Blackwood Special Schools OEC History

Monday 8th June 1970 - The School Opens - 1st Camp:- Ballarat Specialist School

Saturday 29th March 1980 - The Residence Opens - 1st Camp:- Geelong Special School

Monday 24th Augut 1981 - School Camp Burns Down

Friday 12th August 1983 - The New School Building Opens - 1st Camp:- Geelong Special School

Friday 14th October 1988 - Tent Shelter Opens - 1st Camp:- Ballarat Specialist School

1989 - Staff begin working at Blackwood Special Schools Outdoor Education Centre

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Originally a one teacher Primary School situated in Golden Point, Blackwood, the school was moved to Red Hill, Blackwood in the early 1900s. With dwindling numbers, the school eventually closed down.

In late 1969, a network of Special Schools obtained approval to establish a camp exclusively for students from Special Schools in Blackwood. The camp officially opened in 1970 utilising the old Primary School building

Throughout the years Blackwood Special Schools Outdoor Education Centre Inc. has grown into a wonderful destination for students with special needs to grow, learn, laugh, challenge, experience and have fun.

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