Principal's Message

Lorna Fenech

In these uncertain times, I want to acknowledge the anxieties around COVID 19 that face all of us. At Adelaide West we have increased the cleaning schedule, made classrooms for staff and students only and requested that no therapists or other visitors interact with students. We will continue to follow guidance from the department and SA Health arond ensuring that our school enviornment remains as safe and healthy as possible. In Term 2 2020 the school will be open for some studnets but many fmailies have chosen to follow a Learning at Home model i order to reduce the risk of infection. Teahcers will be supporting learning for all of our students, whatever mode of learnig they follow.

As principal of Adelaide West Special Education Centre I am proud to lead a group of dedicated educators who value all of our students, recognising their individual strengths and needs, believing in their ability to learn and providing them with quality teaching and learning opportunities. Each student has their own One Plan with individual goals planned by teachers in collaboration with parents. Our students all work within the requirements of the Australian Curriculum or modified SACE, with adjustments as required to enable them to meet their own individual goals whilst having a broad and varied range of curriculum experiences. Recognition of our work was reflected in our 2018 External School Review report which said that the school  “ to be commended for their tireless commitment to excellence.”

All of the students who attend the Taperoo Campus have complex communication needs and require support in order to develop functional communication. I am a passionate advocate for communication for our students. The ability to communicate effectively is one of the fundamental joys and needs of being a human being. Without a functional communication system, people are not only deprived of these but are also exposed to greater risks of abuse and failing to meet their potential than those who can communicate. As a school specialising in the education of students with complex communication needs we support all of our students to develop more effective and efficient means of communication. Students use a range of augmentative and alternative communication systems including; PODD books, Proloquo2Go and Eye Gaze systems.

Adelaide West Special Education Centre is accredited as a Movement Opportunities via Education (MOVE) model site and about 40% of our student population are part of the MOVE program. In close consultation with families, this program provides students with significant physical disabilities with opportunities to practice the fundamental movement skills of sitting, standing, walking or transition. Our 2018 MOVE re-accreditation report stated that; Adelaide West certainly deserves the distinction of being a MOVE Model Site. Everything I saw was exceptional.”

I am honoured to be the Principal of this school and would be happy to provide further information about our programs so please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.

Lorna Fenech