How We Teach & Support

It's the little things we do to support an individualised learning program that get us the big results

How we teach and support

Our entire teaching staff is dedicated to the detail and we want to ensure every child achieves to their own potential. 

This means ensuring we have a robust system of teaching and support that not only caters to the average (or middle student) – but also the advanced student or the student that needs some extra support. 

For learning to take place we need to ensure that every child feels safe, happy and confident within themselves – and so a huge emphasis is placed on a strong wellbeing and support program that achieves just that!

Extending Students

At St. Mary’s our focus is the support of the whole individual. The learning needs of each student is catered for by a dedicated team of teachers and learning support officers who use best practice to support each student.

Gifted and talented students are entitled to rigorous, relevant and engaging learning opportunities drawn from the curriculum and aligned with their individual learning needs, strengths, interests and goals. At St. Mary’s we acknowledge that there are numerous models of curriculum adjustment relating to gifted and talented students.

Our rigorously implemented Inclusion and Diversity program focusses on early identification of students with addition needs (SWANs). Followed by the development and implementation of strategic plans to meet the child’s needs in a caring and supportive environment and where they receive an equitable opportunity to receive their entitlement to a world class education.

Learning programs are personalised in relation to individual student need through curriculum adjustments which may include the following for gifted and talented students:

  • Drawing from learning area content at different levels along the Foundation to Year 10 sequence to personalise age-equivalent learning area content.
  • Using the general capabilities learning continua to personalise age-equivalent learning area content. 
  • Using the cross-curriculum priorities to personalise age-equivalent learning area content. 
  • Aligning individual learning goals with age-equivalent learning area content.

The formation of a Program Support Group, involving teachers, parents and members of school leadership, our SWAN’s progress is monitored, tracked and communicated to parents on a regular basis. Short and long-term goals set collaboratively by the team and where appropriate.

Additional Support

At St. Mary’s our focus is the support of the whole individual. The learning needs of each student is catered for by a dedicated team of teachers and learning support officers who use best practice to support each student.

Our rigorously implemented Inclusion and Diversity program focusses on early identification of students with addition needs (SWANs). Followed by the development and implemention of strategic plans to meet the child’s needs in a caring and supportive environment and where they receive an equitable opportunity to receive their entitlement to a world class education.

Where more personalised interventions are required, support is provided in a range of ways; from in class support to intensive intervention programs and Personalised Learning Plans.

The formation of a Program Support Group, involving teachers, parents and members of school leadership, our SWAN’s progress is monitored, tracked and communicated to parents on a regular basis. Short and long-term goals set collaboratively by the team and where appropriate, partnerships with allied services such as paediatricians, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and educational psychologists are formed.

To support students who may require more specialised wellbeing support, St. Mary’s also offers access to an on-site psychologist at no cost to families where the child has a current mental Health Care Plan. We also have a school Chaplain who for two days each work is on-site to support students in a more casual and short term approach.

Parents are always welcome to contact the School if they are concerned about their child’s learning or wellbeing.

Diversity & Inclusion

At St. Mary’s we:

  • Honour the sacred dignity of each person
  • Embrace difference and diversity
  • Build a culture of learning together
  • Honour equitable access and opportunity for all

Diversity is celebrated and valued as integral to the identity of the whole of our school community. The encounter between different cultures, religions and languages is seen as a source of mutual enrichment.

Diversity encompasses all learners across cultural, academic, social emotional and physical attributes noting these are not mutually exclusive. ‘Learning diversity’ refers to the infinite variety of life experiences and attributes a child brings to their formal learning at school. Educators seek to meet the needs of all learners, so that every student experiences success. While all educators have this goal, Catholic educators see each student as a sacred creation – ‘made in the image of God’ (Genesis 1:27).  It is the understanding that all students should be fully active members of their school community and that all professionals in a school share responsibility for their learning.

Learning diversity at St. Mary’s is enacted through an inclusive approach to teaching and a commitment to uphold the rights of all to be:

  • welcomed
  • valued
  • acknowledged
  • actively engaged in education.

At the heart of our work at St. Mary’s is the formation of each young person. With this mindset, inclusive learning experiences are designed with a view that every student should be actively engaged in learning. Consideration is given to the range of learning opportunities offered to meet the needs of each student. Curriculum and assessment practices are flexible, build on learner’s strengths, support academic and social capabilities, and cater for each student’s learning needs.

Caring, supportive, individualised


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