Oaklynn School is a network of facilities linked by the Base School in New Lynn, with the Base School being the administrative centre of the school. There are some classes on-site and a number of satellite classes located at mainstream schools in the immediate area – these classes are also part of the school organisation.
For educational purposes the school is divided into a Junior and Senior Syndicate, each headed by a Deputy Principal.
The Satellite class system enables our students to have the best of both worlds.
A satellite class is a class that belongs to a special school but is located in a nearby ‘mainstream’ school. Oaklynn currently has 16 satellite classes at local primary schools, an intermediate and a secondary school, and also a tertiary unit in the local community.
They can be included as much as possible in regular school life as well as having the skilled support of the special school network. Although they are based in the satellite classroom, the students can participate in mainstream classes and activities for part of the day, usually accompanied by a teacher or teacher aide. Often students from mainstream classes will join the satellite class; a process we call ‘reverse integration’.
One of the important things is that the host school children get to know our children as people in their own right and this helps them to understand that the more we are different, the more we are the same.
We have a close, supportive relationship with our host schools, and our satellite staff and students are accepted and welcomed into the life of the host schools.