Yarraville Special Developmental School is a Child Safe School and has a zero tolerance of child abuse. Therefore, we fully implement and practice the Child Safe Standards. YSDS is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. Our school community recognises the importance of, and a responsibility for, ensuring our school is a safe, supportive and enriching environment which respects and fosters the dignity and self-esteem of children and young people, and enables them to thrive in their learning and development.
Every staff member, volunteer, contractor or visitor to the school is required to read and sign the Code of Conduct annually. The Code of Conduct aims to protect children and reduce any opportunities for child abuse or harm to occur. It also assists in understanding how to avoid or better manage risky behaviours and situations. It is intended to complement child protection legislation, Department policy, school policies and procedures and professional standards, codes or ethics as these apply to staff and other personnel.
In the event that there is any incident, disclosure or suspicion of child abuse, you must follow the Four Critical Actions For Schools Procedure.