Wairau Valley Special School has its base school on Hillside Road in Glenfield where approximately 50% of our students attend each day. The other 50% while enrolled at our school are in a satellite class in other local schools that we have a close relationship with. A satellite class is a class that belongs to a special school but is located in a nearby ‘mainstream’ school or host school.
Wairau Valley Special School currently has 11 satellite classes at local primary schools, an intermediate and a secondary school, and also a tertiary unit at 1/29 Northcroft Street in Takapuna.
They are included as much as possible in regular school life as well as having the wonderful support of the special school staff and expertise. Sometimes students will participate in a mainstream class supported by either one of our teachers or teacher aides. Often classes will have a buddy class from the mainstream schools they work closely with or a mainstream class may join the satellite class in their room and share their learning (reverse integration).
There are many benefits for our students who are in satellite classes and for host school children it is also a way for them to get to know our students. This helps them to understand that yes our students are different but they are also young people with a lot of talents and strengths they can share. We appreciate the support we get from our host schools and value the on-going relationship we have with them.