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School Profile

Merriang Special Developmental School (SDS) is a dual campus school.  The Middle and Later Years Campus is located in Duncan Road, Lalor.  The Early Years Campus is in Gordons Road, South Morang. The Early Years Campus caters for students in the age range Prep to Year 4, the Middle and Later Years Campus caters for students in year 5 to year 12 age groups.

The Principal oversees both campuses, with a senior member of staff responsible for the day to day running of each campus.

Our school caters for the learning and developmental needs of students who have an IQ of 55 and below.  A significant number of the students experience multiple disabilities, particularly Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The current enrolment exceeds 100 with a higher percentage of students in the prep to year 6 age categories.  It is expected that numbers will increase annually as this has been the current trend over the past four years.  The school currently has 60 staff, some of whom are part time.  In addition the school employs the services of a Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist, music teacher and specialist art teachers at each campus. We also have access to a DEECD Educational Psychologist when needed.

The major goal of the school is to educate students to their maximum potential and equip them to be valued, worthwhile members of their community.  In order to achieve this aim, the school provides stimulating and challenging learning opportunities for each student within a responsive and safe environment.

Merriang SDS has a strong commitment to innovation and excellence and has participated in the development of the ABLES project for three years.  Merriang has also worked with SCOPE to develop a new model for teaching speech and communication.  With the significant increase in the number of students with Autism we are developing protocols and strategies to address the sensory needs of our students.  Play Based Learning is a new area of investigation for the school.  We anticipate this program will enable severely autistic students to have the opportunity to connect with staff in a more positive way.  Our school uses the DEECD document Towards Level 1and ABLES as the basis for teaching and learning and curriculum planning.

School Vision
To lead Special Education through exemplary and innovative practice.

School Values
Respect, Dignity and Excellence

School Mission Statement
Merriang SDS will challenge, engage and empower students.  They will achieve their personal best through meaningful educational experiences and a whole school approach based on current research, progressive practices and partnerships with the wider community.

Parents play an important role in the school and staff maintain regular communication with parents as well as encouraging them to be involved in Student Support Group meetings, which determine the educational goals for each child.

Parent participation is also encouraged through the Parents and Friends Group, the Fathers and Friends Group, the Create and Connect Sewing Group and the Fundraising Group.