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Twinlakes Centre

Twinlakes Centre (TLC) at Northlakes High School (NHS) has 3 classes comprising of 7 students  providing special education services to students with a diagnosed emotional disturbance. The educational needs of the students enrolled cannot presently be adequately met in the regular mainstream setting.

The program focusses on three pillars, Literacy, Numeracy and Emotional Literacy. We aim to increase the student’s self-awareness, self-regulation, social skills, empathy and motivation. We are a trauma informed program with a strong emphasis on student welfare designed to meet the specific learning needs of our students. 

Students undertaking the program are equipped with the academic, vocational and social skills to be productive and engaged members of the community.


The TLC faculty works in partnership with mainstream teachers, parents, carers, and external organisations to develop wholistic and collaborative Individual Education Programs (IEP), Individual Transition Plans (ITP) and Behaviour Management Plans (BMP) for our students. The students follow the mainstream curriculum and where possible are assessed in line with the mainstream outcomes. Life Skills Outcomes are employed only after consultation and agreement from all stakeholders.

Opportunities such as community access, school excursions, camps, work experience and mainstream transition programs allow students to build upon their numeracy, literacy and social skills in the educational and real-world settings. TLC staff are specialised educators providing individualised, differentiated programs in a nurturing, and inclusive environment.

The aim for our students is they will move to less restrictive environments and be prepared for future academic or vocational pathways.  The program relies on continual ongoing collaboration and consultation between all relevant parties to ensure students achieve their personal goals and identified outcomes.

 Our Staff

Head Teacher: Mrs Kristy Pafumi

Teacher: Ms Kirsty Nelson

Teacher: Ms Chantal Selby

Teacher: Mr Alexander Smyth

School Learning Support Officers (SLSOs)

Ms Sharmaine Anderson

Mr Michael Howard

Mr James Reid

Mr Mark Bird