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LMAS

Lake Macquarie Adolescent Support (LMAS)

Phone:(02) 49 552 955

About LMAS Lake Macquarie Adolescent Support (LMAS) is a regional support service that has been servicing the local community for over 30 years. Situated on West Wallsend High School grounds, LMAS caters for up to 21 students from the Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Maitland regions in Years 9 and 10 and identified as having behaviour disorders requiring specialised learning.

The staff at LMAS are highly skilled special educators who work in genuine partnership with students, their families, home schools and outside agencies to develop learning communities to support positive student outcomes effectively. The program can only be successful if all partners work together for the common goal of improving the outcomes for the student.

Placement in LMAS is on a temporary basis whereby students maintain their enrolment at their home school. The duration of the program is 20 to 40 weeks, with enrolment being assessed every 10 weeks to determine suitability for continued participation. This is based on student overall attendance and engagement in the program. Students engage in individualised academic learning and intensive behaviour intervention programs with the main aim being to successfully transition them back to their home schools, the workforce or alternative education settings.

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.

Students engage in a range of stage 5 academic learning programs tailored to the individual learning needs of students. We utilise project-based learning, student mentoring, community engagement and social and emotional literacy programs to develop holistic student outcomes.

LMAS is a Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) school with all aspects of the program being based around the three PBL core values of Safety, Choices and Respect. All students are expected to operate positively within these core values at all times.

LMAS Flowchart of Success

Application process

  • Home schools submit an access request for placement. LMAS/parents contacted via mail to inform them of the offer of placement.
  • LMAS contact the home school to gain student learning documentation, including RA, BMPs IEPs and other relevant documentation. 
  • 2 x intake meetings held between HT LMAS, DP of home school, student and parent/carer. First meeting held at home school, second on-site at LMAS. All documentation signed. 

Week 1-10: Phase 1 

  • The student starts at LMAS. 
  • Literacy, numeracy testing and goals setting completed to develop an individualised learning plan. 
  • The student works with the case manager to develop key goals for LMAS. 
  • The student engages with the learning program at LMAS. 
  • Successful engagement leads to more opportunities in phase 2-4. 
  • Weekly reports sent from LMAS case manager to home school DP. 

Week 11-20: Phase 2

  • Literacy, numeracy testing reviews to adjust learning plan. 
  • The student works with the case manager to review goals for LMAS.  
  • The student engages with the learning program at LMAS.  
  • Application for participation in offsite programs and work experience. 
  • Individual student progress meeting held at home schools. 
  • If disengaged student transitions back to home school.  
  • Transition plan to home school or alternate setting developed. 
  • Reports sent from LMAScase manager to home school DP. 

Week 21-30: Phase 3

  • Literacy, numeracy testing reviews to adjust learning plan. 
  • The student works with the case manager to review goals for LMAS. 
  • The student engages with the learning program at LMAS. 
  • Application for participation in offsite programs and work experience. 
  • Start of the transition program. 
  • Reports sent from LMAS case manager to home school DP.

Week 31-40: Phase 4

  • Literacy, numeracy testing reviews to adjust learning plan.  
  • The student works with the case manager to review goals for LMAS. 
  • The student engages with the learning program at LMAS.  
  • Application for participation in offsite programs and work experience.  
  • Student transitions to home school or alternate setting 
  • Reports sent from LMAS case manager to home school DP 
  • LMAS provides the home school with a student intervention exit package

LMAS Newsletter Term 1 2021