The Hive is much more than a ‘special’ class in a small classroom. The Hive is a unique class that is an integral part of the St Brendan’s community. The Hive celebrates diversity, personal growth and creates shared learning amongst students, teachers and the greater community to learn together in a supported environment.
‘The Hive’ was first established in 2014 in an attempt to provide students with significant learning needs, intensive early intervention to support and equip students with skills to successfully participate within the mainstream school learning environment.
The Hive has a maximum of 8 students from K-2 who receive highly intensive intervention and individualised learning programs for most learning areas. The students in the HIVE have a full-time Teacher and LSA at all times who are supported by specialist staff to plan and implement individual programs. Hive teachers, mainstream teachers, Learning Support staff and paraprofessionals collaboratively plan personal goals and a diverse curriculum across all learning environments.
The Hive classroom is a calm inclusive learning environment. The development of social skills is an important aspect of the curriculum in the HIVE and is embedded in all Key Learning Areas. Socially appropriate skills and behaviours are explicitly taught and practised. Daily routines in the HIVE are highly ordered and inclusive of regular breaks to support behavioural needs. Specific sensory equipment and sensory breaks are regularly available within the HIVE to manage stress, anxiety and repetitive behaviours. The HIVE students are extensively supervised during all play breaks to ensure their safety and to increase opportunities to interact appropriately with their peers in timetabled set areas for play activities.
Language and communication skills are taught explicitly with the use of visual supports, gestures, signing and simplified language. Communication needs are tailored to the needs of the individual student and the small class group in order to access the curriculum, such adjustments are replicated within the mainstream classes when HIVE students are participating with their peers.
Students in the Hive class are integrated (with support) into mainstream classes on a daily basis. The Hive students are able to access the school curriculum and learn with their peers. The Hive students enjoy extra- curricular activities – assemblies, concerts, sport carnivals etc with the whole St Brendan’s community.
St Brendan’s Catholic School has a disability rate of 25%-30%, with the average disability prevalence across other schools approximately 15%. Any donation from Bay to Bay would be used to fund learning and environmental resources for students at The Hive.
Kellie Prendergast (Principal)