Inclusion Programs

The underpinning philosophy of Mater Dei is inclusion into the wider community. All students are involved in Mater Dei's Inclusion Program that involves Community Access, Inclusive Schooling Placement and Structured Work Placement with social inclusion prioritised in each case. Inclusive Schooling may be individual, small group or whole class. Inclusion in mainstream schools provides students with the chance to learn with and from their mainstream peers as well as giving Mater Dei students the opportunity to gain the attitude and skills necessary for living in regular communities where everyone is included as a valued and equal member of society. In addition, we believe that welcoming mainstream students into the Mater Dei community is an excellent opportunity for them to understand the gifts and talents of Mater Dei students and to gain a deeper awareness of social justice issues.