Students arrive with a wide range of abilities and at times challenges, and are welcomed into an environment where they feel valued and supported, and are encouraged to achieve to the best of their own ability.We have the resources and expert support required to tailor learning to different styles and capabilities. Our staff are cognisant of diverse learning needs. Learning Support is provided for students with learning, communication or concentration difficulties, or for those with physical needs that require an environmental adjustment. It may be provided individually or in groups, depending on the needs of the student. Our staff work closely with parents, class teachers, specialist teachers and, where appropriate, school psychologists. The guiding principle is to enable all students to achieve their potential and experience a sense of belonging and personal success. Early understanding and identification of student needs supports planning forward and catering for individual student needs.
Supporting Additional Needs
Students who are identified by parents or teachers as requiring support will be provided with adjustments to their learning program to suit their needs. In some instances funding may be available to further support children in class. Additional support for students experiencing difficulties in achieving their optimum, particularly in Literacy and Numeracy is designed by experienced teaching staff. Assistance is provided through in-class support, withdrawal for small group work and, in some instances, through individual support. Students requiring assistance are referred to the school's Additional Needs Team by class teachers and or parents. While assistance is available for students in Kindergarten to Year 6, an emphasis is placed on early intervention.
Students needing assistance with fluency in English may join our English as Additional Language or Dialect program (formerly known as English as a Second Language).
Learning Support Unit (LSU)
The LSU is a unique learning space tailored to the specific needs of students. Each child has their own learning program catering for their strengths and learning. Staff are highly trained and experienced, with a focus on care, kindness and fostering learning. Families work closely with the classroom teacher to optimise learning for every child. Children are integrated into mainstream classes throughout the week for a range of learning experiences including library, sport, art, swimming programs and assemblies.
A part-time School Psychologist is part of our school’s staffing configuration. Services include: counselling for students, family support, some educational assessments, student management at school and home as well as working with classes and small groups. The School Psychologist works closely with class teachers and the Special Needs Committee. Parents may contact the School Psychologist directly, or through the class teacher, for confidential discussion about their child’s emotional/social/behavioural and educational adjustment. Referrals to a range of outside agencies can be facilitated by the School Psychologist.
Special Needs Committee
A Special Needs Committee meets regularly to discuss and review student needs. Areas of focus may include physical, learning, social, behavioural or health needs. The committee comprises of the School Psychologist, Special Needs Coordinator, and the class teacher/s. Special Needs, ILP and appraisal meetings are also scheduled at specific times throughout the year to support students in terms of resourcing, special programs, referrals to outside agencies, physical resourcing, specialist testing and referrals to specialist classes and programs. The special needs committee works closely throughout the year with class teachers, specialist teachers and the intervention team within the school as well as multidisciplinary agencies external to the school to support student welfare and individual needs