Maitland Grossmann High School

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Support Unit

Maitland Grossmann High School Support Unit

At Maitland Grossmann High School the support unit caters for two Multicategorical classes and one Hearing class. The support unit does not have home rooms, instead it uses a high school model with students moving between different classrooms and support unit teachers for each of their subjects. All students access at least one subject in mainstream classes and are supported by SLSO's from the support unit.


All students in the support unit have an IEP. At the beginning of the year parents, students and staff meet to formulate goals in three areas; Math, English and Social/Behavioral. Hearing students may have an additional hearing goal. In Term 4 these goals are reviewed with parents, students and staff meeting at the end of the year.


Subjects taught within the unit in Years 7-10 include English, Math, Science, History, Geography, PDHPE and Design & Technology. Students access many subjects in mainstream classes and the decision of whether students are taught a subject in either mainstream or the support unit is made after collaboration with the student, support unit teachers, parents/carers and mainstream Head Teachers as part of their IEP. Support unit staff work closely with mainstream teachers to ensure differentiation occurs for each individual student in classwork and assessments.

In Year 11-12, the support unit offers Life Skills subjects; English, Math, Food Technology, Work & Community Skills, Community and Family Studies and PDHPE.


Each student is allocated a case manager from the Support Unit Teaching staff. Case managers are responsible for communication with parents/carers, liaising with mainstream teachers and outside agencies. Parents/carers communicate with the support unit through a mobile phone for sole use of the unit. Parents/carers are given the opportunity to attend parents/teacher interview twice a year not only with support unit staff but with mainstream teachers as well.


Support Unit students participate in all whole school events including Tuesday afternoon sport, sports carnivals, and year specific excursions. Students can participate in programs such as SES, RFS, White card, First Aid, RYDA Driver day and many other school events.


Support unit and mainstream students run Café in Cumberland one morning each week for staff and senior students. Students are responsible for all aspects of running a café.


All students participate in programs to access the community. This includes travel training, work sampling, recreational sampling, excursions within the local area and further afield to Newcastle. Each year all students go on two overnight camps: an outdoor camp and to Sydney.