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Salisbury Residential School


author:Glenys Harwood

Salisbury Residential School was established in 1917 for girls who were “feeble minded” in a property in Nelson. The large homestead was used for all purposes domestic, educational and recreational. As well as a basic English and maths curriculum life skills were taught such as housework, laundry, sewing, knitting and outside occupation such as gardening. Over the year it has been remodeled and developed to provide  comprehensive support programmes for girls who are struggling in mainstream schools nationwide - those who need significant curriculum adaptation due to an underlying intellectual impairment and whose educational, social and emotional needs, are not being met in their current environment.

The curriculum programme is adapted to suit the needs of the students to enable optimum learning to occur. Part of the programs supports the development of life and social skills. The goal is to prepare students for reintegration back into their own communities with increased levels of education, social skills and resilience which will increase their ability to cope and meet life’s challenges.

For more information visit Salisbury School.

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