We have three junior classes and one senior class at Goldfields School Bases. Each class has one teacher and at least two teaching assistants.
We aim to provide a warm and caring environment for our students, some of whom need specialist care and the security that our base school provides.
In our junior classes we have a full and varied curriculum. As well as our core learning activities, we include swimming in our own heated therapeutic pool, play therapy with our specialist therapist and regular outlines in the community.
Our satellite classes are run by Goldfields School, but located within the grounds of a mainstream school. Goldfields School itself is the “base school”. Students follow the daily timetable of the host school and join in with host school activities. The classes participate in many host school events and weekly activities. We have satellite classrooms at Miller Avenue School, Te Aroha Primary School, Thames South Primary and Paeroa College.
Miller Avenue School
Our high school satellite is located next to Goldfields base school on Miller Avenue School. There is one classroom with its own playground, kitchen and breakout room. Our programmes help the students become independent learners and reach their academic and holistic IEP goals.
Participation includes involvement in assemblies, whole school event days, swimming, performing and visual areas, e-learning and waiata.
Thames South Primary School
The Thames South Satellite was newly opened in Term 3 of 2019 and has facilities for two classes. The classes are furnished in a modern learning style with a large kitchen and dark sensory room.
Programmes include visits out to the community to learn valuable life skills including public pools, parks and playgrounds, libraries and supermarkets.
We have one satellite classroom hosted by Paeroa College. The classroom is recently refurbished and caters for six to ten students with one teacher and two teacher assistants.
Being in a satellite the students are fortunate to be able to participate in the host school activities. We are able to take advantage of the food technology, Special Olympics events and host school activities. The students attend school camp and school ball biannually.
Te Aroha Primary School
The Te Aroha Primary satellite has full access to mainstream activities and school events. There is one classroom with one teacher and two teacher assistants. The large classroom has a kitchen, sensory room, smartboard and located within the heart of the host school with easy access to playgrounds. Te Aroha School is fully secure and fenced. Students are regular visitors to base to talk and play with other students and for activities such as assembly, swimming, waiata and special events.