During the first years of learning at Sunshine SDS, we aim to create and provide a safe and happy environment where students feel valued, praised and encouraged.


In the Primary Years, students are encouraged to explore and make sense of the world around them through real-life experiences. We focus on assisting students to acquire the necessary skills for learning such as communication, phonemic awareness, attending to tasks, developing independence and the appropriate skills required for play and social interactions.


Students, particularly in upper Primary, are encouraged to explore their local community to access and use resources outside the school environment, and become involved with situations that relate to real life, giving them opportunities to make choices and develop interests that may continue into their future. Some students attend our base rooms at local primary schools. These students integrate with their host school and this important program is negotiated at the school level.


The Primary learning centre provides a comprehensive curriculum with a focus on the development of literacy, numeracy, personal and interpersonal skills through the integration of learning technologies guided by the VictorianCurriculum. Students also have access to the specialist programs, which may include Visual Arts, Physical Education, Library, Performing Artsand Dance Therapy.


The Allied Health team, including an Occupational Therapist, Speech Pathologists, Physiotherapist and Allied Health assistants work alongside teachers to establish appropriate individual and classroom goals, and create a classroom program that is embedded in the Teaching and Learning program to enhance student’s fine and gross motor development, independence and communication.


For more information on the programs offered at Sunshine SDS, please contact Tania Robertson, Primary Learning Centre Leader.