Promoting healthy minds
Through regular assessment and careful diagnosis, we identify students who have gaps in their learning journey and embark on the best path forward to address these challenges. Similarly, students who exhibit giftedness or talent are identified and provided with extension opportunities and higher order challenges.
We believe it is essential that our “safety-net” identifies students who need extra learning support, particularly in numeracy and literacy. Gifted students require more than ‘extra work’ – our responsibility to them is to set the academic bar higher and to encourage mastery.
The Learning Enhancement team also liaises with external specialists such as Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Educational Psychologists to identify, plan, support and deliver specific programmes.
We acknowledge that all children need to achieve at their optimum in order to remain engaged.
Our Student Support Unit (SSU) provides intervention for any student whose needs are not met through everyday provisions in the classroom. It aims to give necessary support and enrichment for students identified as possibly benefiting from individualised learning programs.
The SSU coordinate support programs so that every student is treated as an individual. In the classroom, the SSU teacher or aide supports generalist teachers in recognising learning styles amongst all students. The SSU supports teachers in their understandings and approaches to individualisation in learning.
Intervention programs provided at the school include the Early Years Literacy Intervention Program, the Multi Lit Reading Program and the Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment Program (for additional support and enrichment).
Students exhibiting strong general abilities, high levels of creative, social and emotional intelligence, and who do well on key assessment measures are identified and selected to participate in enrichment programs and services.
These programs and approaches may include: personalising the curriculum to respond to learner’s needs, individual learning plans, special ability groupings, acceleration (subject, curriculum, content or pacing), withdrawal programmes, out-of-hours programmes, mentoring, classroom enrichment and extension, curriculum differentiation through changes in pace, depth, complexity and teaching method, the provision of varied teaching strategies (de Bono, Blooms Taxonomy, Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, Higher Order Thinking) and National Competitions such as the Maths and Science Olympiads and G.A.T.E.WAYS Challenges.
Another programs includes the Wise Ones, which is a widely recognised and accredited body, dedicated to providing extension programs. Its aims are to provide further intellectual and social stimulation for the child to channel their cleverness towards more wisdom. As this service is outside the standard curriculum, the cost is passed on to participating families.