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Lake Macquarie Adolescent Support (LMAS)

About us

Lake Macquarie Adolescent Support (LMAS) is a specialised setting designed to support students experiencing difficulties in the mainstream schooling environment due to behavioural challenges. LMAS is comprised of three classes supported by highly skilled educators and school learning support officers, with a maximum of 7 students in each class. 

Our mission

We are passionate about providing students with an opportunity to re-engage in their education with intensive support tailored to their individual needs and interests. Our mission at LMAS is to provide a safe, supportive and caring environment to facilitate a positive change in students’ behavioural, educational and vocational outcomes.

Our learning

Our teaching and learning programs cover the full Stage 5 curriculum and are tailored to meet each of our student's specific needs and goals.

From Term 2, 2022 we will be piloting an innovative 10 to 20 week program for nominated West Wallsend High School students who are in Year 8. These are students who will benefit from the intimate setting our LMAS classes provide with a focus on high engagement activities, personalised learning and strong case management. 

We utilise project-based learning, student mentoring, community engagement and social/emotional literacy programs to develop holistic student outcomes. Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in special interest and wellbeing programs such as: 

  • Seasons for Growth, DRUMBEAT, Cooking, Fitness, STEM, Furniture Restoration, LoveBites, Name.Narrate.Navigate program.
  • Excursions and community access activities aimed at building students' social skills.

Each student is individually case managed and has their own individual learning plan and transition plan to support their return to mainstream schooling or alternate pathways.

Behaviour expectations

We use evidence-based positive behaviour support approaches and are a Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) school. Our core PBL values at LMAS are Safety, Choices and Respect and this shapes all our behaviour support processes and interventions. LMAS staff utilise ClassDojo, an electronic communication platform that teachers, students and families use every day to provide vital information about students' progress. This platform allows staff, parents/carers and students to track individualised behaviour patterns and implement targeted interventions strategies.

Enrolment process

  1. Census School completes an access request in consultation with family and key stakeholders.
  2. NSW DoE (Adamstown office) will notify LMAS when an offer of placement has been made. Census school will inform the family of the placement offer. 
  3. Census school personnel provide relevant information to LMAS staff to plan for a successful placement.
  4. Intake meeting conducted at LMAS with the family, census school representative, and other key stakeholders to discuss placement expectations, timeline, and goals.

Class placements

Factors we consider in the class placement of students once placed at LMAS include: 

  • educational needs, including required learning supports
  • work habits (for example, the ability to work independently)
  • behaviour (in relation to social combinations)
  • social supports
  • specific needs (including differentiation to support individual student capabilities).

How often do students attend LMAS?

LMAS is a short-term placement for up to 12 months dependent on individual circumstances for students in Years 9, 10 (& 11, where appropriate) and focuses on post-school options and transition support. The students' enrolment remains with the census school. During their placement, students attend LMAS: Monday-Friday. Days may vary depending on the student's engagement and attendance at their census school, work experience or additional programs.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost to families for educational resources and equipment; however, there may be small fees for excursions and innovation funds. 

Is there a uniform?

We provide students with a LMAS Shirt.

Where are we located?

LMAS is located on the grounds of West Wallsend High School.

Getting there

LMAS students are enrolled at census schools throughout the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie area. If they do not live locally, students/parents/carers can apply for Assisted School Travel if they cannot access LMAS via public bus or private transport.

Contact information

Lake Macquarie Adolescent Support/West Wallsend High School

20 Appletree Road, West Wallsend NSW 2286

Phone: 02 4955 2955

Email: westwalls-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au