Secondary School

SYDNEY

The Giant Steps Senior School focuses on delivering our students a wide variety of experiences and new opportunities, while also fostering their independence and wellbeing through adolescence.

Our secondary students access the Life Schools Curriculum.

For years 7-10, students are taught English, Maths, Science, PDHPE, History, LOTE (one language each year), Geography, Technology, Visual Arts and Music. In years 11 and 12, students learn from the Stage 6 Life Skills Curriculum in the subject areas of English, PDHPE, Technology, Work and the Community, Creative Arts and HSIE to receive their HSC.

Teachers and therapists work closely with families to support our students through what can be a tumultuous time for any teen. We focus on our students’ social, emotional and physical development as a key component to their education. Subsequently, our PDHPE curriculum is centred on their Activities of Daily Living (e.g. independence in eating, hygiene, self-care etc) and our Becoming Me program to develop students’ understanding of safety, privacy, and the changes that they go through during adolescence. Our Outdoor Education program supports students to participate in a range of activities, including bushwalking, kayaking, river hiking, bike riding, and overnight hikes, expanding their interests and activities that they can participate in throughout their lives. This emphasis on inclusion and independence is continued with School Camps, with at least one opportunity each year for all students to go on a camp tailored to their needs and interests.

Vocational education is also a key component to the secondary program, aiming to give students different experiences, while also responding to their individual strengths and interests. This program aims to optimise our students’ opportunities in their post school environments through both off- and on-site programs, as well as teaching students the skills, independence and knowledge that they will need into young adulthood and beyond.

Each year, families receive two academic reports pertaining to individual student learning goals. Regular communication is conducted via newsletters, emails, phone calls, photographs and face to face meetings.

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Giant Steps Sydney

Giant Steps Sydney

SYDNEY TEAM
Claire Cherrington

Claire Cherrington

Head of Secondary, Clocktower

Claire completed a Bachelor of Education (Human Movement and Health Education) at the University of Sydney in 2010, and has been teaching at Giant Steps since 2011.

She has completed a range of professional development in curriculum and middle leadership and has a passion for outdoor education opportunities for students with special needs.

During her time at Giant Steps, Claire has planned and supported a number of camps for the Senior students, including an overnight bushwalking camp in 2016.

Claire is currently the joint Head of Secondary, Clocktower and a member of the Student Engagement Support team.

Toby Shi

Toby Shi

Head of Secondary, Clocktower
BAppSc(OT)

Toby holds a Bachelor of Heath Science (Occupational Therapy) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy). Toby has been working at Giant Steps since 2006 and has worked across all the different programs in the school.

He started his career in the secondary program and has returned to it once again as the current joint Head of Secondary, Clocktower.

Toby has a particular interest in developing and promoting activities of daily living skills and assisting students to gain as much independence as possible.

Daniel Snow

Daniel Snow

Head of Secondary, Laneway
BAppSc(OT)

Daniel Snow holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), Honours, and has been working at Giant Steps since 2012.

His special interests include: childhood play and the design of play spaces for children (he coordinated the Sydney Playground Project research at Giant Steps with the University of Sydney). He completed longitudinal training in the Assessment and Analysis of Severe and Challenging Behaviour conducted by the Institute of Applied Behaviour Analysis in 2015.

To support students’ transition into post-school environments, there are extensive vocation education activities.

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