Woodwork at TAFE Deakin campus

Every Tuesday this term the VCAL students are enrolled in a woodwork module. They will be making a small piece
of furniture. The first session was learning how to use the tools. Cutting straight edges and mitre cuts were practiced this


During term 1 and 2, the CPAL students completed the first SPEC module. The students have completed their Next Steps module and are about to begin the Managing Self module. Throughout the semester the students looked at how to become involved in activities outside of school, apply for jobs, plan trips using public transport, fill out forms and solve problems when in the community. The students completed several tasks in the classroom as well as out in the community. Each student commented on their favourite part of the Next Steps module and are keen to get started on the next challenge.


Term three of RDA started this week with 18 students attending.

New School Update

It is with much pleasure and excitement that we announce that Fairbrother PtyLtd had been awarded the contract to build our new school.  Their tender came under budget which means that the entire project is now fully funded with no part having to be omitted.  This is a wonderful outcome and means that all our fund-raising efforts can now concentrate on funding all the 'extras' such as playground equipment, garden/maintenance equipment, furnishings, oval development etc.  Fairbrother expect to commence building within the next couple of weeks with an expected finishing date of August/September 2019.  An official 'turning the sod' ceremony has been planned for the 19th April.

Our School

Warrnambool Special Developmental School was first established in 1989 having being previously the school section of the Yalundah Disability Services.  In 1992 staff and students relocated into new premises situated in Hyland Street.

The school is a special educational setting presently catering for 140 students (aged between 5 and 18) who have an intellectual disability and have met the eligibility criteria for enrolment.  This criteria has been determined by the Department of Education as having an IQ of below 70 as well as significant deficits in adaptive behaviour and displaying a history and evidence of an ongoing problem, with the expectation of continuation during the school years.

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