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.
Term Dates 2019:
Term 1: 31 January to 5th April
Term 2: 23rd April to 28th June
Term 3: 23rd July to 20th September
Term 4: 8th October to 13th December
The curriculum 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 Campus 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.
The curriculum at Dookie Campus Secondary School is individual and flexible. We have a strong emphasis on health and wellbeing, building relationships and building a students confidence in learning. The school is committed to offering students a safe and supportive environment which allows students a chance to explore a range of activities and interest areas. The curriculum is generally based on the following learning and capabilities areas of the Victorian Curriculum but is not limited to. The curriculum is flexible to meet the needs of our students.
Our curriculum is reflective of the health and wellbeing needs of our students. Our Dookie campus curriculum encompasses seven curriculum learning areas of the Victorian Curriculum Framework. We do not teach languages. The seven curriculum areas are Health & PE, English, Mathematics, Art, Science, Technologies, Humanities and the Capabilities. We allocate 36 % of our curriculum (hours allocated) towards the Health and PE curriculum – this framework builds on students physical and movement skills, mental health and wellbeing, personal development and food nutrition. Students spend approximately 4 – 5 hours per week with explicit teaching of English however we also incorporate English within other areas of the curriculum and through community engagement activities. The Dookie curriculum proportions 3 to 4 hours a week of explicit teaching of the Mathematics framework, however we again integrate Math into our other curriculum areas and our community engagement activities. The Art curriculum at Dookie for 2018 & 2019 will focus on Visual Arts & Music. Students spend approx. 1 – 2hrs working towards the Humanities, Science and Technologies learning areas per week. The capabilities are also taught with the personal and social capability being a focus for our cohort of students – students participate in explicit and integrated teaching towards the capabilities areas and spend approximately 11% of time working toward these outcomes.
FEE STRUCTURE AND PAYMENT
2018 fees are $11,200.00 paid in advance, in term instalments of $2,800