Placement in our Support Unit is coordinated by District Office. Students are offered placement based on requests submitted to District Office by the student's primary school. Transition for students joining our Support Unit happens after parents have accepted an offer of placement from District Office. commences from early term 4, and is designed to promote familiarity with the school in preparation for starting Year 7. The visits will allow students to get to know the layout of the school, the structure of the school day, and to start forming relationships with staff and current students.
The first visit is an orientation to the school, where Mr Barnes (Head Teacher Special Education) guides the students on a tour of the school. Students will visit our classrooms, meet some of the students and staff, and have a look around at some of the other school facilities. We plan to have this orientation visit as early as possible in Term 4. Students are usually escorted on this orientation by an SLSO from their primary school. If COVID restrictions allow, parents may also be able to attend this orientation.
A week after the orientation visit, Year 6 students come back to experience a regular school day at Narara Valley High School. Students will join one of our Support classes, take part in the lessons for the day, and socialise with other students during recess and lunch breaks. These days will happen once a week for 5 weeks, and it is hoped that students are able to attend independently, however if additional support is required to begin with this can be discussed. Students will need to bring a pencil case, a book to do their work in, a drink and their lunch. Additional days can be arranged if they would be of benefit to particular students.
Information on specific dates and times for visits will be distributed to primary schools when they are finalised. In the meantime if you have any questions please contact Mr Barnes on 4329 3780.