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Harold Mitchell Centre

About the Harold Mitchell Centre at Mount Barker High School

The Harold Mitchell Centre provides high-quality education for students in Years 8 to 12 who have a verified intellectual disability and other additional needs.  Entry into HMC is through a panel process managed by the Department for Education’s Mount Barker Regional Office.  We have the capacity for 28 students across three classes led by experienced teachers and SSOs. 

OUR PHILOSOPHY
All students are supported to develop their independence and life skills to further their post-school option and capacities to be successful participants in the community. 

CURRICULUM
In HMC, students are immersed in the Australian Curriculum, which is used as a guide for teachers to create focussed individual One Plan goals for each student in their class.  These goals are designed within the general capabilities of the curriculum and include areas such as Literacy, Numeracy, Personal and Social and Critical and Creative Thinking goals.  One Plan goals are set in conjunction with parents and carers in Term 1 of each school year and reviewed in Term 3.  Assessment and reporting is based on student progression towards these personalised specific learning goals.  Our senior secondary students, (Years 10 to 12) additionally complete work towards attaining their modified SACE, (South Australian Certificate of Education), by the time they finish Year 12.  They all complete a modified SACE curriculum which is individualised and appropriate for each student. This curriculum is discussed at One Plan meetings with parents/carers, and modified SACE goals are developed. Teachers use a variety of assessment tasks to provide evidence against what is reported in this report such as teacher observation, photos, student work and checklists.  In addition to the general capabilities and modified SACE curriculum taught in each classroom, teachers use a variety of work from the Learning Areas in the Australian curriculum document.  These areas include English, Mathematics, Science, HASS (Humanities and Social Sciences), The Arts, Technologies, Health and P.E.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Our students participate in various opportunities around the local and wider community.  These include ·        

  • Events organised by Ladies of Variety ·        
  • Reclink ·        
  • Bedford ·        
  • Lincoln Park Horse and Human Rehabilitation Centre