Rutherford College’s Tūrangawaewae Department provides support for students with special educational needs who have funding from ORS (Ongoing Resource Scheme), ACC or High Health.
Our vision is to:
- Enable students to develop as active and independent members of the community.
- Promote a personalised and meaningful learning programme.
- Teacher or Teacher Aides support students in both mainstream and department programmes either one to one or in small groups.
- Programmes are flexible and adapt to students’ changing needs.
- Physical Education programme within the department or mainstream.
- Special Olympics – including athletics, football, tenpin bowling, basketball and bocce.
- Participation in school athletics, swimming and sports days.
- Hydrotherapy (as required).
- Horse riding (as required).
- Dance, Drama and Music
- School Production
- Ethnic cultural groups e.g. Maori, Samoan, Indian
- Te Kotuku Kapa Haka Group
- Maori and Pasifika celebrations
- International Languages Week
We provide numerous opportunities for students to develop the New Zealand Curriculum key competencies:
- Managing Self
- Relating to Others
- Participating and Contributing
- Using Language, Symbols and Texts.
Individual Educational Programmes
Turangawaewae Department provides:
- Individually tailored learning programmes with in-class support either in the Department or partial/full mainstreaming for subjects in the wider school as appropriate.
- Experienced teachers.
- Our facilities are suitable for students with physical disabilities.
- One-to-one and small group teaching.
- Computers with excellent online educational support programmes or students can also bring their own digital devices.
- Social Skills programmes.
- Work Experience programme.
- Liaison with Transition Providers prior to students leaving school.
- Regular liaison with parents and caregivers.
- Positive Behaviour For Learning (PB4L) linked to student goal-setting and reward programmes.
- Hearing, vision, intellectual and physical needs supported.
- Specialist services – including Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy.
- Health care provided by registered nurse on site.
- Coordination and liaison for hospital appointments.
- Support to access a wide variety of agencies – including CCS, Talklink, Taikura Trust, IDEA, ACC, Spectrum Care, Autistic Association, Wilson Home, Down Association.
- Careers advice to support transition from school.
- Counselling and guidance specialists available.
- Ministry of Education taxi to school (as required).