The College operates a successful Learning Support program, Prep to Year 10, staffed by trained Teachers, aides and occasional parent helpers. Fundamental to our program is the early identification of learning and developmental needs so that a planned strategy of support can be implemented.
Junior Learning Community
The Early Intervention Program occurs during lower Early Years. As soon as concerns are identified, children are assessed and either put on an internal program or referred to an external professional.
Starts for those children in Year 1 who need reading support. Parents partner in the successful program, which continues as long as necessary. If children continue to require support, other programs are set up for groups according to need.
RWI Language Program
The RWI Language Program is being implemented across Years 1 to 3. Selected students who have difficulty are given additional tuition in small groups in Year 4.
Standardised language and maths tests in Years 4 – 6 are used to track student needs as well as their development over time. These also expose levels of comprehension. Those children with exceptional levels may be included in the ECHO Inc programs while students with low levels are included in specific support programs. Our aim in Learning Support is to identify developmental issues as early as possible and work with children to address problem areas for as long as they require assistance. Children with Disabilities are assessed for inclusion on the EAP system where the appropriate level of support can be given through the assistance of Teacher aides. This enables the child to access learning and to achieve their best potential for success in life.
Senior Learning Community
Standardised Language and Maths Tests
Administered in Years 7 – 9 to assist teachers in identifying those students who may require additional assistance. In-class assistance from Learning Support staff is timetabled in mainstream classes and is arranged on an individual basis.
Modified Learning Programs
Arranged for students who require minor adaptations in order to participate meaningfully in mainstream classes (both compulsory and elective). These programs are implemented within the mainstream program.
Alternate Learning Programs
Provided for an extremely small number of students who are unable to successfully participate in mainstream core programs.
Children with Disabilities
Supported under the Education Adjustment Program (EAP) which is a process to identify and respond to the educational needs of students. Adjustments are made for students with disabilities to enable them to access the curriculum, achieve curriculum outcomes and participate in school life. This process consists of an ongoing cycle of data collection, planning, program development, intervention, documentation, profiles, evaluation and review.