The program at Dookie is individualised and flexible. We have a strong emphasis on health and wellbeing, building relationships and building a students confidence in learning and in life.
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 program has an overall focus on building student strengths. We emphasise the development of skills for general health and wellbeing to enhance an individuals self esteem and
Dookie Campus has 4 full time staff, which consists of 2 teaching staff and 2 teaching assistants. The school has two classrooms with a maximum of six students in each classroom. We also have specialist teachers who visit weekly to take students in music and therapeutic art lessons. Further to this, our students participate weekly in specialised yoga sessions with our yoga instructor.
All students have individualised learning plans with specific goals related to the academic, social and
emotional learning needs of the individual student. We take a holistic view when planning and encourage paediatricians and allied health staff to participate and contribute to the individuals learning plan.
Our school is located within the grounds of the Melbourne University Agricultural College – Dookie. We have access to and use a range of facilities on campus such as: an outdoor swimming pool, gym, basketball courts, Mt Major access and canteen (special occasions). The campus is quiet and provides a great space for our students.
Term Dates 2020:
Term 1: 30 January to 27th March
Term 2: 14th April to 26th June
Term 3: 21st July to 18th September
Term 4: 6th October to 11th December
The curriculum is based on the curriculum areas of the Victorian Curriculum but is not limited to. As a small
specialised school we are exempt from teaching languages. The curriculum is flexible to meet the needs and
interest areas of our students. Our curriculum has a strong focus on personal and social development within the capabilities framework.
PERSONAL & SOCIAL CAPABILITIES
The Personal and Social Capability is essential in enabling students to understand themselves and others, and manage their relationships, lives, work and learning more effectively. The capability involves students learning to recognise and regulate emotions, develop empathy for others and understand relationships, establish and build a framework for positive relationships, work effectively in teams and develop leadership skills, and handle challenging situations constructively.
The Personal and Social Capability supports students in becoming creative and confident individuals with a sense of self-worth, self-awareness and personal identity that enables them to manage their emotional, mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing, with a sense of hope and optimism about their lives and the future. On a social level, it helps students to form and maintain healthy relationships and prepares them for their potential life roles as family, community and workforce members.
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Health and Physical Education focuses on students enhancing their own and others’ health, safety, wellbeing and physical activity participation in varied and changing contexts.
Students have the opportunity to be involved in a wide range of activities that aim to increase their movement and physical activity skills. The program acknowledges student strengths and develops their physical, mental, social and emotional health. Exposure to such activities assists with expanding the student’s leisure and recreational opportunities within their community.
We allocate a third of our program towards the Health and Physical Education curriculum – this framework builds on students physical and movement skills, mental health and wellbeing, personal development and food nutrition.
The study of English is central to the learning and development of all young Australians. It helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. It is through the study of English that individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate and build relationships with others and with the world around them. The study of English helps young people develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace. It helps them become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society and plays an important part in developing the understanding, attitudes and capabilities of those who will take responsibility for Australia’s future.
Reading, writing, speaking and listening are all vital skills for personal, social and vocational development. Students spend approx. 4 – 5 hours per week on explicit individualised teaching as well as the english curriculum being incorporated through community engagement activities.
Mathematics provides students with access to important mathematical ideas, knowledge and skills that they will draw on in their personal and work lives. The curriculum also provides students, as life-long learners, with the basis on which further study and research in mathematics and applications in many other fields are built.
Number, measurement and geometry, statistics and probability are common aspects of most people’s mathematical experience in everyday personal, study and work situations. Equally important are the essential roles that algebra, functions and relations, logic, mathematical structure and working mathematically play in people’s understanding of the natural and human worlds, and the interaction between them.
The Dookie curriculum proportions 3 to 4 hours a week of explicit teaching of the Mathematics framework.
Students spend approx. 1 – 2hrs working towards the Humanities, Science and Technologies learning areas per week.
Step 1: Families express interest for either schools by contacting MASS office and providing a copy of the child’s autism diagnosis
Step 2: An Initial Access Interview for Mansfield Autism Statewide Services will be conducted at the potential students place of residence or the school
Step 3: A School Tour: The interview and tour are intended to ascertain whether the school meets your expectations and also whether our school can offer an education which is appropriate for your child.
Step 4: An offer of place – An offer of place will be made following the school tour and interview, admission is then subject to completion of the paperwork and payment of fees
Dookie Campus Fees 2020 – $11,200 per annum