Hume Valley School, catering for the needs of students with mild intellectual disabilities, was established in 1968. Initially the school building was designed to provide for up to 144 students. In 2013, with expanded facilities, there are 250 students enrolled. Students are aged 5 to 18 years. The school functions at two locations, the Koroit Avenue Campus and the VCAL Campus. Both campuses are in the culturally diverse community of Broadmeadows.
The Koroit Avenue Campus consists of single storey buildings situated in extensive grounds. The campus is organised into four Sub-Schools – Junior, Primary, Middle and Secondary Sub-Schools. Students are aged from 5 to 16 years.
The school is currently in the middle of a complete rebuild on our Koroit Avenue site. Mid 2013 our Middle and Secondary Sub-School staff and students moved into their new state of the art facilities, with the next stage, construction of the Junior and Primary Sub-School learning areas, to be commenced at the beginning of 2014.
The VCAL Campus is co-located on the ground floor of the nearby Hume Central Senior Secondary College, adjacent to the Kangan Institute of TAFE. Our VCAL Sub-School staff and Year 11 and 12 students moved into the newly constructed building in February 2011.
Students in the VCAL Sub-School (16 to 18 years) undertake the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Foundation Level) and have the opportunity to participate in several Vocational Education & Training (VET) courses and School Based Apprenticeships.
Work education, independence, employability skills and successful transition to post school options are the focus of the VCAL program. At the conclusion of the students’ final two years at the school, they are placed in post school options with the support of the Futures for Young Adults program.
Across both campuses, Hume Valley School community is committed to creating a vibrant educational environment where students and their learning are highly valued. Our aim is to provide access for all students to a comprehensive curriculum and individual learning programs. Emphasis is placed on literacy, numeracy, social competency and vocational training programs to equip students to achieve their potential and to lead successful adult lives. A computer technology rich environment enhances students’ learning across the curriculum.
Well defined policies and programs support student wellbeing and create a safe and engaging learning environment. Our Student Wellbeing Team leads the implementation of our school-wide Positive Behaviour Support practices and school values of Respect, Responsibility, Acceptance, Caring, Fairness and Honesty.
Our school engages with other local schools, particularly through the Broadmeadows Schools Network, where we maintain local community involvement and participation.
Hume Valley School has highly qualified and experienced staff to meet the challenges of present, as well as, emerging trends in education for students with special needs. They are committed, in partnership with parents, to ensure a safe, empathetic, professional approach to providing a quality education for all students under their care and guidance.