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Special education services

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Special education services enables all students with disability to participate in the curriculum on the same basis as their peers through rigorous, meaningful and dignified learning programs.

The special education services department caters for the needs of students with specific educational needs in a proactive way through case management, in-class support, and the design of learning and assessment programs that build on students’ interests and strengths, and address their cognitive, emotional, physical, and social needs.

Tutorials

Students are welcome to access the school’s homework program and subject department tutorial sessions.

Subjects offered

The Senior Subject Book (PDF, 4.1MB) provides information on subjects offered in Year 11 and 12 for 2019, and describes the required prerequisites.

The Year 10 Subject Book (PDF, 3.5MB) provides information on subjects offered in Year 10 during the transition year (2019) to the new Queensland syllabus.

The Junior Subject Book (PDF, 3.4MB) provides information on subjects offered in Year 9 during the transition year (2019) to the new Queensland syllabus.

Activities and competitions

All students with a disability are invited to attend the Challenge Games each year in Term 3. The purpose of the Challenge Games is to provide two days of fun, friendship and participation in a range of sport and fun activities for school students who have a disability. These activities include running, jumping, throwing and team events plus many other fun/novelty activities. Whilst the aspect of fun and participation remain the focus of the games, it will also allow for the identification of students who may be interested in competing at further school, regional or state level in formal track and field events.

More information can be found in school newsletters.

Senior pathway options for students with a disability

Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)

The QCE is Queensland's senior school qualification, which is awarded to eligible students usually at the end of Year 12. The QCE recognises broad learning options and offers flexibility in what, where and when learning occurs.

Students with disability on the QCE Pathway at Kirwan High undertake their learning in mainstream classes either on the ATAR or VET pathway and receive support from special education teachers and educational support officers.

Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement

The Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA) recognises the achievements of students who are on individualised learning programs. The certificate is an official record that students have completed at least 12 years of education, and provides students with a summary of their skills and knowledge that they can present to employers and training providers.

Students with disability on the QCIA pathway at Kirwan High access their core learning through the Special Education Services Department, supplemented with certificate courses undertaken through the school’s vocational education and training program.

QCIA Handbook

This handbook provides detailed information on all aspects of the QCIA, with sections on eligibility, certificate inclusions, curriculum plans, quality assurance, statements of achievement, statements of participation and important dates.

The QCIA Handbook (PDF, 298KB)

Brochure and FAQ

The QCIA brochure provides general information and answers some frequently asked questions.

QCIA brochure and frequently asked questions (PDF, 1.1MB)

Sample certificate

This sample is an example of the final document that the student receives.

QCIA sample certificate (PDF, 209.7 KB)

Contact details

Contact details for the Heads of Departments are listed under the contact us page.

Year levelSubjects offered
Years 7 and 8
  • Special Education Literate Practices (Year 7)
  • Special Education Extra Numeracy Practices (Year 7)
  • Supported English program
  • Supported Health and Physical Education
  • Supported Humanities program
  • Supported Mathematics program
  • Supported Science program
Years 9 and 10
  • Supported English program
  • Supported Health and Physical Education (Year 9)
  • Supported Humanities program
  • Supported Mathematics program
  • Supported Science program
  • Supported study (Year 10)
Years 11 and 12

QCIA pathway

  • Special Education Life Skills
  • Special Education IT and Digital Competency
  • Supported Literacy program
  • Supported Numeracy program
  • Supported study
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Last reviewed 21 December 2018
Last updated 21 December 2018