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6. Curriculum

Learning Support

Additional Needs

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 a disability or requiring regular and ongoing adjustment to curriculum are supported through collaborative planning. This enables the student, parents/caregivers, teachers and external support providers to work as a multi disciplinary team to embed goals and adjustments that support the student’s educational outcomes and wellbeing.  The Inclusion Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of Support Staff in classrooms, the facilitation of collaborative planning, additional supports for students transitioning into Year 7, exam provisions including NESA HSC provisions application 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 where students go 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 to 10. All Key Learning Areas (KLAs) in Stage 4 and 5 have specific NESA Life Skills Courses available. Only in consultation with parents/caregivers, the student, Inclusion Coordinator, Leader of Curriculum and Inclusion Officer will a student be placed on a Life Skills pattern of study.

Assessment Provisions

St John’s College, Woodlawn supports students by providing Assessment Provisions for those students who are unable to access and participate in examinations and assessment tasks with adjustments.

Disability provisions are practical arrangements designed to assist students who couldn’t otherwise make a fair attempt to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the outcomes.

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 enrichment support 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.

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 HSC minimum standards test, referrals from class teachers and parent/caregivers and information from specialist staff (Additional Needs Teachers, Eagle Centre staff and the Literacy/Numeracy Coordinator).

Indigenous Students

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.

Curriculum Extension

The College identifies students with notable academic potential and engages them in various programs developed to extend their talents. The Literacy and Numeracy Coordinators, 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.