Waikiwi Vocational Programme


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The Waikiwi Vocational Programme offers students, with special educational needs, a smooth transition from school to work or school to tertiary.

  • For students 16-21 years old
  • Unique Vocational Training Service
  • Ongoing support towards independence in wider community
  • Individualised Programmes
  • Work Experience
  • SPEC
  • Skills for Life
  • Flatting Programme
  • Social skills development
  • Friendships
  • STAR Courses
  • Camps
  • School Formal Ball
  • Close liaison with SIT and Sport Southland

Individual Career Plans (ICPs)

The ICP is the most significant planning document for every student at Ruru Specialist School and addresses his/her specific learning needs.
Individual learning needs are met through our extensive and comprehensive ICP process.
ICP meetings are held every 6 months for  students with ORS and annually for non-ORS students.

At ICP meetings we:-

  • Identify present level of student
  • Establish and review goals
  • Establish the roles and responsibilities of the team members and identify resources needed
  • Prioritise learning needs.

South Pacific Education Courses (SPEC)

SPEC modules are taught to Students aged over 16 years. They are aimed at independence and life skills development.

What's On Now...

Our focus this term:
Value: Inclusion
Key Competency: Thinking and Managing Self
Tikanga Maori Focus: Tinana & Whanaungatanga
Events: Special Olympics Basketball – Tuesday 14th August 10am-1pm
Polyfest – Tuesday 28 August 10am
School Ball – Thursday 13 September

  • SLRnz unit – “Growing Up” – The students will be learning about friendships, relationships and conversations
  • SELF MANAGEMENT – Students will be developing and practising personal care tasks
  • SOCIAL SKILLS – Student will be practising conversation skills
  • WORK EXPEREINCE in a school and the community
  • FITNESS – Swiss ball drumming, gym programmes, walking and dancing
  • FLAT
  • COMMUNITY OUTINGS
  • FOOD TECHNOLOGY
  • CAFÉ VISITS


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