Holland Street School (6010)

School Overview


Holland Street School is an independent public school for students aged 4 to 18 with intellectual and physical disabilities; sensory impairments; challenging behaviours; and autism spectrum disorder. As an Education Support School, we cater for complex educational needs in a safe, supportive and caring environment, with small classes and a high staff ratio to ensure student engagement.

We provide a highly individualised curriculum - each student's goals and learning priorities are determined by an Individual Education Plan (IEP). IEPs are written at the start of each semester, as a collaboration with parents, staff and relevant therapists. Our teachers deliver highly structured programs based on the principals of TEACHH and Direct Instruction, as well as a school environment that is governed by the Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Framework. PBS recognises the importance of creating highly engaging classrooms and supports an integrated approach to behaviour, learning and teaching. PBS builds on existing strengths, complementing and organising current programming and strategies.

Education goals are complimented by our schools' specialised facilities: including a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool with hoisting facilities; purpose-built sensory room and sensory garden; therapy room; life skills centre; horticulture and recycling workshops; and inclusive, multi-sensory playground equipment.

Located in the heart of Geraldton, Holland Street School facilitates students from all over the City of Greater Geraldton. As a small, regional school, we enjoy close relationships with our students, families and the local community, as well as partnerships with local agencies to advocate for support for our students.


Science and sustainability:
Along with a regular Science program, we are an active member of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. The school garden and facilities such as compost bins and worm farms incorporate STEM learning as well as environmental sustainability. As a Wastewise accredited school, our secondary students are responsible for collecting and sorting recyclable material during on-site workstations, illustrating the importance of the 4 R's - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Refuse.

Health and Wellbeing:
We promote many initiatives for Health and Wellbeing of both students and staff, among regular well-being check ins. These include Random Acts of Kindness, developing intrinsic motivation for kindness; R U OK Day; and adhere to the guidelines set out in the 2023 - 2027 Principal and Staff Health and Wellbeing strategy.

The swimming program is designed to help students meet their swimming goals and increase their safety, independence and enjoyment in and around water. A therapy program is developed in consultation with the Allied Health Physiotherapist when required. The swimming program is run from the school's hydrotherapy pool and regular outings to the Geraldton Aquarena. 11 of our school-based staff hold a Bronze Medallion qualification to enable the programs to run on site.

Sensory seeking:
Fulfilling sensory requirements is essential for our students to participate fully in learning activities and is a priority in the school environment. Specifically designed programs such as Tacpac and therapy balls are utilised, as well as a purpose designed Sensory Room to help students regulate.

Future readiness:
The secondary campus focuses on preparing students for life after school, by developing independent living skills, work skills, personal and social skills and community access skills. Career education programs begin through on-site workstations in which Year 6 - 12 students develop employment skills, foster independence, and prepare to transition from school. Year 10 students have the opportunity to 'job sample' a variety of work experience placements, and in Year 11 and 12 students, staff and parents develop Individual Transition Plans to outline career options.

The Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network (ASDAN) programmes provide certification and qualification for students with special educational needs and disabilities. We utilise the flexible and engaging ASDAN courses to create a person-centred approach to prepare our students for adult life.

Chaplaincy program:
As part of our pastoral care team, our school Chaplain makes a valuable contribution to the social, emotional and spiritual well-being of our students, providing support and guidance as needed.