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Frequently asked questions

The Bidgee School transition program has been designed with the user in mind, and it is easy to become familiar with its purposes and functions. 

Here you will find answers to the questions that are commonly asked by those who are new to the program.

Why do we need The Bidgee School transition program?

The Bidgee School provides specialist learning support for students in the Riverina who have a behaviour disorder. This support reflects the NSW Department of Education's commitment to offering quality learning experiences for students with mental health problems whose behaviour needs exceed the resources of their home school. 

Evidence suggests that the complexities of this challenging task are best tackled by a community of invested stakeholders who work together to explore, develop and implement innovative pathways towards educational success. 

This program has been developed with the understanding that establishing and maintaining strong networks of communication and support will have a significant impact on the progress that students can make with their learning and personal development. 

The development of these strong collegial ties can also dramatically enhance the experience of all stakeholders who invest themselves into the program. In its commitment to the long term social and educational success of each student, The Bidgee School transition program aims to draw together the resources of all stakeholders to provide support that is tailored to their unique needs, establishing smooth pathways for transition through the specialist program and back to their mainstream home school setting.

What is the Bidgee School transition program?

The Bidgee School transition program has been designed to promote effective and transparent organisational processes throughout every stage of each student's participation in the specialist behavior school setting. 

The program specifies four distinct phases of transition, and provides a series of interactive forms to be used by all participants as tools of communication to exchange information about the student's progress through each of these phases.

Who will use The Bidgee School transition program?

One of the primary aims of The Bidgee School transition program is to open pathways of involvement for all educational stakeholders. Members of the student's wider community are invited to join with staff from the student's home school, and members of The Bidgee School community, to provide a cohesive network of educational care and support for the student throughout each transition phase.

What forms are in The Bidgee School transition program?

When considering the program in full, it is important to note that users will only be required to use the forms that are relevant to them at any given time. The program comprises the following forms.

Phase 1: Referral to The Bidgee School

  • Commencement pack parent / carer commencement pack
  • Community commencement pack
  • Commencement pack for liaison commencement pack for transition
  • Bidgee receipt commencement pack

Phase 2: Commencement at The Bidgee School

  • Ongoing student summary – Bidgee to home
  • The Bidgee School orientation checklist
  • Student feedback
  • Family and community feedback
  • Phase 2a: Liaison period
  • Commencement of transition – After liaison

Phase 3: During transition to the home school

  • Home school student orientation checklist
  • Ongoing student summary – Home to Bidgee
  • Ongoing student summary – Bidgee to home
  • Student feedback
  • Family and community feedback
  • Transition schedule modification
  • Transition concerns

Phase 4: Completing transition to home school

  • Conclusion of The Bidgee school program form
  • Student agreement for conclusion of The Bidgee School program

How is each part of the program used?

The Bidgee School transition program is made up of a series of interactive forms available on the school's website. Each user will be provided with access to their own user pack, comprising the forms that are relevant to them. 

All of the forms in each pack will be available at all times allowing each user to participate when needed.  Forms are downloaded from the school's site and completed electronically by the user, before being submitted to the relevant recipient. 

Submission of each form will occur according to one of two methods. All forms will submit automatically with a ‘submit' button, but the option to save a copy of the form then submit as an email attachment will also be available for each one. 

A key aim of the program is to ensure a thorough, holistic approach to the management of each student's transition. In this way, there are certain parts of this program where completion is mandatory.

To a large degree, the delegation of tasks will occur at a local level to maintain the autonomy of each school, and to ensure that program requirements do not infringe on existing structures of management and staffing.

Please see The Bidgee School transition program communication flowchart for a detailed overview of the program and how each participant will be involved.

Where can I access support when using The Bidgee School transition program?

Your first source of support will always be to contact The Bidgee School directly, by phone, email, or in person. The staff at The Bidgee School will be able to resolve the vast majority of issues and concerns that might arise with the program. 

In the rare event that they are unable to resolve your concern, they will contact the appropriate party.

What information does the transition program deal with?

This program has been developed to clarify all of the details of each student's transition through the specialist Bidgee School setting and back to their home school. 

It combines contributions from the student's home and wider community with those made by school staff to establish a strong network of educational care and support. 

It also invites the student themselves to participate in these communication processes, offering them the opportunity to share their own perspectives and commitments. 

Information about the student's special learning and behaviour needs will be documented, along with their progress in these areas throughout their transition. Learning and behaviour goals will be nominated to direct the student's efforts during their shared enrolment, and these goals will provide a springboard from which communication between all stakeholders can be exchanged throughout the program. 

Logistical information such as class times, learning supports and travel arrangements will also be documented in the program.

How does The Bidgee School transition program support to mainstream schools?

Today's educators face increasingly complex social, legal and ethical demands. The accountability schools have to provide inclusive educational experiences for all of their students is not only one to morality and social justice, but with the enactment of the Disabilities and Discrimination Act (1992), and then the Commonwealth Disability Standards for Education (2005), this responsibility is now one upheld by multiple acts of legislation.   

By building on the strengths of the shared enrolment model to facilitate strong networks of communication and support between all educational stakeholders, The Bidgee School transition program allows specialist school staff to work with those from mainstream schools and the wider community to ensure that students with behaviour disorders can enjoy the benefits of full access to and participation in quality educational experiences.   

The program invites all stakeholders to develop and maintain a highly personalised learning program which caters to the unique needs of each individual student, opening pathways of achievement and opportunity. 

How can mainstream teachers benefit from The Bidgee School transition program?

This transition program invites staff from each school setting to participate in authentic efforts towards collaboration. 

In establishing strong networks of communication between all stakeholders, The Bidgee School transition program crafts a space to be shared by mainstream educators and their specialist peers. 

This access to collegial support is rich with opportunities for an organic style of professional growth and development which is grounded in authentic teacher work, and which targets some of the teachers' most pressing classroom concerns. 

Combined efforts towards collaboration can unite teachers in the pursuit of student-centred educational change, igniting creative innovation, building on the momentum of success, and exposing opportunities to learn from each other's exemplary practice.

What technology do I need to use The Bidgee School transition program?

The interactive PDF forms which constitute the bulk of the transition program are accessible via The Bidgee School's website. Any modern PC or Apple computer with a recent version of Acrobat Reader will be able to successfully open and complete the forms. 

The minimum version of Acrobat Reader required is Acrobat Reader 8.0 or equivalent, with JavaScript enabled.  The latest version of Acrobat Reader can be downloaded from the Adobe website. Additional minimum technology requirements to access the transition program are specified in further detail below.

For Windows

  • Intel® Pentium® III or equivalent processor
  • Windows XP Professional, Home Edition, or Tablet PC Edition with Service Pack 2; Microsoft® Windows® 2000 with Service Pack 4; Windows 2003 Server; or Windows Vista™
  • 128MB of RAM (256MB recommended for complex forms or large documents)
  • 110MB of available hard-disk space
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or 7.0, Firefox 1.5 or 2.0, Mozilla 1.7, AOL 9

For Apple

  • PowerPC® G3, G4, G5 or Intel® processor
  • Mac OS X v.10.4.3 or later
  • 128MB of RAM (256MB recommended for complex forms or large documents)
  • 110MB of available hard-disk space
  • Safari 2.0.2

When complete, each of the forms in the program will be sent to The Bidgee School via one of two simple submission processes. The user can choose the automatic option of using their desktop email application or they can manually save the file and attach it to an email using either a desktop email application (such as Outlook) or an internet email (such as Gmail). 

These technological requirements have been specifically selected because they pose a minimal barrier to entry for users.