About

Established in 1981 and nestled in the friendly suburb of Kew, Andale School is an inclusively independent learning environment. We support children with language and learning challenges who aren’t reaching their full potential in a mainstream environment. We focus on sensory motor, language, literacy and numeracy skills development.

Our differences are what makes Andale unique, for our students and our entire school community.

Andale School embraces curiosity, courage, creativity and character through an active, customised learning program tailored to each student’s needs. Our unique learning program develops independence, adaptability, resilience, confidence and much more. We empower our students with the courage to be themselves and the skills to thrive.

We value diversity, authenticity, equality and respect. We are inclusively independent.

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Be yourself.
Everybody else is already taken.

Oscar Wilde

Message from
the principal

At Andale School we know that each child is a unique learner. Our learning programme enhances each student’s development, engaging them as learners and encouraging curiosity, resourcefulness, independence, and responsibility. We believe that the development of academic skills is interdependent with the development of social, emotional, and cognitive skills.

We recognise and acknowledge the deep skills and invaluable expertise of our teachers, specialist teachers, allied health professionals and education support staff. Regular communication within our interdisciplinary team supports the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development of our students. Our passionate and skilled teachers adapt materials, strategies, activities, and expectations to enable our students to reach their potential. Our school is unique in the Melbourne education landscape. We would be proud and delighted to share it with you.

Justin Walsh, Principal

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Our school is founded on three cornerstones: Growth. Community. Environment.
This foundation enables us to create a holistic and inclusive learning environment that extends beyond the classroom.
With this as our basis, we can expand and evolve towards a sustainable and ambitious future.

Environment: Junior Class
Our school provides an optimal learning environment for young learners. The environment is established to support individual learners and takes into consideration student interests, strengths and needs.

Growth: Middle Class
As our students enter the second phase of their learning journey, the emphasis is on growth, building on their early learning. Students increase their independence and understand their role as learners.

Community: Senior Class
Our students incorporate their skills and knowledge with a focus on their role in the community. They take greater responsibility as leaders in the school community and look to find their place in communities beyond Andale.

Message from
the president

As President of the Andale School Council my aim is simple; I want to give back to the school that is giving so much to my son. For me it starts with him and finishes with building an Andale community that nurtures and empowers students for generations.

We often hear that learning is a journey. But we also know that the journey can be incredibly challenging for children with language and learning difficulties. For parents and carers of children with unique learning needs, it can be daunting to choose an education that not only meets the child’s needs but also helps them thrive.

I invite you to look through our website and discover what is unique about an Andale education. You will find stories from children who have found their path at Andale. I encourage you to read these, as they show how Andale creates a unique learning environment where every child can be themselves.

As you read, you will see that an Andale education is empowering and inclusive. Andale builds confidence, independence, and a genuine sense of belonging. The individual learning plans and collaboration between students, families, and teachers result in great learning outcomes.

The Andale School Council is a passionate and committed team; our complementary experiences and skills are focussed on positive outcomes for the children of Andale. I gratefully acknowledge the council for volunteering their time and strategic insights into the future direction of Andale.

We look forward to building a strong school community, and to raising awareness of Andale and the incredible education it provides. It’s an exciting and rewarding time to be involved.

You are Andale, I am Andale, We are Andale.

Glen Draper, President

History

The inspiring results of a motor sensory exercise program, run by the ANSUA Centre, laid the foundations for Andale School. In 1981, ANSUA created a primary school for children so that they could be taught at their own level, without mainstream expectations. With just 12 students, Andale School was formed. In 1987 Andale moved to the family-friendly suburb of Kew. Since 1997, the Uniting Church has generously leased us our beautiful school grounds.

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We are a small, nimble urban school nestled in the calm and leafy suburb of Kew. A not-for-profit school, Andale has a strong network of support from local and government bodies which helps us evolve and develop our school community.

Our future is exciting; one which supports the personal growth of our students and the sustainable growth of our community. We look forward to seeing our school community thrive for generations to come.

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Students of Andale

Andale students are the heart of our community – they are courageous, extraordinary, and diverse. Our students range from 5 to 13 years of age and commonly have challenges with:

  • Auditory processing
  • Language comprehension
  • Following written and verbal instructions
  • Short term auditory memory
  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Attention and concentration
  • Confidence and self-esteem

Everybody is different. Some students come to Andale with a specific learning difficulty; they start their schooling receiving the specialised support they need. Other students come to Andale after experiencing social or learning challenges in a mainstream setting.

At Andale, we tailor each student’s transition to our school so that it is welcoming, supportive, and effective. Our unique education program enables our students to thrive, and to achieve what they may have thought was impossible.

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Teachers of Andale

Our teachers are incredibly passionate and skilled educators who are highly trained in Special Education. Andale teachers understand that learning orientation and styles differ greatly, and they apply diverse teaching methods to engage and enrich learning. Andale teachers know that each student is extraordinary, and that each student can learn. Andale teachers empower our students and help them to see themselves as successful learners.

Justin Walsh
Principal
Seonaid Gerrard
Class Teacher - Senior Class
Cathy Clark
Class Teacher - Middle Class
Ruth Cornell
Class Teacher - Junior Class
Diana Green
Specialist Teacher
Jennie Irving
Performing Arts Teacher

Allied Health Staff

Andale School provides speech therapy, psychology, and occupational therapy services to students. These services can be accessed individually or in the classroom to support student engagement and learning.

Our school psychologist provides psychological and academic assessments as well as support for students and families.

Our speech pathologist provides programs for individuals, small groups and class groups focusing on:

  • Phonological awareness and literacy skills
  • Receptive language
  • Expressive language
  • Speech skills
  • Communication and social interaction skills
  • Fluency
  • Eating skills
Bianca Holzer
School Psychologist
Heather Roper
Speech Pathologist