Frequently Asked Questions

Who can enrol at St Dominic’s?

St Dominic's Centre is a Kindergarten to Year 10 special school that provides an education of excellence for children with a range of disabilities. For students in Kindergarten to Year 10, we offer placements for students with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Moderate Cognitive Disability. We also offer enrolments for students in Kindergarten and Year 1 for students with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Where can my child attend high school?

Students enrolled at St Dominic’s have the opportunity to remain at the school to complete Year 10. If a student’s goal is to transition to a mainstream setting, our team works closely with the family and the student’s support networks to help achieve this goal. The setting may be their local parish school, with whom we work to ensure a smooth and successful transition.

What is the learning environment like at St Dominic’s?

St Dominic’s is designed to minimise external noise, which optimises the learning environment for our students. Our contemporary facilities encourage both individual learning and, where appropriate, collaborative group learning. We have specialist zones to support emotional regulation and movement for learning as well as a practical room in which skills such as cooking and living skills are delivered. We also capitalise on our outdoor learning zones to ensure a range of skills, including social, are explicitly taught.

What is the primary program like at St Dominic’s?

This program enrols students from Kindergarten to Year 6 and is inclusive of students who are deaf or hard of hearing, have a Moderate Cognitive disability and a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (students in Kindergarten and Year 1 only). Students experience individual instruction, small group learning and targeted social skills training, which is both formal and informal. Students receive instruction in all key learning areas and the content and learning are explicitly linked to the child’s Personalised Plan. This enables ongoing reinforcement of individual goals that are determined by teachers, parents, specialists and students.

What is the secondary program like at St Dominic’s?

This involves work with a strong academic rigour as well as community outreach and targeted programs to support social and living skills. The overarching philosophy for our secondary program is to build independence in our students to allow them to become active and meaningful contributors to the wider community.

What specialist support options are available for students?

St Dominic’s has a speech pathologist, occupational therapist and psychologist on staff who work with our staff to embed strategies and interventions into our teaching and learning program. Our multi-disciplinary team also liaise with external providers, ensuring that the skills being developed in private therapy sessions are generalised in our setting. The focus of our multi-disciplinary team is to build capacity in our teaching staff so the skills in our students are continually being consolidated throughout the day across all aspects of our program.

Is there a transition program at St Dominic’s?

St Dominic’s provides formal transition programs for new students commencing at the school. Parents are provided with a number of documents to complete which assist St Dominic's in best preparing for our new students. During transition meetings, we request that parents bring along all current and updated specialist reports that have not been submitted upon application. An invitation is also extended to any external supports or case managers involved with the child.

How does my child get to school?

Students enrolled at St Dominic’s are eligible for Assisted Travel which is a government subsidised scheme. This includes transport to and from school within a 40 km radius that allows students to be dropped off and picked up from school every day. If a student is able to travel independently or this becomes a student goal, then the school would work in partnership with the family to assist in this.

What if I have any other questions?

Please contact the school and a staff member will get back to you with an answer to your question. 

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