Our Joshua Centre has opened in 2022 at our Flinders Tyabb Campus.  It is a special purpose educational facility that supports students on the Autism spectrum by providing a differentiated learning program and environment that is better suited to the sensory needs and routines of students on the Autism spectrum.

We seek to see students with Autism not just survive, but instead thrive in their learning, social connection and wellbeing in order to live a full and purposeful life.

What does an education look like at the Joshua Centre?

  • The Joshua Centre provides a Christ-centred education for students on the Autism spectrum.
  • With small class sizes, the Joshua Centre provides students with an individualised and differentiated learning program.
  • Each class will have a full-time Educational Support staff member who will work with the teacher to provide for the academic, social, emotional, and functional life skills of each student.
  • The Joshua Centre is located on the Tyabb Campus of Flinders Christian Community College.
  • Where possible, students will have opportunities to integrate into a range of mainstream classes and it is hoped that over time, some students will transition fully to our mainstream setting.
  • The Joshua Centre staff work collaboratively with Allied Health Professionals ensuring supports are targeted to student needs. To facilitate this families can arrange to have privately funded Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, and other approved practitioners work onsite with their child.
  • The learning, play spaces and uniform have been designed to provide students with a sensory environment that maximises students’ comfort when at school.

Enrolments at the Joshua Centre commenced with Grades 2 - 4 in 2022. We will then be adding additional Grades & Year levels year on year:

  • 2023: Grades 2 – 6
  • 2024: Grades 1 - Year 7
  • 2025 and beyond: Grades 1 - Year 8

Expression of interest

If you are interested to hear more about the Joshua Centre, please complete your details:

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the process for enrolling a student into the Joshua Centre?

Please complete our online enrolment application.  Applicants are to supply all requested supporting documentation online. Once we’ve received your online enrolment application with all relevant supporting documentation, we will then arrange a school visit to the student's current school. Our staff member(s) will visit the student in their current school setting, which may take place over one or more visits.  Family interviews will then also take place with parents/guardians and the student.  The school visits and interviews will commence in Term 2 and continue in Term 3.  Students will be offered a place based on interview, current school visits and places being available in the selected grade.  Enrolment offers will start going out from the end of Term 2 (and continue in Term 3) for the following year. 

Is there a minimum or maximum level of diagnosis required before applying to the Joshua Centre?

The Joshua Centre caters for students who are formally diagnosed with high functioning ASD. These students may struggle to cope in their current school setting and need a highly structure and modified learning environment in order to thrive. Students will be expected to have a particular level of independence i.e, being able to use the bathroom independently. 

Is a differentiated curriculum taught?

The Joshua Centre teaches the Victorian Curriculum in line with teaching practice at all Campuses. Adjustments to the curriculum will be determined in consultation with parents based on the students needs and will be documented in the Individual Learning Plan.

Will NDIS supported therapy be allowed onsite during school hours?

A central part of our Philosophy is strong collaboration between the Joshua Centre, families and therapists. To support this, NDIS and privately funded therapy will be accommodated and encouraged at The Joshua Centre during school hours. Facilitating these services not only allows us to support the students, but also the families who otherwise may have to seek therapy outside of school hours.

What suitability criteria are students required to meet to enable them to enrol in the centre?

Enrolment will be determined by a variety of information. This may include but is not limited to: Professional assessments, proof of diagnosis via a professional report(s), visit(s) to the student's current school, interview(s) with the family and the student and consultation with professionals to help ascertain the level of support the student will require.

Are the school hours at the Joshua Centre the same as the main school?

Students at the Joshua Centre have a slightly different start and finish time compared to our mainstream school. Students at the Joshua Centre start at 9am and finish at 2:30pm.

What are fees be for the Joshua Centre?

It is the same as our regular school fees

If you would like more information, please contact our Enrolments team on 5973 2000 or via email, enrolments@flinders.vic.edu.au