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Excellence in special education

Advancing independent achievement through technology

Mackay District Special School in partnership with parents, carers and the community aims to provide students with the skills to interact with others as independently as possible. The school focuses on maximising students’ opportunities to achieve sound educational outcomes.


Our trained staff of teachers and therapists, supported by dedicated teacher aides and non-teaching staff, provide a caring, stimulating, safe and secure learning environment. We cater for students who have an intellectual impairment, and who may also have either autism, physical, visual, hearing and multiple impairments. Students are encouraged to learn and grow in confidence and self-esteem.

Classes with low student numbers ensure that highly individualised programs based on a developmental curriculum meet the specific learning needs of every student.

Well maintained and modern facilities, together with exciting outdoor learning environments, all go towards making Mackay District Special School a very supportive and positive place for students and their families.

Teachers are continually building on their skills to become better teachers. This is encapsulated through MDSS Toolkit 3 placemat.