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South Gippsland Specialist School

About South Gippsland Specialist School

South Gippsland Specialist School is located on the Leongatha Educational Precinct. The school caters for children aged 6 to 18 who have been diagnosed with an intellectual disability.

The school was purpose built and completed in 2009. The school has an indoor heated pool, multipurpose gym, extensive fruit and vegetable gardens, chicken pen, multimedia room, generous sized classrooms and a caf้ style kitchen that has doors that can be opened up into the courtyard for celebrations.

The school also employs a Speech Pathologist Occupational Therapist, Music Therapist and a Social Worker who work with all students and their families. Student to staff ratios are kept small so that students receive the support that they need to complete tasks.

Students are encouraged to reach their full potential in a safe learning environment that fosters positive community relationships.

Excellent Curriculum

South Gippsland Specialist School provides a diverse and engaging curriculum that incorporates the AUSVELS

Where possible, students are encouraged to gain School Based Apprenticeships and we have close access to Federation University and Community College Gippsland allowing a range of Vocational Training opportunities.
Senior Students also have the opportunity to access the wschools new Trade Skills Centre. The school runs and extensive work experience program for senior students.

Exciting School Programs

South Gippsland Specialist School offers rich and varied School Programs, including:

• Fundamental Motor Skills
• Physical Education
• Swimming
• P.M.P : Perceptual Motor Program
• Traffic Safety Education
• Health Education
• Recreational Sport in the Community
• Pastoral care
• Social Skills
• Values Education
• Individual Learning Plans
• Career Planning
• Transition
• Duke of Edinburgh
• Camps
• Community Access
• Sailability
• Visual arts
• Drama - Performing Arts
• Music
• Language Intervention
• Literacy
• Communication
• Circle Time
• Assemblies
• Cultural Studies
• Numeracy
• Budgeting
• Communication
• Speech – P.E.C.S. and augmentative communication
• Food & Technology : Kitchen / Garden Program
• Fine Motor Skills
• Sensory Room
• Sensory Play
• Woodwork
• Interactive Whiteboards
• Computer Technology

What Is School Wide Positive Behaviour Support?

South Gippsland Specialist School began implementing SWPBS in 2012 with the purpose of establishing, a safe, supportive and positive learning environment.

SWPBS involves the establishment of a continuum of behavior support that considers all students and emphasises prevention. It is a proactive approach and focuses on teaching all students agreed expected behaviours and pro-social skills rather than just reacting to inappropriate behavior.

In addition, a small number of students will require highly individualized and intensive interventions. These interventions are:
• Function based
• Person centered
• Utilise strengths and aims to teach student skills
• Continuously evaluated and enhanced
• Linked to the SWPBS approach

The primary prevention aspect pf SWPBS consists of rules, routines and physical arrangements that are developed and taught by school staff to encourage appropriate behavior.

At SGSS, the school community developed three simple expected behaviours:


Together We Grow

South Gippsland Specialist School

13 Horn Street
Leongatha, VIC 3953
Phone: 03 5662 4496
Fax: 03 5662 5873


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Key Details:

  • Type: Government
  • Level: Combined
  • Gender: Coed
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Special Needs: Intellectual Disabilities


Please contact the school to find out about our wonderful teachers and facilities and arrange a tour of the school.
03 5662 4496
Contacts – South Gippsland Specialist School


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