Special Assistance School for Rockhampton

Carinity is currently seeking accreditation for a new special assistance school for the Rockhampton region.

The new school is planned to commence in 2016 with an enrolment of 32 students.

Carinity Executive Manager of Education, Michael Harding said the new school would utilise the former Glenlee School of Today site.

“The school is planned as a Special Assistance School which is a classification recognised by State and Federal Governments as providing alternate modes of school for those students who become disenfranchised from mainstream approaches to school age education.”

“Carinity currently operates two Special Assistance Schools; Carinity Education Southside in Sunnybank and Carinity Education Glendyne in Hervey Bay,” he said.

“Both of these schools have become highly valued and valuable within their respective local communities and carry enrolments of approximately 240 students.”

“The qualifications gained at Carinity Education schools are the same as mainstream schools however the programs are based on practical activities and real world applications. This helps students find greater meaning in their day to day school activities.”

“Students also have greater access to support than in mainstream schools with youth workers and specialist trained teachers.”

“Students are referred to Special Assistance Schools from mainstream schools and other community agencies.”

“Reasons of referral can be varied however the main reasons we see are that a student is simply not coping in mainstream schooling or whose attendance has been poor or disrupted.”

“The proportion of students enrolled at Carinity schools as a result of being excluded from other schools was less than five percent.”

“We are looking forward to working with the community to give all young people the best possible chance to continue with and succeed in education, irrespective of their previous experiences in school,” Mr Harding said.

Carinity Education – Rockhampton is expected to employ 13 full time staff by 2020 when it reaches its enrolment capacity of 84 young people.

An information session for local residents is being planned for July 27.

For more information on the school, including how to enrol, please email info.rockyschool@carinity.org.au or contact Carinity on (07) 3550 3703.

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