The philosophy of the Special Class and Seawinds Disability Unit is underpinned by high expectations, strong relations and individualised programs. The Special Class and the Unit are an integrated part of Seaford Secondary College. We provide quality teaching, appropriate resources and opportunities for students with a range of intellectual and physical disabilities to learn in a supportive environment.
We have a strong focus and emphasis on the development of necessary life skills among our students to become productive, independent and integrated members of our community. Skills development is achieved through an appropriate and modified Middle Years International Baccalaureate (MYPIB) and/or Modified SACE curriculum. These include functional literacy and numeracy, science, humanities, art, health and physical activity (or movement), personal development and living skills.
A Negotiated Education Plan (NEP) is also developed in consultation with parents, professional service providers and staff to assist each student to achieve his or her potential. This enables parents and staff to work closely in setting learning goals, monitoring progress and in evaluating outcomes. Parents are also informed of community resources, support services and agencies.
For senior students, we provide a transition pathway allowing them to access service providers in the community and a viable post-school option. For some students, it may include finding work experience through a variety of supported employment agencies such as Disability Employment Services (e.g. Multiple Solutions), Statewide Transition Programs (e.g. Daws Road Program) and Business Enterprises (e.g. MINDA, Bedford Industries). For other students, it may lead to a Day Option Program (e.g. SCOSA).
Decisions about enrolment in the Special Class and Seawinds Disability Unit are external to Seaford Secondary College. They are made by a panel coordinated by the Regional Office of DECD.