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Latrobe Special Developmental School provides a comprehensive curriculum for students with intellectual and associated disabilities between the ages of 4.8 and 18 years who reside in Latrobe City. The School provides a specialised and challenging curriculum in a supportive environment that promotes personal independence and a valued lifestyle.
Teaching and learning takes place in spacious, well-equipped rooms surrounded by well established and attractive gardens, specialised playing and outdoor eating areas. The School has multi sensory rooms and sensory garden; Hydro therapy spa; Shaded areas with modern playground equipment and a purpose built bike track. The school is also in the process of constructing a multi- purpose building on site.
Communication with Latrobe SDS
Student Diaries are supplied to each student. These are an important communication tool for families and school. They are used daily to communicate messages between School and Home. (Notes or letters may also be used.)
Principal and Teachers are available for discussion by phone. It is preferable for teachers to talk to parents between 8.45 a.m. and 9.00 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. and 3.45 p.m. (with the exception of Tuesday and Wednesday nights). During class times it is not always appropriate for your child's teacher to speak with you.
Absence notes are required for student absences and we request that all parents complete the pro forma supplied in the back of your child's diary.
Our school newsletter is produced weekly containing information, unit reports etc. Further information may be obtained from the Office.
Formal Parent/Teacher reporting is held twice yearly, usually incorporated in a Student Support Group meeting. A written student progress report is sent home mid year and a recommendations report is sent home in December for the following year.
Our Annual Report to the School community is published annually and is made available to parents by request or you can download a copy from the website.
Change of Address/Emergency Contacts
It is imperative that we can contact you in case of emergency. Please notify the school if you change your address, phone number or the person/s who will care for your child in emergency.
You will automatically be asked to upgrade this emergency information at the beginning of each school year.
Further information on this procedure is given in the Privacy Notice
Students are not able to leave without parental permission and must be signed out via the office.
Parent comments regarding their child's education at Latrobe SDS
"I am very pleased with my daughter’s progress since being at Latrobe Special Developmental School. I am also finding life a lot less stressful as I know she is getting all the help she needs at school e.g. Speech and Occupational Therapy. The teachers are great at keeping me informed and are even willing to teach me a few extra strategies."
"I would like to say LSDS have been perfect for my son at school. He never used to talk and now he is saying at least 3 sentences which I think is just perfect. They have terrific teachers and the equipment to do everything with him."
"My child is very well looked after at school and the teachers are friendly and approachable."
"Staff are fantastic, dedicated, caring and professional. They are always approachable and I feel they are developing strong partnership in my child’s ongoing education."