It is a pleasure to introduce you to our school. Sunshine Special Developmental School (SDS) caters for children with complex needs (moderate to severe intellectual disability) and has a current enrolment of 170 students.
I am truly passionate about the education of children, young people and adults and see myself as a facilitator of learning. I have a fundamental belief that all students can and will learn when immersed in educational environments that are student centered, have a strong focus on learning, respect individual difference, abilities, nurture curiosity and risk taking.
Leadership is a journey that I share with my school community as we stand together with a collective vision of, excellence in education for every student, every day without exception.
Sunshine SDS is committed to assisting our students to be the best they can be in all that they do. Students are at the centre of all learning and we strive to ensure that they have the best facilities, resources, teachers and education support staff to enable them to learn and grow into responsible and active citizens.
The staff members of the school are committed, experienced and well qualified to ensure that each student’s educational program is tailored to their individual needs and students are actively engaged in learning. Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) are developed in partnership with parents/guardians and provide the direction for the educational program offered and the platform to monitor the progress of the student against the learning goals established.
The school has a one to one iPad program to enable students to have greater independence in their learning, increased ability to communicate with others and to engage in a classroom environment that can be tailored to their individual needs as a learner. The school is committed to the communication application Proloquo2go and pragmatic organisation dynamic display (PODD).
We welcome parent involvement in our school to ensure that our students have access to all the supports they require in their learning. Our positive culture and sense of community ensures strong relationships are developed with parents, families and the broader community. Learning occurs through a cohesive partnership including all members of the team around the learner.
If you have any questions or concerns my door is always open so please make sure you contact me on 03 9311 4804 or feel free to email me.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader” - John Quincy Adams
Nicole Edwardes, Principal