St Joseph’s provides a caring, nurturing environment in which each student is recognised as an individual with unique strengths, abilities, talents and needs. As a smaller school, we strive to meet the needs of all students including students with special needs across a range of medically diagnosed disabilities as well as the needs of students who experience barriers to learning through learning difficulties or disabilities, social, emotional or behavioural issues in an inclusive environment.
At St Joseph's our aim is to ensure that each class has differentiated activities embedded and to provide adjustments for each student where appropriate. Our teachers employ a range of strategies in the classroom to differentiate the curriculum and specialist staff provide targeted intervention.
Teachers and staff continually monitor student needs and adapting the teaching and learning process accordingly. Class assessments, NAPLAN and standardised testing allow us to identify students with specific needs. Identifying and assessing student needs is an ongoing process. We conduct a school-wide standardised testing program each year, tracking student progress and gathering data for the needs of all students. We also gather additional information about students’ academic performance through classroom assessments, work samples, anecdotal evidence, teacher observations, parent interviews and reports. This assessment assists staff in planning for the individual needs of each student.
Where we identify a student as needing support beyond the differentiated curriculum, we meet with parents to discuss and provide recommendations and outline how adjustments will be made in the classroom. We have access to a range of professionals including speech pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologists and counsellors who can assist in the referral process. Communication and partnership with parents informs the planning and needs of all students at St Joseph’s.
Learning Support Programs and Interventions
We offer support to students in several ways including:
- Specialist programs and interventions including MiniLit and MacLit
- Individualised education plans
- Individualised reading and mathematics programs
- In-class support from learning support assistants
Students and parents have access to a school-based counsellor. Our school counsellor provides support to students and families to enhance the mental health, social and emotional wellbeing of students.