2017 AASE National Conference
Friday 7th - Satuday 8th April, 2017, Darwin Convention Centre, Northern Territory

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School Visits

The School Visit Program is now FULLY BOOKED.

For the information of those who have registered to attend, please find below detail of the three Tours.

The buses will depart for the school visits from the Darwin Convention Centre from 9.30 am and will return by 1.00 pm, with plenty of time for delegates to explore Darwin city precinct and find a fabulous place for lunch.


Tour 1: Palmerston and Rural Region -Fully Booked

Forest Parade School

The new Forest Parade School is located on the corner of Forrest Parade and Flynn Circuit in Bellamack. Construction was completed in late September / early October 2016 and the students will start at the beginning of the 2017 school year. The school will cater for students from Pre-school to Year 6 who have moderate to high needs.

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Rosebery Middle School Pathways Program

The Pathways unit supports learners with Specific Needs - including, but not limited to, those with ASD, Intellectual Impairment, Communication Disorders, Anxiety, Oppositional Defiance Disorder. The Pathways team have programs focusing on assisting students with mainstream study as well as in social skills, life skills and self-management. Our aim is that learners will grow in confidence, independence and happiness and leave Rosebery Middle school with the tools to succeed in their next steps, whatever they may be.

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Helping People Achieve (HPA)

HPA has been providing services to businesses since 1963 as an Australian Disability Enterprise, while providing supported employment and accommodation options to Territorians. The company vision is to inspire and empower people with disabilities, Supporting employees and residents as they develop confidence, independence and learn life skills to lead a fulfilling everyday life in a world where there are no barriers. Across its three arms of business: Kokoda Industries, ausdesigns and Darwin Accommodation Services (DAS), HPA provides wonderful opportunities for work, supervision and support. It is a rewarding place to work, and there is a strong sense of family within the HPA team. For HPA employees, it’s so much more than a job.

“Every single day is a new challenge and a new opportunity.  With an amazing team, of over 100 staff  We have a real sense of the true essence of WHY we do what we do every day. The message of Helping People Achieve is not just at the crux of the business name, it is the passion behind what we do on a daily basis.”

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Tour 2: Darwin - Fully Booked

Manunda Terrace Primary School

Manunda Terrace Primary School (MTPS) is a midsized, multi-cultural, urban primary school catering for children from Preschool to Year 6.  It has excellent facilities and high level resourcing to ensure that each student is given every opportunity to achieve their best and reach their potential, within a safe, friendly and challenging learning environment.   The classes are multilevel and cater for the diverse needs of students.  MTPS offers outstanding Literacy and Numeracy programs, and a range of additional programs including art, music, sport and languages.  Technology is integrated across the curriculum.

We would like to share with you our policy and guidelines for supporting teachers and students who are considered to be ‘at risk’.  Our Assistant Principal, Kathryn Dinoris will walk you through our procedures from start to finish on how we at Manunda Terrace identify, collect data, interact with parents, and put programs in place to support our student’s ‘at risk’.  Secondly we would like to share with you what a special needs friendly classroom looks like. Kathryn Dinoris was the recipient of the Teacher of the Year award 2015. Much of this acknowledgment was around the work Kathryn had completed in setting up her classroom as demonstrating exemplary practice in supporting students with special needs.

In 2016 Manunda Terrace was a trial school for SEL – Social and Emotional Learning.  This program has supported teachers, students and other staff in the implementation of our School Wide Positive Behaviours Framework. This is an opportunity to hear about that trail and the programs implementation.

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The Patch

The Patch is an Garden enterprise and activity centre established many years ago by a parent who had no post school options for her child with a disability. Today, running purely on small grants and with support from the Department of Education community based grants it now caters for school children aged between 8 – 18 and adults who are unable to engage in paid employment.

The Patch has many facets which include developing skills, attitudes and habits consistent with gaining and keeping a job through structured work experience, reengagement of students at risk through school ready programs and personal learning plans identified through identified curriculum outcomes and enterprise activities for extended community involvement with schools and post school option providers. Set in the garden environment The Patch offers an array of projects and activities to cater for all skill levels and individual interest .

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Project 21

Project 21 is an initiative developed by the Down Syndrome Association NT offering a post school  learning pathway for young adults with intellectual disabilities (18-25 years).  Project21 delivers a combination of activities including accredited certificate qualifications, health and wellbeing programs and work training in one of three social enterprises, supporting young people toward mainstream employment and independent living opportunities. 

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Tour 3: Darwin - Fully Booked

Henbury School

Henbury School is a purpose built Special School for students with disabilities in both the Middle Years and Senior Years of schooling which opened in June 2016. Classrooms are complex, dynamic in nature and multi level according to how students access the curriculum. Henbury's Motto is ‘Preparing for Future Lifestyles' and this overarching dedication guides each students' annual Education Adjustment Plan or Transition Plan.

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Wagaman School

Wagaman Primary School (WPS) is a small urban primary school in the Northern Suburbs of Darwin. It has an enrolment of approximately 300 students. The student population is very diverse with approximately 50% of our population being of ESL background, including 24% indigenous. We have approximately 32 staff including senior staff, classroom teachers, Special Education teacher, Literacy Support teachers, Health and PE teacher, a Teacher Librarian, an AIEW and a number of para professionals.

WPS provides quality Preschool to Year 6 education for a diverse and multi-cultural community. To address issues arising from the school and community context, and to meet the needs of the students, the school has embraced the Tribes Learning Community Process which sees all staff, parents and students engaged in working together to provide the best possible culture to maximise learning and positive development. Collaborative planning and teaching is highly valued and encouraged as a means to further the professional learning community.

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Nemarluk Special School

Nemarluk School is a Northern Territory Department of Education (DOE) school for children who require specialised and individualised educational programs. It delivers preschool and primary school programs. The school’s motto is “Education for Life” and strongly supports partnerships with families and carers. The school focus is fostering independent learners who have a positive outlook and are engaged members of their community.

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Registration to attend the School Visits is free of charge, however you will need to register your attendance for this event through the online booking form or by contacting Melda Kocataskin from GEMS Event Management Australia via email to mkocataskin@gemsevents.com.au.



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