Our vision is that our College Community will strive by word and action to respond to Christ's call to
"Come, live life in all its fullness" (John 10:10)
Assessment + ReferralAs a College, we gather information about our students from a variety of sources including report cards, meetings with parents and staff and discussions with the students. This information is reviewed and then support strategies are developed. Throughout this process, we may conduct diagnostic testing of individuals or groups to assess specific skills (e.g. literacy, numeracy) or conduct general diagnostic interviews to determine the nature of problems at school. If necessary, and in consultation with parents, we may refer a student to our College's Student Support Officers or an outside agency or specialist for further evaluation and testing.
Modification of Existing Resources, Assignments + TestsOur Curriculum Support Team will work with teachers to modify existing resources, assignments and/or tests to meet the educational level of our students with learning difficulties. We also help with ongoing lesson/unit planning to help our teachers cater for the learning needs of all students in their classrooms.
Research + Development of Resources, Assignments + TestsOur Curriculum Support Team will research and help to develop new materials to support students with learning difficulties.
Examination + Assignment SupportSome students with specific difficulties may require examination and assignment support to help them succeed. These students attend the College's Curriculum Support Centre and work closely with our support staff to develop their assignment and research skills. Examination support may also be provided and our teacher assistants can help our students understand the examination questions and we may scribe answers if necessary.
In-Class SupportOur Teacher Assistants work with our teachers to support our verified students and those with learning difficulties in may of their classes.
Transition SupportWe understand that the transition to high school can be extremely difficult for some and our Curriculum Support Team are closely involved in the transition of Year 6 students into the College for this reason. We work proactively to ensure all incoming students have any special needs identified and addressed so they can feel supported.
Verification + Individual Education PlansStudents with high-level physical, cognitive or emotional issues affecting their learning are generally identified at a primary school level and 'verified' according to the Educational Adjustment Program (EAP) process. However, some students can be identified at a secondary level. These students receive additional funding and support, including an Individual Education Plan (IEP). This plan identifies learning/behavioural goals for that student. Our Curriculum Support Staff act as Case Managers for verified students and meet with their parents, teachers and teacher assistants to review students' progress towards IEP goals.
Our core values
We practise Gratitude by choosing each day to be grateful and see life as a gift, acknowledging, practising and thanking God for God's unconditional love for us and all that God has given us. We also appreciate and express our thanks in word and deed for what we receive from others as well as allowing others to show their appreciation of us.
We practise Respect by thinking and acting in a positive way about ourselves and others because we are all made in the image of God. We recognise and appreciate that each person is unique with their own skills and talents. We also seek to create an environment where discussion, constructive feedback and new ideas are valued. Additionally, we value and care for the earth, all creation and all that we use.
We practise Compassion by recognising that compassion was at the heart of the ministry of Jesus. We forgive ourseles when we fail in some way in order that we can also forgive others. We are deeply aware of others in their pain and fears and do what we can to ease their suffering. We also acknowledge the independence of all living beings who are all part of one another and all involved in one another.