2021 PARENT INFORMATION - Hervey Bay Special School

2021 PARENT INFORMATION - Hervey Bay Special School

2021 PARENT INFORMATION - Hervey Bay Special School
Hervey Bay Special School is an Education Queensland P-12 school with approximately 100 students. The school
delivers a range of educational programs that represent best practice for students with intellectual disability and
other significant disabilities. Our 2021 Annual Improvement Plan has three priority areas:
Differentiation through communication: Learning together and growing together to ensure that every student has a
voice, and that every student has access to the curriculum and is able to engage in learning at their individual level.
Intentional Collaboration: Learning together and growing together through collaboration within our school
community and by establishing productive partnerships with our wider local community
Positive Behaviour for Learning: Learning together and growing together to develop the skills and behaviours
allowing all students to become successful citizens at school … and beyond.

The full AIP can be viewed on our school website.

                                Learning Together Growing Together
Our school provides a safe and supportive learning environment where every student can experience success every
day. Through knowing and understanding their learners, teachers develop age appropriate learning opportunities,
pitched at a challenging but achievable level for each student. Personal and social skills are explicitly taught as part of
our PBL (Positive Behaviour for Learning) curriculum and we promote the health and wellbeing of all students.
HBSS staff are committed to working in partnership with families and caregivers as well as other organisations that
support our students’ learning and wellbeing.

We greatly value our partnership with parents and carers. Open, honest communication and mutual trust and respect
provides the foundation for positive partnerships between home and school. These relationships are imperative in
achieving the best educational outcomes for students.

This booklet has been designed to assist parents and carers to understand the general management and operational
information vital for the smooth running of our school. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate
to contact me.

Reno Tieppo

                                             Contact Details
Phone: (07) 4197 1777 Fax: (07) 4197 1700
Address: 23 Frangipanni Avenue
          Scarness Qld 4655

Website: www.herveybayspecs.eq.edu.au


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Please contact the office if your child will be absent from school. If possible, advise how many days they will be

Student attendance is recorded on arrival, in class each day.

1 or 2 days a week does not seem much but ………

                               And over 5 years of
    If a
                  That         schooling that is the
                equals …..        equivalent of
 misses …..
                                    losing …..

               20 days
 1 day each                   1 semester of learning
               (4 weeks)
 fortnight                    time

               per year

               40 days
 1 day each
               (8 weeks)      1 year of learning time

               per year

               80 days
 2 days

               (16 weeks)     2 years of learning time
 each week
               per year

               120 days
 3 days
               (24 weeks)     3 years of learning time
 each week
               per year


The general office is open from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday


You will be notified of any unexplained absence in the morning of the day your child is absent via an SMS.

It is the parents responsibility to advise the school when a student will be absent from school and for what reason.
You may advise of an absence by:

1. Phoning 4197 1777 and advising administration
2. Advising administration staff or teachers of students absence personally
Please ensure that your mobile phone details are up to date to assist in the facilitating of this process.

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School Profile
Hervey Bay Special School is located in Hervey Bay, in Education Queensland’s North Coast Region. It has been servicing
the community of Hervey Bay since 1986. The school has grown considerably during this time and we currently have
98 students enrolled at our school. Students must have an Intellectual Disability and many students have other verified

                                    Statement of Purpose
Hervey Bay Special School is dedicated to discovering the best within all students through high quality educational and
social experiences that expose them to new ideas, new ways and new possibilities for future success. We have a clear
focus on lifelong learning outcomes for students underpinned by an environment of positive behaviour support.
Central to the students’ learning are the relationships among students, teachers, parents/carers and the community.

                                       School Leaving Age
The age at which students can leave a Special School is the same as for students in state high schools and is governed
by the Education Queensland policy: ‘Allocation of State Education’. Parents/carers can request a copy of this policy
from the school office. At this school, the majority of students complete 26 Semesters of State Education either at the
end of the year in which they turn 17 or at the end of the year in which they turn 18.

