We currently have four Intermediate satellite classes, two at Green Bay School, two at Avondale Intermediate School as well as classes at our Base School site.
The Base School has large classroom spaces, specially equipped care facilities and plenty of enclosed outdoor space for students to use independently and safely. There are also a number of shared spaces and facilities to meet student need, including a music therapy space, a sensory room, teaching kitchen and a large multi-purpose area that can be used for larger group activities and celebrations.
Students are grouped according to their learning needs and age where possible, and class sizes are kept small, with between six and eight students per class. All classes are staffed well, with an experienced teacher leading the learning, supported by at least two teacher aides.
We are very fortunate to be very much included in the communities of our host schools, with students joining in events, such as sports day and assemblies. Some students also have opportunities to join mainstream classes and socialise at break times. Our students also have access to host school facilities, including the libraries, pools and adventure areas.
Students at the Base School are included in all Oaklynn has to offer, as well as learning opportunities within our local community, for example swimming and the use of other community facilities.
All our students have an individual education plan, which addresses their individual learning goals. Oaklynn Intermediate and senior students also follow the SPEC programme, with students participating in TRUMP or HEADWAY modules to facilitate their learning. SPEC is an NZ designed supported learning course that enables all students to access the NZ curriculum at whatever level they are working at.
Students either follow the SPEC ‘TRUMP’ programme, which covers the Key Competencies, by providing learning opportunities in over eight curriculum areas, or SPEC ‘Headway’, which includes modules from areas including Environment, Life Skills, Leisure, Vocational, and Sensory modules.
All students are provided with a balanced curriculum, with Specialist teachers supporting class programmes and activities.