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News flash: The Jean Seabrook Memorial School will be in recess indefinitely, from January 2022. In its place we are offering small group teaching for students with severe specific learning disabilities so that students can remain in their mainstream school (or home school) but attend our sessions 1-4 mornings per week.  

In February 2005 The Seabrook McKenzie Trust opened a full-time school. This was the culmination of years of planning, sparked by frequent requests for this type of service from parents who had children with severe SLD that were not coping emotionally or educationally in the mainstream.

The aim of the school is to help these children acquire strategies to deal with their specific barriers to learning. Teaching methods include consolidation of weaker skills, using a structured multisensory approach to literacy and numeracy, and using the child’s strengths to develop compensatory strategies.

Focus is on remediation rather than accommodation, with the goal of reinsertion in the mainstream whenever and as soon as possible.

The school is divided into two levels (approximately 6 to 8 years and approximately 9 to 11 years). Each class has a maximum of twelve students. Social Skills Instruction and Occupational Therapy are part of the programme for all children – individually or in small groups as appropriate. Specialist Music and Art Teachers take the classes once a week.

All prospective students must have had a full learning assessment, preferably through the Seabrook McKenzie Centre, to diagnose a Specific Learning Disability in which strengths and weaknesses are highlighted.

“I used to be a snail in a shell but now my shell is on the other end of the world. Spelling and maths was hard but now I find it kind of fun.”

For more information:

  • Email school@seabrookmckenzie.net
  • Read our TVNZ news article
  • Visit our Facebook page
  • Please email info@seabrookmckenzie.net for our Child Protection Policy.

View our downloadable information sheet

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