News and Events
11 October 2018
High School Approved for The Sycamore School
The Sycamore School opened in 2017, and currently provides primary school education (Prep to Year 6) for young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The school recently received approval from the Non-State Schools Accreditation Board to expand into High School education from next year. In 2019, Sycamore will provide educational pathways for students with autism in Years 7 to 8. The year 2020 will see Year 9 introduced, followed by Year 10 in 2021.
Based on the TAFE campus at Alexandra Hills, The Sycamore school delivers educational opportunities for students on the autism spectrum through a full-time autism-friendly program aligned to the Australian Curriculum. Founder and CEO, Cindy Corrie says, “the high school will provide an opportunity for students to engage with a program that supports academic development and addresses the lifelong hurdles that people with autism face. We are excited to provide a pathway that will support our students and improve their opportunities later in life”.
Principal, Ronwyn Collier says, “This is wonderful news for many of our parents and young people in our community. This process has taken many months of hard work by several of our staff and we are very thankful for this positive outcome. We are all looking forward to another new chapter in The Sycamore story!”
To express interest in enrolment at The Sycamore School, please complete the Expressions of Interest form online at www.thesycamoreschool.qld.edu.au/enrolments
24 November 2017
Winner's of the Annual Christmas Fundraising Raffle
Congratulations to the winners of our Raffle!
1st Prize - D.Evans, 2nd Prize - A.Mullen, 3rd Prize - G.Haldane, 4th Prize - Z.Weir and 5th Prize - J.Vines!
13 November 2017
Annual Christmas Fundraising Raffle
This Monday 13th, Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th November, we are at Alexandra Hills Shopping Centre (outside Woolworths) selling RAFFLE TICKETS for our Annual Christmas Fundraising Raffle. There are some really great prizes to be won! If you are in the area, please pop down, say hi to our volunteers, and purchase a ticket to be in the draw. There are 5 amazing prize packs to be won! A list of what is included in each of the prize packs is on the back of this letter. Ticket prices are: $2 each, 3 for $5, 10 for $15, 25 for $25.
The ticket draw will be held on Friday 24th November. Winners will be advised via a phone call and will also have their first initial, surname and suburb published on the 'News and Events' page of our website. Winners must collect their prizes from the school the following week, Monday-Friday between the hours of 9am and 3pm. Thank you to those who have volunteered their time seeking prizes, assembling the prize packs, and manning the stall at the shopping centre, and good luck to those purchasing tickets!
If you are unable to get down to the Alexandra Hills Shopping Centre, but would like to purchase tickets... We also have Raffle Tickets available to purchase via our Donate page of this website.
28 September 2017
'Learning Through a Spectrum of Play' - a collaborative outdoor classroom and playground concept designed by our community.
Earlier this year, parents, staff and young people worked collaboratively with our Landscape Architect (Sharon Bell from Design Instincts Landscapes) to develop the Master Plan for our outdoor classroom and playground.
The Master Plan focuses on nurturing the needs of young people living with ASD and will be an integral tool for therapy and education support, and a space to find peace by connecting with nature. This specialised playground and outdoor classrooms spaces combine learning and play in tactile and energized spaces, and includes sensory focused play spaces designed to embrace fun and friendship and celebration.
Some elements to be incorporated are: Barefoot Sensory Walk - reflexology path, Paths of health – music experience, finger labyrinth, inspired treehouse, vibration and wobble mats, a rainbow tunnel – colourful shade and sun, animals to nurture, an aromatic/sensory garden, water play and mist forest, tracing and rub walls with letters and numbers, group seating capsules and individual pods.
With support from our community we have been lucky to be able to commence Stage 1 of construction this September. Features of the first stage include a cubby house and indoor trampoline.
1 September 2017
Professional Learning Experiences