Our school


As the Principal of Narbethong State Special School it is my pleasure to welcome you to this community.

This school community consists of a dedicated professional group of educators, therapists, teacher-aides, state-wide orientation and mobility specialists, the paediatric low vision clinic, school nurse and guidance officer who all work closely with families and carers to achieve the best possible education and quality of life outcomes for students with high support needs. The school actively recruits volunteers to assist with our programming options, and I would like to acknowledge the efforts of this core group of people for their work supporting our school.

Every member of our partnerships will tell you, “We are here for the students.”

We are very proud to be a State Special School and have a campus that allows for the many diverse programs we offer.  The school also has an indoor hydrotherapy pool and uniquely constructed playgrounds.  We use 2 school buses to ensure our students have access to the wider community.

Parents and Carers have consistently given the school very high ratings within our school opinion survey and are extremely pleased with the programming on offer here.  I believe that this strength has been achieved by the dedicated working relationships built between school and home and I encourage this shared partnership.

Narbethong State Special School provides a number of services for students primarily with a vison impairment and our programs incorporate the Active Learning methodology of the late Dr. Lilli Nielsen. These programs are offered to children who are blind or have severe vision impairments, with or without additional disabilities.

Being a specialist vision impairment setting, Narbethong draws its students from all over Brisbane, and we take very seriously the belief that everyone learns through doing things for themselves, at their own time.

Early Childhood Developmental Program (ECDP)

Our ECDP supports students from birth with a diagnosed vision impairment. Our programs range from once a week child and family support groups, through to prep program for students likely to require a special school placement for their formal education in the future. 

For information regarding eligibility and specific program offerings please contact us.

School age program

Our school age program caters for students with a vision impairment and additional disabilities from prep age through to the end of high school at approximately 18 years of age. Our programming focus is the Australian Curriculum, the Expanded Core Curriculum for VI students, and the FIELA Curriculum. 

For information about programs and enrolment, please feel free to contact us.

Statewide services 

Based on the Narbethong campus are the following Statewide services to support students with vision impairment:

  • Education Low Vision Assessment Centre (formerly Paediatric Low Vision Clinic)

  • Alternative Format Library Services

  • Orientation and Mobility Services

  • Assistive Technology Services

  • Braille Music Services​

Last reviewed 12 May 2020
Last updated 12 May 2020