A Message from the Principal

At the end of an extremely busy first Semester, I wish to take this opportunity to extend my warm wishes to everyone for an enjoyable break from the usual routines of the school term. I do hope that the weather is sufficiently pleasant, at least at times, in order to afford some outside recreational time for our students.

Two of our teachers in the Primary section, Jess Mooney and Sam Redenbach, are taking 12 months leave from their positions here at Monash to teach in the United States. We wish them well and look forward to their return in 2018. I am also taking leave for Term 3 and Lois Mitchell will be taking up the role of Acting Principal in my absence.

With the advent of NDIS transition fast approaching I wish everyone a successful move to this new funding model. Our school age students will automatically transition across and all families will receive contact from NDIA to set up a planning meeting. We would strongly suggest that everyone requests a face-to-face meeting with the allocated planner rather than doing a planning interview over the telephone.

Please be aware that our students attending the Early Education Program will not automatically transition into the NDIS, unless they are in receipt of any specialist disability supports from the Victorian or Commonwealth Government. Hence most families of the Early Education children will need to apply as a new participant to the Scheme.

Families will need to contact the NDIA on 1800 800 110 to request an Access Request Form which, once completed, will be used, together with supporting documentation, to assess your child’s eligibility for the Scheme. Student reports such as end of year school reports and individual learning plans, specialist or allied health professional reports are all useful supporting documentation. Documents provided should be no more than 2 years old. Should you be unable to locate such documents, the school may have a copy on file and so it is worth ringing us to ascertain this.

At your child’s Student Support Group [SSG] meeting at the beginning of Term 3, you may wish to discuss with the staff you child’s needs in support of the NDIS application. We are happy to provide support.

The NDIA makes a decision about whether a person meets the disability criteria by assessing the impact of their condition on their life, including any impact on mobility, communication, social interaction, learning, self-care and self-management.