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Student services and support programs

Special Education- Our Lighthouse Program:
 
The specific needs of children with visual, physical, hearing, intellectual or speech and language disabilities, as well as those who have a diagnosis of ASD are individually identified and catered for through the implementation of an Individual Curriculum Plan ( ICP).  This plan may include academic goals in addition to social and/or emotional goals.
 
Our Students with Disabilities are offered a range of support programs and settings depending on their particular needs and their identified goals drawn from their Individual Curriculum Plans.
 




 
 
Some students can learn, grow and develop in the mainstream class fulltime with minimal support, whilst others need support in the classroom or withdrawal to quieter environments with smaller groups in order to succeed. 
 
We have created the “Lighthouse” as the alternate classroom environment where students work in smaller groups with teachers and teacher aides.  In order to meet the specific and often wide ranging  needs of our SWDs the “Lighthouse” Crew often request the professional input of occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language pathologists plus a range of Advisory Visiting Teachers who have expertise in all areas of disability
 


Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program
 
Our school operates a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. This provides our Lighthouse students with the opportunity to learn about food cultivation, preparation and health as students are a part of the process nurturing and cultivating various fruits and vegetables from garden to plate.
 
 Students harvest their own crops, research menu's and prepare, serve and consume their culinary masterpieces.
 

 
Guidance Officer:
 
Rob Symon, Yarrilee State School’s Guidance Officer, has qualifications in guidance, counselling and psycho-educational assessment. Rob’s role involves working with students and their parents or caregivers, often in conjunction with teachers, specialist support personnel and other community agencies, to identify factors that can be barriers to learning and development.
 
School Chaplain:
 
What does a School Chaplain do?
 
A School Chaplain is a safe person for young people to connect with at school and provides a listening ear, caring presence, and a message of hope. Chaplains run positive, fun activities for students and assist in fostering supportive, caring school communities.
 
Working with other members of the school’s support team, the Chaplain cares for students struggling with issues such as difficult relationships with other children or family members, poor self-esteem, family breakdown, and depression.
 
The partnership between the school and the Chaplaincy Service, supported by local churches, businesses and community organisations, provides a network of local support and assistance. These positive relationships help young people to face difficult issues, and provide hope, connection, meaning, and purpose.
 
The Chaplaincy Service is available to everyone in the school community regardless of their religious beliefs. Participation is totally voluntary and where spiritual content is involved, parent permission will always be required.
 
Teaching ‘Religious Education’ is not part of the role of a school chaplain.
 
Each year a consultative process is undertaken through the P&C to determine the level of support for our chaplaincy service.
 
Any concerns about the school’s chaplaincy program should be directed to the Principal.
 
 
Who is the Yarrilee School Chaplain?
 
Chappy Neil is the Yarrilee School Chaplain . At school Chappy Neil attends school camps, assists in classrooms, runs programs that help students develop social and life skills, and runs lunchtime programs. Students may be referred to Chappy Neil on an individual basis for support in personal matters. Parent permission will be required for ongoing support.
 
Chappy Neil is available at school on Tuesday's and Thursday's.
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