Principal’s Welcome

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Suneden Specialist School. Many people are not aware that Suneden was the first Special School in South Australia, founded in 1943. Since that time it has had many “firsts” including being the first “Specialist” school in South Australia, the first school in SA to embed video modelling into its curriculum and the first school in SA to produce its own weekly TV show. It is an Independent School that is proud of its history and proud of its current position as being at the forefront of special education in the State.

Our school is located in Mitchell Park, a central-southern suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. We are a low fee paying, non-denominational school for up to 70 children with intellectual and multiple physical disabilities with ages ranging from 5 – 21 years. Many of our students over the age of 17 are educated in our Transition to Work House, a transportable home set on our beautiful grounds. This Transition House prepares students for the social and independence skills needed to be successful in the supported workforce.

We have dedicated, caring and knowledgeable staff at Suneden, with each class having a Special Education teacher and typically two Student Support Officers to guide the learning and  support we offer our students. We are a multi-disciplinary site employing our own Occupational Therapist, Speech Pathologist and Video Modelling Specialists. Each of these specialists works in close consultation with classroom staff to integrate ideas and therapeutic practice into all areas of learning.

Suneden’s motto is “Learn Grow Shine”. It is based on the philosophy that all students have a right to:

  • A safe and caring environment – to be physically safe
  • Be treated with respect and dignity – to be emotionally safe
  • A meaningful and relevant curriculum – to be viewed as learners

We are proud of the model of education provided at Suneden Specialist School and invite you to make contact with us if you would like to learn more.

Anne Martin