                                  Individual Support Plans
Teachers meet with parents/carers to discuss the Individual Support Plan during term one and three of the school
year. During these meetings, the Individual Curriculum Plan (ICP) is discussed. The ICP documents the level at which
the student is accessing the mandated Australian Curriculum, strategies, and adjustments that are in place to ensure
access to the curriculum at the student’s level.
In addition, for students in the Care and Protection of the Department of Communities, Child Safety, an Education
Support Plan is written and reviewed.

                                 Curriculum and Teaching
By 2021 Hervey Bay Special School will have implemented the nationally mandated Australian Curriculum in all
learning areas (English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS), HPE, Technologies, The Arts and
Languages.) The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005 are intended to

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give students with disability, the same rights as other students, including the right to education and training ‘on the
same basis’, as students without disability. (ACARA, 2014)
Units of work are delivered in an age appropriate context focusing on each student’s ability level. The HBSS
Curriculum Assessment Reporting Plan (CARP) ensures that there is a structured approach to the teaching of
Australian Curriculum learning areas. These learning areas remain standardised across the school, so that students
have access to curriculum at their ability level from Foundation (Prep) level to Year 10. For students who are still
working towards Foundation level, the focus and goals target the development of communication skills whilst giving
students exposure to concepts and content from the Foundation curriculum.
Parents/carers are consulted in relation to curriculum decisions at bi-annual meetings to discuss the Individual
Student Plan.
Senior students work towards their QCIA (Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement) with goals determined
in collaboration with parents/ carers (see senior information).

                                      School Organisation
Early Years Juncture:
The Early Years Juncture provides programs for students from Prep age to year 2

Primary Juncture:
The Primary Juncture provides programs for students in years 3 to 6.

Secondary Juncture:
Secondary Juncture provides programs for students in years 7 to 9.

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Senior Juncture:
The Senior Juncture includes students in years 10, 11 and 12 (ages vary from 15 to 18 years). The team (parents /
carers, teachers, teacher aides, other agencies and the student where appropriate) develop a SET Plan (Senior
Education and Training Plan) using the P.A.T.H (Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope) philosophy. The SET Plan
maps out each young person’s learning program over their senior phase of schooling through the attainment of specific
goals that work towards the achievement of a Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA) and / or
employment options.

Who is responsible for ensuring that each student has a Senior Education and Training Plan?
The main learning provider – in this case Hervey Bay Special School - is responsible for ensuring that all Year 10 students
have a SET Plan. For most young people, this will be finalised during Year 10 at school.

What is the role of parents or guardians in developing the Senior Education and Training Plan?
Parents or guardians are encouraged to support their children in developing the plan in Term One of Year 11 and
supporting their children over the next two years during the Transition Phase of Learning.

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Five Areas of the QCIA (Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement) and how ASDAN (Award Scheme
Developmental Accreditation Network) align:

         Curriculum Organiser             Learning Focuses                      ASDAN

               Communication and          Language Comprehension

                  Technologies            Language Use                                    TECHNOLOGY

                                          Operations of digital and other

               Community, Citizenship Active Citizenship in the local and                INDEPENDENCE
                                      wider community
                and the Environment

                 Personal and Living      Health & Wellbeing                                PERSONAL

                 Dimensions               Every day numeracy skills

             Vocational and Transition    Skills for life beyond school                  EMPLOYABILITY


               Leisure and Recreation     Physical activities for leisure and                 SOCIAL

The Senior Juncture uses the above QCIA organisers to focus on preparing students for post school and adult life.
Literacy and Numeracy is explicitly taught throughout these areas focusing on real life skills. Students have the
opportunity to trial different external work experience placements such as working at local shops, working at the Op-
shop, working at a local mechanics and also to participate in school based business programs such as
“Coffee@Hervey’s coffee shop, recycling program, car wash and detail service, and school tuckshop to name a few.

