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Senior school

Darling Point Special School is structured around the three learning phases to maximise learning opportunities for students and to promote teaching that reflects evidence-based research about the ways that children of different ages learn best. Students studying in the senior phase of learning at Darling Point Special School are enrolled in years 10 to 12 and have their educational programs focused around their individual education and training plan and curriculum plan, that latter resulting in the Queensland certificate of individual achievement, when the student completes year 12. Curriculum in the senior years focuses on developing general capabilities, knowledge and skills so that each student is as well-equipped as possible to transition successfully from school to post-school endeavours. Areas of study include English, literacy, mathematics, numeracy, visual arts, environmental science, health and physical education incorporating mobility and positioning lessons based on conductive education principles, fun, games and sports skills, Asian and pacific studies, adaptive and information technologies, vocation education programs, manual arts, hospitality, as well as community and life skills. These latter areas encompass community based learning with the specific focus of enabling students to generalise knowledge and skills learnt in the classroom to a wide range of contexts.

Teaching in the senior years, as in all learning phases at Darling Point Special School, recognises the importance of multi-modal communication. Auslan is incorporated in all classes and Auslan language mentors and educational interpreters are recruited to support students whose primary mode of communication is Auslan.