Find out about the specialist programs our school offers.
South Downs Disability unit supports children with a range of physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities. We offer an inclusive curriculum that is responsive to the needs of every child. Each child has a One Plan developed in collaboration with families and other support agencies. Our staff work closely with external service providers to ensure learning opportunities and programs achieve the best outcomes for each child.
Enrolments in the Disability Unit are determined through the Department for Education special option process. South Downs Primary School does not have the authority to enrol students in the Disability Unit as enrolments are offered externally by DfE Student Support Services.
Year 5 and 6 Community Service
At South Downs Primary School, our Year 5 and 6 students can nominate to complete community service to build on their leadership skills and develop skills including responsibility, care and compassion.
They can volunteer in the following areas:
- Breakfast Club – helping each morning prepare food for students requiring breakfast
- Library – assisting our librarian in organising and returning books
- Gardening – supporting in our school garden with watering and maintaining the garden beds
- Sport equipment hire – lending equipment at play breaks and being responsible for its return
- ProLo – learning to use an alternative communication device before working collaboratively with students in the Disability Unit to support their communication needs.
Accelerated Reader Program
Each term, students are assessed using an online learning platform to measure their current reading abilities. Based on their results, they are then assigned an Accelerated Reader (AR) level and suggested books that will challenge and stretch them appropriately to continue building their reading and comprehension skills.
The more complex a book, the more points a student receives. Awards are presented to students who have shown continual dedication to growing their reading ability.
South Downs Primary School is building its sporting programs, focusing on volleyball, soccer and basketball. Students not only learn to play these sports in Physical Education lessons, but can join extracurricular teams and participate in additional trainings.
Daily Breakfast Club is available to all students in the Canteen from 8:30am to 8:50am. Our Aboriginal Community Education Officer and senior leaders run the initiative with help from community volunteers and our Year 5 and 6 students. Food is provided by Kickstart for Kids.