Learner Diversity

Learner Diversity

A unique Sydney Catholic Schools support structure is in place to optimise learning for all students. High quality inclusive education is provided for students with diverse learning profiles relating to: giftedness, speech, language, communication, vision, hearing, literacy acquisition and post-school pathways. Central and regional office diverse learning teams work with our classroom teachers to enhance their capacity to maximise learning outcomes for students. Specialists in these teams collaborate widely to consolidate an inclusive approach to learning. Each school also has dedicated learning support staff.

Sydney Catholic schools provide reasonable adjustments to assist and support students with disability to successfully engage in learning. All Sydney Catholic schools engage in the annual Nationally Consistent Collection for School Students with Disability. Students with moderate intellectual disabilities and complex developmental needs may benefit from the educational program at Eileen O’Connor Catholic College Lewisham.

 

Newman Selective Gifted Education Program
Exclusive to Sydney Catholic schools, the Newman Selective Gifted Education Program provides a clear educational pathway, underpinned by contemporary research, for identified gifted and talented students from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Responding to the pace, depth and curriculum complexity required by gifted learners, students take part in a rigorous program with like-minded peers for a significant amount of time each week. This not only assists with their academic growth but also their social and emotional wellbeing.
To sustain a high-quality educational program, teachers undergo training in identifying gifted students and developing curriculum differentiation strategies. All ‘Newman Selective schools’ undergo a comprehensive accreditation process within four years.

Specific Learning Support

Through expert support and resources from Sydney Catholic Schools, we collaborate and deliver personalised plans for students who have cognitive or developmental disorders, sensory disability, autism, physical disability, and speech, language and communication disorders. These plans focus on specific educational goals and adjustments related to areas such as curriculum, communication and social skills.

Year 12 students preparing to move on to work or further study after their HSC have the opportunity to convert a Certificate II qualification into a Certificate III in the final six weeks of the year. The Smart and Skilled training is subsidised by the NSW government and courses include Certificate III in Business, Early Childhood Education and Care, Individual Support (Ageing) and Information, Digital Media and Technology.

The Arrowsmith Program supports Year 2–12 students having difficulty with reading, writing, mathematics, comprehension, non-verbal learning and attention. The program empowers students to engage in classroom learning through a range of specific cognitive exercises.

Reading Recovery is a short-term preventative early literacy intervention that provides extra help to Year 1 students who are identified as the lowest achievers in literacy. It helps students catch up to the average reading and writing level of their class and become independent readers and writers. Reading Recovery is delivered by a specially trained teacher.

Students learning English for the first time are supported by dedicated staff within our school, staff from the Sydney Catholic Schools’ regional and central offices, and programs for new arrivals.

Migrant and overseas students, including students from a refugee background, can access one of Sydney Catholic Schools’ three Catholic Intensive English Centres , which ease students into life in Australia and offer an accelerated English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) experience.

We are committed to working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and their families to ensure students obtain a high-quality education as a platform for achieving their full potential.

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