Special Programs

Breakfast Program

Breakfast Program
Our Breakfast Program not only meets the nutritional needs of students, but in sharing this meal together each day—with adult care and supervision—students have the opportunity to settle before classes begin and improve their social skills.

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Paddock to Plate

The John Berne School is currently undertaking a Paddock to Plate program as part of our Living Skills Program. Teachers and students are busy creating a new, enlarged garden area where students will grow specific fresh produce for a "Paddock to Plate" program involving the use of produce to cook and make things such as...

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Immersion Program

The Immersion Program will once again send students to Santa Teresa to immerse them in a culture unlike any that they have ever experienced in order to learn from and share their skills with those in the community.

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Job Ready Program

Since opening its doors in 1998, The John Berne School has provided extensive support to its students and their families in preparing young people for their lives beyond Berne. In 2008 the school launched a new initiative, the Job Ready Program, to formally engage all Year 9 & 10 students in job preparation and work experience...

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Cracking the Code Literacy Program

Cracking the Code Literacy Program
You are 14 years of age with a reading age of 7. You cannot read or understand most of the text used in your Year 9 classroom. What do you do? Is it surprising that you do not want to come to school, or that you show some cleverness in avoiding any incidents that showcase...

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Outdoor Education

Berne’s outdoor education program aims to challenge students by taking them outside of the familiarities of the city and their home areas to experience life beyond their immediate horizons. Each term, a wide range of activities including day outings and longer camps take place which take into consideration the ability levels of students and are...

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Student Withdrawal and Assistance Program

Student Withdrawal and Assistance Program
The aim of the Student Withdrawal & Assistance Program (SWAP) is to provide the forum for a thorough assessment of a student’s cognitive and academic strengths and weaknesses, as well as disturbances in mood and behaviour. Both the school and child’s parents are then presented with a detailed psychological report along with specific recommendations that...

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Programs for Parents and Carers

At Berne, staff regularly engage and collaborate with parents and carers about their child’s educational needs. Parents and carers are supported to best assist their child educationally, socially, emotionally and behaviourally. This includes   Ongoing collaboration of school staff, with parents and carers to implements the strategies that best support the individual student. Helping parents...

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