RECOGNISE – RESPECT – RESPOND – REVIEW
These four words summarise the rationale and work of the team. We recognise that our learners present a very wide range of learning needs. Each learner is unique and we respect their individual personalities, strengths and learning challenges. In responding to this diversity, we are constantly open to learning about new developments in inclusive education, alternative teaching methods and strategies. Our progress and interventions are regularly discussed and reviewed, especially during our fortnightly Diverse Needs meetings, which are attended by a multidisciplinary team.
STAYING ON TRACK WITH LEARNING SUPPORT
Is your daughter working extremely hard but not gaining the expexted results? Are there issues with organisation? Does your daughter display 'avoidance' strategies with regard to her school work? Do you intuitively know that 'something is not right'?
The Learning Support team is available to work with students at all levels of the College and in any area of the curriculum. Through initial testing, groups of students are identified early in the year. These students will receive help from either a Learning Support teacher or a teacher aide in addition to their classroom teachers. This help may be one-to-one, in a small group or within the regular classroom. To discuss learning support for your daughter, contact Lorraine Evening our Head of Learning Support.
SUPPORTED STUDY - LEARNING HOW TO LEARN
Supported study is designed for senior students who, for a variety of lessons, might requrie teacher assistance during a supevised study time. Students will have access to a quiet space and a teacher who will help them develop an individual leaner profile/plan which includes setting SMART academic and personal goals for the year. They will be supported to develop learning skills and strategies to support these goals and their progress willl be closely monitired to ensure they meet their desired goals
SPECIAL ASSESSEMENT CONDITIONS (SAC)
Students with a diagnosed learning, medical, sensory or physical difficulty may be entitled to special examination and test conditions. If a student has an up-to-date Educational Psychological Assessment or has undergone testing in Learning Support, she may be granted Assessment Conditions (SAC) to enable her to better access her assessments..
If you suspect that 'something is not right' with your daughter's learning and progress, please contact her Dean in the first instance. A discussion of your concerns may lead to a referral to Learning Support for a formal assessment – and improved outcomes for your daughter.
SENIORS TUTORING JUNIORS
We have a number of dedicated senior students tutoring/mentoring junior students in a range of subjects. Tutoring occurs during lunchtimes. This programme has become extremely successful again this year. The benefits of this programme are gained by seniors and juniors alike. Students who wish to be involved need to see their Dean.
ACTIVITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR THE GIFTED AND TALENTED
Our philosophy is to provide for our gifted and talented students in class by way of differentiation of the curriculum. Cooperative learning strategies are also encouraged as a way of ensuring that the diverse needs of our learners are met.
In addition to the enrichment that occurs at a subject level, there may also be a separate focus for various year levels, dependent on student need. Students also have a vast range of extra curricula areas to choose from to extend themselves.
Some of the activities that our gifted students have been involved with include Future Problem Solving, book clubs, conferences, debating and critical thinking activities. Often giftedness can be masked by learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, and in some cases, our gifted students may even need individual tutorials in subjects that challenge them. The Teacher In Charge of Gifted and Talented is Monique Williams.
DYNAMIC LEARNING FOR ORS STDUENTS
In 2023 Learning Support will be relocating to the refurnsihed MB block where the girls will be provided with a brand-new classroom equipped with tis own modern kitchen.This will be an invaluable reource for the Ongoing Research Scheme (ORS) students whose programme includes life skills such as Cooking and Nutrition, Health and Gardening.
We have a dedicated team of teacher aides who work with our ORS students to achieve their learning goals. This ORS team is capably led by Samantha van der Merwe, our teacher in charge of ORS and junior students.
VOLUNTEERS - HAERE MAI!
LEARNING SUPPORT STAFF