Communication Communication is a fundamental life skill, consequently opportunities for students to continue to develop such skills is embedded within our whole teaching and learning program. Blackwood recognises that our students have a diversity of communication needs and that their ability to communicate effectively has a direct impact on the enjoyment and their feelings of inclusion within the program.

Cooperative We acknowledge that students with special needs will be required to closely cooperate with a diverse group of people, separate from family, careers and friends during their life. Learning programs at Blackwood provide ongoing opportunities, within a supportive environment, for students to develop skills and knowledge that allow them to participate safely and appropriately with others.

Conflict Resolution The ability to resolve conflict when it arises is a key aspect of ‘Learning for Life’. Programs at Blackwood create situations that promote students to develop strategies which allow them to not only successfully work with their peers and staff, but also regulate their emotions, and use appropriate language and behaviour to deal with conflict.

Respect Respect is one of our 4 core values at Blackwood. All students are encouraged to continue to develop a deeper understanding of the importance of respecting themselves, others and the environment through their learning programs.

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Acknowledgment to Country

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people who are the traditional Owners of the country we work on and recognize their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. I’d also like to acknowledge the deep knowledge systems and the amazing ability of first nations peoples to pass that knowledge through generations, as incredible teachers themselves. 

Blackwood Special Schools Outdoor Education Centre is a DET Victorian school campus that embraces inclusion and respect for all special school students. Any donations are greatly appreciated and go directly to improving learning outcomes and opportunities for our students.

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