Dookie Campus Secondary School is an Independent School and a Campus of Mansfield Autism Statewide Services. The school caters for students aged between 11 and 18 years of age with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and no significant Intellectual Disability.
We are small and individualised – with a current maximum enrolment of 12 students.
The program has an overall focus on building individual student strengths and provides students with a supportive environment to explore their areas of need. Our small rural campus provides students with a caring and supportive environment in which to explore values and friendships. We emphasise the development of skills for general health and wellbeing and focus on building self esteem and a positive sense of sense. Along with a comprehensive curriculum, planning for transition to further education and employment opportunities is also an integral part of the educational process. Our older students participate in volunteer positions as well as numerous work experience opportunities.
The students are in two classrooms of six, with a teacher and an assistant. Individual Learning Plans will form the basis for each student’s specific goals and the evaluation process is linked to six monthly team meetings.
Students participate in a number of camps and activities throughout the year such as DOXA Melbourne Camp and Ski Camp. Other activities that we engage in on a regular basis are Yoga, Netball, Sailing, Lawn Bowls, Bike Riding and Hip Hop. The program varies depending on availability and interest areas. We are really proud and passionate about providing our students with a chance to explore new interest areas and talents.
The school day is from 9am to 2.45 pm. Students catch our school bus to and from school on most days.
Dookie follows the Victorian School Holiday dates – with an additional week mid – year. Approximately two days per term are allocated to student free days for staff to be involved in Professional Development, Report Writing and Planning.