At St Columbkille’s, the individual learning needs of each student are recognised and supported. An important premise underpinning learning is the understanding that each child learns at an individual rate with individual learning styles.
St Columbkille’s provides many programs to address and cater to the diverse learning needs of our students, including:
At times students attract additional funding to support an identified learning need. These students have Personalised Plans developed for them in conjunction with their parents and at times specialist support teachers. Regular meetings are held with the parents and the classroom teacher to discuss the student's progress and future needs.
Reading Recovery is a highly effective short-term intervention of one-to-one tutoring in reading and writing for Year 1 students. The intervention supplements quality classroom teaching.
It provides intensive, individual help for children having difficulty in reading and writing after their first year of schooling, and is designed to supplement quality classroom literacy instruction.
Individual students receive a half-hour lesson each school day for 12 to 20 weeks with a specially trained Reading Recovery teacher. As soon as students can meet grade-level expectations and demonstrate that they can continue to work independently in the classroom, their lessons are discontinued, and new students begin individual instruction. The length of time a child is on the program can vary. The program may also identify children who require long-term specialist assistance.
St Columbkille's participates in 'Stretching Potential through Learning in Interactive Challenging Environments in the Diocese' (SPLICED) – an initiative of Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) in supporting Gifted Education.
Students are also given the opportunity to code, creating simple games and programming characters within games to move in certain directions.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning is used to extend and support students' thinking and problem-solving skills. STEM lessons are completed in Science and Technology lessons.
All students K-6 complete Challenging Tasks in Mathematics. These tasks are differentiated to suit the learners ability and supports the learner to solve various problems, which increase in difficulty.
Pastoral Care Committee at St Columbkille's is an internal committee where teachers meet, discuss and plan for the learning and behavioural needs of students in their class who have learning or behaviour needs or are considered to be at risk. The professional dialogue supports classroom teachers to ensure that the learning needs of all the students are being addressed. Read more about Pastoral Care and Wellbeing at St Columbkille's and our PB4L program.