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Senior school

The focus of the senior schooling years at Hervey Bay Special School is the development of independent living and work skills that will equip students to embrace their post school pathway to their fullest potential.  This is achieved through our three curriculum pathways
All students are working towards a Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement that is issued by the Queensland Curriculum Assessment Authority (QCAA), who provide the Guidelines for Individual Learning on which the senior school program is based.
Students are provided with either a variety of work training programs or lifestyle programs that provide them skills useful to their lives post-school.
Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA)
The Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA) recognizes the achievements of students who have participated in highly individualised learning programs. The QCIA is an official record that a student has completed at least 12 years of education. It also summarises the student's knowledge and skills for employers, training organizations or day service providers.
The certificate records the student's achievements in 2 areas:
  • The Statement of Achievement lists the student's knowledge and skills that have been demonstrated across their senior years using the five QCIA curriculum organisers.
  • The Statement of Participation lists the names or titles of activities which the student has undertaken in Years 11 and 12

Senior Education and Training (SET) Plan

In Year 10, the Senior Home Group Teacher will work with the parent/carer and the student to develop a Senior Education and Training (SET) Plan.  This plan is reviewed in years 11 and 12 to help ensure that the subjects and learning goals remain right for the student and that transition planning remains relevant.
What is a SET Plan?
·       A document which students develop in consultation with their parents/carers and their Senior Home Group Teacher, at times the Transition Officer will also be involved.
  • Designed to highlight your child’s individual learning pathway through their Senior Phase of Learning 
  • Requires the student and family to communicate with the Homeroom teacher about the students strengths, learning needs and their thoughts about possible post school pathways for the student
  • Assists stakeholders to identify appropriate programs for the individual student by examining the students current skill sets and what learning they will need to undertake to work towards their future goals  
  • Provides the opportunity to discuss and explore employment/support options available for the student