Our staff are committed to supporting students in all areas of their schooling. We provide programmes across the Junior and Senior Schools to ensure the needs of all students are met.
In the Junior School, support programmes are inclusive and holistic, which reflect the diverse nature of students and their needs. This aligns with the International Baccalaureate (IB) philosophy that acknowledges and celebrates difference and diversity, seeing individual differences not as problems to be fixed, but as opportunities for enriched learning.
In teaching and learning, the differentiated nature of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) curriculum means that accommodations and adjustments are made within the classroom and across all learning activities to meet each student’s needs. It is important to ensure that each individual is supported to make the most effective use of the range of learning opportunities provided by attending to the most effective strategies for achieving agreed goals. Students and teachers implement a wide range of strategies, as well as flexibility of timing and approach to achieve common goals. In a PYP classroom, all learners take a more active and responsible role in the planning, carrying out and reviewing of what is learned.
A multi-disciplinary team approach is taken when identifying the special needs of students, and can include the class teachers, the Learning Support Co-ordinator, the Head of Junior School and the Head of Department – Lower Junior School, as well as consulting psychologists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists who visit the College. This holistic approach means that all aspects of a student’s needs can be addressed and strategies developed with the assistance of these professionals. Funding is also available through Independent Schools Queensland to support students with disabilities to access the curriculum on an equal basis.
The fundamental support mechanism within the Senior School is the vertical Pastoral Care Group. Here about 15 students from Years 7 to 12 meet two to three times a week with their Tutor. The Tutor monitors each child, deals with any issues which arise, and is the first port of call for parents. The Tutor liaises closely with their Head of House with more persistent issues.
In addition to these people, the Year 7 and Year 12 Co-ordinators add an additional layer of support with students at the two extremities of the Senior School – as Year 7s transition in and Year 12s prepare for life beyond the College. The Academic Counsellor also works closely with our Year 12s as they negotiate university applications and QCS preparation.
The Learning Support Co-ordinator withdraws students for remediation or extension, provides teachers with special programmes for particular students and is in charge of all diagnostic testing. In cases of particular concern, students may be referred for specialised counselling or psychological assessment outside the College.