Social, emotional and intellectual development is considered when establishing modified programs for students. Communication with parents is integral to create a positive partnership to assist their child. ‘In class’ support is the preferred model, but withdrawal for small group ‘tutorial’ work, or ‘one to one’ assistance may also be necessary. Assistance from teachers also includes the adaptation of tasks and assessment materials, providing resources, strategies, accommodations and information.
The school recognises the needs of these children and allocates additional funds for Educational Support Officers’ time so that classroom support is enabled.
At the secondary level all attempts are made to keep the student in their core classes so they remain part of their social network. Accommodations according to the need of the student are made by the classroom teacher, with support from the faculty coordinator, so that they can access the curriculum.
With parental permission, there is close liaison with outside feeder schools for transition to St Mark’s, Port Pirie Regional Health Services (e.g., Speech therapy) Novita, AutismSA, Cora Barclay Centre, SPELD, TAFE and other pediatric and psychological specialists. In addition the Catholic Education Office’s Special Education Consultants provide regular guidance and oversee the review of the goals for those children who meet assessment criteria.
As they grow, children face a range of issues, at school, within friendship groups, even at home. As a College, we want to support our students through life’s challenges, equipping them with ways to cope.
Our students at both our Primary and Secondary campuses are supported by an onsite School Counsellor, Ellen Bunfield, who provides a friendly, private and confidential service to assist with a range of school and personal issues. Ellen is an experienced counsellor who is in their final year of University studying a Bachelor of Social Work. Students and their families are able to make an appointment during and outside of school hours, depending on availability.
This free service is accessible to all students. Families with concerns about their child can also contact the School Counsellor for support. Everything told to our School Counsellor remains confidential, and cannot be repeated to teachers, parents or anyone without permission (unless there is risk of harm or danger). If you do not wish for your child/ren to receive school counselling services please notify the Principal in writing
The school Counselling program assists students with issues such as: