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: Integrity
Key Competency: Participating and Contributing
Elective: Social and Co-operative
Maori Focus: Polyfest
Event: School Ball

  • SCIENCE – Animal Care
  • SOCIAL and CO-OPERATIVE – Ball Preparation
  • MAORI – Polyfest
  • SLnz – It’s All About Me
  • SELF MANAGEMENT
  • SOCIAL SKILLS
  • WORK EXPERIENCE
  • FITNESS
  • FLAT
  • COMMUNITY OUTINGS
  • FOOD TECHNOLOGY
  • CAFÉ VISITS


Waikiwi Vocational Programme