1. What is a special assistance school?
A special assistance school (SAS) is an educational setting designed to support young people who are disengaged from mainstream schooling. Carinity special assistance schools place a strong emphasis on the wellbeing of the whole child rather than being driven solely by academic goals. Our schools have Youth Workers who help to coregulate the emotions and behaviours of our young people so they can achieve their goals.
2. How many students are in each class?
This varies across grades but most classes average at 15 students maximum.
3. How do I enrol?
Enrolment is by a referral process. Families, schools and support agencies can contact the school and refer a young person for enrolment.
4. Do I have to wear a uniform?
At Southside wearing the uniform is not mandatory. However we do have a lovely polo shirt to wear should you choose to. We ask that all students wear modest and sun-safe clothing. We prefer the polo shirt to be worn when students are off-campus for excursions.
5. I have missed a lot of school and did not pass some subjects how do I catch up?
We work with students and families to identify academic needs and abilities, and then support students with their academic goals.
6. I do not have transport, how do I get to school?
Southside is located near Sunnybank train station and local buses. We can support students to learn how to catch public transport from home to school.
7. What is Therapeutic Crisis Intervention?
TCI is a trauma informed crisis prevention and intervention model designed to teach staff how to help young people learn constructive ways to handle crisis and regulate stressful feelings of hurt, failure, frustration and anger.
8. I am not a Christian can I still attend this school?
You sure can! We accept all religions and love you for who you are!
9. Can families complete a referral for enrolment or does it have to be a school/organisation?
Yes families can refer to a SAS school.
10. Will I get one on one support?
Our classes have a teacher and a Youth Worker in them, with reduced student numbers compared to a mainstream school. There are times when you can get one on one support, but this is not possible all the time.
11. Can I get an ATAR score?
We can support you towards an ATAR pathway, usually through attending TAFE.
12. I was bullied at my last school. How does this school handle bullying?
We take bullying seriously and will act on information forwarded to us. We value communication from students and carers, and encourage our young ladies to have a voice on issues that concern them. Being a peacemaker is an important part of our guidelines. For students that repeatedly bully others, their enrolment is at risk of cancellation.
13. What are the fees?
Southside is an non-fee charging school. We do however charge a termly resource fee of $150, invoiced at the end of the term. Other costings may include uniforms (not compulsory), camp fees (Years 10, 11 and 12), senior jersey and Formal tickets.