Callaghan College Waratah Technology Campus

Collaborating to empower learners

Telephone02 4968 1939

Special Education- Support Unit

The Special Education Unit functions within the mainstream school setting as a regional resource for students requiring intensive learning support intervention programs.

Located on the grounds of Callaghan College Waratah Technology Campus in Newcastle the school offers a 5-0 model, whereby students attend Callaghan College Waratah Campus from Monday -Friday throughout the normal school week, while following a partially integrated curriculum within the mainstream school.

the Unit has 3 classes - Mild, Moderate and Emotional classifications that provide pplacement for up to 35 students from Years 7 to 10 who have been referred by their local schools for having barriers to academic, behavioural and/or emotional success in mainstream schooling.  The Callaghan Tutorial Centre is linked to the Special Education Faculty and has 2 classes catering for students with behavioural barriers to learning.

Students follow a full academic program including Literacy, Numeracy, Science, HSIE, PDHPE, Technology, LOTE, CAPA. These subjects are offered in conjunction with the You Can Do It! and Rock and Water Programs.


Our goal is to deliver quality programs designed to improve learning and behavioural outcomes that prepare students for senior studies and post school options.

Learning/Behaviour Focus

Students have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) designed for each stage of their schooling, focussing on the individual needs of the student.  Each plan targets specific goals to reach optimal academic and social success.

Callaghan College Waratah Campus is committed to following the Positive Behaviour for Learning Philosophy within the school community through positive communication, behavioural and social expectations for all students.  The Special Education Unit participates in regular You Can Do It and Rock and Water lessons to assist students with self-control, self-reflection and self-confidence through resilience and self-esteem building.

Extra Curricular Events

* Cross Campus Sporting Challenge

* Authentic Assessment Portfolio Presentations

* School Beautification Projects

* Community Access

* Work Experience

* Kid's Cafe/Coffee Club


Mr J Bull (Head Teacher)

Mrs N Boots

Mrs A Beavan

Mrs O Cantwell

Mrs B Perry

Ms N Powell

Ms N Currie

Mr T Evans

Ms A Tickner

School Learning Support Officers

Ms T Hodgins

Ms M Powell

Ms A Steiner

Mrs H O'Malley

Mrs Y Stephens