At Biala Special School we empower students with complex learning disabilities to recognise and optimise their full potential. We celebrate diversity and strive to instil respect, independence and self confidence in every one of our students. We give each child support and encouragement to become his or her own unique self.
The Biala Special School has been operating since 1969, offering independent Special Education for children aged 4 – 18 years.
Biala is a small independent school providing services for people living with intellectually and physical disability, including autism, down syndrome and cerebral palsy.
Our school is located in Ballina, and provides a range of specialist services for students from 4 years through to transition beyond school. The school encompasses the Brunswick Heads, Mullumbimby, Byron Bay, Lismore, Woodburn and Ballina areas.
All students within each classroom work on Individual Educational Programs known as IEPs. They also combine for daily activities such as morning assembly, weekly sport including Bowling and swimming at Ballina Pool. Activities such as hydrotherapy, shopping, cooking, library visits and horse riding are additional weekly activities. These activities are integrated with the Literacy and Numeracy Key Learning Areas and also incorporate into other Key Learning Areas such as HSIE, PDHPE, Science, Art and Music.
Our three classrooms are based on age, needs and ability:
Our Green room has the highest need, non-verbal students. This room revolves around learning basic communication skills with the help of speech therapy, strengthening mind and body through Occupational Therapy and Physio exercises. We also focus on sensory, social skills, fun and enjoyment through daily morning circles, music, art and games.
Our Purple room works predominantly on communication and Language development as well as the K-6 Primary curriculum. The students in this room have varying disabilities and language and communication skills.
Our Blue room consists only of high school students and works with the Years 7-10 Life Skills Curriculum. This room has a range of learning needs and comprehension and all students work on quite considerably varied educational programs. Older students are involved in work experience and a transition program with local employment agencies and Community Participation groups.
Our students participate in a range of regular activities throughout the week, as well as occasional excursions and outings into the community.
Regular activities include:
Over the years, Biala Special School has built good networks with other local NDIS service providers in the Ballina, Lismore, Byron Bay and Casino areas to ensure the best support for our students.
Our older students have access to work experience with local employers in a supportive environment. In the last year of schooling our student’s begin developing their transition plan. This becomes part of the student’s weekly school program and is supported by our teaching staff.
OUR OTHER SERVICES
Biala Support Services provides services for both children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. Biala has under its guidance the following branches:
In providing support to people with a disability we form a partnership with key people to ensure a service is tailored to the needs of the individual.
Biala Getaways is a fantastic program where participants have the opportunity to go away on a holiday. Holidays can be as short as an overnight stay to a 7 night stay.
CHANGE A LIFE TODAY
Would you like to show your support to adults and children with a disability? Get in touch with Biala Support Services.