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A message from our Principal

I would like to extend a very warm welcome to Aspect Riverina. Organisationally we have a range of services to support people on the spectrum and their families. To do this as successfully as we do we have structured our approach using the Aspect Comprehensive Approach which draws on eight elements which work in unison with the person at the centre. Ensuring that we have our focus clearly articulated from the point of view of the individual we have incorporated the Autism initiatives (UK’s) Five point Star – Thinking, Communication, Expectation, Motivation and Sensory.

While the School has many strengths, Aspect’s most tangible strength is its supportive community. Our staff are totally committed to establishing and nurturing genuine relationships with our students and their families. Parents are always welcome at the school and it provides a rich network of support to the school and one another.

At Aspect, we continually work to improve our services, programs and approaches to supporting people on the autism spectrum and their families by applying the latest knowledge and evidence available and evaluating our services and programs for best practice.

At Aspect Riverina, our young people are our focus. We value the part we have to play in your child’s journey to adulthood and thank you for allowing us the privilege to share it with you.

Bruce Rowles

Executive Principal

The Aspect Riverina School

The Aspect Riverina School is the eighth school established by Aspect. Our school began in 2005 with 12 students in satellite classes at St Patrick’s Primary School Albury, and Sturt Primary School Wagga. We currently have 64 students from Kinder through to Year 12 at the Albury Campus, 22 students at the Wagga Wagga sites, 15 at St Patricks Satellite Class, four at Yenda and a further 10 at Xavier Catholic High School Satellite Class.

Our campuses and satellite classes

A student sits in the playground tunnel
JUNIOR SCHOOL Students in the Junior School at our Main site are from Year 1 to Year 4. The individual needs of each student continues to be the focus of Individual Planning and class sizes along with the educational focus is strongly supporting their social and emotional development, communication needs based around their strengths. MIDDLE SCHOOL Student in the Middle are from Year 5 – Year 10. The emerging adolescent identified on the spectrum is a key focus for understanding of the Middle School. Growing greater independence is key and building the understanding of a pathway to post school options that can include further education and employment assist all stakeholders, students and families/carers, to prepare. Curriculum is responsive to these identified goals.
Students sit on the playground apparatus for a picture!
Based in Albury North, our Kindergarten program is designed to provide a safe and supportive environment for our young people commencing in the first formal year of schooling. Families and their young people are provided that intensive level of support to focus on their strengths, identify the tools to support their engagement while building on their social and communicative individual needs.
Students push them self on a trolley around the playground
This primary satellite unit is hosted in the former St Therese’s Catholic Primary School site. This lovely setting is 10 minutes from Griffith.
Students climb over the playground apparatus
This primary satellite unit hosted by the St Patricks Catholic Primary School has two classes. The students are Year 1 to Year 6. We have developed this highly successful autism specific satellite class model to cater for our students who may benefit from the transition to mainstream education. The type of placement we offer our students is directly related to their individual skill development and support needs.
A student plays with an oversized abacus in the playground
Our high school satellite unit caters for students from year 7 to year 10. Those students participating in the Stage 5 (Years 9 - 10) curriculum will link with the main campus in Olive Street to optimise curriculum opportunities.
Students interact with eachother in the garden
This primary satellite unit is hosted by Sacred Heart Catholic Primary school in Wagga Wagga. Students range from Kindergarten to Year 6.

Learn about the Aspect Riverina School

Curriculum

Aspect Riverina is registered and accredited by the New South Wales Education Standards Authority. The NSW curriculum is followed. Students are involved in a range of compulsory subjects complemented by electives through their junior and senior schooling. Each student will have an individualised program with relevant adjustments made to ensure positive learning opportunities. We utilise community based activities to assist students to generalise their learning experiences and the impact of their autism.

Technology

Our school uses technology in a range of ways to complement classroom learning. As with all components of our program this is individualised to the needs of students. We monitor very closely its use to ensure it is not the only means of delivering a program.

Positive Behaviour Support

The Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) approach is used to support our students to regulate their behaviour. PBS understands that challenging behaviour occurs for a reason, and is communicating important information about what the individual needs, wants and how to support them. It is likely that the demands of the student's situation exceed their ability to cope positively. We focus on students’ strengths and special interests to motivate learning and celebrate the diversity and talents of our students.

School Tours

School tours are held on Wednesday (Albury) and Thursday (Wagga Wagga) of Week Three of each term at 11:00am. Please contact 0260573777 to book your place.

School Transport

For students who reside in NSW, families may be eligible for Transport Assistance for Students with Disabilities. The link is

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Aspect Comprehensive Approach

The Aspect Comprehensive Approach supports all areas of the child's development. With the support of their family and the child, teachers and professionals develop individual plans (IP). The IP highlights the learning style, techniques and supports most appropriate to the needs of the child and provides a positive learning environment that focuses on their strengths or interests.

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