Teaching and Learning

Diverse Learning

The Learning Support Department at St Charbel’s College provides support for students from Kindergarten to Year 12 who have identified learning needs.

Specialist support staff and classroom teachers from the Primary Years through to the Senior Years work in partnership with students, parents and other relevant professionals to devise the best possible program to support each student’s access to the curriculum across all subject areas.

Personalised learning and differentiation within our mixed ability classrooms allow us to cater for a variety of learning needs. Differentiation includes appropriate adjustments to content, learning strategies, the learning environment and assessments and Examinations. For students who are identified as requiring learning support, appropriate intervention will depend on the individual learning needs of the student. This support can be delivered through team-teaching or in-class assistance or alternatively, where appropriate, students are withdrawn either individually or as part of a small group to further develop specific skills and content knowledge and understanding.

The team works closely with students, their families and external clinicians together with the Curriculum and Pastoral teams as well as the school well Being Coordinator to identify and support students with additional needs. This may also include applications for Special Provisions from the NSW Education Standards Authority or consultation with agencies such as ASPECT Australia or RIDBC.

Through ongoing collaboration, differentiated teaching strategies are embedded across all faculties to ensure all learners achieve success in a supportive and inclusive environment.

We are committed to resourcing the individual learning needs of our students and to the ongoing professional development of staff in the area of learning support.

GIFTED AND TALENTED

St Charbel’s College values its students as individuals and recognises the need to cater for all learners and their unique requirements in order to provide a successful and holistic educational environment.

The school recognises gifted and talented students as one group within the school whose educational needs are different from other learners and in acknowledging this, aims to provide a basis for focused pedagogy for these students.

DEFINITIONS

The College adopts definitions of giftedness and talent based on Gagne’s (2003) Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent (DMGT).

Gifted students are those whose potential is distinctly above average in one or more of the following domains of human ability: intellectual, creative, social and physical.

Talented students are those whose skills are distinctly above average in one or more areas of human performance.

Identification of Gifted and Talented students is the first step towards making effective provisions for the students’ education. The identification process needs to incorporate the use of multiple criteria, both subjective and objective. This includes teacher and parent observations, educational attainment testing (Allwell), NAPLAN analysis, ability test, achievement tests, standardised tests and in case of exceptional ability, IQ tests.

Provisions for high achievers are made through integrated differentiated programs, independent study programs, curriculum compacting and subject acceleration appropriate and ability grouping as well as opportunities for extension and enrichment.

For more information, please contact Mrs Mona Mansour at the College on 9740 0999.