Barwon Valley School is committed to safety and wellbeing of all children and young people and has zero tolerance for child abuse. (Child Safe Standards)
Our VISION is to be an inclusive community centred on student achievement, wellbeing and engagement.
Our School Values are TEAMWORK, RESPECT, FUN, DIGNITY and SUPPORT.Context
Barwon Valley is a Special Developmental School situated on the corner of Reynolds Rd and Laura Ave in Belmont. It is a purpose built facility which provides a friendly, stimulating, caring and secure environment for students with moderate to profound disabilities. The school facilities include classrooms with extended outside learning spaces, a kitchen, an Independent living centre, an art room, a library, 3 therapy treatment areas, 2 medium sized multipurpose rooms, large hall, gym and sensory room. In 2013, a brand new Aquatic Learning Centre (Hydrotherapy Pool) was completed.
Students from the greater Geelong area including Bannockburn, Winchelsea, Ocean Grove and Little River are transported on buses contracted to the Department of Education.
The school recognises that each student has differing educational, physical, social, emotional, intellectual and cultural needs. Teachers, along with teacher aides, Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists and Physiotherapists, a Nurse and Wellbeing personnel ensure that students have the maximum opportunity to access, participate in and be offered a full education.
Our educational environment is comprised of Junior and Senior Learning Communities. An annex of the Senior Learning Community comprising of 2 groups is located at Oberon High School. In the Junior Learning Community we have a group of students who attend Oberon South Primary School with our staff.
An excellent staff/student ratio ensures that class groups have approximately 9 students. These groups are arranged with the flexibility to provide programs appropriate to each student’s needs. A comprehensive curriculum is implemented to assist students to reach their maximum potential in both school and community settings. Students are actively involved in setting their learning goals in consultation with parents and other relevant personnel.
The school follows the Victorian Curriculum F-10. We use the Abilities Based Learning and Education Support (ABLES) as one of our key assessment tools. Integrated Units are produced to drive the curriculum delivery and the implementation of Individual Learning Plans. In the Senior Learning Community students in Years 11 and 12 use the South Pacific Education Course (SPEC) to support their learning and all have Career Action Plans (MIPS) designed to assist students and their families prepare for post school options. Internal and external work experience programs are provided for students across the Senior Learning Community and strong links with local agencies and businesses support us with this program.
We use SWPBS to support students to manage their behaviour, using our school values and the Zones of Regulation to underpin this approach. We use a school designed Student Attitude to School Survey to inform practices and implement a school adapted approach to Restorative Practices.
We implement the Starting Right program at the beginning of each term to establish school routines, behaviours and expectations and are expanding the implementation of the Health and Human Relations program SO Safe! across the school.
We have an Allied Health Team including therapists, wellbeing personnel and nurses. The therapy team supports students to access their educational program and support classroom staff in the delivery of these programs. The therapists work as consultants, deliver individual and group programs and assess and report. The school has sensory, wellbeing and regulation rooms. The wellbeing personnel support the whole school community consulting with parents, implementing individual and small group programs with students. The school nurse provides health advice and training to staff and address students’ medical needs.