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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to enrol my child?

Starting your application for enrolment begins with completing our online enrolment enquiry form in our Enrol section.

What Specialist Reports does Pacific Hope require?

Specialist reports are required to enable us to effectively assess how we can support your child.

We require the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) report from a specialist that confirms communication and social challenges that impact the learning of your child. We also require the functional assessment documentation.

The second report we require is the Intellectual Disability report that shows a diagnosis of a mild to moderate impairment, evidenced by a full-scale IQ score between three and four standard deviations below the mean on an approved intelligence test, along with supportive evidence of adaptive skills and school performance within or below that range.

When is the best time to submit an enrolment application for my child?

Pacific Hope welcomes enrolment applications throughout the full school year as there are no cut-off dates. It all starts with the completion of your initial enquiry form.

How can my child join a waiting list?

Once you have completed and submitted your initial enrolment enquiry our Registrar will send you a confirmation email and you will be automatically placed on our waiting list. We will stay in contact with you to update you on the status of your application.

Do I have to be a Christian or attend church to enrol my child?

No. We wholeheartedly welcome families of varying cultural backgrounds and beliefs to enrol their children. Whilst Pacific Hope Christian School values inclusivity and diversity, we confirm that our school is rooted in the Christian faith. This requires all families and children enrolled at Pacific Hope to respect and uphold the Christian beliefs, values and practices that define our faith-based community. All students are required to participate in all school courses, programs and activities. Participating in a Christian community allows students to explore their own personal journey of faith.

Pacific Hope follows the NESA curriculum but is distinctly Christian, delivering all teaching and learning from a Christian worldview and Biblical perspective.

What Year Groups does Pacific Hope Christian School provide an education for?

As a caring Christian school community, Pacific Hope caters for students from Year 1 to Year 12 with Autism Spectrum Disorder or a mild to moderate intellectual disability.

How does Pacific Hope communicate with the greater community?

At Pacific Hope Christian School the primary way we communicate with families is via email. All families will have access to our Parent Lounge as this is a very important platform that we use to stay in touch with you and keep you updated with information. Parent Lounge can be downloaded to your mobile phone as an application (app) called Parent Orbit. Additionally, we send out a newsletter to wrap up each term.

We love parents being involved with our school and invite them to participate in activities as partners alongside us.

Each term our Director hosts a greater community networking gathering, and everyone is invited to attend. The gathering is an effective way connecting with others. It is also an open forum for suggestions and encouragement regarding the school community and curriculum.

Our reception is open Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 4.00pm and often during school holidays (excluding public holidays).

Are sibling discounts available?

Pacific Hope is pleased to be able to offer a discount for siblings.

What time does School start and finish each day?

School commences at 8:30am and finishes at 2:45pm.

Can specialists book appointments with students at school during school time?

Yes, we have many external specialists (Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Counsellors) and youth support workers who work with students at our school. We recognise the benefit it provides for students in their educational journey and the convenience it is for families. Further, we are able to offer a greater level of support by collaborating with specialists.

Does the school have therapy dogs?

Yes, Pacific Hope has two therapy dogs. They are beloved members of our community. They have made a significant impact on the wellbeing of our students who relish their time with our therapy dogs. The interaction between students and therapy dogs helps reduce anxiety and stress, supports mental health, boosts mood, provides comfort, builds connections, creates trust and supports learning.

Does the school have Sensory Play Spaces?

Yes, Pacific Hope has sensory learning spaces which are safe places that support the sensory needs of our students to help them cope with challenges whilst also stimulating their senses. Our students enjoy and respond positively in our specially constructed sensory garden and playground.

What transport options are available?

There are a number of transport options available for students:

  • Many families opt to travel to our school by car.
  • Alternatively, Pacific Hope runs a daily bus from the school campus to Mudgeeraba.
  • Public transport is available for students who are independent.
  • Some of our students may be eligible to receive assisted travel to and from school.

For further information visit our transport page.

Where can I get the school uniform?

Our Uniform Shop is located on campus at the Pacific Coast Christian School site at 3A Acacia Avenue, Tweed Heads NSW 2486. All uniform items can be purchased online or directly from our uniform shop.

STILL HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS?

We are here to support you the best way we can. Your general enquiries, concerns and questions are important to us. We would love to connect with you today.