Special Needs/Te Atawhai

Te Atawhai Unit

Place of Challenge, Care and Support

Te Atawhai is the name given to the Special Unit at Whanganui High School.  Te Atawhai was designed specifically for students with moderate to severe intellectual impairments.  The building, furniture and equipment were funded by the Ministry of Education.  It opened in May 1996.

Te Atawhai provides a secondary school placement for students with an intellectual impairment who require alternative or additional resources to those usually provided in regular education settings.  The guiding philosophy of Te Atawhai is to enable all students to develop their full potential by providing age appropriate, individualised learning opportunities within a safe, caring, challenging and supportive environment.

This is achieved through adapted programmes or learning environments, specialised equipment or materials.  The provision of a multi-sensory curriculum is combined with a physical therapy programme to meet the needs of all students.  Te Atawhai endeavours to ensure the highest standards of achievement through its individualised and developmental programmes.

Te Atawhai is a partnership based on collaboration and consultation between Parents and Caregivers, Students, Ministry and Special Education, Specialists, Local and School Community, and other agencies to meet the needs of all students with special needs.

Social integration and subject mainstreaming are encouraged at Whanganui High School. 

Te Atawhai Staff are:

Wendi Girven, Joan Gill, Hilary Mael, Diana Parnell, Grant McCullough, Emma Paki, Richie Parnell and Dale Sutherland.

 

Te Atawhai ERO Policy

Te Atawhai endeavours to ensure it can provide a challenging, safe and supportive climate that meets the individual educational needs of students with severe to moderate intellectual disabilities.

Rationale

Te Atawhai endeavours to meet the individual and developmental needs of all students through a broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum that provides continuity, progression, entitlement and equivalent curriculum experience.

Purposes

Te Atawhai endeavours to ensure that students with a severe to moderate intellectual disability receive special education when they have been identified as needing alternative or additional resources to those usually provided in regular education settings.

Te Atawhai endeavours to ensure the provision of extra assistance, adapted programmes or learning environments, specialised equipment or materials to support students with severe to moderate intellectual disabilities.

Te Atawhai endeavours to ensure the highest standards of achievement through programmes that will enable students with severe to moderate intellectual disabilities to develop to their full potential.

Te Atawhai endeavours to ensure equality of opportunity for those students with severe to moderate intellectual disabilities by identifying and removing barriers; providing a challenging, safe and supportive environment; and through the acceptance and promotion of the rights of all students.

Te Atawhai endeavours to ensure appropriate advisers, therapists and specialist resources (as required) will be provided.

Te Atawhai endeavours to ensure that open communication and consultation is provided to parents and caregivers to enable them to make sound education choices concerning the appropriate placement of students with severe to moderate intellectual disabilities.

Te Atawhai endeavours to ensure the Special Unit meets the individual and developmental needs of the student by offering an appropriate placement for students with severe to moderate intellectual disabilities and adequate staffing to ensure programme delivery.

Te Atawhai endeavours to ensure it can offer a safe and supportive learning environment to all students by ensuring and maintaining appropriate levels of student to staffing ratios.

Te Atawhai is designed to cater for those students with severe to moderate intellectual disabilities and will meet the student’s educational needs within the Special Unit, regular classroom and transition experiences in the wider community.


Enrolment Policy Guidelines

  1. Te Atawhai is designed to offer assistance to those students with an intellectual disability who have significant difficulties meeting their physical, social, and emotional and self-care needs.  Te Atawhai caters specifically for students requiring a greater degree of adult supervision and support than is usually provided.
  2. Te Atawhai recognises the legal rights and responsibilities of parents to have a choice regarding enrolment in special schools, attached units or regular classes.
  3. Te Atawhai is designed to enable students of secondary school age to have access to the same range of age-appropriate education as other students.  Provision for the student should match the nature of his or her needs.
  4. Te Atawhai is designed to cater for those students readily identified as needing specialised assistance, adapted programmes or learning environments, specialised equipment or materials to support them in a special education setting and the mainstream.
  5.  Te Atawhai is designed to provide specialised educational assistance for those students identified through in-depth assessment as having unique needs.  The enrolment process will be the result of consultation and collaboration between parents and caregivers, the student, Special Education Services, educational specialists, other schools, Te Atawhai and the local community.
  6.  Te Atawhai is designed to offer a multi-cultural, co-educational placement for students with severe to moderate intellectual disabilities.
  7.  Te Atawhai is designed to ensure it can meet the individual needs of all students through appropriate programming, adequate staffing levels and specialised equipment.
  8.  Te Atawhai is designed to ensure it can provide a challenging, safe and caring environment for all students.
  9.  Te Atawhai recognises that all enrolments are submitted to the Principal and that the final decision is at the discretion of the Principal.
  10.  Te Atawhai will endeavour to recognise the early communicated intention and interest of parents and caregivers for enrolment placements.
 

Contact us

C/-Whanganui High School

P.O. Box 4022, Wanganui, New Zealand

Telephone (06) 349-0178  Extn: 8765

Fax: (06) 349-0176

Cellular Phone: 021499110