Community organisations play an important role in delivering services and programs to Katandra School that frequently focus on improving the opportunities and resources available to the young people and their families.

The partnerships between Katandra School and community organisations provide an opportunity for services and resources to be more accessible and delivered more efficiently. By partnering with our local community organisations, Katandra have the ability to plan and develop infrastructure and programs that assist our students across the community.

This also helps foster greater integration between our school and the surrounding communities creating better outcomes for all stakeholders involved.

Katandra School has found that the benefits of effective partnerships between our school and community organisations bring benefits to the staff and students whilst helping the broader community understand the abilities, needs and interests of our students in a special school environment.

Katandra School has formed the following networks and partnerships to support or students and their families:


Accommodation and Care Solutions (ACARES) is an aged and disability care provider established in 2003. Operating throughout Victoria, NSW, South Australia and Queensland 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year – Their philosophy of care provision is based on providing opportunities to enhance the lives of individuals and delivering a seamless level of care.

They provide a wide range of services that are responsive to the changing needs of individuals, their families and the community. At ACARES they believe that individual choice is paramount, offering you the freedom to choose the support you want and flexibility to determine the days and time that suit you best.

With a vast number of professional care staff employed, they have the capacity to support individuals with a variety of care needs, including those with complex medical requirements.

Families should consider ACARES to support with their NDIS service requirements.

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Bendigo Bank Ormond Branch

Bendigo Bank Ormond Branch, are great supporters of Katandra and helped raise funds for our garden program at the school. Bendigo bank also work with our senior students to teach them about saving and banking.

Bendigo bank are very supportive of Katandra as part of the Ormond Community, so if you are looking to change banks or set up a new account or housing loan, we encourage you to consider Bendigo Bank Ormond.

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Cerebral Palsy Education Centre (CPEC)

CPEC work closely with the staff at Katandra to provide professional development for staff in areas of allied health to ensure an environmental model is delivered to enhance the students learning.

CPEC has provided professional learning and training for our staff around areas of speech pathology and increasing the expressive and receptive communication for students using Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) Technologies and programs.

CPEC offer Speech Path, OT and PT individual sessions for students and can be used through students NDIS funding. They support students with a range of diagnosis and disabilities, not just CP. However, they do not support students with ASD.

We encourage families to visit CPEC and make contact through the intake email address:

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Elsternwick Park Tennis Centre

During the school year, Elsternwick Park Tennis Centre provide weekly Tennis coaching clinics for the students at Katandra School.

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Gauge Café Ormond

Gauge is a local Café that support Katandra School through displaying a Gallery of student artwork. Gauge sells the art work to help in raising funds for school wide community projects.

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Glen Eira City Council

Glen Eira City Council are the local council that Katandra School resides. Glen Eira City Council works with Katandra around inclusion and diversity in the local area.

Glen Eira City Council offers great opportunities for students and adults with disabilities. Katandra is always invited and attends the annual event to celebrate the International Day of Disability, which is held at GESAC in December.

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IGA Ormond is a local supermarket located on North Road. As part of our community access program some classes visit IGA to go shopping to extend on their speaking and listening skills, money handling skills and following instructions.
Kilvington Grammar

Katandra works closely with the students at Kilvington Grammar offering the year 9 and 10 students work experience and community placement programs, where they run peer programs to support our students learning at Katandra.

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MDCA: Mobile Dental Clinics Australia

Mobile Dental Clinics Australia, provide emergency, general and dental laboratory services for our students at our school.  At Katandra we recognise that organising dental visits for your child can be a challenge and a struggle to fit into busy schedules. MCDA are qualified dental technicians who have experience in working with students in special school settings and provide the comfort, care and support in a familiar environment for the students to receive their regular dental check-ups.

MCDA attend Katandra twice a year both at the end of Term 1, and the end of Term 3.

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Oomph Hairology

Oomph Hairology are located locally in Glen Eira on Inkerman road in Caulfield North.

The team at Oomoh Hairology provide an inclusive service that support many of our student’s additional needs when getting a haircut. They are also able to provide flexibility to meet the needs of the whole family within the same visit.

At Katandra we know that it can often be a challenge for parents to get their child to the hairdresser, due to a number of reasons that could be anxiety, sensory aversions or it is a completely new experience. We encourage our families and community to visit the team at Oomph Hairology. When booking please make sure to let them know of your child’s or families specific needs so they can ensure they allow the adequate time and services to support your child.

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Packer Park

Packer Park is one of Glen Eira’s most popular and well-serviced sport and recreation facilities. With the extensively varied facilities, you can have a BBQ with family and friends, take in the landscape with a stroll along the walking path, shoot some hoops or look for frogs and birds in the wetland area. One of the highlights of Packer Park is that it is home to the City’s only cycling velodrome.

Katandra regularly use these facilities to extend our students learning.

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Riding Develops Abilities Victoria RDA

RDA Moorabbin, provide a community based horse-riding program for students at Katandra. RDA is only able to be offered to a select number of students at the school and is attracts a fee for students to participate.

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WAVES Aquatic Centre

WAVES aquatic and recreation centre located in Moorabbin, works with Katandra school to facilitate and host our students for a comprehensive swimming program.

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