Come and enjoy a wonderfully brewed coffee at the schools coffee shop. Our barista-trained students as part of
their work programs make coffee. ‘Coffee @ Hervey’s’ opens from 10.30am Fridays (please check with school office
or Facebook page to ensure open). All parents and family welcome.

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Off Campus Opportunities
Throughout the year students at Hervey Bay Special School have an opportunity to participate in external activities.
Some of these may include:
 ➢ Swimming Lessons: Swimming is taught in terms one and four at the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre by qualified
     swim instructors. Junctures rotate so all students from P-10 have an opportunity to participate in learn to swim
     lessons and/or water safety and water familiarisation activities.
 ➢ Community Based Instruction: Community based instruction in Senior Schooling is intended to gradually
     transition students to life beyond school. It involves a variety of activities such as dancing classes, participation
     in services and programs delivered by external providers, visits to the local library and other public venues.
     Students undertake travel training as part of their CBI.

Students from Prep to Year 9 participate in Community Based Learning linked to areas of study and the units being
undertaken throughout the semester. These may be culminating activities for a unit of work or activities that are
directly linked to learning in a particular area.

                              Specialised Student Services
Teaching staff can access these services through the Principal to support the delivery of educational programs.
• Advisory Visiting Teacher/s are available to access for Low Incidence Disability areas such as Hearing Impairment,
   Physical Impairment and Vision Impairment.
• Therapists include physiotherapist, occupational therapist and speech-language pathologist.
• Visiting EQ Nurse
• Guidance Officer - Carries out assessment and provides assistance with enrolment of students, verification
   assessments, reviewing student’s placement at the request of parents or the school.
• Volunteers & Practicum Students - Community (work experience, volunteers & community service), University
   (both teaching and therapy), TAFE

                                              Student Diary
The Student Diary is provided for all students to emphasise the importance placed by the school on ready and effective
communication between home and school. Other processes to facilitate communication include the school website,
fortnightly newsletters, school Facebook, interviews, parent information sessions, emails, telephone conversations
and student report cards. If the diary is misplaced another can be purchased at the office for $10.

                                            School Parades
Parade is held every Monday at 2.00pm in the multipurpose building (E block). Parents / carers and visitors are
welcome. This is the opportunity to come together as a school, share information and acknowledge special occasions
and student achievements. In 2021 Parade will be held fortnightly with Early Years and Primary Parades being held
together and then Secondary and Senior on the alternate week. Check the newsletter to confirm when your child’s
parade is being held.

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Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL)
We are a PBL school!

PBL applies evidence-based approaches, practices and strategies for all
students to improve learning, safety, decrease problem behaviour, and
establish a positive school culture. Developed over twenty years ago, PBL is
now internationally recognised and used in over 14000 schools worldwide.

                               ‘HERVEY RULES’
    Our three school rules feature our school mascot ‘Hervey the Whale’:

•    Gotchas are given to ALL students across ALL outside classroom areas of the school to recognise when they have
     demonstrated the school behaviour expectations: Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be a Learner.
•   Gotchas go into the draw to win a weekly prize, one student from each juncture is randomly selected from the
    juncture Gotcha box and awarded a prize
•   Gotcha’s are then to be returned to the student (or teacher collect) ready for the students to spend in the ‘Hervey’s
    Gotcha’ shop (opening twice per term). Students may choose to save their Gotcha’s all year to purchase a prize of
    higher value
•   Once Gotcha’s have been spent in ‘Hervey’s Gotcha’ shop, the tickets are placed in a clear cylinder in the office for
    all to see.
•   Each juncture develops their behaviour management and reward system that suits their students’ needs and is age
•   Each juncture will determine who receives an invitation to the end of term reward activity, based on their reward
•   One student from every class is selected by the classroom teacher to receive a Student of the Week; these students
    can select a prize, an ice-block, popcorn or sensory toy.

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Our PBL team meet every fortnight to discuss and analyse behaviour data, highlight behaviour concerns and
brainstorm measures to control these behaviour concerns and to teach behaviour that is more appropriate.

