BALLARAT Specialist School has reached two significant milestones.
The school’s Educational Residential Unit (ERU) celebrated its 10th anniversary and 50th program on Wednesday.
The ERU is a purpose-built residence that further develops students’ home and community living skills.
Each program varies in length between four and 10 weeks.
Principal John Burt said the idea for the ERU developed in 1997 after he saw the change in students on a three-day camp.
“All it needed to be was somewhere where social interaction, sharing and living together could take place,” Mr Burt said.
To celebrate the milestone, eight students who who were involved in the 50th ERU program at the FARM campus graduated.
ERU co-ordinator Greg Middleton said the achievement showed how the program had evolved to where it is today. “It makes us think what we are doing and how important it is in (students’) lives,” Mr Middleton said.