Learning Support Program
Our Learning Support programme supports class teachers and parents to achieve positive learning outcomes for all students.
We have a variety of intervention programmes of a preventative or remedial nature for children which focus on developing essential skills in literacy and mathematics. This includes the literacy programme: LIFT for students ‘at risk’ in year one, the Rainbow Reading Programme, Reading Doctor, Toe By Toe and individual and small group classroom support.
We are very fortunate to have a large, well-equipped Sensory Room to assist students with self-regulation and enhance learning and play. This room is also an inviting and comfortable space to support students who need individual or small group help with social skills. We regularly run programmes such as ‘What’s the Buzz’ and have also developed our own programme, the Good Shepherd ‘Goodies’ to help students in developing positive relationships.
All students at Good Shepherd undergo standardised testing twice yearly (in addition to NAPLAN) to track progress and identify learning needs. The Learning Support Coordinator works in partnership with classroom teachers to plan strategies which can best cater for these students in all aspects of their learning.
Good Shepherd is fortunate to be working within the International Baccalaureate Primary Years program which supports the enrichment of academically able students within the classroom setting through the Units of Inquiry. In addition to this we offer an enrichment programme for students who meet the selection criteria. We also enter a team in the Tournament of Minds each year and have recently entered the mini solar car challenge.