Student Support Services

1- What is the mission of Student Support?

By recognising the uniqueness of every student, Student Support aims to ensure that each student’s needs are being met in order to access the curriculum and learning opportunities equitably. In a caring environment, students are encouraged to achieve the best of their abilities and foster a sense of belonging and respect for everyone’s individuality.

Student Support is compliant with and implements Orana Strategic Plan goals.

2- Who are the students that can benefit from Students Support Services?

Students with specific needs may include, but are not limited to, students:

  • - with learning needs (including gifted and talented)
  • - with pastoral/medical care needs
  • - with complex needs and challenging behaviours
  • - from Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander background
  • - for whom English is an additional language or dialect (EAL/D)


Evidence may be required.

3- What is the referral process?

Students with specific needs may be referred by their parents/carers, school staff member, external agencies, other students, or themselves.

Once a student has been referred, a collaborative process will commence which will consider his/her eligibility to benefit from any specific programs and how to best meet his/her needs.

All support is clearly explained and established on a Student Support Plan (SSP) which consists of agreeing on reasonable adjustments by consulting all main stakeholders: parents, teachers, external agencies, Learning Support Assistant (LSA) and students. Progress is assessed against the goals set in the SSP twice a year in Term 1 and in Term 3.

For more information, please contact [email protected] 

4- What support is available and how is it delivered?

PRIMARY SCHOOL

In Primary, the focus is on building, enhancing and extending students’ literacy and numeracy skills. All programs are evidence-based, age-appropriate and targeted to meet the specific needs of students. Both Literacy and Numeracy programs are implemented in partnership with the class or subject teacher to complement and enhance their differentiated pedagogy.

· Literacy

Class 3 - Multilit program reflects a contemporary approach to best practice literacy instruction as identified by international reading scientists. It consists of a 15 minutes 1:1 individualised session delivered four times a week by a Learning Support Assistant.

Class 4-7 - Alpha and Omega program follows closely the normal pattern of phonological language acquisition and helps to accelerate students' reading, writing and spelling.

In Class 4 - it consists of a 15 minutes 1:1 individualised session delivered four times a week by a Learning Support Assistant.

In Class 5, 6 and 7 - it consists of a 45 minutes’ session twice a week in a very small group where individuated support is implemented. The Literacy class replaces the Languages class and is delivered by a Learning Support Assistant and/or a Teacher Aid.

On top of these two programs aimed at addressing the needs of specific students, the Literacy Support Teacher has developed a Literacy program, based on the standardised testing results of Term 4, 2015, to teach differentiated tasks to small groups. This program is being implemented in Class 3, 4 and 5.

· Numeracy

The Numeracy Support Teacher has developed a Numeracy program based on the standardised testing results of 2015, Term 4 to teach differentiated tasks to small groups. This program is being implemented in Class 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Class 4 and 5: Team teaching between the Class teacher and the Learning Support teacher

Class 6 and 7: Streamed class taught by the Class teacher and the High School Student Support Coordinator.

· Rhythmical exercises

Rhythmical exercises are a program which aims at assisting and enhancing the learning outcomes of students with symptoms of sensory processing difficulties, gross and fine motor co-ordination difficulties, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia or ADHD. It consists of a 15 minute session delivered four times a week by a Learning Support Assistant in a very small group and an individualised 45 minute session delivered weekly by a Student Support Teacher.

· Research skills

Class 7: to support transition to High School, students will have a weekly lesson to develop their research skills. This key component of critical and creative thinking aims at developing students’ abilities to use reason, logic, resourcefulness, imagination and innovation to solve problems.

· Enrichment program

Enrichment program: a trial enrichment program to meet the needs of students with outstanding natural abilities or aptitudes will be developed in Term 2. It will involve students from Class 4 to 7. Parents/carers will be contacted later in the term to seek permission for their child to enter the program.

· Art therapy

Art Therapy: Orana has a partnership with an Art Therapist, Marquita Ruwette. Sessions can be delivered on the school premises at a discounted rate. For more information, please email Marquita Ruwette at [email protected]

SECONDARY SCHOOL

In High School and Senior College, the focus is on enhancing students’ literacy, numeracy and organisational skills. All programs are evidence-based, age-appropriate and targeted to meet the specific needs of students. The Study Hub program meets the Australian Curriculum requirements (ACARA). The Literacy, Numeracy and organisational programs are implemented in partnership with subject teachers to complement and enhance their differentiated pedagogy.

· Study Hub

Class 8 and 9: The Study Hub program consists of two sessions a week in lieu of Language lessons. It provides individualised programs to enhance students’ literacy and organisational skills.

· Learning Lunch

Class 8-10: Learning Lunch is a Class 11 and 12 homework club initiative which takes place every Thursday at lunch time in the Senior Resource Centre (SRC). It is supervised by the Student Support Coordinator. Students are referred by their teachers to complete some class tasks or finalise an assignment. They are supported by the High School Learning Support Assistant and by some Senior College students.

Class 11-12: students with specific needs are entitled to benefit from adjustments in alignment with the BSSS rules in regards to equity.

· Research skills

Class 9 and 10: to support transition to College, students in Language Foundation classes or in Study Hub will have a fortnightly lesson to develop their research skills. This key component of critical and creative thinking aims at developing students’ abilities to use reason, logic, resourcefulness, imagination and innovation to solve problems.

· Numeracy

Class 8-12: Maths classes are streamed.

· Enrichment program

Enrichment program: a trial enrichment program to meet the needs of students with outstanding natural abilities or aptitudes will be developed in Term 2. Parents/carers will be contacted later in the term to seek their permission for their son or daughter to enter the program.

5- Who is the team and who to contact?

The team consists of 21 staff members. For all enquiries, please email [email protected] or phone 6287 8321