The Learning Support program caters for students with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities. The classes are multi-aged encompassing Years 7-9 and Years 10-12 respectively. With smaller class sizes and support from Education Assistants, the students complete core subjects with specialist teachers. All students have an Individual Education Plan. Work experience and career development is an important part of the program to enable the students to leave with the skills and links to participate in employment or community activities.
Currently in the Learning Support Program, we have a Middle School Program for Years 7, 8 and 9 students and a Senior School Program for Years 10, 11, 12 and 13. These are all multi-age groups. Every student has an Individual Education Program (IEP) with goals set for their particular abilities. We encourage parents to be a part of this process.
Pastoral Care is a school focus. We have dedicated staff that assists students with their health and well-being. Learning Support has a “safe” area for before school, recess and lunch-time. Staff members supervise the students and co-ordinate activities to encourage peer interaction and the development of social skills.
Our Middle School students complete work in a variety of areas. Students study core subjects with Learning Support teachers and electives with specialist teachers. Students work individually, in pairs, one-on-one with a teacher or education assistant, in small groups or as a whole class.
Core Subjects – Middle School
Options – Middle School
These may be integrated classes with students from the General and Australian Curriculum streams.
Year 10 Work Readiness
Our Year 10 students undertake Work Experience or Workplace Learning. They attend Work Experience for a minimum of two hours one day a week supported by staff members. This allows students to gain skills and build confidence for the transition to Workplace Learning.
The Senior School students complete work in a variety of areas. The curriculum is based on the preliminary units and school developed courses. Most of the Year 11 and 12 students complete two days of Workplace Learning. Some students complete a Certificate II qualification in conjunction with their workplace learning.
Core Subjects – Senior School
Students can be included in mainstream classes if they are capable of working at the required level. This is negotiated between the Learning Support and Senior School Program Managers, with parental permission.
As part of our Senior School Program our students run a Coffee Shop two times a week. Participating in the Coffee Shop helps students to develop the skills of following instructions, social skills (team work), money skills and communication skills.
Outside Agencies and the Community
We have a wide range of outside agencies that work with our students. These agencies include:
These agencies work with students, their families and the school to develop and engage the student in a wide range of activities.