Learning Support

The College's Learning Enrichment staff work closely with Junior and Senior School teachers and parents to collaboratively develop individual plans for students with learning difficulties or disabilities. There are Teacher Assistants available to support individual students in the classroom as needed.

The Learning Enrichment staff also liaise with outside agencies such as speech therapists, occupational therapists and health practitioners to best support the needs of individual students.

 

Gifted and Talented

Generally the College has favoured an extension approach rather than acceleration, placing more importance on the formative/relational aspects of schooling over simple academic progress. Learning Enrichment teachers are responsive to the needs of students in helping them reach their academic potential. These teachers coordinate extension and enrichment opportunities for all students according to need, provide support to the classroom teachers for strategies to assist individual students in their learning and provide professional development opportunities for staff.

There are a range of activities to develop gifted and talented students. These include  chess, Da Vinci Decathlon,  debating,  drama, lateral thinking groups, poetry and art workshops with Loreto Kirribilli, Tournament of Minds and a number of Gifted and Talented workshops offered by the University of NSW and the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA).  These programs are conducted both during and after school hours.

Streaming of classes in Mathematics (Years 8-12), Science (Years 9-10) and  English (Years 9-12) allows for both brighter students to be extended and for those of more average ability to have opportunity to have key concepts reinforced and an appropriate pedagogical approach to be utilised. In Mathematics, we have introduced an accelerated program in Year 10 leading to students sitting the HSC Mathematics examination in Year 11.