Behaviour Curriculum and Weekly Explicit Teaching Topics

Expected school behaviours are taught through our behaviour curriculum. Every morning, each class will come
together and discuss the day’s events and behaviour expectations. Weekly explicit teaching topics are taught during
morning sessions and throughout the day whenever necessary. Each teacher is given a PBL folder, which includes a
poster for each weekly topic and some lesson ideas. This is a continual work in progress, as junctures will now be
explicitly addressing behaviour specific to their level. We are in the process of making videos to support teaching
lessons and expected behaviours to the students.

Drop off and Pick up
Students are not to arrive at school prior to 8:15am. From 2.15pm, families can sit wait at the parent pick-up zone to
leave after 2.30pm. At approximately 2.45pm, the gate will be closed and students can be collected from the front



The bell will sound at 2.25 for staff to take students to the MPC or parent pick-up zone for collection.

   ➢ Access carpark via route indicated.
   ➢ Park and walk to the parent pick-up zone. Staff will be on duty at the gate to allow entry to the grassed area.
   ➢ Staff will bring students to parents/carers and mark them off on the departure roll.
   ➢ We ask for your patience at this time and to allow staff to follow the process to ensure all students are
      safe and accounted for.


    ➢ Drivers will park at point A and wait for staff to ascertain which student/s they are collecting
    ➢ Staff collect student/s from MPC and mark them off on the departure roll
    ➢ Drivers will secure the student/s into the vehicle

THANK YOU to our school community for your support in following the outlined procedures to ensure that drop-off
and pick-up times run smoothly and SAFELY.


It is essential for the parent/carer to escort the student to the school office, where the student is marked on the roll
and the class teacher advised by phone. The student will be collected from the office by the teacher aide if required
This procedure is essential for the school to meet duty of care obligations.
Early Pickup:

Please come to the office and your child will be called to the office for you to collect. You will need to sign your child
out. Early pickup should only be in the case of appointments. Please do not pick your child up early regularly as a
convenience as it is disruptive to the class.

                   Parents and Citizens Association (P&C)
Hervey Bay Special School’s Parents & Citizen Association (P & C) are an integral part of our school, helping to raise
our profile and support us to cater for the needs of our students. The P&C engages with various local businesses,
organises fundraisers throughout the year, and works alongside our school community with the aim of helping to
provide an engaging environment for our students. The P&C is committed to supporting our great school and
encourage parents / carers to participate.

 President: Sharon Kampman                                    Vice President: Katrina Shaw

 Secretary: Belinda McNeill (Acting Deputy Principal)         Treasurer: Julie Devling

 WE MEET: First Tuesday of each month                         TIME: 9.15am

 WHERE: Hervey Bay Special School Conference Room.

Our school is fortunate to have many organisations that support us in our efforts to provide the best outcomes for our
students. Through generous donations of time and money the school is fully air-conditioned, has seating areas for
students to enjoy their lunch, a well-stocked Resource Centre (Library), new playgrounds, a new kitchen and painted
Multi-purpose Block and so much more. We thank all of our “Friends of HBSS” for their ongoing support.
All parents and carers are welcome to be part of the P&C.

As a parent, you have a responsibility for providing or arranging your child's transport between school and home. If
you believe there will be difficulty in getting your child to school, you are able to request an assessment to determine
eligibility for transport assistance. This is a formal assessment undertaken at the school by the Principal. To be eligible,
a student must have a disability that necessitates the provision of transport assistance.

If eligible for contract transport assistance, it is the parents/carers responsibility to:
• ensure that only the eligible child travels via contract transport. Siblings may not travel with the eligible child on
      contract transport even though they may travel the same or similar route to school;
• ensure that you, or another responsible adult, is present with your child is ready to meet the transport driver at
      the specified time and place in the morning;
• ensure that you, or another responsible adult, are present in the afternoon to meet the transport driver at the
      specified time and place;
• support the transport operators in their responsibilities by discussing good travel practices with your child at
• immediately tell the school about any concerns you have about transport:
        ~ tell the school if there are changes in your child's health status;
        ~ immediately contact the transport operator and the school if your child is going to be absent from school due
      to illness etc.
• provide any car seats or specialised equipment (e.g. harness or other specialised seating) that your child requires
      to travel safely;
• advise the school if you are considering a change of address as soon as possible as this may affect your child's
      transport arrangements.

