Learning Support

Children with additional needs

Firstly, know that Arakura School offers a safe, supportive and inclusive learning environment for all our children.  We have the following in place:

Learning Support Hub with Sensory Room

We have established a Learning Support Hub with a purpose-built sensory room primarily for our ORS students and generally for other children with high or complex needs.  The programmes offered in the Hub are based on the Attention Autism Programme with a workstation approach modelling the TEACCH programme.  Participating students are taught through engagement in sensory play/activities, high interest toys and resources.  

Our Arakura Autism Network meets regularly in the Learning Support Hub.  We are also working with HVDHB Child Development Service to trial running clinics for our Arakura whānau, from our Learning Support Hub - watch this space for more information on this exciting initiative to reduce the barriers of access to health services.

For more information about our Learning Support Hub and programme please contact our ORS Specialist Teacher, Whaea Cathryn Briggs on (04) 564 6920 or email her on cathrynb@arakura.school.nz.

MSD Care in the Community Disability Welfare Fund

Our 2022 application to the above fund for our Learning Support Hub programme and Arakura Autism Network, was successful.  The funding will be used for the following aims: