Learning Support (Special Education) Program
All schools in the Parramatta diocese have Learning Support teachers. The allocation of these teachers is based on the size of the school and the needs within each particular school. The Learning Support teacher works with the whole school community, including parents, to provide consultation, assessment, planning and referral services for students with a variety of learning and special needs.
Learning Support teachers work in a number of different ways such as:
- individualised/small group instruction to students
- consulting with and supporting class teachers with curriculum differentiation
- coordinating the Individual Planning process and
- liaising with the Catholic Education Office in areas such as assessment and funding
A key part of the education program is to establish an Individual Plan for students. Individual Plans (IPs) are the written outcome of a planning process required for all students with diagnosed disabilities. The plans involve parents/caregivers, teachers, special education teachers and other support personnel in setting goals for the students for the school year. These goals focus on areas that need development. Individual Plans may focus on curriculum, personal care, safety and health, transition and/or behaviour.
School Language Program
The National Asian Languages Studies Program provides an opportunity for students in primary schools to engage in the language and culture of an Asian country. At Our Lady of the Angels, the students have Japanese once a week for approximately forty five minutes. This will be part of the HSIE curriculum component.
Throughout this year, students will have access to special programs that support the curriculum. These are:
| Term 1
| Term 2
|| Dance and Athletics
| Term 3
| Term 4
|| Gymnastics and Swimming Program
The small cost is incurred for these special pragrams and is are included with each term’s fees. The Swimming Program, however, is a separate cost and determined year by year.