Our School - St Morris Unit

 

The St Morris Unit was established in 1994 at Trinity Gardens School to cater for students with severe multiple disabilities.  The Unity is specifically designed with up to date facilities for students to access curriculum as well as provide for their health, wellbeing and personal care.  Situated within a primary school allows for interaction with mainstream and Steiner schooling.

At Trinity Gardens St Morris Unit we recognise the uniqueness of every child by encouraging and nurturing their individual gifts. We believe that every child has the right to be educated to reach their full potential. We will achieve this by providing a stimulating, safe, happy, supportive and inclusive environment to ensure all students have the full benefits of learning, teaching and wellbeing programs.

 

Criteria and Placement Process

The Criteria of placement will be considered for students with complex needs as recommended by the DfE Psychologist. These needs may include severe physical and intellectual disabilities, communication and or other disabilities.

 

Conductive Education

All activities are based on the principles of Conductive Education, building and focusing on independence, using structure, rhythm and a group based, fun holistic approach, with individual components. The conductor works on gross motor development and strengthening through lying, sitting, standing and walking tasks and on specific fine motor goals during the circuit and upper limb activities. Speech, social and self-care development are built into the program using students specific devices while concentrating on individual NEP goals.

 

Community Access

All students have access to the DfE swimming program held at Regency Park, Ladies of Variety events, weekly outings and excursions, such as Semaphore Beach, the Zoo or Botanical Gardens, as well as regular walks to the park and local shopping Centres to buy groceries for the cooking program. We also have our own Sunshine Coach.

 

Facilities

  • Sensory room
  • Fully equipped kitchen, laundry and personal and health facilities
  • Large outdoor play area, including Liberty swing
  • Wheelchair accessible bicycles

The St Morris Unit has two classrooms, a Junior Primary and Upper Primary class, along with three Special Education Teachers and a St Morris Unit Coordinator.

All classrooms, the sensory room, and central learning hub are equipped with the latest assistive technologies, including eye gaze software and interactive smart televisions/ whiteboards. A particular focus is on using Augmentative and Alternative communication systems, including Big Mac switches, PECS and PODD’s.

All students are fully supported by School Support Officers and Health Support Officers via the Access Assistance Program.

Regular visits from support agencies, including Kilparrin (students with sensory impairments), Disability SA, Novita Children’s Services and various other therapists, including Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech Pathologists who offer support for all students.