“All students regardless of race, age or gender by virtue of their dignity of human persons, have a right to an education that is suited to their particular needs and adapted to their ability”
Declaration of Christian Education, Pope Paul V.
All classroom teachers are responsible for the education of every student they teach. They ensure that reasonable adjustments are made to enable each student to access the curriculum. Classroom teachers work in collaboration with the Special Education, Literacy, E.A.L/D and, Gifted and Talented teachers in the delivery of the curriculum. The Head of Teaching and Learning, Heads of Department, Year Coordinators, School Counsellor and the Careers Advisor, also play important roles in supporting students.
The Special Education team supports students with special needs or learning difficulties in the mainstream classroom. We follow the SCS Policy Guidelines, the Disability Standards for Education (2005) and the Disability Discrimination Act (1992) when determining reasonable adjustments for individual students.
At the time of enrolment, parents disclose any special needs that their son has. This information is updated as required. In addition, we collect information from our feeder primary schools which assists us in planning for these students. Classroom teachers will make referrals if they observe that a student is having difficulties.
The Special Education team ensures that all classroom teachers have access to information regarding any special needs and/or difficulties that students may have. This is done via the College’s database “Sentral”. Those students who receive Commonwealth funding have Individual Adjustment Plans (IAPs), and these are uploaded to Sentral for teachers’ reference. Recommended adjustments for other students with learning difficulties are also added to Sentral.
As per College policy, most students receive in-class support rather than individual withdrawal. The Special Education team assists classroom teachers with implementing adjustments, modifying curriculum and assessment tasks, and supervising students who require assistance with examinations. Sometimes, small groups of students are taken out of class to receive specific instruction as requested by the classroom teacher.
In addition to supporting teachers and students in the classroom, the Special Education team does individual testing; organizes psychometric assessments with psychologists; prepares and submits applications to NESA for examination disability provisions for the HSC; meets with parents as necessary; and liaises between parents and classroom teachers.
Indigenous students who are entitled to funding, have Personal Learning Plans, and receive support in class and after school with homework. This is overseen by the Special Education staff.
Mrs Maria Kemp and Mrs Shelley Phillips
Special Education Teachers