Requests for transport assistance for temporary residential accommodation should be made as early as possible. You
are responsible for the delivery of medication and belongings to the residential accommodation and to transport your
child between home and the residential accommodation if this is necessary.

Any request to vary transport arrangements should be discussed with the school. Parents must not approach transport
operators directly to make changes such as change of collection or drop off address or changes to days travelling

School Uniform
Hervey Bay Special School takes pride in their uniform and recommends the uniform be worn on a daily basis. This is
a P & C initiative. Our new school uniforms have been introduced this year.

Uniforms are available for purchase from the school office. Please contact the office (4197 1777) for further

SCHOOL SHIRTS (unisex): $35 see photos below….
          BUCKET HAT: $15                                      JACKET: (unisex) $35

EARLY YEARS AND PRIMARY                                           SECONDARY …YEARS 7-9


SHOES: For safety students should wear enclosed shoes at all times.

The school uniform MUST be worn for all school outings and the yearly school photo

As the health and safety of students at our school is a high priority, Education Queensland has incorporated new
procedures for Administering Routine and Emergency Medication and Management of Health conditions.
Management of student’s health conditions, including the administration of medication, is a courtesy provided by a
school consistent with their duty of care to:
• Maximise the participation in school activities of students who require medication or special procedures for
   managing a health condition; and
• Optimise the health, safety and wellbeing to staff and students at our school.

Please note the following:
• School staff can assist a student with medication under the carer provisions of the Health (Drugs and Poisons)
   Regulation (1996) provided that a written request is received from the student’s parent or legal guardian. Staff
   must follow the directions on the original pharmacy label attached to the medication container.
• School Staff must not administer over-the counter medication, including analgesics, homeopathic or prescribed
   medication unless they meet the accountability of a written request from a parent/caregiver accompanied by

written advice from a medical practitioner and with the medication in the original labelled container. The
   exception is the reliever puffer, such as Ventolin. If your child has asthma, an Asthma Action Plan must be
   obtained from your G.P.

The Role of Parents/Caregivers
Parents/caregivers must undertake the following in relation to the administration of medication and/or
management of health conditions.
• Notify the school in writing of a health condition requiring medication at school.
• Request the school in writing to administer prescribed medication or to assist in the management of a health
• Notify the school in writing of any requests and/or guidelines from medical practitioners including potential side
   effects or adverse reactions.
• Provide the medication in the original labelled container and submit to the office.
• Ensure the medication is not out of date and has an original pharmacy label with the student’s name, dosage and
   time to be taken.
• Notify the office in writing when a change of dosage is required. This instruction must be accompanied by a letter
   from a medical practitioner.
• Advise the office in writing and collect the medication when it is no longer required at school.
Please note that medication sent into school without an original pharmacy labelled container will not be accepted.

We encourage healthy eating habits and the school requires that morning teas and lunches are made from suitable
foods and drinks – water is preferred. We recommend items such as fruit, yoghurt, sandwiches, juice and water.
Students who bring ‘junk food’ will be requested to choose more wisely. Owing to impacts on concentration and
learning, cola or Coca Cola and other caffeine or sugary products, and highly flavoured or preserved snacks, are not
permitted for student consumption during the school day.

                                         Technical Devices
Students are not encouraged to bring personal technical devices including iPads, iPods, mobile phones etc to school.
If they do so, they must abide by strict rules. Phones must be switched off and handed into the main office for the day.
Students may collect these at the end of the school day. If students do not hand in their mobile phones at the start of
the day and then use them, parents/carers will be called to come and collect from the main office.
Exception is if personal devices used for communication. This must be discussed and documented in their ISP.

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