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The making of Yawarra Community School

Posted on October 14, 2019 at 10:10 PM


Yawarra Community School is $19.5 million school providing vital educational facilities for Dubbo and surrounding areas. It possesses four new state-of-the-art classrooms for up to 40 special needs students from Kindergarten to Year 12.


Under the leadership of Debbie McCreadie, 35 students with special needs currently attend the converted Dubbo West Infants School. Yawarra Community School assists students with disabilities, providing support via personalised learning, specialist services such as speech and occupational therapists and social benefits.


Yawarra Community School’s state-of-the-art facilities cater for up to 40 special needs students from K- 12, and include:

• four learning spaces

• a gym and outdoor areas

• special programs facility

• administration area

• external play facilities and landscaped grounds.


The new school also has areas to support students who require additional physical therapy and care including a gym and special programs facilities. Soon the construction of a new hydrotherapy pool, for school and community use, with adjoining accessible parking will be constructed.


Yawarra Community School is named after the Wiradjuri word for “care” or “to take care or watch”, a fitting name for the facility, which will meet the needs of a wide range of students from Dubbo and surrounding communities.


Technologically, Yawarra Community School is determined to provide individualised learning experiences by using assistive technologies that are designed to be used by students to perform tasks that might otherwise be difficult or impossible such as switches and aids. These technologies are available for students to access in and outside of the classroom.


Yawarra Community School has utilised the Foundations.T4L team to assist with the development of customisable switches and tools that will benefit their students. They have also worked with staff to develop their ICT skills and learning trajectories so that they can create unique learning experiences for their students. The Foundations.T4L’s Digital Classroom Officers have also worked within the classrooms at Yawarra Community School to co-teach and mentor staff in using the latest technologies.

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