About Our School

Welcome to the Naranga School website.  We know how hard it is to find the right school for your child, and we have designed this website to give you as much information as possible about who we are, how we work, and what your child – and you – will gain by being a member of our school community.

 

Naranga is a specialist school which caters for the specific needs of children aged between 5 and 18 who have an intellectual disability. As a select-entry school, there are specific requirements that determine your child’s eligibility. You can find more information about our entry criteria here .

The decision to send your child to a specialist school is a very important one, and it can be a difficult time. You need to know as much as you can about the school and what is offered so that you are making an informed choice. A visit to our school allows you to see us at work, ask questions, and discuss your child’s particular needs. We recommend that you call our enrolment staff to make a time for a personal tour.

As a government school, we follow the Victorian Curriculum. Every student has an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) which is linked to the Vic Curriculum, and is collaboratively written by parents and teachers. Students also contribute to their ILP, writing and evaluating three self-written goals in the areas of literacy, numeracy and personal. Students participate in all aspects of the curriculum.

There are many benefits to being enrolled in a specialist school when you have a mild intellectual disability. At Naranga our classes are smaller, the teachers are highly trained, we use research-based programs that are structured and monitored, specialists teachers provide enhancement learning, education support staff are deployed across the school, and therapy staff provide intensive interventions as required.

We employ positive psychology across the school, using restorative practices, school-wide positive behaviour supports and team teach. The positive approach values the individual, and students know that they will be listened to. The school expectations are clear and used as a teaching tool to help all students to understand their rights and responsibilities.

Lunchtime programs offer students a variety of extra-curricular opportunities ranging from Karaoke Club, art classes, choir and Running Club. The Wellbeing Room is open at recess and lunchtime for students who like playing table-top games, computers and air hockey. Students are encouraged to participate in these activities which are designed to develop their ability to work and play in shared activities that promote communication, co-operation and leadership.

The Strategic Plan is designed to ensure that students at Naranga receive the best education, that their specific needs are individually addressed, and that they are prepared throughout their schooling to become capable, confident and independent participants in their local community. This is our Vision:

Naranga School provides educational programs that are engaging and meaningful in a structured, safe and supportive learning environment so that students develop the knowledge and skills that equip them to be independent and able to make a valuable contribution to society. This is reflected in our school motto:  Learning for Life.