"Malkara School is a dynamic and engaging specialist education learning environment thanks to the commitment and hard work of the Malkara School community.'' 2012 External Validation Report
Welcome to Malkara School
Malkara is a well established school that has provided 40 years of quality education for students with an intellectual disability.
Our wonderful and dedicated community of staff, parents, carers together with the wider Canberra community work together to ensure that all Malkara students have a positive, student centred environment and educational programs that ensure maximum student growth and development.
Our grassy playgrounds with well established trees are just one stand out feature of our unique environment. Please explore our informative, extensive website for further information about Malkara School.
Letter from a parent to the principal.
When I considered putting my daughter Kate into a special needs school, I was particularly worried that it would not be the best environment for her to reach her full potential. I have done a considerable amount of research on how to best maximise the development of children with Down Syndrome.
I spoke in person with a world expert in England who had a very strong belief and a lot of evidence indicating that children with Down Syndrome should be educated in mainstream schools if at all possible. Kate was in a mainstream school prior to Malkara.
I have to say that in my experience, Malkara has been the best thing for her. The dedicated, trained professionals at the school have been able to bring the most out of her, far more than well-meaning but untrained carers in mainstream.
The staff at Malkara know all about her and her needs, and know how to bring out her full potential.
I have also seen staff's interactions with the other children who have a variety of special needs and they are outstanding in their attitude, care and consideration of these wonderful children.
While every parent with special children needs to work out what is best for their child, I definitely recommend Malkara, as a wonderful, nurturing and caring environment that can bring out the best for your child.
Dr Deirdre Speldewinde
Mother of 5 and Paediatrician
Empowering ACT Schools
Malkara is the first ACT specialist school to pilot school autonomy, now referred to as Empowering ACT Schools or eACT. All ACT schools will move to this model in 2015. Empowering ACT Schools is the result of the Government's decision to increase school-based decision making in relation to staffing and finances thereby giving schools increased flexibility and autonomy.
The School Board have the opportunity for greater involvement and input into school finances when we are fully operational in a 'dollar environment'.