With our vision clearly fixed on responding to the individual needs of each of our students, Cabra is a leader in the provision of inclusive education. Our specialised programs, approach and qualified staff, provide highly personalised learning experiences which bring out the best in each of our students.
Our inclusive educational approach offers additional support, enrichment and extension. It also extends across the entire curriculum and year levels, and into many extra-curricular activities.
Our specialised programs and support include:
The Learning Centre
The Learning Support Centre program at Cabra Dominican College caters primarily for mainstream students with a diagnosed disability or learning difficulty. Our new Learning Support Centre is a comfortable and welcoming space that students enjoy coming to, conveniently located on the ground floor in the centre of the campus.
Student, caregivers and teachers work together to negotiate an Individual Education Plan (IEP) giving us the opportunity to establish a comprehensive and well-coordinated approach to supporting each child.
The centre is open at lunch times allowing students to access additional help with school work and a quieter space for small groups to interact socially. Our aim is to support students to become confident and engaged, and to make positive choices towards becoming independent learners.
St Mary’s Unit
The St Mary’s Unit is an integral part of Cabra and provides support and education for students with a diagnosed intellectual disability. There are up to 25 places available within the Unit, in a new purpose built facility, which includes two classrooms, quiet areas, a garden, kitchen and restaurant as well as accessible bathrooms.
The Unit creates a unique setting providing a range of learning opportunities in Australian Curriculum and South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) Modified subjects, delivered in small classes with specialised teachers.
All students are a member of a home class and attend pastoral care with that class. Participation in Cabra extra-curricular activities is encouraged.
The St Mary’s Unit focuses on developing student independence and ability to self-advocate.
Since its beginning in 1981, the St Mary’s Unit has provided meaningful learning experiences for all students in a supportive, nurturing environment. The Cabra community is enriched by the St Mary’s Unit students’ enthusiasm, passion and talents.
Please note, the enrolment process and selection criteria is the same for St Mary’s Unit, as that of the College.
The Vocational Education and Training (VET) Program provides courses for students which lead on to specific vocational pathways whilst still at school. This training recognised as a part of their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).
Training is in an Industry area where students can develop skills, knowledge and gain competency in a nationally recognised qualification. The training is delivered, assessed and certified by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). Students can access courses through the RTO and can be out of school for training for a whole day, part day or afterschool. Courses can run for a day or few days, semester and full year or over a longer time frame.
There are possibilities to complete partial and full qualifications. Students may achieve some of the competencies and continue the qualification after school or achieve the full qualification whilst at school.
Cabra works with both Flinders University and Adelaide University to offer students the opportunity to extend themselves and engage with a university course as part of their Year 12 studies.
The University of Adelaide’s Headstart scholarship program gives high achieving students the opportunity to study at university while still in Year 12, and have these university studies count towards their SACE and ATAR. Headstart provides gifted and highly-motivated students with a challenge beyond the Year 12 curriculum and the chance to grow as individuals as they combine secondary school and university studies.
Flinders University’s Extension Studies Program provides a taste of university life for high-achieving South Australian senior secondary school students while also giving the opportunity to complement and extend their SACE studies.