Duncraig Secondary Education Support Centre (DSESC) has been recognised as an “Education Support Distinctive School” as part of the More Support for Students with Disabilities (MSSD) Expertise Grants.
The Department of Education recognises that we have developed deep knowledge and understanding of the learning and support needs of students with disability.
As a Distinctive School, we will share our expertise with partner schools to build their capacity on transition and ASDAN.
Students at Duncraig SESC are encouraged to develop skills relevant to their individual needs and to take pride in their achievements. They are supported to embrace opportunities to fulfil their educational and personal goals in order to successfully participate in all aspects of their lives and their communities. As a staff we are proud of our school and its students. We strive to respect each other and work collaboratively to make a difference in the lives of our students and their families. Our community acknowledges our students’ potential and actively welcomes them into workplaces to develop skills and confidence for their post school futures.
Duncraig Secondary Education Support Centre
Duncraig Secondary Education Support Centre is co-located with Duncraig Senior High School on a shared school site. Both the Duncraig SESC and the Duncraig SHS are Independent Public Schools. Duncraig SESC has its own Principal and staff and the students are enrolled in the Centre if they meet the eligibility criteria.
The Centre can accept all students who are eligible for an education support placement, as long as places are available, but free transport to the Centre on a school bus will only be provided by the Department of Transport if the Duncraig Secondary Education Support Centre is the closest Centre to the student’s home address.
At Duncraig Secondary Education Support Centre we are committed to providing a relevant and inclusive education program for each student. We want them to be able to achieve their highest potential and to be well prepared to live and work in a rapidly changing and diverse society. Each year brings new rewards and presents new challenges and it is the dedication and enthusiasm of the staff that enables students to achieve their maximum potential. Literacy and numeracy are obviously two of our main areas of focus and we assess all students on our intensive reading program MULTILIT (Making Up Lost Time in Literacy) and then include them in the program if they require that level of tuition.
Pastoral care, friendship groups and protective behaviours are some of the other priority areas, and our success in these areas is demonstrated by the close friendship groups that develop within the Centre and continue after the students leave school.
There are additional programs within the Centre that are available to students to extend and nurture their development across all areas. These include:
- Bush Ranger Cadets
- Certificate I in Leadership
- Community Access
- Community Service
- Enterprise Program
- Information Technology
- You Can Do It Program
Information on all of these programs can be found using the links above or following the link below.
We work conscientiously to prepare students for work and leisure and have a high rate of success with students obtaining work placements in their final school year. Other students begin TAFE courses and continue with them after school too. For the students for whom work will not be an option, we arrange appointments with “Alternatives to Employment” representatives to start the process of applying for funding to support the family after school ends.
We also consider it essential to provide support to parents and guardians to prepare them for when their child leaves school. We provide information sessions with guest speakers from a range of external agencies that will support them after school finishes.