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The Association of Catholic Special School Services (ACSSS) of New South Wales includes schools and services for children with a wide range of disabilities. There is specialised expertise within member schools on children with Intellectual disabilities, mental health problems, hearing impairment, vision impairment, autism, language disorders and physical disabilities. Often member schools deal with multiple disabilities.

Each member school is able to provide outreach services to mainstream schools and systems, to support the inclusion of children with special needs. The services available include support with the development of individual education plans, positive behaviour management plans, satellite classes and programs, professional learning experiences for individual teachers, small teams and whole staff development programs. The support provided draws on the expertise of practitioners who specialise in their field.

For details of the outreach services offered by members of the association, any member school can be contacted.



Dunlea Centre – Australia’s Original Boys’ Town, Engadine

The Dunlea Centre accepts boys and girls in years 7-10 who require support in the preservation and restoration of their family relationships.

Contact Details

35a Waratah Rd
PO Box 99
Engadine 2233 

Phone (02) 8508 3900 | Fax (02) 8508 3920
Email paul@boystown.net.au | Web www.boystown.net.au
John Berne SchoolThe John Berne School

Berne caters for boys and girls aged 12-16 in years 7-10 who are at risk of not completing their education because they are behaviour disordered, school refusers, or are not coping in mainstream school.

Contact Details


Locked Bag 6
Petersham NSW 2049

1 Thomas Street
Lewisham NSW 2049

Phone (02) 9560 9260 | Fax (02) 9560 9290
Email office@johnberneschool.org | Web www.johnberneschool.org
Mater DeiMater Dei

Mater Dei provides early intervention therapy services, education and residential programs for babies, children and young people with an intellectual disability or developmental delay.

Contact Details

PO Box 3090
Narellan NSW 2567

229 Macquarie Grove Road
Camden NSW 2570

Phone (02) 4655 7481 | Fax (02) 4655 9515
Email enquiry@materdei.org.auWeb www.materdeicamden.org
St. Dominic's Centre for Hearing Impaired ChildrenSt Dominic's Centre for Hearing Impaired Children

In partnership with families, St Dominic's strives to achieve excellence in the provision of educational opportunities for students who are deaf and hearing impaired.

Contact Details

76 Havelock Street
PO Box 269
Mayfield NSW 2304

Phone (02) 4968 1295 | Fax (02) 4968 0456
Email admin@mayfldsd.mn.catholic.edu.au | Web http://mayfieldsd.catholic.edu.au
St. Edmund's School

St. Edmund's in Wahroonga is a Year 7-12 co-educational special high school for teenagers with a wide range of disabilities including sensory impairment, intellectual disability and autism.

Contact Details

60 Burns Road
PO Box 582
Wahroonga NSW 2076

Phone (02) 9487 1044 | Fax (02) 9489 0069
Email secretary@stedmunds.nsw.edu.au | Web www.stedmunds.nsw.edu.au
St. Gabriel's School for Hearing Impaired Children

St. Gabriel's is a Year K-6 co-educational school for students with hearing impairment and other special needs.

Contact Details

190 Old Northern Road
Castle Hill NSW 2154

PO Box 6126
Baulkham Hills Business Centre
NSW 2153

Phone (02) 9634 2367 | Fax (02) 9634 2610
Email reception@stgabriels.nsw.edu.au | Web www.stgabriels.nsw.edu.au
St. Lucy's School

St Lucy's (a work of the Dominican Sisters) is an independent, specialist Catholic School for children with cognitive and other disabilities.

Contact Details

21 Cleveland Street
Wahroonga NSW 2076

Phone (02) 9487 1277 | Fax (02) 9989 8056
Email reception@stlucys.org.au | Web www.stlucys.nsw.edu.au