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About Us


Established in 1977 and named in honor of Mr. B H MacLean, Principal 1966 - 1981, the Centre has continued to grow in size and reputation.

Our Philosophy

The MacLean Centre is a facility where students with disabilities can grow emotionally, socially and cognitively in a challenging and supportive environment with maximum contact with their age peers.

Our Goal

To enhance the learning of students identified as having significant special needs because of their disability.


Education Programmes

The MacLean Centre provides a range of educational opportunities for students with disabilities. These include:

  • A fully inclusive environment with students joining in regular classes with their peers
  • A semi-inclusive environment with the students joining in regular classes with support staff.
  • A supportive environment for students with complex inter-related needs
  • A skills development programme that facilitates and provides opportunities for students: to learn and practice day to day living skills; to cope with employment; and to be self sufficient members of the community.
  • Opportunity for students to participate in vertical forms and houses and to attend all form/house meetings and activities

Opportunities for all students to:

  • Obtain academic qualifications
  • Achieve optimum physical independence
  • Gain functional living skills
  • Improve communication skills
  • Improve social skills
  • Improve self esteem
  • Prepare for work and adult life

To enable all students to participate fully in the school programme there is support from:

  • Teachers with qualifications and experience in Special Education
  • Therapists (Occupational, Physio and Speech Language)
  • Teacher aides
  • A student and teacher body who readily accepts students with special needs

Specialist Services

Students who have special needs may need to access some or all of the specialist service provided by:

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech Language Therapy

Occupational Therapy

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The aim of the Occupational Therapy Department is to enable students to participate as fully as they can in all aspects of life. This involves self- management, independence, leisure and their participation in the school and wider community.

Within the school environment the occupational therapy service assesses and aims to develop functional skills for everyday life both for the present and for the student’s future beyond school. This includes:

  • Activities of daily living- eating, dressing, toileting, self-care etc.
  • Life Skills- safety issues (e.g. fire, traffic)
  • Skills training – organisation, handwriting, tool use, computer use, physical access and positioning
  • Leisure, recreation
  • Sensory motor skills – fine motor, visual perception, body awareness, sensory regulation
  • Cognitive skills – problem solving, attention, memory, activity tolerance
  • Social skills – sharing, interacting with others, friendship, sexuality (in consultation with parents)
  • Emotional skills –expressing and managing own feelings and those of others
  • Hand function Work skills and transition beyond school –e.g. stages of independent living, transport

Occupational Therapists look at the whole person in order to equip them for living as independently as they are able in the school environment and in the community. At the MacLean Centre, Occupational Therapists work closely with other therapists, teaching staff and family/whanau to ensure needs are met. This is accomplished through the following:

  • Assessment
  • Individual and Group sessions e.g. social skills group
  • Facilitating, networking and linking into extra curricular organisations and service providers
  • Modifying activities, recommending and/or adapting equipment or the environment
  • Positioning, hand splinting and activity programmes
  • Providing motivating meaningful activities
  • Developing new coping strategies
  • Disability Awareness for all year 9 students, within the Health curriculum, to promote inclusion



The MacLean Centre Physiotherapy Department provides quality physiotherapy services for students with physical disabilities, in accordance with the policies and objectives of the Ministry of Education. An integrated goal oriented approach is used to promote access to learning.

The major physiotherapy goals are for students to achieve optimum physical independence and to gain functional skills to ensure that they reach their potential within the limits of their physical disability. Students are assessed and a comprehensive treatment plan is formulated after full consultation with the student, family and school team.

Where possible, students are integrated into the mainstream physical education programme. Individual and group physiotherapy sessions are provided by onsite physiotherapists. Students are given the opportunity to attend fitness training (run daily before school from 8am), hydrotherapy and riding for the disabled. Physiotherapy techniques employed include strength training, treadmill training, Bobath facilitation and the MOVE programme. We have a large physiotherapy area which functions as a gym, with modern gym equipment, such as treadmills, stationary cycles, rowing machine and weights machine.

In addition, students’ requirements for orthotics and mobility needs are met through a monthly othotic clinic and close liaison with AccessAble.

Speech Language Therapy

The MacLean Centre Speech Language Therapists provide therapy for students with communication disabilities and/ or swallowing disorders (dysphagia).

Therapists work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team which includes education and health professionals, and also family/whanau to address the needs of the students in a holistic manner.

Our therapy services include assessment and diagnosis of communication and/or swallowing disorders, therapy management and student advocacy. Student potential for change and independence is taken into consideration during the assessment process and therapy can be given through individual sessions, group sessions, in the classroom or in other settings.

Communication goals are individualised to meet student needs and are aimed at maintaining or improving functional communication for everyday living. They are also aimed at facilitating access to suitable areas of the curriculum.

Dysphagia management is based on individual student needs and aims to keep the student safe while eating and to prevent any health risks associated with swallowing difficulties. It is also to maintain optimal well being and quality of life.

Therapy sessions are designed to be enjoyable for the students and also to empower them to take responsibility and independence in their learning.


MacLean Centre Enrolment

The MacLean Centre provides educational and specialist service support for students with disabilities who have their special needs recognized under the Ongoing Reviewable Resourcing Scheme (ORRS).

Enrolment Criteria

1. Applicants will have ORRS funding

  • High
  • Very High
  • High Health

2. Applicants will have special needs and will require access to specialist services.

3. Applicants will be between 12 ½ and 19 years when they begin a course at school.

There are 3 levels of priority:

Priority 1: Applicants will permanently reside within the Mt. Roskill Grammar School zone as determined by the BOT and by the MoE (Area 1). See attached map.

Priority 2: Applicants will permanently reside within the Central Auckland area (Area 2). That is - the area bounded to the North by the Waitemata Harbour, West by a line midway between Mt. Roskill Grammar School and the facility at Waitakere College, East by a line midway between Mt. Roskill Grammar School and the facility at Selwyn College , South by a line midway between Mt. Roskill Grammar and the facility at Papatoetoe High School. See attached map. In addition, a Transport Application will need to be approved by Auckland GSE.

Priority 3: Applicants will permanently reside outside the Central Auckland area (as defined Priority 2).

In addition, a transport application will need to be approved by Ministry of Education (Wellington).

The selection process will be undertaken by the MacLean Centre Management Committee who will base their decision on the Criteria listed above.

For further information contact the Manager, MacLean Centre

Janice Whitaker-Hall

Ph. 09 6210052

Email: janicew@mrgs.school.nz

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