MacLean Centre

Opportunities for students who live with a disability to attend school with their peers and receive support.

The MacLean Centre provides an opportunity for students who live with a disability to attend school with their peers and receive support from specialist teachers, learning support assistants and therapists.

The programme is flexible and pathways reassessed every year in consultation with students and parents.

The MacLean Centre offers individualised programmes for all students. Each teacher is responsible for a base class and timetables are designed to suit the nature of the learning needed by each person.

HOD MacLean Centre – Janice Whitaker-Hall

Qualifications: BArts University of Auckland; Dip. Teaching, Auckland College of Education; PG Dip. Special Education Needs, Auckland College of Education; Master of Specialist Teaching – Autism, Massey University

Whakatane High School Teacher of English Year 9 – 13 , 3 years
Mount Roskill Grammar School , Teacher of English, 9-13, 4 years
Mount Roskill Grammar School, Teacher MacLean Centre, 21 years
Mount Roskill Grammar School, Coordinator Enhanced Learning, 4 years
Mount Roskill Grammar School, Head of MacLean Centre, 11 years

Why I teach my subject: Every student is able to learn, especially those with challenges that a disability can bring. I am passionate about providing a range of experiences that enhance the opportunities for the students I work with, and in increasing the possibility of them enjoying a role in their community as adults.

Why I teach at MRGS: I teach at Mount Roskill Grammar because my passion is for working with students living with a disability and the MacLean Centre is a unique and progressive example of what teaching and learning can be. I work with an amazing team of people who are like family.

Janice Whitaker-Hall – HOD MacLean Centre
Lorraine Vickery – Teacher, Assistant Head of MacLean Centre
Andrea Holmes – Teacher
Arthi Fogelberg – Teacher
Bronwyn Colman – Teacher
Jenny Cannon – Teacher
Rebecca Tinny – Speech Language therapist
Justine Gordon – Occupational therapist
Rebecca Stephan – Occupational therapist
Kay Durrans – Nurse
Marja Bos – Learning Support Assistant
Alexandra Christeva – Learning Support Assistant
Karen Derrick – Learning Support Assistant

Amanda Failua – Learning Support Assistant
Christine Groom – Learning Support Assistant
Maureen Hartmann – Learning Support Assistant
Mark Matila – Learning Support Assistant
Kerrin Norgrove – Learning Support Assistant
Pushpa Singh – Learning Support Assistant
Shannon Sjostrom – Learning Support Assistant
Priya Yella – Learning Support Assistant
Zoe Hing-Mather – Learning Support Assistant
Jessica Holloway – Learning Support Assistant
Ngoc To – Learning Support Assistant
Leah Watt – Learning Support Assistant
Indira Yella – Learning Support Assistant

Courses and Pathways

Mainstream Pathway Year 9/10

Mainstream classes

MacLean Centre Pathway Year 9/10

Homeroom for English, Maths, Science, SST

  • With MC specialist junior option classes available
  • Mainstream option choice if suitable

Year 11

English, Math, + 1/2/3 other choices

Students who take 3 or more mainstream subjects will be in the MacLean Centre Mainstream group where they will be supported in their learning if required.

Mixed Senior H/R

  • With MC specialist options available
  • 1 Mainstream option choice if suitable

Year 12/13

English +2, 3 or 4 choices

Final Years at MC

  • Transition/work experience class
  • Life skills

Nishith Ghande, Graduating 2021

I’m a student at MacLean Centre

I like the MacLean Centre because it’s a nice place because it’s full of nice people. I feel very safe in the MacLean, it always makes me happy and excited every time when I’m in the centre. The staff really get to know the students, and their parents, help them to grow into the people they know they can be.