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|Max. number of students per class||
|Language support for students not fluent in English||
|Use of technology in the classroom||
Students of all ages at MSIS within the school, work with information technology that will support and enhance their learning. Interactive Whiteboards, iPads and touch tables augment student engagement with learning while staff employ appropriate use of information technologies and the associated software in order to assist in the achievement of students’ individual learning goals.
|Deadline for registration (new academic year)||
|Students can join after academic year begins||
|Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs||
MSIS is a school for students with special needs.
|School start time||
Full day: 8:30 am
|School finish time||
Full day: 3:00 pm
|Sports activities included||
Physical education is taught from early years to the transition years. In the early years, students learn such skills as turn taking, comprehending and following instructions through games. Through the able assistance of the school physiotherapist the children have the opportunity to learn and practice basic stretches and exercises.
|Sports facilities at the school||
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school||
Melbourne Specialist International School is a school for students with special needs. MSIS prides itself in being inclusive. Students who come to MSIS have found it difficult to adapt to the educational and social demands of mainstream facilities. Some have unidentifiable learning disorders. MSIS develops its student’s individual capabilities through the delivery of a Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Programme. MSIS uses the disciplines of Dance, Music, Art and Drama as the tool to teach students functional Numeracy, Literacy and Independent Living Skills.
7 years – foundation years year one
10 years pathways – year four
|Teaching approach of the school||
The student programs at MSIS are influenced and informed by a range of professionals. Classroom Teachers, Specialists Teachers in the area of Dance, Music, Art and Drama work with Therapists within a shared co-teaching environment. That is, the therapists work in the classroom to demonstrate and teach staff how to use appropriate therapy approaches with your children. This enables professional skills and knowledge to be imparted to the class teacher. The teacher is then able to utilise therapy strategies consistently throughout the day and week to meet the individual needs of all the students in their classes.
Students access the input of this range of disciplines based on their priority needs. These priorities may change at different points of a student’s life and circumstance. Each students’ progress, priorities, needs, and services are reviewed at the Students Support Group (SSG) meeting twice per year.
MSIS places a major emphasis on the teaching and learning environment which exists both within and outside the classroom environment.