Hume Valley School is a state school that provides education to students between the ages of 5-18, all of whom have been diagnosed with a mild intellectual disability. Eligibility for Hume Valley School relies on a diagnosis and history of intellectual disability along with an address in Broadmeadows and its surrounding suburbs including but not exclusive to Dallas, Meadow Heights, Westmeadows, Roxburgh Park, Craigieburn, Glenroy, Tullamarine and Greenvale. The Student Family Occupation data as gathered from enrolment data suggests that the cohort enrolled at Hume Valley School are some of the most disadvantaged in the state. Hume Valley School’s cohort spans 10 nationalities, 17 language groups and 107 of the 260 students enrolled come from homes where English is an additional language (EAL).
The school is funded to provide an academic program but what the school cannot do on its own is provide a program that picks up the dire need for a connection to the outside world. A connection to the community requires a family with resources and skills to access community programs, sporting clubs and council programs.
While delivering a comprehensive academic and inclusive program, Hume Valley School has identified a need in the student cohort. In order for students to have high expectations for their life, they need to be inspired and engaged. In addition to engagement, equally important is having experience and exposure to facets of the community that a student might not otherwise have access to.
Donations to this school will provide opportunities to create community connections and ongoing early interventions through alternative education practices inviting parent participation and support from local services.