Learning support at St John’s College, Woodlawn is an integral and important collaborative component of the teaching and learning of all students within the College. Students recognised as having disability or require regular and ongoing adjustment to curriculum are supported through the implementation of a Personalised Plan. The development of Personalised Plans enables the student, parents, teachers and other professionals to work as a multi disciplinary team to embed goals and adjustments to support educational outcomes and student wellbeing. The Additional Needs Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of Teaching Assistants’ in class support, the development and distribution of Personalised Plans, Transition into Year 7 and Post School Options, Exam Provisions including BOSTES HSC provision Applications and supporting teachers in the development of Life Skills and differentiated curriculum programs. The Eagle Centre is a facility within the College that provides a space for educational and wellbeing support. It is a vibrantly busy space at recess and lunchtimes, where students come to work and socialise.
Life Skills Courses
For a small percentage of students, particularly those with an intellectual disability, a Life Skills Course can be provided in both compulsory and elective subjects in Years 7 to10. All Key Learning Areas (KLAs) Stage 4 and 5 syllabuses contain Life Skills Course outcomes. For students in Stage 6 (Years 11 and 12) specific Board of Studies (BOS) Life Skills Courses are available. Only in consultation with Parents, Student, Additional Needs Teacher and Additional Needs Office a student will be placed on a Life Skills pattern of study.
St John’s College Woodlawn supports students by providing Disability Provisions for those students who are unable to access and participate in examinations and assessment tasks without adjustments.
Disability provisions are practical arrangements designed to assist students who couldn’t otherwise make a fair attempt to show what they know in an examination setting.
Literacy and Numeracy Support
The College gathers information from feeder primary schools regarding literacy/numeracy levels of all incoming Year 7 students to assist in their transition to secondary school. This also provides a valuable guide for extension and remediation programs for relevant students as well as for Year 7 subject teachers.
Literacy and Numeracy support for both students and staff across all curriculum areas is provided through individual student support, in-class teacher assistance and ongoing professional development.
All new students entering Years 7 to 10 are assessed early in Term 1 to determine their literacy levels in reading, comprehension, spelling and writing. Students who need additional support in literacy are those who are likely to experience difficulty in gaining meaning from secondary level texts and creating appropriate texts themselves. These students are identified by national literacy and numeracy tests (NAPLAN), standardized or diagnostic assessment, referrals from class teachers and parents and information from specialist staff (Additional Needs Teachers, Eagle Centre staff and the Literacy/Numeracy Coordinator).
During Term 1, Year 7 Mathematics classes are graded. Teacher assistant support is provided for the lower level classes in Years 7 to 10. All Year 7 students are tested to determine their numeracy skills so that they may be placed in a suitable class.
An Indigenous Liaison Officer / Aboriginal Education Worker (AEW) is employed at the College to help support the Indigenous students and contribute culturally to the life of the College. Our AEW also helps provide pathway support for senior students for post school options as well as enrich the relationship between the College and the local Indigenous Community.
The College identifies students with notable academic potential and engages them in various programs developed to extend their talents. The Curriculum Extension Coordinator with the support of staff and parents identifies and monitors students from Years 7 to 10. Differentiated programs for extension and enrichment occur in the classroom alongside a number of extra curricular activities which are offered across the different faculties and disciplines. St John’s offers acceleration for students coming into Year 7 and a cross-peer level accelerant Mathematics program. Students also have opportunities for curriculum compacting. Tournament of Minds competition, Chess Club, SNAZZI program and enrichment workshops, school camps and lecture series also form part of our curriculum extension program.