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Our school was first opened in 1980 with an enrolment of 50 students. It originated from the Special Education Unit formerly at Caboolture State School. Built to cater for students with special needs from both the primary and secondary sector the focus was on smaller class sizes and practical "Learn by doing" techniques. The school supported students from a radius of 25 kilometres.
Over the years the school has grown rapidly with an addition of numerous classroom blocks. What began as a large ‘covered area’ under a tin roof became the hall complex which included a canteen and playground equipment. This has recently been refurbished through the Building Education Revolution program, so the hall building has been updated with new audio-visual equipment and greatly improved flooring and acoustics. The canteen has been extended to cater for larger numbers and the students’ hospitality program. A very attractive outdoor area has been included adjacent to the canteen and the Home Economics. The complex is used on a daily basis by staff and students as well as being accessed regularly by groups from the wider community.
In keeping with educational research, the focus of the school curriculum has changed over the years to ensure currency and to best support the needs of students with a diverse and complex range of abilities. During 2010 the enrolment reached 160 students, offering year levels P-12 for both male and female students. Students are grouped in classes of 2 to 8 students depending on need each with a full time teacher and teacher aide. Physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists support students with therapy where appropriate and a chaplain is available to work with the whole school community.
The school looks forward to an exciting future with the introduction of the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Framework due to be introduced in 2012 providing our students with multiple opportunities for learning.