TWEED MP Neville Newell with Caldera School principal Keith Marshall. The new special school opens on Monday.
TWEED MP Neville Newell with Caldera School principal Keith Marshall. The new special school opens on Monday.

Tweed?s newest school has special mission



THE Tweed's newest school, the $1.9 million Caldera School special education facility, opens on Monday at Corporation Circuit, South Tweed Heads.

The new school, led by principal Keith Marshall, will take up to 24 students with "learning gaps" aiming to improve their literacy, numeracy and social skills and is unique in northern NSW.

Most of the students will move from demountables at South Tweed Public School to the new premises, without air-conditioning but with extensive natural ventilation, built by 40 local sub-contractors for Kempsey-based Lahey Constructions.

The new special school has four teachers, four teacher aides and administrative staff.

Tweed MP Neville Newell, formerly a teacher, yesterday said: "Caldera School is part of the (state) government's initiative to provide a wider range of placement and support options for students with challenging behaviour, to ensure a safe and happy learning environment."

Mr Newell also praised the low staffstudent ratio at Caldera.

Mr Marshall said students at the special school were aged around 14, mostly from Tweed Heads, Banora Point and Kingscliff.

He said the aim was for the students to successfully complete their schooling at the special school, or to return to mainstream schooling.

Some Caldera pupils would move directly into the TAFE system and some had been placed in work experience programs with local employers, Mr Marshall said.

He said the Tweed community had given strong support to the special school. A local table tennis club had recently donated a table tennis table.

Mr Marshall said the Caldera School was one of the best facilities of its type in NSW and would become a blueprint for special schools across the State.



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