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Tūrangawaewae Department

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 Activities

  • 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).

Cultural Activities

  • 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

Key Competencies

We provide numerous opportunities for students to develop the New Zealand Curriculum key competencies:

  • Managing Self
  • Relating to Others
  • Participating and Contributing
  • Thinking
  • 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.

Pastoral Care

  • 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).
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