What We Do
Learning Support focusses on providing support and care for students finding mainstream, regular class work difficult. These difficulties may result from learning, health or behavioural issues.
What We Believe
Our children are like little puzzles and for a student to learn effectively many of the pieces need to fall into place. The school environment, their home environment and the student’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Sometimes one of those areas needs support to bridge the gap for the student to have success and that is where the Learning Support Department comes in.
Who is Involved in Your Child’s Care?
Included in the care and support of our students are the Admin Team, Deans, HOD’s, Guidance Counsellor, Class Teachers, RTLB, OT, MOE Psychologists, other outside agencies.
Teachers who have observed students having difficulties with classwork difficult refer students to the Dean, and the Deans will have a discussion with the teachers, parents, and Head of Learning Support who will assess the student and develop a plan.
Who Do We Help?
Short term help is available for students dealing with physical injuries, short-term medical problems or gaps in their learning because they haven’t been able to grasp a concept.
Long-term help is available for students with physical, sensory, medical, mental or emotional health issues, learning differences such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, behavioural needs such as ADD/ADHD, ASD as well as students with literacy and numeracy gaps in their learning.
Students are encouraged to attempt suitable and relevant standards towards NCEA Qualifications and there is a focus on Literacy and Numeracy credits.
Students are encouraged to attempt suitable and relevant standards towards NCEA Qualifications
We apply for Special Assessment Conditions for NCEA for some students who have recognised diagnosis for learning difficulties. Some may have data already in the form of an educational psychological report and for others we collect evidence from year 9 onwards. After careful consideration, we make application at the beginning of year 11.
Learning Support Centre
The Learning Support Centre is a happy, fun, positive, vibrant area of the school where we focus on students strengths and help them to achieve their very best
Meeting Your Child’s Needs
All students are mainstreamed and attend learning support if necessary for targeted periods.
Sometimes a Teacher Assistant will work with a student in class so that the student’s adapted learning programme is supported or so that the teacher can be released to work with a group of students who need extra help within the class.
Selected senior students attend individual or small group classes within the Learning Support Centre for specialist teaching across all or some curriculum areas and levels.