Warrnambool SDS - Calendar

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40 Years of Service to the Department of Education

Congratulations to Robert who was recognised for 40 years of service to the Department of Education 22/05/2016 by a presentation made by the Minister of Education (James Merlino).

Volunteering With Conservation Volunteers

Last Wednesday a group of Senior Secondary students assisted Conservation Volunteers with the ongoing maintenance of a shelter belt of indigenous trees planted at the back of the Killarney Camp Ground. Students replaced old tree guards and re staked many trees that needed attention. The weather that morning was calm and sunny and all students enjoyed a great conservation activity in the outdoors. Many thanks to Nick Graesser and his team from Conservation Volunteers for organising the activity.

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Recycled Scarecrow Competition

Well done to all students who participated in the Recycled Scarecrow Competition.  The fabulous Scarecrows, which are on display in the playground, are creative, colourful and have been made with plenty of imagination reusing old materials and bits and pieces that otherwise would have gone in the bin!  WWEB Patrol students will be checking out the scarecrows and awarding Certificates of Participation to each section.

Minister Merlino's Visit

The Minister of Education, James Merlino, formally announced the purchase of the land that will be the future site of our new school.  The land, situated at 189 Wollaston Road, is a wonderful 7 hectare site the goes down to the Merri River.  An existing house will be retained to be used as an Independent Living Skills centre.   We thank the Minister for his personal commitment to this project and now look forward to the planning and building of our wonderful new school.

Variety Club Donation  

The Variety Club has very kindly donated 2 kayaks to the school as part of the their 2016 “Great Ocean Road” Yamaha Variety Jet Trek from Portland to Phillip Island fundraising event.  A group of 50 jet-skiers ‘jet-skied’ from Portland to Warrnambool on Monday morning and then presented the school with 2 lovely brand new kayaks.  Our sports’ captains, Kayla and Luke, both gave a short speech thanking the Variety Club for their very generous donation.   

Kick start each school day

A new program is making breakfast the most important meal of the day for south-west students.
Warrnambool Special Developmental School students are being offered free breakfast each day as part of the state government’s $13.7 million Breakfast Clubs initiative.

Riding for the Disabled

Riding for the Disabled Our Preps started RDA this term. Last week they were measured for their helmets and boots. This week they got to meet and groom the ponies, do a round of tent pegging and deliver the mail to the mail boxes. The riders who did RDA last year rode the ponies today in activities that included “What's the Time Mr Wolf”, tent pegging and delivering the mail to the mail boxes.

Wheel Talk

Mel and Juliette from Disability Sport and Recreation Victoria visited our school to introduce our students to Wheelchair Basketball. Each group was split into two teams and given an hour in the wheelchairs. The students really enjoyed playing Wheelchair Basketball and found it quite taxing on the arms! Disability Sport and Recreation Victoria would like run a small tournament for our senior kids in June, competing against other schools in Warrnambool. We look forward to it!

New Cardio Equipment 

The school has purchased a number of new pieces of Cardio equipment. We have a new treadmill, 3 new stationary bikes and a rowing machine. The treadmill and the bikes replace ageing equipment, but the rowing machine is a new addition to our gym. The students will use this equipment in both PE classes and their Fitness Groups to maintain their fitness!


The students now have access to archery gear which has been well used by our Duke of Edinburgh students. Most students have never tried archery before, so it was great to give them that opportunity. A couple of the students managed to hit the target from about 25 metres away!!!

Principal’s message

Welcome to Warrnambool Special Developmental School.

Warrnambool SDS is an innovative and vibrant school that is highly regarded for its educational programs and highly skilled staff. The school improves outcomes for students through a curriculum that focuses on the learning of academic, technological and social skills. The goal for our students is for each one to reach their highest potential and become responsible, valued, and productive global citizens and life-long learners.

Our School

Warrnambool Special Developmental School is a centre of excellence providing individualised programs for students with an intellectual disability.

The school caters for children aged between 5-18 in a small group environment in line with the Victorian Department of Education Curriculum (The Victorian Essential Learnings). Each student has an Individual Learning Plan.

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Contact Us

Warrnambool Special
Development School

101 Hyland Street
Warrnambool  3280  VIC

Phone:  (03) 55611711
Fax:  (03) 55613306