Cobram and District Specialist School was established in 1978 in Cobram, located on the Murray River, 280 kilometres from Melbourne. The school’s vision is to provide positive learning experiences, which allow students to achieve their optimum level of academic, social, emotional and physical independence. The school aims to ensure that its values of Respect, Safety and Try Your Best underpin all activity of the school. The school has made a concerted effort towards developing a whole- school approach to Behaviour Management through the implementation of Positive Behaviour Support. School values are taught, explicitly, on a weekly basis, through the Positive Behaviour Support program. Forty-six students are enrolled on a full time basis. To be eligible to attend the school, students are assessed by a psychologist and diagnosed with an Intellectual Disability. Each child has an Individual Learning Plan, which is based on the goals set in the Student Support Group meetings. The school’s curriculum supports achievement at different stages of learning as defined by the Hume Region Special Schools’ Curriculum. The curriculum reflects the AusVELS learning standards with an emphasis on Literacy, Numeracy and Personal Development. Other key components of the school’s program include specialist classes in Art, Physical Education and Dance. These are complimented by a range of additional learning experiences including excursions, Literacy support (Jayne Farrall’s Four Block Model, Speech Therapy), community and environmental projects. Students are organised into four classrooms, each catering for students of different age or need. Each year, the school makes use of resources and facilities from other local schools, service organisations and health experts to support its programs. Students take part in inclusion programs with Cobram Anglican College and St Joseph’s Primary School. We have a close connection with Verney Rd. School, Belvoir and Wangaratta Specialist schools. Interschool sports such as swimming, athletics, cross-country, soccer and basketball occur throughout the year. The school’s facilities include five classrooms, art/music room, sensory room and a multipurpose facility, which includes a separate kitchen. Students have access to ICT with students in the middle and senior years having one on one computer access. The school’s external facilities include playground equipment, an asphalt open play area and a sensory garden. The school is adjacent to Cobram Primary School. Due to the small outside area we have use of Cobram Primary School’s oval and play ground. There are five full time and four part time teachers and twelve Education Support Staff. Teachers and Education Support Staff work together with health experts to plan and implement programs. A speech pathologist and occupational therapist visit the school, once a fortnight, and a physiotherapist, once a term. The School Council overseas the governance of the school and ensures the teachers have the resources and facilities to provide quality educational programs for the students. The school has a Fundraising Committee which raises funds for specific purposes. In 2016 the school implemented VCAL into the curriculum and in 2018 we will further enhance this program with the introduction of VET which will see students completing a Certificate II in Hospitality at Yarrawonga Neighbourhood House. The senior unit is divided into VCAL and Independent Living Skills. We are currently transitioning from the Hume Region Special Schools’ Curriculum to the Victorian Curriculum.