Duke of Ed

8 brave Duke of Ed students left the comfort of their homes on Wednesday for the annual Duke of Ed Overnight Hike. As witnessed in previous years, the Duke of Ed hike is never easy and this year was no exception! We started the 10km first day in 33 degree heat with not a breath of wind in sight. The students dug deep and powered to the finish, some breaking into a jog when they saw the bus in the distance. They cooked their own dinners on camp stoves and were pretty quiet in their tents that night! Day 2 as much more manageable with only 7kms to the 12 Apostles and in much more favourable conditions! Well done to Breeze, Sky, Raquelle, Jack, James, Brad, Harry and Josh Gurry for their efforts. Special thanks to Kate and Louise for all their help too!

Senior Primary Camp

On Thursday, the Senior Primary students went to Ballarat for camp. They visited Sovereign Hill where they were transported back to the 1850's gold rush. The students saw what it would be like to live in the 1950's and learned about the value of gold. They attempted to pan for gold, tried their hand at bowling and went through the Red Hill underground mine. The students also had a tour of Ballarat and visited Lake Wendouree, the site of the 1956 Olympic canoeing and rowing course. All the students have enjoyed a night away with their friends and an 'olden days' adventure.

White Ribbon Day

White Ribbon Day was held today and was a huge success. The day was held in conjunction with community police officers John Keats and Trudy Morland and the senior secondary classes. The day highlights the sad fact that domestic violence is within our community and we as a school say NO to domestic violence. Year 12 student Harry Creece was a great ambassador for our school and was interviewed by the Warrnambool Standard newspaper. Great tunes by Daniel Barling and Ian Winstanley played whilst the students relaxed on reclining chairs, played some fun games and enjoyed a sausage sizzle prepared by Senior Students, Jane Scroggie and David. Warrnambool City Council provided the active hub trailer. Proceeds from the day went to Emma House.  

Narmbool Camp

Last Thursday Junior Primary students travelled to Narmbool near Ballarat. The camp is organised through Sovereign Hill and it is a working farm. Students took part in a range of activities including creating critters, meeting some birds of prey, walks around the farm, feeding the sheep and chickens and they watched the sheep being drenched in the wool shed. Camp was a huge success, thank you to everyone involved.

Senior secondary recycled pallet arts students hard at work

TAFE graduation 

TAFE graduation was a wonderful event this week. The year 11 and 12 students involved received certificates from TAFE staff acknowledging their hardwork and dedication. Unfortunately, Jess had an appointment and was unable to attend. Thank you to Lisa Lee for her dedication and leadership in this very successful program. Many thanks also to Kate McKinnon and Lisa Shepherd.

South West Regional Netball Carnival

Students from S5 and S6 participated in the South West Regional Netball Carnival.  The WSDS team played in 5 of the 7 games.  They showed great sportsmanship. 

Riding Develops Abilities

This week was the last week on the horses for RDA 2017.  Special guests came out to watch the students show how much they have learnt this year.  The students were presented with a South West Games medal and a drink bottle from Wannon Water. The RDA horses now go on a well earned break.  Thank you to Peyton and Chris from S6 who this year volunteered their time at WARRNAMBOOL RDA. 

Year 10 Excursion

Last week the Year 10 students completed their Geography enquiry unit titled ‘How will the world feed its future population with a visit to the Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory, Great Ocean Road Woollen Mill and Berry World in Timboon.  Students enjoyed the farm and factory tours and learned about farming practices and food production at these fabulous local businesses.

Remembrance Day

On Saturday morning our School Captains, Jessica Dalton and Jake McConnell capably represented our school attending the Remembrance Day Service and laying a wreath at the War Memorial.

Thank you Jess and Jake

Inter School Sports

Today, students from Warrnambool, Portland, Hamilton, Hampden and Colac Special Schools got together for our annual InterSpecial School Track and Field Day. All the students participated in traditional Track and Field events such as shot-put, javelin, sprints and distance races, hurdles, high jump, and long jump. All the students participated very well and there is definitely some talented students out there. Thanks to the staff of all the schools that help the day run so smoothly and thanks to the parents for coming out to watch!

VCAL Hospitality

Last Monday our VCAL Hospitality group celebrated the conclusion of their course by preparing a ‘restaurant’ meal (including mocktails) for our staff. It was a wonderful event that highlighted the terrific skills that our students have attained throughout the year in the hospitality field.

Working Bee


A huge thankyou to all staff and parents who were able to help out at our Working Bee last Saturday. A group of 16 (11 staff and 5 parents) were able to give the school a good ‘tidy-up’, particularly in the front garden beds, internal garden beds, walls and windows washing and front of school concrete cleaning.

Count Us In

On Thursday, November 2nd the School Choir, along with some of the Junior Primary students, participated in the annual Music Count Us In. At 12.30 we joined the live stream and sang 'Shine Together' along with thousands of other students across Australia. It is wonderful to be part of such a great event and it was enjoyed by all.

Flagstaff Hill Visit

On Wednesday P6 and P7 visited Flagstaff Hill. They saw the chicken run as well as Eudy and Tula, the Maremma guardian dogs. They also got to explore the cottage, which the students described as 'full of olden days stuff', have a climb on the cannons and they went to the top of the lighthouse to see the view of the Warrnambool coastline. The students are very excited to play traditional games and explore the village next time they go.

R U Ok Day

R U Ok day was a terrific day at South Warrnambool football oval. The day was organised by the VCAL students in conjunction with Warrnambool city council. The message the day represents each year is about caring for others. It is always OK to ask for help and it is always OK to offer help to someone if they are feeling low moods.
The happy colour yellow was seen en masse. Parents, staff and students enjoyed the interactive games and activities.

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.

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

 email: 

warrnambool.sds@edumail.vic.gov.au