Senior School

MELBOURNE

In the Senior School, there is an in-depth focus on supporting each students’ journey through adolescence and ensuring that their physical and emotional wellbeing is key at all times.

Trish Karedis

Trish Karedis

Principal

Trish Karedis leads the Melbourne School by drawing on her many years of teaching children with autism at Giant Steps Sydney.

Her experience includes supporting primary and secondary students in both specialised and mainstream education settings. Based on the success of the Giant Steps Sydney model, her vision is to create a school of excellence, catering for the complex needs of students with autism. She draws on her extensive leadership experience at both organisational and instructional levels to establish and expand the school to support more students and families.

Trish is committed to guiding and strengthening the professional collaboration between teachers, therapists and educators within the school. She is passionate about this creative process and its positive impact on student outcomes. She is a strong advocate for students with special needs and is committed to building partnerships to foster inclusion within the wider community. Trish holds a Master of Communication Management, a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Economics (Social Sciences).

We provide an innovative and individualised education and therapy program for each student.

The Giant Steps Senior School teaches across a diverse range of subject areas within the Victorian Curriculum.

Our trans-disciplinary team supports students from Year 7 to Year 10.  Our team of teachers and therapists draw on their expertise to provide an innovative and individualised education and therapy program for each student.  These programs are based on the Victorian Curriculum and incorporate all of the key learning areas.

There is an in-depth focus on supporting students’ journey through adolescence, and ensuring that their physical and emotional wellbeing is key at all times. Subsequently, our curriculum is centred on developing independence in eating, hygiene and self-care. We aim to develop students’ understanding of safety, privacy, and the changes that they go through during adolescence.

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