The Learning Centre
The Learning Centre, at South Otago High School, is situated in the Main Block. It provides specialised learning environments, equipment or materials to support young people with special needs. It is a warm and safe place where students can socialise with friends as well as learn the functional life skills that are so important to their future participation in society.
The staff and teacher aides provide extra help, adapted programmes and one on one assistance, to help students participate in regular classroom settings. Teacher aides also provide reader/writer assistance in assessments and examinations.
Students are encouraged and supported in a range of extra-curricular activities, such as: Special Olympics athletics, swimming and ten pin bowling. They also participate in their year level Outdoor Education activities, with appropriate support.
Our basic goal is to help prepare students to handle the rights and responsibilities of adult life, and to help individuals develop the interdependence necessary to maintain a high quality of life.
Our basic belief is that all students are capable of learning. All students have a right to a relevant education and to assistance to meet their particular needs alongside their peers, within a high school environment.
Central to this belief are the following assumptions:
- Every student can learn
- Everyone in our society has the right to be the most she or he can be.
- Everyone in our society has the right to be treated with dignity, as a valued member of our community.
Teacher in Charge:
Teachers of SPEC, Literacy & Numeracy
- Mr J Elliotte
- Mr B Munro
- Carol Beattie
- Cherie Crutchley
- Rosanne Durham
- Toni Kitto
- Judy Nicol
- Michelle Pirie
- Katrina Pudney
- Susan Richardson