Geelong Cats Visit

On Monday, we had our annual visit by some of the Geelong Cats AFL players. Tom Hawkins, Sam Simpson, Jamaine Jones and Jackson Thurlow met with all of our students and put on a skills clinic. Our students practiced goal kicking, marking and handballing. They were also given the opportunity to ask any questions and get the players photos and autographs. Tom Hawkins challenged our senior kids to a kicking competition, to find out who could kick the ball through the basketball hoop – Ray Trow managed to do it and is eagerly awaiting his prize pack in the mail! The kids love having the Geelong Cats players coming to our school and look forward to watching them on the TV this year.

Inaugural Special Schools Swimming Sports

A wonderful day was had by all participants yesterday at the Warrnambool Aquazone outside pool when our inaugural special schools swimming sports were held in perfect conditions. Students from Hampden and Portland special schools joined in with us and took part in freestyle and backstroke 50m races, freestyle 25m races and 25m and 50m relays. Well done to everyone who took part, tried their best and enjoyed participating.  A big thankyou to all staff who assisted in the day with particular thanks to our Aidan and Emma from Portland who organised this event.

Great Start to Year

The school has started off to a wonderful start with our students settling in very well to their new classes, and the preps making a very smooth start. It was lovely to see everyone at Monday morning’s assembly proudly singing the National Anthem and wishing Happy Birthday to all the January birthdays. Our numbers this year make for quite a crowded hall.


Last Thursday and Friday the Junior Secondary students had their camp to Roses Gap in the northern Grampians.  

Riding for the Disabled

This week’s RDA sessions had riders picking up rings and having to put them through a stick, riding a clover leaf pattern and then using pegs and putting them on various parts of the ponies and the saddle.

Understanding Poverty Workshop

Over 200 participants (including all of our staff) attended the Understanding Poverty Workshop held at the City Memorial Bowls Club last Friday.  The participants came from as far away as Melbourne and South Australia.  This was presented by Nairn Walker who gave us tools to address classroom challenges to help take a lot of the stress out of managing our classrooms, offering ideas and insights alongside practical, concrete strategies, to make a very real and significant difference in behavioural, social and academic outcomes for students and in optimising staff efficacy and wellbeing.

Eisteddfod Success

The school choir had the great privilege yesterday of singing at the Warrnambool City Eisteddfod, where we came away with equal first place in our section. Twenty-three of our students proudly and confidently sang two numbers, 'Shoot the Moon' and 'Lean On Me', which were received enthusiastically by the audience.
Each student received a blue ribbon and we were presented with a trophy and cash prize.
Thankyou to all family members who came along to support us.
Congratulations to all members of the choir for their excellent effort.  And a big thankyou to Carol, Cherie and Barnaby for the time and commitment that they have put into ensuring the success of our choir.


Wheelchair Basketball

A group of our older students took part in a Wheelchair Basketball competition against a number of local primary and secondary schools.  This competition was organised by the WheelTalk School Awareness Program. This program encourages students to think about diversity, acceptance and disability in sports.  Our students performed very well coming third in the competition.

Volunteering With Conservation Volunteers

Last Wednesday a group of Senior Secondary students assisted Conservation Volunteers with the ongoing maintenance of a shelter belt of indigenous trees planted at the back of the Killarney Camp Ground. Students replaced old tree guards and re staked many trees that needed attention. The weather that morning was calm and sunny and all students enjoyed a great conservation activity in the outdoors. Many thanks to Nick Graesser and his team from Conservation Volunteers for organising the activity.

WWEB Patrol News

Recycled Scarecrow Competition

Well done to all students who participated in the Recycled Scarecrow Competition.  The fabulous Scarecrows, which are on display in the playground, are creative, colourful and have been made with plenty of imagination reusing old materials and bits and pieces that otherwise would have gone in the bin!  WWEB Patrol students will be checking out the scarecrows and awarding Certificates of Participation to each section.

Minister Merlino's Visit

The Minister of Education, James Merlino, formally announced the purchase of the land that will be the future site of our new school.  The land, situated at 189 Wollaston Road, is a wonderful 7 hectare site the goes down to the Merri River.  An existing house will be retained to be used as an Independent Living Skills centre.   We thank the Minister for his personal commitment to this project and now look forward to the planning and building of our wonderful new school.

Variety Club Donation  

The Variety Club has very kindly donated 2 kayaks to the school as part of the their 2016 “Great Ocean Road” Yamaha Variety Jet Trek from Portland to Phillip Island fundraising event.  A group of 50 jet-skiers ‘jet-skied’ from Portland to Warrnambool on Monday morning and then presented the school with 2 lovely brand new kayaks.  Our sports’ captains, Kayla and Luke, both gave a short speech thanking the Variety Club for their very generous donation.   

Kick start each school day

A new program is making breakfast the most important meal of the day for south-west students.
Warrnambool Special Developmental School students are being offered free breakfast each day as part of the state government’s $13.7 million Breakfast Clubs initiative.

Junior Secondary Murals

The Junior Secondary students have been very creative and used old doors to design and paint a variety of murals to decorate the top playground fence.  Well done to all involved.

Our School

Warrnambool Special Developmental School is a centre of excellence providing individualised programs for students with an intellectual disability.

The school caters for children aged between 5-18 in a small group environment in line with the Victorian Department of Education Curriculum (The Victorian Essential Learnings). Each student has an Individual Learning Plan.

Principal’s message

Welcome to Warrnambool Special Developmental School.

Warrnambool SDS is an innovative and vibrant school that is highly regarded for its educational programs and highly skilled staff. The school improves outcomes for students through a curriculum that focuses on the learning of academic, technological and social skills. The goal for our students is for each one to reach their highest potential and become responsible, valued, and productive global citizens and life-long learners.

Contact Us

Warrnambool Special
Development School

101 Hyland Street
Warrnambool  3280  VIC

Phone:  (03) 55611711
Fax:  (03) 55613306